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.
>Feb.19-26

>Feb.19-26

In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Super Stripe’ (Maiden Grass); this variety of porcupine grass boasts more golden horizontal stripes than…

>Feb. 8 - 15

>Feb. 8 – 15

In the Great Hall Courtyard you will find: Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ (Weeping White Pine); This weeping form of Eastern White Pine has long twisting pendulous…

>Feb.1 -9

>Feb.1 -9

In the Nature Garden you will find: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry); a small woody evergreen shrub with glossy leaves turning wine colour in fall and winter;…

>Jan. 11-18

>Jan. 11-18

>In the Demonstration Courtyard, you will find: Clematis ‘Sherriffii’ Tangutica Group (Cultivar of Clematis); this vigorous late blooming vine known for its bell-shaped yellow flowers,…

>Jan.4-11

>Jan.4-11

> In the Entry Garden: Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine’ (Purple Coneflower); this distinctive cultivar of Echinacea is characterized by its upright habit, seen here still…

>Dec. 21-Jan.4

>Dec. 21-Jan.4

> In the Garden Hall Courtyard: Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster) with Picea pungens ‘Procumbens’ (Colorado Spruce); the red berries of this fast growing groundcover cotoneaster…

>Dec. 9-21

>Dec. 9-21

>In the Nature Garden you will find: Myrica pensylvanica (Bayberry); leaves are aromatic when crushed, waxy blue berries in late fall and winter, native to…

>Dec.2-9

>Dec.2-9

>Because of the warm weather, wonderful blooms continue at the TBG! In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ (Christmas Rose) ;…

>Nov. 17-24

>Nov. 17-24

>In the Entry Gardenyou will find: Anemone x hybrida ‘Robustissima’ (Grapeleaf Anemone); this plant attracts wildlife to feed or nest; tolerates heavy clay soils; here…

>Nov. 10-17

>Nov. 10-17

> In the Terrace Garden you will find: Cotoneaster nanshan ‘Boer’ (Creeping Cotoneaster); an excellent berry bearer with bright long-lasting orange-red fruit   In the…