Friday, 5 August 2011

The Gardens at Spadina House

It's always exciting to discover new and interesting garden spaces in the city.  In July members did just that as they toured the gardens of Spadina House as part of North Toronto's Annual Members Garden Tour.  Here are a few of the highlights. Click on any image for a better look.

A pierced stone wall decorated with flowers and
vines at the entrance to the Spadina House grounds 

Potted flowers sit in one of the openings of
the pierced stone wall

A heritage rose grows along the
Carriage Drive at the front of the house

Urns sit on the piers of the Ornamental Stone Wall (1912)
right off Spadina Road

An urn sits atop the Ornamental Stone Wall

The pillars of the Beehive Gate (1912) are
made of stones found on the property and
picked up by gardeners, staff and children

Tennis, croquet and golf were all played on
the Spadina House lawn which dates back to 1905

One of four ornamental urns that were
placed on the Spadina House grounds
in the early 1870s

The perennial border features plants that were
available in Toronto in 1915

The kitchen garden was bursting with
several varieties of lettuce

The oldest trees in the apple orchard were planted
around 1900.  Varieties include "Snow", "Red",
"Astrachan" and "McIntosh Red"

The greenhouse (1913) is still being used, as in the old
days, to grow plants for the house and to start seeds
for the garden

In case you missed the gardens on the day of the NTHS tour don't despair.  The Spadina House Gardens are free to the public.  Go to the gift shop for a map and take the self-guided tour.  It's a wonderful way to spend a few hours in a beautiful garden while learning a few things about Toronto's history.

Stay tuned for more blog posts coming soon.  Member Bonnie Ford has a problem with her weeping larch.  Can you help?  The Annual Show will be here sooner than you think.  NTHS is challenging all members to contribute at least two entries.  Stay tuned for more details.

Until next time, 

Happy Gardening!

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