This year marks the silver anniversary of the Toronto Botanical Garden’s quintessential garden tour, Through the Garden Gate. To celebrate 25 years of gardening, we talked with 25 movers and shakers who have influenced gardening in Toronto. We asked them to ponder the last two decades and a half and share their thoughts on the most significant (and most reviled) trends, best (and worst) plants, most valuable lessons learned (and lost) and plenty more! Here’s who they are:
Anne Kotyk, Toronto Master Gardeners
Beckie Fox, editor GardenMaking
Bill Stensson, Sheridan Nurseries
Caroline de Vries, Tradewinds International
Christine Gracey, D.A. Gracey & Associates Ltd.
Dugald Cameron, Gardenimport
Janet Rosenberg, Janet Rosenberg & Associates
Jeurgen Partridge, Jeurgen Partridge Ltd.
Joel Loblaw, Joel Loblaw Inc.
Kennedy McRae, Earth Inc.
Kim Price, Kim Price Landscape Design
Larry Davidson, Lost Horizons
Lorne Hancock, Hancock Landscape Planning & Design
Lorraine Johnson, author
Mark Cullen, garden communicator
Martin Wade, Martin Wade Landscape Architects
Neil Turnbull, Neil Turnbull Limited
Paul Zammit, Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden
Penny Arthurs, The Chelsea Gardener & Associates
Peter Guinane, Oriole Landscaping
Sheila Murrary, Belisle/Murray Landscape Architects
Sonia Day, author and gardening columnist
Stephen Aikenhead Aikenhead & Associates
Terry McGlade Flynn Canada
Tom Sparling, Sparling Landscape Architects