Each year the Kitchen Garden celebrates the culture and cuisine of a particular country or geographical area by carefully planting combinations of vegetables and herbs common to the chosen area. In 2014, the kitchen garden has been inspired by Niki Jabbour’s new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens, including six gardens featured in her book. Also featured is a Bee Hotel, a sustainable space for solitary pollinator bees.
- About Groundbreaking Food Gardens – Niki Jabbour set out to discover how and why popular gardeners are growing vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, grains and herbs. The enthusiastic answers and innovative garden plans she received are as rich and varied as the plants being grown. Here are 73 garden designs from horticulturists, community gardeners, bloggers and print writers, television and radio hosts, and other professional gardeners. Contributions include design illustrations, plant lists, and stories explaining the personal quirks and motivations behind the garden. There’s a plan to satisfy every craving.
- About Niki Jabbour – Niki Jabbour is the author of award-winning The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the host of the call-in radio show The Weekend Gardener, and she blogs at www.nikijabbour.com.
Visit often and explore the possibilities of what can be grown in your own home garden.
Toronto’s multicultural population offers a global perspective on the history of food. Each year the vegetables of a particular culture, country or continent are featured in the kitchen garden using the expertise and advice of the appropriate local community. This diverse space demonstrates a variety of methods for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs in a sustainable, organic and aesthetically pleasing manner.
- Toronto’s multicultural population offers a global perspective on the history of food. Each year the vegetables of a particular culture, country or continent are featured in the kitchen garden using the expertise and advice of the appropriate local community.
- The TBG’s kitchen garden is a diverse space that demonstrates a variety of methods for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs in a sustainable, organic and aesthetically pleasing manner. Organic gardening techniques, crop rotation and companion planting are practised here for plant health and maximum food production.
- Vegetables harvested from the garden are donated to the North York Harvest Food bank.
- Fruit trees that have been espaliered or cordoned (that is, trained into one main stem through vigorous pruning) demonstrate kitchen garden techniques for small spaces. Also featured are specialized fruit pruning techniques and potager gardening particularly relevant for small gardens.
Yearly Cultural Themes:
2013 – World Crop Learning Gardens Program
2012 – Chinese
2011 – Irish
2010 – Italian
2009 – Ukraine
2008 – India
2007 – Caribbean
2006 – Japanese