Author Archives: Sandra Pella

About Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.
>Oct. 28

>Oct. 28

> Late fall colours are still in full bloom at the TBG, thanks to our wonderful autumn weather!All these selections are featured in the Entry…

>Oct 7 - 17

>Oct 7 – 17

> In the Water Channel you will find: Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea); these shrubs provide four seasons of interest with dramatic white flowers. They perform…

>Sept. 23- 30

>Sept. 23- 30

> In the Nature Garden you will find: Lindera benzoin (Spicebush); from the laurel family; the leaves of this native shrub give off a unique…

>Sept 9 -23

>Sept 9 -23

> In the Perennial Border you will find: Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Perennial hibiscus); still growing strong, Kopper King has been flowering non-stop for over a…

>August 24 - Sept 2

>August 24 – Sept 2

> In the Perennial Border – West you will find: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (Perennial Sunflower); a great back of the border perennial to brighten up…

>August 12-19

>August 12-19

>In the Perennial Border – East you will find: Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Carafe Grenache’ (Rose Mallow); the enormous deep pink flowers of this hardy hibiscus last…

>July 29- August 5

>July 29- August 5

> In the Entry Garden you will find: Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree); this deciduous shrub has violet blue blooms from July to August; in zones…

>July 12-19

>July 12-19

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard- Bank you will find: Gentiana makinoi (Royal Blue Gentian); a summer-flowering perennial native to Japan with long-lasting blooms of royal…

>June 29 - July6

>June 29 – July6

> In the Entry Garden you will find: Monarda ‘Aquarius’ (Bee Balm) with Geranium psilostemon (Armenian cranesbill); this bergamot has bright pink flowers known for…

>June 21-28

>June 21-28

>In the Terrace Garden you will find: Achillea ‘Moonshine’ (Yarrow) with Lavendula ‘Munstead’ (English Lavender); lavender is actually a low-growing shrub of the Mediterranean region….