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GPOD on the Road: Garden Tour in Toronto

Unusual sculpture in a private garden

small, simple stone and stump sculpture

We’re with Cherry Ong today, tagging along on a garden tour she did earlier this year during a trip to the Toronto area.

close up of garden bed with various types of fernsAccording to the brochure Cherry received for the tour, this woodland planting is the garden of a professional gardener who likes to garden in harmony with nature, using nothing but fallen leaves to fertilize and enrich the soil. Here you can see a diversity of beautiful ferns as thriving in those conditions. If you choose the right plants for the right spots, they’ll thrive without a lot of added inputs.

stone wall with animal skulls placed between rocksClearly this gardener collects things besides interesting plants. This combination of stones and skulls makes the garden ready for Halloween every day of the year.

stone patio with rock and moss gardenThere is really beautiful detail in the hardscaping. The large, dramatic rock is raw and naturalistic, contrasting beautifully with the formal, straight lines of the paving around it.

garden of various rocks and stonesThis stonework is incredible; I’ve never seen anything like it. Beautiful and dramatic, these stones almost look like living things rising up out of the ground.

small, simple stone and stump sculptureA minimalist stone sculpture

red and yellow metal sculpture in front of tall treesThis round, metal sculpture contrasts beautifully with the trees behind it. The silvery trunks look like those of beech trees (Fagus grandiflora, Zones 3–9), one of our most beautiful native trees.

old automotive parts reused and garden stepping stonesThese appear to be automotive parts, transformed into stepping-stones through the woodland garden, with all sorts of green treasurers growing around them.

view up the trunk of a large treeMature trees are the best garden feature possible. I love this view up the trunk of a mighty giant in the garden, which provides the shade and leaf litter that the plants below need to thrive.


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    simplesue 09/30/2022

    So true! "Mature trees are the best garden feature possible." I love how each garden has some sort of artistic ornament made with stone, wood, some old objects.
    Love love love that photo with the healthy happy Maidenhair Ferns!

  2. btucker9675 09/30/2022

    I love this quirky garden - a perfect home for gnomes, elves and fairies! All of the rocks are amazing. So much creativity.

  3. user-7392754 09/30/2022

    This is one of my favorite gardens yet!!! I just love the very unique garden sculptures and pavers, the distinctive rocks and how they are used. Every bit of it is so interesting.

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