Highlights of Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour 2018

Highlights from Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour 2018

We had a wet weekend for the Long Branch Garden Tour. Very. Very. Wet. But that didn’t seem to dampen the spirit of the intrepid soles who braved the downpour last weekend, and the gardens couldn’t have looked better.


The day started off with a talk by garden expert Helen Battersby. She is a trooper. Despite the rain getting heavier and heavier, making more and more noise on umbrellas, she just kept increasing her volume and delivered a full talk on edible things in your garden that you might not realize are edible (including some pesky weeds). It was a considerable feat and I applaud her for it. I was very glad that my talk, later in the day, was indoors!


Speaking of my talk, thanks to everyone who came out to hear me speak about Multiplying Your Plants. It was a very engaged audience and I had a lot of fun.

As soon as the talk was over, my husband and I dashed to as many gardens as we could get to before the tour ended. We saw beauty, creativity, fruitfulness, floriferousness, and all sorts of other good things. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day:


















You can see more photos on the official tour website.

It was a heck of a garden tour! Congratulations to all involved! Rumour has it that plans are already under way for next year…


  1. Sandie Kilian on June 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Loved being involved in the Garden Tour but too bad I had little to offer – most plants were already ‘done’ and others not quite ready. However, it was a wonderful experience. Sorry I couldn’t attend your talk but glad it went well.
    I visited some of the other gardens on Sunday morning and was blown away by the layout, plants and especially the clematis in one garden. Just beautiful! I’m proud to be associated with this talented group.
    Congrats Jennifer.
    Here’s to next year!

    • Jennifer on June 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      It was great to meet you, Sandie. Plants never adhere to our schedules (“you should’ve seen them last week!” is always my refrain) but there’s always something interesting to see in a garden. Glad you were able to get out to see some of your neighbour’s gardens–so much talent in Long Branch!

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  3. Eugene K on June 30, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos here Jennifer. The rain may be wet, but it does provide beautiful light for the gardens and in ways brings out the best in the gardens. It was great to enjoy so many visions of what a garden can be. Beyond the gardens though, one of the best things about being involved with an event like this is that we had the opportunity to make friends with lots of gardeners in our community.

    • Jennifer on June 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Yes, the weather did provide great light–overcast is always better for bringing out the vibrant colours. You and Sheila did a stellar job on bringing so many gardeners together–and everyone contributed in wonderful ways. Looking forward to next year!

  4. RosettaC on July 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    My husband and I came from Markham and thoroughly enjoyed our day touring the gardens. I was so happy to see so many people out, even in the constant rain. We were dressed for it – hats, cape and garden boots. The gardens were spectacular. We caught most of your talk and it was informative. We hope to come to this again next year.

    • Jennifer on July 20, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour Rosetta, and great that you came prepared for the weather! Let’s hope we just have showers of flowers for next year’s tour!

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