The guide for the 25th anniversary Through the Garden Gate tour advised, "If you can see one garden, make it this one."
Many of the gardens on last year's tour were designed and planted by professionals. They were fabulous, but often somewhat impersonal.
This garden was different.
The design and the choice of plants all had a definite personality behind them.
When the homeowners bought the property 15 years ago, there was little in the front garden and just a few structures in the back, but no plants. New garden beds were dug down as much as a meter, and the clay soil was replaced with a combination of clay, peat and sand.
At the front of the house, the garden gate opens to a curved path and a collection of barberries, spireas and perennials. A climbing hydrangea winds its way up the pillars of the double verandah.
A huge glass vase filled with peonies greeted visitors on the front porch.
Turning to our left we enter an expansive walled garden.
Here there is a solarium, a greenhouse, fruit trees, roses, peonies and assorted perennials.
The homeowner and gardener spends her summers working in the garden. You can feel that personal touch throughout the space.
This year, Through the Garden Gate offers garden lovers a peak into 19 private gardens in Forest Hill and South Hill in Toronto.
For those of you living in the GTA, mark June 8 and 9th on your calendars for this two day event. For more tour details on tickets informaton click here.