Through the Garden Gate, the annual tour of private gardens put on by the Toronto Botanical Garden, is set in a different neighbourhood each year. This year’s tour focuses on Forest Hill, one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the city, which means visitors will get an up-close look at some grand and decadent gardens.
Last week’s preview of the 19 gardens on the tour included some of the most lovely gardens I’ve ever seen, with special plants, intriguing art, dramatic containers, thoughtful design and a surprising amount of serenity, considering the surrounding hustle of the city. Here are some glimpses of what the tour offers. Although most would be considered luxurious gardens, there were plant combinations, design ideas and charming vignettes that would work for many spaces and budgets.
Through the Garden Gate takes place Saturday, June 8, and Sunday June 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will have food trucks, ice cream stations and a complimentary shuttle bus for getting from garden to garden. You can order tickets and find out more information about the tour at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s website.