Magical Garden Tour plants seeds for inspiration

In case you missed it, the Magical Garden Tour was filled with inspiration. On June 24, the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms for most of the day, but that didn’t deter the Leaside Garden Society from holding their Magical Garden Tour as planned.  Rain or shine, the show must go on! 

Unfortunately, the threat of a downpour kept me home that day, and so I missed the tour.  

But thanks to some of the LGS members, I was provided with so many garden details and photos from all nine gardens on the tour that I feel like I was there:

Reimagining the front yard 

There were front gardens on the tour this year, and it’s no wonder. Check out these lawn-less beauties!

206 Sutherland.
651 Broadway.
651 Broadway.

Graceful curves

I noticed a lot of winding paths in the gardens this year. These natural lines can create mystery and add softness to any garden. Like magic!

84 Thursfield.
84 Thursfield.

Dining with the birds, bees and butterflies

Whether it’s sipping a morning coffee or dining alfresco, for me, this is the best way to enjoy a garden. I grabbed some great ideas from these gardens!

72 Sutherland.
72 Sutherland.
955 Millwood.
955 Millwood.
640 Broadway.
640 Broadway.

Vegetables galore

I noticed a lot of creative food growing this year, including potatoes sprouting in an old bathtub and one vegetable garden extraordinaire. The owners turned a patch of dead lawn into a 300 sq. ft. vegetable garden where every plant is grown from seed!

92 Thursfield.
92 Thursfield.

Opposites attract

Some gardeners prefer clean, simple lines with a lot more order and control. Yet something magical happens when this aesthetic holds hands with the wild side of nature. Stunning.

20 Rykert.
20 Rykert.
102 Leacrest.
102 Leacrest.

Though this is just a peek at the nine gardens on the tour this year, I think it’s clear there was an abundance of beauty, great ideas, and yes, a lot of magic.

 

About Debora Kuchme 63 Articles
After a 30-year career as a fashion designer, Debora worked at Horticultural Design for over a decade. Now with her concerns about climate change, she hopes to help local gardeners find positive solutions for a greener and healthier neighbourhood. As a board member of the Bayview Leaside BIA, she created the Bayview Pixies, a volunteer group introducing sustainable gardening practice to Bayview.