One of the lovely Toronto gardens we visited during the June 2015 Garden Bloggers’ Fling is something of an engineering marvel, composed of highly sophisticated plantings in retained beds that flank hairpin paths traversing a steep slope on the western shore of High Park’s Grenadier Pond. I have visited this garden on tour in the past and have a renewed appreciation for people whose passion for gardening plays out on a site better suited to mountain goats than humans.
Coupled with the physical difficulty of getting up and down the paths is the effect of heavy rains, which can – and do – wreak havoc on plantings and stone walls. And then there are Grenadier Pond’s beavers, which have a taste for pondside trees – thus necessitating a wire wrap on young, valuable trees.
But let’s start up at the top of this property, where I have a chat with sculptor Wojtek Biczysko. A friend of the owners, his works and that of his sculptor wife Ania Biczysko, are featured throughout the garden.
Here’s is Wojtek’s sinuous, iron terrace railing.
This is a nice touch: the railing embracing the remnant trunk of an old tree.
I love this combination of Phantom petunia and ‘Illusion Emerald Lace‘ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas).
And this! Nothing like a gorgeous gentian (Rocky Diamond Blue Heart – a Gentiana scabra introduction) in a glazed turquoise pot!
This property has long been a beautiful outdoor setting for the Biczyskos’ work. I photographed this piece in 2010.
And this shimmering, kinetic hanging sculpture captures the light and the surrounding greenery and sky beautifully.
I remember when the same sculpture was installed on an old tree leaning out over Grenardier pond – now gone (beaver casualty, perhaps?) There is something mesmerizing about watching the scenery reflected back from each of those little panels….
I love these pendulous metal flowers on the slope on the way down to the pond.
At the base of the slope, just beyond a little sailboat hull, is an installation by Ania Biczysko featuring a steel panel with a foliage cut-out in front of a blue panel.
As Austin, Texas blogger Pam Penick pointed out in her blog on this lovely garden, the background panel can easily be changed to another colour.
At the shore of Grenadier Pond across from High Park is a welcoming fire pit with candles in lanterns. What fun it would be to sit here on warm summer evenings!
Thanks to the gardeners for making us feel so welcome here, and to Wojtek and Ania Biszysko, for being on hand to discuss their sculptures.