Toronto Botanical Garden For all things gardening Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:06:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Urban Agriculture Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:53 +0000 World Crops Made Easy
Postponed to: Thursday, July 31, 1 to 3 p.m.
Public $45; Members $37
If you’ve walked by exotic-looking veggies at the market and wondered how they taste or how to cook them, look no further. Get to know the exotic world crops grown here at TBG. Learn about their nutritional benefits and how to create delicious raw meals with long beans, complement or calm the fire of chilies and reduce okra’s slime by pairing it with Chinese eggplant. Leave with an expanded palette, a full belly and helpful tips on cultivating these beauties alongside your favourite garden veggies.
[PG14S27] Selam Teclu

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Royal York Rooftop Tour & Gourmet Luncheon Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:18:46 +0000 Tuesday, August 26,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join hosts Marjorie Mason and the Fairmont Royal York Executive Chef at this beautiful hotel for a tour of its innovative rooftop garden and beehives. Enjoy a decadent three-course lunch at EPIC, the hotel’s Four Diamond-rated restaurant. Space is limited.

Public $135; Members $120
[PG14S49] Marjorie Mason and Collin Thornton

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City Critters Family Series Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:01:55 +0000 Looking for fun and engaging family activities that span the seasons? Join us for these hands-on, interactive and educational family sessions suitable for all ages.
*A family is defined as four people with a maximum of two adults. Additional individual adults or children: Public $10; Members $7.

Coyote Crawl
Join us on a cool, nighttime hike through a coyote’s forest home. We’ll howl for coyote pups, build coyote dens, examine skulls and furs and learn more about the incredible world of Toronto’s most misunderstood mammal.
[TG14SCC] Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Family*: Public $30; Members $25

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monarch release web
Monarchs on the Move

Did you know that every September, Toronto’s monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico? You don’t want to miss this enchanting evening, where we learn about these incredible pollinators. Plant a milkweed garden to bring home and release a real monarch to start its long journey south!
[TG14FMM] Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Family*: Public $30; Members $25

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*A family is defined as four people with a maximum of two adults. Additional individual adults or children: Public $10; Members $7.

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What’s In Bloom: Coneflower Season Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:17:39 +0000 The garden is lush and full from regular weekly rainfall, with coneflowers in bloom throughout. In the Entry Garden, Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinstern’ Ruby Star (purple coneflower) are planted en masse.

Echinacea 'Glowing Dream' (Dream Series)

In the Show Garden, planted in 2013, are a group of coneflowers from Terra Nova, including Echinacea ‘Glowing Dream’ (Dream Series) (coneflower) with watermelon-pink petals.

Echinacea 'Secret Glow' (Secret Series)

Another selection from the Show Garden, Echinacea ‘Secret Glow’ (Secret Series) (coneflower) from Terra Nova, produces large double blooms.

Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream' (Dream Series)

Echinacea ‘Tangerine Dream’ (Dream Series) (coneflower), from Terra Nova is planted in the Show Garden. Flowers are orange, which I love!

Echinacea 'Meteor Red' (Meteor Series)

Can’t get enough. In the Show Garden there many more! Echinacea ‘Meteor Red’ (Meteor Series) (coneflower) boasts double red flowers.

Echinacea 'Leilani'

In the Entry Garden, planted in spring 2014, Echinacea ‘Leilani’ (coneflower) is another great selection from Terra Nova with clear yellow flowers.

Echinacea pallida

Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower) has naturalized in the Woodland Walk.

Acanthus hungaricus

Blooming right alongside Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (purple coneflower) (not shown) is Acanthus hungaricus (bear’s breeches) with upright flower spikes.

Opuntia humifusa

Tough as nails, Opuntia humifusa (Eastern prickly pear) survived this past winter and has been in bloom for several weeks in the Terrace Garden.


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Paul’s Plant Picks: First Sighting… Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:22:43 +0000 I’m thrilled to report that while touring a group through TBG this week, I spotted not one, but two monarch butterflies (at the same time). The first sighting of the pair was in the Perennial Border. A few minutes later, I witnessed another in the Entry Garden Walk (I’m hoping this was a third specimen). Earlier in the day, Jenny Rhodenizer, our marketing and communications director, also spotted one of the black and orange beauties fluttering in the garden. We’re all hopeful of many more sightings in the coming weeks.

We’ve all been carefully scanning the gardens anticipating the arrival of the much-loved monarch, particularly in light of reports of the dramatic and terribly sad decline in the their populations. A combination of factors, such as pesticides, changing weather patterns and habitat loss have been attributed to the dramatic drop in their numbers. As homeowners, we’re being encouraged to provide a refuge for monarchs, in particular by planting Asclepias in our gardens. I love the idea of promoting the use of home gardens beyond an aesthetic value. Planting with a purpose!

I’m pleased to report that several Asclepias species are growing in a number of areas throughout the gardens.

Asclepias syriaca, Milkweed or Butterfly Flower

Two large groupings of Asclepias syriaca, known as the common milkweed or butterfly flower, are in the Perennial Border and the Entry Garden Walk. This North American native species is a critical food source for monarch larva. Not only are the plants beautiful when in bloom, they also provide added interest in the fall and winter garden from their dramatic seedpods. Before deciding to add this to a home garden, home owners should be aware of the spreading and rather aggressive nature of this particular species. For the typical home garden, it must be planted with caution, if at all. The plants thrive in full sun to part shade and seem to be very adaptable to a variety of soil types. At TBG, we keep a watchful eye on how much the clumps are spreading and we carefully edit the number of plants each season.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’, Swamp Milkweed

For the home garden, I recommend planting Asclepias incarnata, the rose or swamp milkweed. This Asclepias prefers full sun and damp to wet soil. Both a food source for the larvae and the adults, this species is much better behaved in small spaces. A number of named selections are available on the market, including the beautiful and eye-catching pink-flowering Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’. There’s also the pure white Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’

For sunny gardens with dry, sandy or gravelly soil, don’t despair. Consider planting Asclepias tuberose, the common Butterfly Weed. This Eastern North America wildflower produces dramatic yellow-orange blossoms in summer that are an irresistible draw to butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds. I love the beautiful and brilliant orange aphids that always seem to populate the flowering stems. Soon after, hungry ladybird beetles and their veracious larvae arrive on the scene.

In addition to Asclepias, there are a host of other garden plants that serve as a food source for monarchs. Annuals such as Zinnia and Verbena bonariensis and perennials such as Liatris, Eupatorium and Sedum (Hylotelephium) will also lure these guests into your garden.

See how plants can attract visitors to your own garden by visiting TBG. You’ll be amazed by the many birds, insects and mammals that enjoy the garden. And if you’re lucky, you too may catch a glimpse of a monarch butterfly.

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Visit Us On Terrific Thursdays Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:09:15 +0000 Join us to meet organic farmers and buy local produce, bread, meat, cheese, honey, prepared food and more! Come for your groceries and stay for dinner with your family. Free parking is available on site.

The market now takes place YEAR-ROUND on Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m. (The market moves indoors during the winter). Read more…

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Organic Farmers’ Market Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:08:12 +0000 We are now an all-year market! The market now takes place YEAR-ROUND on Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m. (The market moves indoors during the winter). Join us to meet organic farmers and buy local produce, bread, meat, cheese, honey, prepared food and more! Come for your groceries and stay for dinner with your family. Free parking is available on site. Read on…

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Visit the Garden Cafe Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:11:08 +0000 Situated in the historic barn at the north end of Toronto Botanical Gardens, the Garden Café offers selections for breakfast, lunch or afternoon refreshments and is ideally located for a stop with friends before or after a walk through the gardens. The outdoor patio is located in one of the nicest settings in Toronto, nestled between working greenhouses and overlooking the gardens.

10 per cent discount for TBG members with valid I.D. card Read on…

Hours: 9 a.m. to dusk



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Through the Garden Gate: Hogg’s Hollow Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:32:56 +0000 Full Plant Lists


Front Planter:

Guzmania — Bromeliad

Cordyline — Dracaena

Caladium — Angel wings

Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Tricolor‘ — tricolour ginger

Hedera algeriensis ‘Montgomery’ — ‘Montgomery’ ivy

Codiaeum variegatum, Croton

Front Garden:

Syringa reticulata  ‘Ivory Silk’

Acer palmatum Bloodgood, Bloodgood Japanese maple

Ginkgo biloba — cultivar unknown

Hakonechloa  macra ‘All Gold’, all gold Japanese Forest grass

Cleome hassleriana — Spider flower (annual)

Anemone canadensis, Canada anemone

Abies concolor, white fir

Back Garden:

Solanum laxum’Album’ — white solanum standard (annual)

Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ — standard

Vitis — Dwarf Pixie Grape

Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’

Cypripedium — Lady’s slipper orchid

Lantana camara (annual)



Front Garden:

Thalictrum Meadow Rue (uncertain of cultivar, need to have another look)

Aruncus dioicus – Goat’s beard

Veronicastrum virginicum – Culver’s root

Calamagrostis ‘Avalanche’

Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ – now P. x advena ‘Rubrum’ – annual

Dwarf Sedum, Sunsparkler series, Sedum ‘Cherry Tart’ (burgundy/red foliage) and Sedum ‘Dazzleberry’ (blue/grey foliage)

Mahonia aquifolium — Oregon grape


Strelizia reginae — Bird of Paradise

Salvia Mystic Spires Blue — ‘Balsalmisp’

Echeveria (succulent)

Back Garden:

Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Pendula’ — Weeping purple beech

Betula pendula ‘Youngii’  — Young’s weeping birch

Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland’s Gold’ — European elder ‘Sutherland’s Gold’

Salix purpurea ‘Gracilis’ — Blue Arctic willow

Aesculus parviflora — Bottlebrush buckeye

Fothergilla gardenii  — Dwarf fothergilla

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’

Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’

Onoclea sensibilis — Sensitive fern

Corydalis ochroleuca — Pale corydalis

Geranium Rozanne — “Gerwat’

Baptisia australis — Blue false indigo

Baptisia × v ariicolor Twilite Prairieblues (Brown/purple colour)

Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ Awaiting blooms to open to confirm cultuvar)

Carex elata ‘Aurea’ — ‘Bowles’ golden sedge

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Apple Court’

Brunnera macrophylla  ‘Jack Frost’ — Siberian bugloss ‘Jack Frost’

Astilboides tabularis — Shieldleaf Roger’s Flower (a.k.a.  Rodgersia tabularis) 



Riverside Oasis:

In Planters:

Plectranthus Mona Lavender — ‘Plepalila’ and other assorted annuals in containers around the house

Front Garden;

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ — Doublefile viburnum

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus, Five-leaf aralia (used as a hedge beneath the large spruce trees)

Abies concolor, White Fir, across from front door

Back Garden:

Kolkwitzia amabilis — Beauty bush — pink tubular flowers

Deutzia, white clusters, not certain which selection as I did not get a picture

Spirea x vanhouttei — Vanhouttei Spirea (often incorrectly called Bridal Wreath, will likely still not be in flower this weekend)

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’

Rhodotypos scandens — Jet bead

Kirengeshoma palmata — Yellow wax-bells

Corydalis ochroleuca — White Corydalis, Fumewort

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ — ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ — Siberian bugloss

Athyrium niponicum, Japanese painted fern


15 Brookfield Road

Front Garden:

Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ — Wedding cake tree

Sambucus f. porphyrophylla ‘Black Lace’; now known as S. n. f. p. ‘Eva’ — Elder ‘Eva’

Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’  — ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel

Calycanthus floridus — Carolina allspice (a.k.a. Sinocalycanthus)

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ — Variegated fiveleaf aralia (formerly Acanthopanax)

Acer palmatum (Amoenum Group) ‘Emperor 1’ — ‘Emperor 1’ Japanese maple

Acer palmatum (Dissectum group) ‘Waterfall’ — ‘Waterfall’ Japanese maple

Viburnum x juddii — Judd viburnum

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Rose Glow’ — Japanese barberry ‘Rose Glow’

Berberis thunbergii  ‘Monlers’ — Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Nugget’

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’

Schizophragma hydrangeoides var. concolor ‘Moonlight’ — Vine

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’, variegated fetterbush

Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’ — Boneset “Chocolate’

Hosta ‘Earth Angel’

Side Garden: to left of house

M’ahonia aquifolium — Oregon grape

Schizophragma hydrangeoides var. concolor ‘Moonlight ‘ on fence plus plain Schizophragma

Back Garden:

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) ‘Butterfly’ — Japanese maple ‘Butterfly’

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’, at back of garden

Fothergilla gardenia — Dwarf fothergilla

Cercis canadensis ‘Lavender Twist’ — Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’

Calycanthus floridus — Carolina allspice

Cornus kousa , not certain of exact cultivar

Wisteria floribunda ‘Lawrence’  — grown as standard

Centaurea dealbata — the Persian Cornflower or Whitewash Cornflower

Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ — Purple ground clematis

Clematis heracleifolia — Tube clematis

Clematis integrifolia

Back Garden:

Gillenia trifoliata — Bowman’s root

Centaurea dealbata — Persian cornflower

Amsonia hubrichtii — Hubricht’s bluestar

Gillenia trifoliata — Bowman’s Root

Zizia -Golden Alexander not certain which species Z.  aurea orZ. aptera, as we did not get a close look at the foliage

Hosta ‘Love Pat’

Penstemon hallii

Paeonia mlokosewitschii , Molly the Witch peony

Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ — Japanese blood grass

Yellow Upright Hosta?, believed to possibly be Hosta ‘Zounds’

Veratrum nigrum

Podophyllum peltatum — Mayapple

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum — Himalayan mayapple

Symphytum ‘Goldsmith’ — Variegated comfrey

Osmunda regalis — Royal Fern

Other Notable Plants:

Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Maradco’, Dream Catcher beautybush

Cornus alternifolia ‘Wstackman’, Golden Shadows pagoda dogwood



Front Garden:

Hosta ‘Designer Genes’ (red leaf stems)

Carex elata ‘Aurea’  — Bowles’ golden sedge


Dipladenia boliviensis — Mandevilla vine

Hedera algeriensis ‘Montgomery’ — ‘Montgomery’ ivy in concrete planter

Back Garden:

Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’ — Golden Full Moon Maple

Acer palmatum  (Dissectum Group) ‘ Inaba-shidare’

Deutzia gracilis

Delphinium dwarf, dark blue-flowered

Heliopsis helianthoides Loraine Sunshine — ‘Helhan’

Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’

Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’

Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ (sieboldiana)

Other Notable Plants

Butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)

Dogwoods, including Cornus alba and C. racemosa

Pyramidal oak (Quercus robur Fastigiata Group)

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My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding Application Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:17:06 +0000
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