WALATing at Casa Loma (photo heavy)
We were in Toronto this afternoon and decided to stop in and check out the garden at Casa Loma - admission is free to the garden after 4:00 when the house closes.
In case you don't know what Casa Loma is, see the link below...
It's a sort of fairy-tale-looking castle in the middle of Toronto.
This is a view of the front entrance (you can see on the left side that one wing is covered with scaffolding so some repairs are obvoiusly being made to something...)
And another view from the east side:
In the front entrance picture you can see some pink roses. There were a number of them in the front. I'm not sure what their name is but I really liked them. The beds they were in were edged in some places with matching pale pink annual geraniums and something silver; it other places there was lavender edging. Here are a couple of views of them:
In the front entrance picture, you can also see a bit of stone wall. The castle is surrounded by a very interesting stone wall. Here is a view of a piece of the wall:
Unfortunately, of the main garden areas, only the lower terrace was accessible for me. There is a fairly extensive forest/woodland garden but, since it is on a hill, there is a lot of stairs and steep slopes so I couldn't go there. Also, much of it is a spring garden so its primary showy season is over now.
The terrace garden is a more formal layout, but asymetrical in that there is a prominent pool and fountain but it's not in the center. Looking at the main beds on the lower terrace garden from the upper terrace:
The pool and fountain viewed through the upper terrace wall:
The steps leading down to the wooded areas lead off from left of the pool, past a wall covered in climbing hydrangea:
I was hoping that there would be a larger part of the garden that would be accessible for me... The recreating (not a true restoration) of the gardens didn't start until 1987 or so and I think the last time I had been to Casa Loma was before that! So I wasn't sure what to expect.... If you're ever in Toronto, Casa Loma is well worth a visit.
Here is a link that might be useful: Casa Loma