Toronto Islands’ Gardens – An Oasis in the City

Toronto Islands’ Gardens – An Oasis in the City

On a beautiful sunny day, my very favourite place to visit in Toronto is “The Island”.

Just a short ferry ride from southern end of the city, a magical oasis awaits you.

The Toronto Islands consist of one large island and several smaller ones. The main Island is divided into three sections, each with its own charm: Ward’s Island on the far east, Centre Island in the middle, and Hanlan’s point on the west. Three different ferries will take you to the destination of your choice.

In my case, there is only one destination – Ward’s Island. Ward’s Island, and the smaller Algonquin Island (separated by a small wooden bridge) are where the inhabitants of the Islands live. Live in colourful, charming homes, with stunning gardens and colorful, eclectic, garden art. It is a gardener’s paradise. To understand why there are so many fabulous and eclectic gardens in this small area a history lesson is in order. With the very real fear of the loss of their homes looming over their heads for 40 years, Islander’s spent their time and money on their gardens, rather than their homes. With the granting of 99 year leases on their properties in 1993, this threat was removed, but the wonderful gardens continued to grow and thrive.

The pictures below are of my enchanted Island.

The Wonderful World of Metal Garden Art

The Wonderful World of Metal Garden Art

As you wander through a garden, large or small, you may suddenly be faced with a strategically placed work of metal garden art.

Although puzzled at first, you move closer to get a better look and are surprised to discover that those are not ducks in the pond but bronze feet appearing to walk across the water!

Bronze feet on pond
statues two dogs digging

As you continue on your adventure you find two dogs digging in the dirt, the upper half of one disappearing into his newly dug hole. But no, those are not real dogs. To your delight you discover they are bronze replicas perfectly capturing the dogs in their frenzied activity.

What other surprises will this garden reveal?

If you had explored the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington, Ontario in the summer of 2009 you might also have discovered a 10′ wide rusted metal spider in his web, half-a-dozen giant metal men in tuxedos and a stylish bronze scarecrow. Each adding their own whimsical touch to an already inspiring garden. From small city yards to magnificent public gardens metal garden art can be used to charm and entrance.

spider web sculpture
bronze scarecrow
metal men in tuxedos
2 bronze statues

Although most people will not have ponds with magical feet, there is a wide variety of wonderful metal yard art to suit every taste and budget.

Metal garden sculptures which can be found in steel, copper, bronze and even recycled metal are very popular. Place a metal cat on the fence or hide an alligator in the grass. The large red moose emerging from the bushes looks striking in the snow. A dancing bunny or grinning dog with his bone will add a playful touch. For an exotic feel hang a colourful metal gecko or tree frog on your fence. The possibilities are endless.

Another option is metal garden stakes which are easy to move around and can brighten up a dull spot. Garden stakes of large colorful flowers or crazy critters add a whimsical touch to any yard.

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