>Dec. 21-Jan.4

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In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster) with Picea pungens ‘Procumbens’ (Colorado Spruce); the red berries of this fast growing groundcover cotoneaster are striking againt the prostrate, cascading blue branches of the spruce
In the Show Garden:
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aureovariegata’ (Sawara Cypress); low growing conifer, strong bi-colour in this variegated form of false cypress, with long thin thread-like foliage
In the Show garden:
Pinus sylvestris Aurea Group (Golden Scots Pine); Golden form of Scots Pine, the thick needles are a bright golden colour in winter
In the Nature Garden – Ravine
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Gold Twig Dogwood); has best winter colour when planted in full sun, exceptionally hardy Zone 3

In the Water Garden North:
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ (Magnolia); a small deciduous tree grown for large white star-shaped flowers in spring on bare stems; buds seen here on beautiful framework of branches are susceptible to late winter frosts

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Sandra Pella about the author: 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.

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