I’m back. I’m exhausted but at the same time exhilarated. I have just spent over 4 days, for at least 12 hours a day, in the company of an amazing group of people. They were all gardeners – can you imagine? I couldn’t either until I actually did it. I was at the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling, which was held in Toronto this year.
Being a relatively new blogger, I didn’t even know the Fling existed until earlier this year. The more I looked into it, the more I wanted to go. And since it was being held in Toronto, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity.
|Royal Botanical Gardens|
The Fling is like the ultimate garden tour. It has been running since 2008 and takes place in a different city each year. This is the first time it has been held outside of the United States. I grew up in Toronto and then moved to the suburbs before settling down in a small rural town. Even as a local resident, I had only visited a few of the places that we went to and, in most cases, it had been years since I had been to them. I'm sure I don't have to mention that touring with a group of gardeners is a completely different experience than going with family or on your own which, to me, is one of the biggest benefits of the Fling.
|Toronto Skyline from Ward's Island|
|Private garden in Swansea neighborhood|
|One of the greenhouses in the Niagara Floral Showhouse|
|Official Fling Photo|
I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it,
so I'll just let you guess which one is me
|Storm clouds roll in as we are waiting for the ferry|
to head back to Toronto
Next year, the Fling is going to be in Minneapolis. I’m already picturing myself doing the old hat toss beside the Mary Tyler Moore statue, although I know my rendition will more closely resemble Rhoda ;)