October 18, 2017

Giving Thanks over Thanksgiving at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Autumn foliage and flowers at the TBG



I was stuck in town over the Thanksgiving (Canadian) weekend so I ambled over to the Toronto Botanical Garden to see the latest displays of fall flowers and foliage. It's a great time to visit as I'm not fighting with spring crowds or enduring summer's heat and humidity. Sure, you won't see the masses of tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs or the gaudy summer over-the-top peony blooms in October (which are all beautiful nevertheless). The feeling now is more subdued, as if the gardens here and all over town are telling us that "hey, we're feeling a little tired now but we'll put on one last great display of colour before we sleep over winter." 

I'm very thankful that the TBG exists for all of Toronto and elsewhere to enjoy. There's no admission cost, it's accessible by public transit (although a trek from downtown where I live), has ample parking, and offers many programs and lectures.

I occasionally pop by for an hour or so, take several dozen pictures, have a coffee, read a bit and leave with my "flower and foliage fix" satisfied.

Here are some highlights from my visit two weeks ago for you enjoy. Autumn in Toronto is quite lovely, if you can ignore the incessant whine of leaf blowers inflicted by those mow-blow- and go landscapers all over the city right now!




Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden Amsonia hubrichtii fall colour by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical 
Garden showing Amsonia hubrichtii's 
fall colour in the background




Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden autumn foliage peony Hakone grass by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden 
autumn herbaceous peony and Hakone grass foliage



Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden autumn Switch Grass Panicum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden 
autumn Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)



Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden autumn ‘Strictum’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum) by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden 
autumn ‘Strictum’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum)



Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden Verbena bonariensis and Joe Pye Weed by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical 
Garden Verbena bonariensis and Joe Pye Weed



Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden Verbena bonariensis by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical 
Garden Verbena bonariensis blooms



Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden ‘Firedance’ mountain fleece and Hosta sieboldiana ‘Blue Angel’ by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Entry Garden Walk at the Toronto Botanical 
Garden ‘Firedance’ mountain fleece and 
Hosta sieboldiana ‘Blue Angel’ 




Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' Mountain Fleece at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' Mountain Fleece 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' Toad Lily at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' Toad Lily 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 



Hellebore, epimedium and 'Coonara Pygmy Japanese maple at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hellebore, epimedium and 'Coonara Pygmy' 
Japanese maple at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Witch Alder) at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Witch Alder) 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden


Indigofera kirilowii Indigo at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Indigofera kirilowii Indigo 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden


 Golden Full Moon Maple (Acer shirasawanum aureum at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
 Golden Full Moon Maple 
(Acer shirasawanum "Aureum") 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden


Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' Japanese maple at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' 
Japanese maple at the Toronto Botanical Garden



Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron amurense) bark at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron amurense) bark 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum 'Waterfall' Japanese maple at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum 'Waterfall' Japanese maple 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ Monkshood at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ Monkshood 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden




Autumn cutleaf Japanese maple and Hakone Japanese Forest Grass at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn cutleaf Japanese maple and 
Hakone Japanese Forest Grass 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Beautyberry Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst') 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' Beautyberry at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' (Beautyberry) 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Green Hornet Cutleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Green Hornet') at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Green Hornet" Cutleaf Japanese Maple 
(Acer palmatum 'Green Hornet') 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Hamamelis mollis Chinese witchhazel fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hamamelis mollis Chinese witch hazel 
fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Japanese Barberry and Sawara False Cypress detail at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Japanese Barberry and Sawara False Cypress 
detail at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Montauk daisy Nipponanthemum nipponicum at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Montauk daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Hamamelis virginiana common witch hazel autumn foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hamamelis virginiana (common witch hazel) 
autumn foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Hamamelis virginiana common witch hazel bloom and seed capsule at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hamamelis virginiana (common witch hazel) bloom and seed capsule at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Hamamelis virginiana common witch hazel blooms at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hamamelis virginiana (common witch hazel) 
blooms at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Acanthus hungaricus Bear's Breeches at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acanthus hungaricus (Bear's Breeches) 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Amsonia hubrichtii Bluestar at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Amsonia hubrichtii (Bluestar) 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Amsonia hubrichtii Bluestar fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Amsonia hubrichtii (Bluestar) fall foliage 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Autumn border at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn border at the Toronto Botanical Garden