I’ve never been a gardener. But boy do I love flowers. An obvious influence must be that my childhood century home in the country sat on just shy of an acre of green grass, with a glorious potpurri of wildflowers and splashes of vivid colours no matter where I explored. The sweet peas in the vegetable garden were one of my favourite flowers, and it was fun to cut bunches to bring inside and display in a vase on the kitchen table. There were lilac trees, an intoxicatingly fragrant mock orange tree as sweet as candy, lily of the valley, peonies, irises, daffodils, and so many more beautiful colours and smells.
Garden gazing can be a peaceful, meditative pastime, and may inspire your inner artist to pick up a paintbrush, camera or notebook… or even get gardening.
Here are four of my favourite Gorgeous Garden Escapes in Toronto: