|A view of Grenadier Pond is just one of the delights in our Swansea gardens.|
Don't sweat the actual times yet – you'll get a detailed itinerary with your registration package.
OUR WELCOME EVENT (Thursday evening):
In case you've come late to the party and missed our post – Lee Valley Tools is hosting our welcome fest in a big way. You'll want to be there. Really, you will. Tip: Leave room in your suitcase and be ready to check your bag on your return flight.
DAY ONE (Friday):
Buses rotate between three west-end sites:
|Luscious arrangement from My Luscious Backyard|
A look at site restoration at Toronto's High Park, with info on invasive species, especially in Toronto's native oak savannah habitat. High Park is Toronto's Central Park or Hyde Park.
We'll explore two (possibly three) neighbouring gardens in the Swansea district. Some overlook High Park's Grenadier Pond.
Buses take us to the ferry docks
Box lunch to eat on the Toronto Island Ferry to Ward's Island
|Toronto Island cottages|
Note: On the Island side, we'll stop at the docks for our Toronto Fling photo op with a skyline background! Wear your best smiles.
Then, a preview of the Toronto Island Garden Tour, with as many as ten cottage gardens to tour at your own pace. We'll give you a map and set you free.
Friday dinner on your own. If you're on the Island, you might try the Rectory Café or the Island Café for dinner. Both are a short walk from the Ward's Island ferry docks. No return ticket required.
Friday evening – hold this space for bzzzzzznzzz we are arranging with Burt's Bees. Details TBD.
DAY TWO (Saturday):
Earlybirds can begin the day by walking with Helen to St. Lawrence Market, our historic downtown farmer's market, for breakfast. The Canadian back bacon on a bun is a fave, but there are more gourmet options. The Market opens at 5 am on Saturdays – we don't have to be quite as early as that!
|Marion Jarvie's garden|
Then we head north to visit the garden of Marion Jarvie for our own private tour. Marion is plantswoman and true collector, and her half-acre space is filled with unusual species and specimens. With one of Marion's four Open Gardens having happened the weekend prior, the garden should be in top form.
Yes, we'll feed you lunch; details in the works.
|Parkwood Estate and (we hope) peonies!|
From here, we're crossing our fingers for fine weather, because our next stop, a few minutes away, is the peony garden at the Oshawa Botanical Garden, with (with luck) 300+ species of peony gloriously in bloom.
|Ellen Carr's garden in June 2013|
Our last stop of the day is the Bluffs-area garden of Ellen Carr, president of the city's largest, poshest garden club, the Garden Club of Toronto. Our picture gives you a wee peek, including a corner of the thyme lawn.
Back to Toronto for dinner on your own
Saturday evening – our bloggers' chat with You Grow Girl Gayla Trail. Check the link for info, with exact time and place to come.
Have we exhausted you yet? Get ready for Sunday!
DAY THREE (Sunday):
|View of the skyline from the Hugh Garner Rooftop Garden|
Then we head to the Evergreen Brick Works, a heritage industrial space that has been transformed into a nature preserve and education centre – as well as an organic farmer's market. Sarah wrote about it a few years ago.
Box lunch at the Brick Works
|Aga Khan Museum grounds|
Then we all head to the lovely certified wildlife habitat garden of Siri Luckow, not far away.
|Toronto Botanical Garden|
Buses bring you back to the Fairmont Royal York, well fed and well fêted. If you need to go to the airport directly from the TBG, please let Helen know asapASAP.
And stay tuned, soonish, for our optional Niagara day itinerary.
P.S. Sarah is organizing a small, unofficial excursion to Wild Flower Farm on Tuesday, June 9th. Let her know on the Fling Facebook page if you're interested.