Gardens of Toronto

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I promised pix of two Toronto gardens, and forgot that I actually visited three. First up: the Toronto Botanical Garden, which is located in the northeast corner of Edwards Gardens.

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We lucked out with the weather when we visited–not a cloud in the sky.

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The TBG’s centerpiece: a cityscape made up of plants.

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A different view of the CN Tower.

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A box full of flora and citrus, although the faded pictures in the windows also caught my eye. Below, a sampling of the garden’s more striking flora:

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Just as striking: rhubarb in the vegetable garden.

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A winding path suggests the TBG is just as notable for its fauna.

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It wasn’t even Autumn yet, and I could not ask for a lovelier burst of colors.

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A Japanese-influenced bridge accompanies a peaceful afternoon.

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Another TBG centerpiece.

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A trip to Toronto is not complete without at least one black squirrel sighting.

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Later in the week, we returned to Casa Loma, an enormous early 20th century castle smack dab in the middle of the city.

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For Steve and I, Casa Loma’s primary attraction is its backyard garden.

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Above and below: a sampling of what one can find in Casa Loma’s gardens.

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Casa Loma’s interior is worth a look as well, especially this stained glass dome.

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Right down the street from Casa Loma is the Spadina Museum

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…which also has an extensive garden. Below, a few colorful close-ups:

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Black squirrels love it here too. This one frivolously leapt across the lawn as I sat on a bench, taking in some fresh air and a little respite from the busy, sprawling metropolis that is Greater Toronto.

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