Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Here's what you wrote about #GBFling15

Our official Fling 2015 group shot from Ward's Island, Toronto
The Toronto Fling has flung, and everyone who came seems to have had a Flingtastic time! That's gratifying for us on the organizing committee, and we thank you all so much for coming.

Here are links to our bloggers' posts about their experiences in Toronto. Much more was shared on Twitter and other social media, including the Garden Bloggers Fling Facebook group page. Although hashtags don't live forever, look for the #GBFling15 hashtag on Facebook or on Twitter and on the lovely images from the #GBFling15 tag on Instagram.

Here are a few of the nice things you've said:
"Absolutely LOVED the fling this year! Thank you everyone for making me feel welcome even though I'm a plant newbie!" (Brandon, Colorado)
"Thank you Helen, Sarah, Lorraine, and Veronica for sharing your incredible city! As a first time flinger I was blown away by the magnitude of this event. Your countless hours of planning that took place behind the scenes made for a flawless fling. Every stop was a new adventure and gave a real taste of the diversity of gardeners there are in the Toronto area. It was such a treat to meet all my blogger friends, those I've known for years on-line and others for the first time. Y'all are amazing! And a special thank you to Janet for being my fling mentor and taking me under your wing." (Janet, Georgia)

Toronto's famous skyline
Your Fling/Toronto overviews:

#GBFling15 on CityGardening's Flipboard, Ontario  (Flipboard login required)

Garden Bloggers' Fling 2015, Cooking in Someone Else's Kitchen, Ontario


Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling – What is a garden?, The Arch City Gardener, Missouri

Flinging in Toronto, Homegrown - Adventures in my Garden, Ontario


Everything Looks Good Next to a Blue Hosta, Notes from NorthernGardener magazine online, Minnesota

Ten Takeaways from the Garden Bloggers' Fling, PlantPostings, Wisconsin

2015 Garden Bloggers' Fling, Toronto, Garden337, Michigan

We're Flinging in Toronto, Garden Rant (Elizabeth Licata, New York)

Garden Bloggers Fling 2015: Highlights, Southern Wild, South Carolina

Toronto Skyline, Garden Bloggers Fling 2015, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York

Your June garden needs more alliums, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Toronto, The Botanical Journey, Texas

The Fine Craft of Garden Art, Into the Southern Wild, South Carolina

Fling experience, Toronto style, The Queen of Seaford, South Carolina

The New Perennialist: A moment in the sun, The New Perennialist, Ontario

The Local Gardening Show I Covet: Central Texas Gardener, Garden Rant (Susan Harris, Washington, D.C.)

The Heart of the Matter, Casa Mariposa, Virginia 

Toronto Music Garden: A remarkable garden experience, Natural Gardening, North Carolina 

Wildlife Wednesday, Rebecca's Retreat, Texas

Allan Gardens Conservatory, The Danger Garden, Oregon

Clever Ideas, Central Texas Gardener, Texas

Formal gardens don't have to be stuffy, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Design ideas from Toronto to Texas, Central Texas Blogger, Texas

Miscellany from the Toronto Fling, Danger Garden, Oregon

My no longer horizontally challenged fence, Art of Gardening, New York


Thursday, June 4

Our opening night at Lee Valley Tools

A Texan post from the Garden Bloggers Fling Facebook group:
"Dear Lee Valley Tools,
Our generous opening night sponsor, Lee Valley Tools on King Street West
I am in love with your website! I have had a thing about tools ever since my Grandfather (gruff scary man) let me play with all his carpentry tools and helped me build a boat when I was six. I have been looking for a good source of useful tools and other practical things forever. I found you even have great shorts with tons of pockets that my husband will love. I am going to live dangerously and sign up for your email updates! The tools you gave us at the Garden Bloggers Fling are going to be used by our crew...I can see us needing more. Now how to spend my gift certificate.....
Sincerely,

Laurin of Ravenscourt

P.S. Flingers....pass the word about this very cool company!" 
Lee Valley Rocks!, The Danger Garden, Oregon

Opening Night in Toronto with Lee Valley Tools, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog

Garden Bloggers Fling Welcome Evening, Homegrown Adventures in my Garden, Ontario

Six Days in Toronto, The Danger Garden, Oregon

2015 Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Two Girls with a Purpose, Ohio


Friday, June 5 

Hillside garden in Swansea
My Luscious Backyard, Site and Insight, Quebec

Farmer Florist – My Luscious Backyard, The Garden Diaries, Maryland

Plant Profile: Ninebark, Notes from NorthernGardener magazine online, Minnesota

Floral design demo with urban farmer Sarah Nixon: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

Kicking off American Flowers Week with a visit to My Luscious Backyard, Danger Garden, Oregon  

My Luscious Backyard, Parkdale's own farmer florist, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Knock Knock, Your Weekly Flowers Have Arrived, Arch City Gardener, Missouri

In Defense of Natives, Yard Fanatic, Texas

Wild lupines in High Park's restored oak savannah, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Swanning around Swansea, My Corner of Katy, Texas

Heavenly Hillside Gardens on Garden Bloggers Fling Toronto, Sharing Nature's Garden, Texas

Hillside Swansea gardens: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

Pondside Gardens of Eden in Toronto, Garden in a City, Illinois

Sculptured Steel on a Sculpted Hillside, The Paintbox Garden, Ontario

Artful garden mixes blooms and mixed media fine art, Sharing Nature's Garden, Texas

Visiting the Swansea neighborhood gardens, Danger Garden, Oregon

Terraced in Toronto, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York

Sculpture elevates a Swansea hillside garden, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Garden Bloggers Fling, Day 1 (Morning), Homegrown – Adventures in my Garden, Ontario


The leafy lanes of Algonquin Island
Small Gardens with Big Impact: Toronto Islands and Cabbagetown, Yard Fanatic, Texas

Fling preview: The Gardens of Toronto Islands, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog

The Gardens of Ward and Algonquin Islands, #GBFling15, Ravenscourt Gardens, Texas

Ward Island Gardens, Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling 2015, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York

Ward Island and the post-apocalypse, Gardening With Confidence, North Carolina

The gardens of Toronto Islands, Garden Rant (Susan Harris, Washington D.C.)

The Toronto Island Gardens, Danger Garden, Oregon

Island hopping, Toronto-style: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

Garden is But-A-Dream on Algonquin Island: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

That certain "je ne sais quoi", Danger Garden, Oregon

Storybook Garden on Algonquin Island: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

Just Offshore from Downtown Toronto, Verdant Islands with Personality to Spare, Garden in a City, Illinois  

Algonquin Island Gardens, Part I, Garden in a City, Illinois

A Serene and Verdant Garden on the Toronto Islands, Garden in a City, Illinois

Native Pollinators, Garden 337, Michigan

Hop aboard the ferry to Ward's Island, Sharing Nature's Garden, Texas

Toronto Island gardens, Art of Gardening, New York

Garden Bloggers Fling, Day 1 Afternoon, Homegrown: Adventures in my Garden, Ontario

Pathways and entryways into a mysterious, magical island, Rebecca's Retreat, Texas

Toronto Islands: Let's never take them for granted, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Garden Bloggers Fling, Day 1 Evening, Homegrown: Adventures in my Garden, Ontario


Forest Hill private garden
Saturday, June 6

Fling preview: Two Forest Hill Gardens, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog

An Urbane Urban Garden, Art of Gardening Buffalo, NY

The garden with the cool chairs (and urns), Danger Garden, Oregon 

Simple lines, big impact in Forest Hill contemporary garden: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas

Design tip: Repeat distinctive shapes, Southern Wild, South Carolina

A verdant Toronto garden, Garden in a City, Illinois

A secluded shade garden in Toronto, Garden in a City, Illinois

Ideas for cabbage-sized patios, Central Texas Gardener, Texas

Garden Blogging and Flinging in 2015, Garden Rant (Susan Harris, Washington, D.C.)

Gardening with Brush Strokes, the Marion Jarvie Garden in Toronto, Yard Fanatic, Texas 

A Collector's Garden, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York 

Nature Rewards the Bold, Garden Rant (Elizabeth Licata, New York)

Golden Brocade Garden of Marion Jarvie: Garden Bloggers Fling Toronto, Digging, Texas 

Marion Jarvie's garden, The Danger Garden, Oregon

How do you look at a collector's garden?, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

A conifer collector's confection, Art of Gardening, New York

A marvelously varied patchwork of plants, Garden in a City, Illinois

The Parkwood Estate, Danger Garden, Oregon

Preserving our garden heritage at Parkwood Estate, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Peony Time, My Northern Garden, Minnesota

Here are some lovely peonies to take your mind off Donald Trump, Garden in a City, Illinois

An elevated Toronto garden, Garden in a City, Illinois

Pretty views of Ellen Carr's garden, Three Dogs in a Garden, Ontario

Toronto Flingers, meet You Grow Girl, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog 

Do Bloggers Want to Be Popular, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York


Sunday, June 7

The jewelbox gardens of Toronto's Cabbagetown, Garden in a City, Illinois

Small Gardens with Big Impact: Toronto Islands and Cabbagetown, Yard Fanatic, Texas

Cabbagetown garden art and Hugh Garner Co-Op Green Roof: Garden Bloggers Fling Toronto, Digging, Texas

Visiting a few gardens in Cabbagetown, Danger Garden, Oregon

Ideas for cabbage-sized patios, Central Texas Gardener, Texas

A City Within a Park, Open Gardens Niagara, Ontario
 
Cabbagetown private garden
Rooftop Ideas for Grounded Gardeners, Central Texas Gardener, Texas

Hugh Garner Coop Green Roof, Cabbagetown, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Up on the roof, Veg Plotting, UK

A Luminous Sculpture of the Don Watershed, Natural Gardening, North Carolina

Evergreen Brick Works community greenspace: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, Digging, Texas 

Evergreen Brick Works, The Botanical Journey, Texas

Evergreen Brick Works, The Danger Garden, Oregon

Toronto's Brick Works, Garden in a City, Illinois

The Aga Khan Museum and Garden, Open Gardens Niagara, Ontario

Wildlife garden with an artful touch, Digging, Texas

A Wildlife-Friendly Garden in Toronto, Garden in a City, Illinois

Sedums at Toronto Botanical Garden, Natural Gardening, North Carolina

Beginning at the End, Three Dogs in a Garden, Ontario

TBG Hosts Garden Bloggers, Toronto Botanical Garden Blog

Toronto Botanical Garden, Garden Bloggers Fling 2015, GardenWalkGardenTalk, New York

Paul Zammit, Toronto Planter Powerhouse, The Paintbox Garden, Ontario

Fling wrap-up at Toronto Botanical Garden: Garden Bloggers Fling Toronto, Digging, Texas  

Remembering Toronto Botanical Garden, Plant Postings, Wisconsin

Scintillating Salvias, Hortitopia, South Carolina 

The Toronto Botanical Garden, Danger Garden, Oregon

Enhanced nature on display, Garden in a City, Illinois

Not the Toronto Botanical Garden, Danger Garden, Oregon

The Toronto Botanical Garden terrace

Niagara-on-the-Lake private garden
Monday, June 8 (our optional Niagara day)

Niagara preview: Irises galore at the RBG Laking Garden, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog

Things in Unusual Places #15: Turtles, Veg Plotting, UK 

What's in a name? Southern Wild, South Carolina

Fling preview: Shaw Festival gardens Niagara-on-the-Lake, Garden Bloggers Fling Blog


Texture in the garden, Niagara-on-the-lake, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

Some lovely bling from Bloggers Fling 15 from Barbara's Garden Chronicles, Ontario

Gratitude for garden owners who share, Toronto Gardens, Ontario

A prairie garden in Niagara, The Paintbox Garden, Ontario

A Niagara garden tour in three acts, The Paintbox Garden, Ontario


Tuesday, June 9 (our unofficial sidetrip to Wild Flower Farm)

Miriam Goldberger's Wildflower Farm, Tales from Awkward Hill, UK

A visit to Wildflower Farm, Toronto Gardens, Ontario


The UK's Garden Media Guild learns about the Fling:

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5 comments:

  1. It's so helpful to have the posts organized this way. Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to compile and organize everyone's posts, Helen! This will be a page I'll come back to again and again to read other people's experiences at the Fling.

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  3. This is a wonderful resource to visit time and time again. Thank you for creating this page for all of the posts on the Toronto Fling. Your work is greatly appreciated.

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  4. Love having all these posts in one place. Since I've taken so long since my last post, I can't find the page to post my newest post, so here's the link. If you'll let me know where to post it, I will! Thanks! http://sharingnaturesgarden.blogspot.com/2015/09/hop-aboard-ferry-to-wards-island-where.html#links

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    1. Not to worry, Diana. I'm handling curation -- you just have to post your link on the Fling Facebook group page (as you did) and I'll add your link above. Any second now!

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