Totem Inspired Garden

By | Themed Gardens | Tags: , | October 17, 2011 | No comments

This summer, the Toronto Botanical Garden has partnered with Cirque du Soleil and the CN Tower to create an urban beautification project that has transformed one of the green spaces at the base of Canada’s National Tower into a lush, living billboard right in the heart of the city.

An unconventional approach to publicizing both organizations, the bright and eye-catching display garden and signage will surely attract people’s attention when visiting the CN Tower this summer and fall. Located at one of Toronto’s busiest tourist destinations, this garden is a great example of how Toronto attractions can work together and help one another create a win-win situation. The three marketing teams worked closely on a beautiful greening initiative that is also a unique promotional tool that will catch the eyes of visitors and advertise the organizations.

Inspired by this summer’s Cirque du Soleil show TOTEM which is a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. TOTEM’s elaborate set designs and themes use elements of water, plant material, swamp land and nature. TBG’s Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, Paul Zammit, has transformed one of the green spaces at the base of the CN Tower into an oasis of vibrant colour and dramatic features. Adapting TOTEM’s bold colour palette, Zammit has created a vibrant celebration of textures, forms, shapes, fragrance and movement.

Check it out.

For more information about this summer’s Cirque de Soleil’s new show TOTEM please visit their website at

For more information on the CN Tower’s new EdgeWalk and 35th anniversary summer celebration please visit their website at

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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