Four years ago, Bonny McKeough of Chatham, Ontario, embarked on an ambitious mission to grow the perfect herb garden, one styled after the distinguished Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Starting with a 2-acre grass-covered lot, some basic design plans, and a shovel and wheelbarrow, she carved out a 60x160-foot formal garden framed by an artistic latticework of grass paths.
Nested in a residential neighborhood in West Vancouver, this park offers stunning perspective on the British Columbian ecosystem with its three attractions. The centerpiece of this operation is the historic bridge that stretches 450 feet across and 250 feet above the Capilano River. As you cross, you are embraced by the beauty of the river below and the occasional bald eagle flying overhead. The bridge was built in 1889, and its construction and history is well told throughout the 27 acres.
Victoria, British Columbia is known for its beautiful, mountainous terrain, abundant sea life, and fantastic culture. If you need more of a reason to visit, then Butchart Gardens is calling. The star of the show creates a patchwork across this abandon quarry. If you have ever looked at garden images on Pinterest, there is no doubt that you have come across pictures of this garden. I will be the first to say I am not a designer who loves a ton of “in-your-face color,” but the scale in which this garden is planted is remarkable.
Design duo Leire Asensio-Villoria and David Syn Chee Mah worked with students at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to create this undulating take on a garden wall.
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, and you are interested in gardening there is no shortage of amazing locations you will want to add to your schedule. Breathtaking natural settings run throughout Vancouver and at the heart of the city stands the incomparable Stanley Park. Roughly 980 acres in size, the park embraces the city with a 5-mile seawall bike and running path with stunning views of English Bay, Lion’s Gate Bridge and abundant sea life—sometimes even an Orca.
Toronto’s push for urban green space is not limited to the lakeshore. Throughout the city, small public parks can be found tucked among high rises, shopping centers and condominiums, often housing works of outdoor art. With designs by some of the most noted architects, landscape architects and artists, most of the spaces are part of an extensive Parks, Forestry & Recreation network. It’s rare to see any of these locations vacant — it seems there is always someone reading a book, playing with a dog or taking a brown-bag break. Below are just a few examples.