June 21st Garden Tours

Gardens (somewhat) West

June 21 – 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jacqui Crawford’s garden, co-winner of the 2015 Trillium Award, 1450 Lexington Avenue (south off Baseline, between Fisher and Prince of Wales Drive)

When we bought the Lexington house on a corner lot almost eight years ago, the foundation had been dug up and repaired on three sides. The entire area is a clay bed and the resulting yard mess had been left as it was: towering piles of clay. Shovels proved useless and so a small excavator was hired to remove the rubble, scoop out the clay for the gardens, and transport the blast rock and other stones which now frame the house and some of the gardens. Other sections of the yard are defined by lawn, bark chips, neighbouring hedges, and fencing. The overall concept, beyond covering the wretched clay, was of connecting outdoor rooms around the house – some for privacy and some for display. The gardens have a wide range of shrubs and plants both for sun and shade, offering year round interest to birds and a retreat for us.

Ian Wilson’s garden, co-winner of the 2015 Trillium Award, 2397 Malone Crescent (north of Baseline between Woodroffe and Pinecrest, south of Iris)    

My garden is nestled in a gentle curve of Malone Crescent. It has elements reflecting my childhood in the Lakes District (Cumbria, England) and my life here in Canada. A place of solace and quiet solitude, my garden has been a labour of love. With the sights and sounds of bubbling water, birds in song, spring rebirth, pleasant breezes and warm summer sun, my garden has helped me to work through the challenge of cancer, which took my wife and has since touched me, my daughter, and son.

The garden is an expression of my love of colour, differing structures, and evolving landscapes. The bed to the right of our driveway gathers tree lilies, dahlias, poppies, and irises. To the left of the driveway, punctuated by a cascading mulberry bush, is a bed that evolves from year to year as I stumble upon interesting plants at the nurseries. Foundational plants include rose bushes, irises, dahlias, alum, poppies, and a mix of annuals. The bed under the bow window contains a more formal arrangement of cedars, evergreens and junipers in a range of shapes and growth habits.

The pergola is home to my wisteria. Each summer, its graceful branches break forth with green leaves and lovely sprays of delicate mauve flowers. A stone walkway meanders from the front step through a flower bed of lush peonies, colourful annuals, daylilies and ferns. The pathway opens to a pond and waterfall with cattails and grasses, darting fish, and dappled shade, all reminiscent of the wealds and streams of my childhood. The rockery surrounding the pond is a riot of colours, and provides an evolving landscape through spring, summer and fall.

I am always willing to share my garden with visitors as a source of comfort and renewal.

Nancy Gabler and Sylvia Furman’s Park Place gardens, 1025 Richmond Road (just west of Woodroffe, north side of Richmond Road) 

Welcome to Park Place gardens! The gardens at our condominium building have been tended to by a succession of residents over the years and are a particular point of pride for all who live here. In fact, it was a resident who left money in their will to the Condominium Corporation so that a flower garden could be established. The resulting design included ponds with fountains and a bridge and walkway. This team of gardeners comprises residents in their 70’s and 80’s and me (recently retired). Although these gardens present numerous challenges we continue to conquer them with a combination of perennial plants and creative annual planting.  In recent years we have added an herb and vegetable garden and plan to expand the gardens where we have achieved success.