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Stooks & Punes

“Stooks & Punes” is a playful and evocative temporary art installation created by celebrated artist and award-winning garden designer W. Gary Smith. “Stooks and Punes” uses natural materials found exclusively on site or within the boundaries of the GTA to create lyrical, natural, yet other worldly shapes. The installation is a precursor to the design phase for the TBG’s proposed new children’s garden, which will also be designed by W. Gary Smith. Smith drew his inspiration from “…the (TBG) gardens, Canada’s agricultural history and my own childhood.”

This collection of magic, whimsy and meaning plays on the enticing possibilities of nature, and graces the permanent site of the proposed children’s garden.


  • “Stooks & Punes” is made from local, natural materials gleaned from TBG gardens and gardens
    maintained by Landscape Ontario members throughout the GTA.
  • The number of stooks and punes in each circle has a magical meaning. Try this: select any three digit number and multiply it by the number of figures in each circle. What happens?
  • “Punes” is a made-up word Gary’s brother gave to his numerous cowlicks as a child.
  • More than 300 volunteer and staff hours went into the creation of “Stooks & Punes.”

About the Artist: W. Gary Smith
With more than 25 years of experience in public garden design and master planning, Gary has distinguished himself as a landscape designer who celebrates plants and the connections they offer between people and nature. Gary’s recent and current projects include master planning and garden design for the Children’s Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas; new children’s features in Bryant Park in New York City; and the Enchanted Woods garden at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Delaware. Gary holds several awards for his work including the 2011 Merit Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, as well as the 2011 Landscape Design Award for his overall contributions to the profession and the book award for From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design from the American Horticultural Society. The TBG is thrilled to have commissioned is his first project in Canada.

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