May 30, 2022

By Christine Ross

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It’s a trend that bloomed during the pandemic and continues to grow.

In fact, a new study finds that gardening is more popular than ever with one million Canadians getting into it for the first time this season.

Toronto’s largest tour of private gardens runs Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th.

“I call it my place of refuge, but everybody is welcome,” says Sheri Cohen whose garden is one of 15 on the tour in Toronto’s Wychwood-Hillcrest neighborhood in support of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

There’ll be live music in her garden during the tour as Sheri uses music to heal.

“I use it as a meditation garden, I also host creative arts, I have lots of creative arts that I’ve done, I use it for ceremony and ritual.”

This must-see garden by the community activist and former social worker offers ornamental and edible plants, all overseen by a Buddha watching over the oasis.

Tour co-organizer and life long gardener Dugald Cameron says the tour is walkable or there’s a shuttle bus.

“There will be a master gardener in each garden to answer garden questions and we provide a map, information and descriptions of each garden so people can plan their visit,” said Cameron. “There’s a great source of information for people who are beginning gardening or even have been established gardeners to try another idea or see other combinations that you could put in the garden.”

“Every garden is special and has meaning for each person,” remarked Sheri Cohen.

For more information visit Toronto Botanical Garden.

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