Simplicity. Harmony. Tranquility.
A garden is a place of great joy…and, at times, great frustration! It is ever-changing with the seasons and the weather. It is a place of growth, transformation, and renewal. It is spiritual, and it connects us to the earth. A garden is nature’s art.
During these incomparable times, the garden has also been a lifeline. This year, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I have met more neighbours (physically distanced, of course!) than in any previous year. While tending my front garden, people would stop and ask questions: “What is that flower? How does that grow? Is that a poppy? I have never seen that particular variety before!” So many questions that I put signs in my garden to help my neighbours with plant identification.
A diversion. A connection. A mental breather from the overwhelming reality of the world.
In a vibrant city like Toronto, we are extremely fortunate to have such a splendid place as the Toronto Botanical Garden. A welcomed oasis with free admission for all. As much as I love my own garden, I equally love the TBG – a place to learn new things where access to botanical experts is easy and plentiful. And, in such a beautiful landscape!
As a donor, volunteer, member, Garden Club of Toronto member and Master Gardener, I ask you to join me in supporting the TBG through the Hearts & Flowers campaign. At the same time, I am going to ask that you dig a little deeper, stretch a little further, give a little more. I did. I increased my annual contribution understanding that the TBG is experiencing greater financial hardship during the pandemic, and I wanted to support this marvelous botanical garden in any way I could. When it comes down to it: the gardens still need care, and care costs money!
This year, the garden has fulfilled an essential need in our lives – now it’s our turn to reciprocate.
The Toronto Botanical Garden and I, personally, thank you for your ongoing support. Every dollar, whether large or small, will make a big difference. It’s the cumulative support we receive from passionate individuals like you that keeps our gardens growing.
Let’s keep growing together.
Toronto Botanical Garden member since 1995