Gardens at Casa Loma


>>Bruce Scott: There aren’t many gardens like this. We have a sort of specially gardens areas throughout the whole five acres of ground. We’ve got sparkling fountains. We’ve got water features at the back gazebos, rose arbores. So come on into my back yard! I’d just like to point out these containers we did in early spring. This is the way we get a jump on spring. We’ve had these planted up until April 15 now that is not the last frost free date in this area, but we are pretty much assured that any kind of cold weather we’re going to get is just going to be one or two degrees below zero. So pansies and phormiums are both hearty. If you come closer I’d like to show you the beautiful colour combinations in this phorminum. It is got this sort of bronzy coloured leaves with pink and almost yellow and we planted that with pansies. So this gives us our early jump on spring Nice little turrets that jut out over the lower terrace. And this is part of my garden. When you look down here you get a feel for the layout of the garden. This is probably one of my favourite plants in the garden and I can guarantee you if I had potted plants here ready to sell, I would sell out in no time. As soon as people see the peachy pink colour of this Iris Beverly Sills they’ll just fall in love with it. Beverly Sills the famous opera singer. We have two types of irises in the garden. There is this one and the Siberian Iris you’ll see at the front of the castle. But these are really the show stoppers with their large petals and the bearded falls that they have. An amazing colour. Lets go see the other iris. This is the other iris I am really fond of in the garden. It’s an iris called Deep Pacific Blue. I like the way it shows off against the lime green of this Alchemy Lomalus. Some of the perennials actually get to be eight to ten feet tall. But of course when you have such a tall and magnificent building as your backdrop, you have to have plants that are statuesque; huge not just small little perennials. One of the oldest trees on the property; this beautiful Camperdown Elm. I find it interesting at this time of year that certain colour schemes predominate in the garden and you get to notice these things over the years. At this time there are a lot of blues, purples, little bit of pinks and reds mixed with white. This area really is characteristics of a lot of plants that are blooming at this time of year. Its not until later in the season, that you start to get into the yellows and oranges and sort of bright reds which, are stronger colours and they tend to bloom later in the season and I have often wondered why this is. Maybe its because the plants which bloom later in the season have more competitors so therefore they have to be more vibrant more colourful to attract pollinators or something to that effect. but at this time of year very few yellows and oranges appear naturally in the garden. Its a beautiful rose. When you first see it opening up it is a very simple rose but then the beauty of it is really all the stamens and their anthers. the red stamens and the gold anthers. Beautiful! And then its the fragrance. It smells like honey. Beautiful rose. This has a micro climate because its on a south facing slope and its protected on either side. We call it the Rhododendron Dell. And its probably an old stream bed that came down the side of the hill. So as you proceed down you can see some of our Azaleas just finishing blooming, some are just opening up. You can see here the Kalmia, another type of acid loving plant native to the south east United States, but hearty in this part of Toronto. I know what question you are going to ask me. You are going to ask me how many different types of plants do I have in the garden Right? >>Visitor: Yeah. >>Bruce Scott: [laugh] Because everyone asks that question. Its the most commonly asked question. And you know I can’t really answer that because I dont have an actual detailed list of every plant that is growing in the garden. We’re not a Botanical Garden so we dont keep records to that extent. But I know in roses alone we have over a 150 different species of roses; Shrubs probably 50 to 60 trees and different plants, like herbaceous plants there is probably 3 or 400 different species in the garden. So come on out and enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Gardens at Casa Loma

  1. tehehehhe lol i know what yor going to ask me
    how many plants do we have at casaloma?
    AHHHHHHHHHHHH…………………YES?
    GODD JOB !!!!!!<3 CASALOMA

  2. hi, thanks for this beautiful video. i know you have to pay to get inside the buildings, but if i just want to come look at the gardens, can i do that for free?

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