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GPOD on the Road: The Gardens of Spadina Museum

Historic gardens around a mansion

long view of the gardens with the museum in the background

Today Cherry Ong is once again taking us along on a garden tour from her recent trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This time, visiting The Gardens of Spadina Museum. According to Cherry, how you pronounce the name “Spadina” depends on where in Toronto you are from, either Spa-dye-na or Spa-Dee-nah.

This historic mansion tells the story of 1930s Toronto on the inside, and has beautiful gardens on the outside.

long view of the gardens with the museum in the background

View of the mansion itself, looming large over the garden beds.

large antique greenhouse

A beautiful antique greenhouse in the gardens, built in 1903.

cold frames full of flowers

Cold frames next to the greenhouse, a traditional and low-tech way to extended growing seasons. Strips of shade cloth laid over the greenhouse glass help keep the temperatures cooler in the summer.

covered garden patio surrounded by plants

A lush, flowery corner of the gardens.

pink and purple flowers along side of house

This stone wall makes a beautiful backdrop to flowers in shades of pink and lavender, including the huge flower heads of Allium christophii (Zone 4 – 8)

plant with small white flowers

The fragrant white flowers of a mock orange (Philadelphus sp., Zone 4 – 8) hanging over a clump of hosta (Zone 3 – 8)

close up of large light pink flowers

A pink oriental poppy (Papaver orientale, Zone 3 – 7). Oriental poppies have huge, beautiful flowers are and very durable, long-lived perennials, but remember that they go completely dormant in the summer after flowering, so plant them where other plants can cover up the bare spot they leave behind.

small nodding flowers

A lovely allium relative, Nectaroscordum siculum (Zone 4 – 10), which is just as deer resistant as alliums.

small stone path winding through plants

Allium christophii blooms line a narrow path through the garden.

stone pot full of colorful flowers

Cheerful color from a stone urn filled with violas (Viola x wittrockiana) Though generally grown as a cool-season annual, some varieties will bloom all summer long in cooler summer climates.


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    simplesue 07/08/2022

    Wow, such a beautiful historic home & garden, it looks so European, but there it is so close to the USA in Canada!
    I just had to save the photo of that gorgeous pink oriental poppy! Thanks for another amazing tour Cherry Ong!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/08/2022

      You’re welcome!

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  3. sandyprowse 07/09/2022

    I worked as a volunteer in those gardens years ago. It was a period I look back upon most fondly. Spadina House is now in the centre of the city but while working in the gardens one would think it was deep in the country. A beautiful garden and one worth viewing.

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