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.


       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: They can be purchased in soft cover or electronic editions. All books are available at Chapters/Indigo and on The electronic editions are less that $4. Follow the links:

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