The trip to Ward Island was my favorite part of the Fling until…
we went to the Toronto Botanical Garden (4.5 acres of pure gardening delight) for our final dinner. The gardens there were spectacular and I will show them shortly.
The only kink in our trip was when a downpour came as we left Ward Island. We were soaked even though wearing a rain jacket and having an umbrella. On the ferry we were still getting hit by the driving rain. By the time the ferry docked, the rain was pretty much over. I found out that this storm did not hit Niagara Falls, but by the time we drove home from the train station, Niagara Falls got their rain. Yippy for my garden!!!! In fact, three days later, it still was raining quite hard. Happy, happy plants.
Unfortunately for our group of three, we had to head out before the Fling and dinner at the Toronto Botanical Garden was concluded.
Barb and I had a great time visiting a city both of us were quite familiar, her more than me though. I have visited Toronto many times and never took the ferry to Ward Island. The last post showed why we were there, but I was very happy to see the Toronto skyline from the ferry. It is the best view of the skyline at sunset, but we were greeted by a storm. Not too bad a view though, right?
People in New York who live along Lake Ontario can see Toronto almost every clear day since it is only 30 miles across the lake. It is seen, but still rather small. From the ferry, it is a wonderful view. I only had my Nikon P510 along, and happily so I might add. I packed light, but came home with so much swag my backpack and carry-bag weighed quite a bit.
I think this was the best organized Fling I attended. The gardens were well-selected and varied with something for every taste. The organizers, Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens, Lorraine Flanigan of City Gardening Online and Veronica Sliva of A Gardener’s World, and Sarah Battersby of Toronto Gardens, each planned perfectly, even down to getting us the taxi to leave. I was very impressed and thank them for all they did to make our trip a wonderful, carefree experience. I even came home with all my Canadian money spent.
Toronto has one of the most beautiful skylines I have seen even though the height of the buildings are shorter than other cities like New York or Chicago. The CN tower is pretty tall, but not as tall as a few others around the world.
Tomorrow, I have a collector’s garden from the Toronto Fling. Usually I don’t do posts each day, but my garden is following the collector’s garden. I will be looking at her garden as a designer, then making note of how I approach “cramming in the plants” and keeping them healthy.