Long Branch Garden Tour 2019

The Long Branch Garden Tour took place on Saturday, June 22nd. This year’s tour, the third ever, was listed as the largest free garden tour in Canada. There were more than forty gardens open to the public in this west Toronto neighbourhood near the shores of Lake Ontario. I didn’t make it to all of them but, with map in hand, my husband and I sure gave it a good try.


It was difficult though to dash from one garden to another, as some of them just required a bit more time. Either to greet the resident pets, or to take one more photograph of some of the extraordinary plants.

I judge a garden tour or visit to a botanical garden by how many photos I’m inspired to take while visiting. I snapped 392 with my camera at this one, plus a few more on my phone for quick posting to instagram. I enjoyed myself very much!

Here are the images that stood out to me as some of the highlights. I could write a long blurb on each, but this post would never get written. So instead, please enjoy these photos from the gardens of the Long Branch Garden Tour 2019. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps find inspiration for your own garden from something you see.



Hybrid tea rose




A rose, but I have no idea which variety.


Unnamed shrub




Unnamed variety of coleus. This isn’t “Ruffles Copper” but it must be a close relative as it’s quite similar.




Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)








Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus)


Plants in pots



Funky ferns








Resident pets and other visitors






Neighbourhood garden tours are a wonderful way to see what grows in your area and to pick up tips from good gardeners. I highly encourage you to put on some comfy shoes, grab your camera and take in whatever tours are happening in your town. It’s a really fun way to spend a day.

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