We have lived in the Toronto area for almost 30 years and yet there are still popular destinations that we have never managed to visit.
Last weekend we used the Toronto Islands Spring Garden Tour as an excuse to check off one more spot on our list of points of interest we haven't explored.
As you can see here on the map, there is a crescent-shaped cluster of islands just off-shore in the Toronto harbour.
There is no bridge to the islands. If you want to get there, you have to take a ferry ride.
As well as being a popular recreational destination, the Toronto Islands are home to a small residential community. Our ferry took us out to Ward's Island.
The weather couldn't have been better for our first visit!
Other than service vehicles, there are no cars on the Toronto islands. Bikes are as motorized as it gets.
The houses are largely cottage style with picturesque lane ways in between them like this one.
Though the view of Toronto's busy downtown core is often within eyesight,
the atmosphere on the island is relaxed and casual.
Everywhere we looked it seemed that there are quaint cottages with pretty gardens.
Today, I am going to show you one of my favourite gardens on the tour.
A flagstone path lined with ferns leads into the core to this garden.
At the heart of the garden, there is a shallow pond with rustic bench under a Redbud covered in
small magenta-pink flowers.
A stone bridge leads you across the pond.
This is a shady garden and so there were lots of ferns among the plantings, as well as this white
flowering Epimedium on the right.
I loved this delicate ferns with its fine black stems. I have no idea of its name, but am going to make a point of looking for a plant to purchase at my favourite local nursery.
This is the view looking back to the entrance gate.
A closeup of the entrance gate.
We'll pause for a break at the Island Cafe before touring a few more of gardens on Ward's Island.
Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S. I promise to post the winners of the Loblaw gift cards up next.