Sometimes a garden is so beloved that it becomes an integral stop on a neighbourhood walk, a sight that people can’t help remarking on and remembering.
This was true of a Toronto front garden that the owners believe was replanted in the 1980s by the late Canadian landscape architect Lois Lister, a specialist in residential design who created dozens of gardens in the Rosedale and Forest Hill areas for the city’s movers and shakers. Lister had infused the garden with a dizzying assortment of colourful plantings. In the decade that followed, however, the plants outgrew the space, and the original design became totally overgrown.
Beautifully framed by handsome trees and stonework, this restored front-yard garden in Toronto is a delicately embroidered spring tapestry.