To allow all volunteers the chance to see all the gardens, we met Friday evening at the Estate Garden on Lakeridge Rd in Lakewood, the home of lovely Sue Cannon, who I enjoyed chatting with during my shift the next day. Sue and her friendly dog, along with her gardener, Suzanne, showed us around the extensive grounds which included a water lily pond, the Circle Garden with its patch of columbine, a rose garden and a collection of sculptures by well-known modern artists. We were amused to see a wren had nested in the mouth of "Running for the Bus" by her son, Kerry Cannon.
After touring the gardens, we were all ready for
the official tour on Saturday. During my morning shift, over 80 people came through, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather and delighting in the flourishing gardens. From bonsai and sculptures, to a glass studio, working miniature railroad and bountiful vegetable gardens, ticket holders were educated, inspired and renewed by their day among the plants.
One little cat desperately wanted to join us, but his likeness graced the greenery instead.