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.
>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….

>June 9- 16

>June 9- 16

> In the Water Garden – East you will find: Delphinium ‘Galahad’ (Pacific Giant Delphinium); stars of the early summer border. This selection has spires…

>May 29

>May 29

> In the Arrival Trellis: Clematis Josephine (Cultivar of Clematis); this Chelsea award winner has doubly creamy green to pinkish mauve flowers with darker striping…

>May 11- 18

>May 11- 18

> In the Nature Garden: Camassia leichtlinii (Quamash) ; growing two to four feet, including the flower spike, quamash is native to North America with…

>May 6-12

>May 6-12

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Gentiana cachemirica (Himalayan Gentian); often misidentified and hard to find, this electric blue gentian is also suitable…

>April 26-May 3

>April 26-May 3

>In this magnificent spring season, new flowers are constantly coming into bloom at the TBG! Visit often to catch the changing face of the gardens….

>April 12 -19

>April 12 -19

Spring is in full bloom at the TBG this week! In the Water Garden – North you will find: Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ (Loebner Magnolia);…

>April 1 - 8

>April 1 – 8

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Iris reticulata ‘Natascha’ (Dwarf Wild Iris); shows unusual colouration with palest of blue flowers, with green veins…

>March 25 - April 1

>March 25 – April 1

In the Westview Terrace Garden you will find: Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’ (Christmas Rose), the best-known species of Hellebore; this cultivar has white cup-shaped flowers which…

>Feb. 24

>Feb. 24

Finally there is snow in the gardens and one of the main reason to grow evergreens! The following selections are all found in The Show…