What’s In Bloom: Prairie Planting in July and More …

By | What's In Bloom | July 20, 2012 | One comment

A view of Leucanthemum ‘Becky’ at the Toronto Island Water Treatment Plant, planted & maintained by TBG garden staff.

A Monarch butterfly makes its arrival at the Toronto Island Water Treatment Plant garden.  I had the privilege of designing this garden three years ago on behalf of the TBG.   It rests upon Echinacea  ‘Magnus’ (Purple coneflower).

Although the two 100-plus beds are not accessible by the public, it has been planted so that visitors to the island can see it beyond the wrought-iron fence.  This is but one section of the East bed.

This is a view of one section of the West bed of the Toronto Island Water Treatment Plant.  TBG gardeners have maintained these gardens for the last three years.

Another section of the Island Garden for Toronto Water, cared for on behalf of the TBG garden staff.

TBG garden staff, volunteers, & interns, worked very hard last week to plant the short- and tall-grass prairie meadows of the Woodland Walk.  Here is a section of the layout to be planted.

We have the privilege of welcoming three interns to work alongside the garden staff.  Here are Vincent, Caterina (from Italy), & Kenny.

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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TonySpencerTO Tony Spencer

    Inspired planting! More pics please…

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