Those of us who attend these Flings take away so much more than garden design, plants, and landscaping. Imagine an annual pilgrimage to get reacquainted with many of your fellow gardeners. Friendships are formed, nurtured, and bloom. (like the gardening metaphor?)
First we check into a grand intown hotel. This year's hotel was quite grand indeed. We stayed at the Fairmont Royal York. A brief history of the hotel can be found here.
My fellow traveling companions were game to explore the city upon arrival.
|Julie, Marian, Helen, Karin, and Julie|
From just about everywhere the CN tower is in view.
Since the Toronto Music Garden wasn't on our list of many gardens we checked it out. Certainly worth a look if you visit Toronto.
Once the Fling was underway it was time to catch up with fellow bloggers from near and far. The camaraderie is wonderful. Each year I look forward more and more to seeing my friends from Texas, and England and Wisconsin and Minnesota and Ohio and California and and and..... you get the idea. It is a giant talkfest.
We document our gathering with regional blogger photos. Seeing a city through the eyes of someone who lives there is special....but so is getting to know fellow bloggers. Toronto has great vistas...many include the CN tower.
|Julie, Lisa, me, Marian, Karin and Julie|
|Dragon sculpture on Wards Island|
|View from Algonquin Island|
Photo angles can be all important, one learns from the best on how to achieve that best shot.
|Janet and Barbara|
We saw more than gardens. Those who like architecture would have loved seeing Cabbagetown, a section of Toronto that was once home to many Irish immigrants. It is known as the largest continuous area of Victorian homes in North America.
There was a nice dose of history in our tour of Toronto. The Evergreen Brick works is a reclaimed brick factory and quarry. The wall art depicts the waterways through Toronto that feed into Lake Ontario. The quarry was site to archeological findings of a second Ice Age.
|Remaining ductwork in the furnaces|
Seeing so many aspects of this city was really amazing. Big thanks to our planners, Helen Battersby, Sarah Battersby, Lorraine Flanigan and Veronica Sliva. We made new friends, saw incredible gardens, learned a bit about Toronto, rode the ferry, and chatted with all sorts of Torontonians.
|Dog parking station at Evergreen Brick Works|
|Maya and Beth|
|Judy, me, Tammy, Karin, Brandon, and Julie|
Flings are times you get to check off a bucket list item - Niagara Falls
And did I mention all those wonderful fellow bloggers? Miss you all and looking forward to next year!
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