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The joys of terrace gardening in downtown Toronto

30 Mar

The spring of 2012 has been exceptional. I attended “Canada Blooms” in March, and although I enjoyed the show immensely, I was very disappointed that they ignored container gardening for terraces and balconies. A sizeable portion of people who attend the show each year live in downtown condos and apartment buildings. Not everyone has the luxury of owning a home with a backyard and front garden.

I live in a downtown condo that faces south toward the lake. The 200-foot terrace is on the southeast corner of the building, so is protected from the wind. The pictures below were taken in the spring of 2005.

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       View from inside the apartment

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           Container boxes with pansies and tulips

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Purple and white lilacs, two bushes in a single container

I was born in Toronto. Several years ago we moved downtown and began container gardening. Each year, we maintain a well-stocked herb garden. Container gardening has added to our appreciation of living among the high-rise buildings.

I love living in Toronto. I have spent much of my adult life researching and teaching about the city. It is the background for the seven books that I have written. My book “The Villages Within” was short-listed for the Toronto Heritage Awards. If interested in novels with a Toronto setting, descriptions of the books are available by following the link: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/toronto-author-publishes-seventh-novel/ They can be purchased in soft cover or electronic editions. All books are available at Chapters/Indigo and on Amazon.com. The electronic editions are less that $4. Follow the links:

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Arse Over Teakettle: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000132634/Arse-Over-Teakettle.aspx

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Author’s Home Page: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/

Authors can be contacted at: tayloronhistory@gmail.com

 
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