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Last week Julie was visiting a client in Toronto and had just enough time for a quick visit to the Toronto Music Garden with her video camera. Eleven years after the garden was built, the plants have filled in, the once-sunny Prelude has become dappled shade just as intended, vines have begun to drape the Pavilion, and Toronto citizens and visitors alike throng to the park that was created by Julie in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, inspired by Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello.

Every week we receive calls and emails from people who love the Toronto Music Garden and want to know more. Julie’s book features lovely photos and plant lists, but of course there’s nothing like seeing the garden for yourself. We hope you enjoy this beautiful and tranquil tour.

If watching the video puts you in an imaginative state of mind, download the Home Outside Design iPhone app, put on some inspiring music, and spend some time playing! The HOD app offers beautiful hand-drawn elements, many different colored backgrounds, and unlimited possibilities for designing your own dreamscape.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Anne says:

    Such an amazing garden park, Julie! One day I’ll see it in person! Thanks for the video.

  • Tamara Bernstein says:

    Dear Julie,
    How wonderful that you were able to re-visit the Music Garden, and what a treat to see it through your eyes on this video!
    Your posting is very timely: this year’s season of free concerts in the Garden opens this Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m.:

  • Now in its eleventh year, the Summer Music in the Garden programme is a curated series of free concerts of classical music and dance from around the world. Tamara’s imaginative program offerings can be heard on Sunday afternoons in the Menuett and on Thursday evenings in the Gigue. I wish I lived closer!

  • Frederick says:

    Hi Julie
    What a reward; so glad you were so blessed to see your vision blossom. It looks beautiful. Too bad we live so far away. We would love to be able to enjoy the garden first hand. Maybe one day we’ll be up that way. Thanks for the video.

  • Karen Burkimsher says:

    Thank you for the tour Julie. How I miss being there.
    Years ago I worked at the Music Garden and found each and every day a delightful experience. Thank you for your extraordinary design! Cultivating among your atmospheric plant materials, stones, pathways and stuctures constantly
    reminded me of your brilliant landscape design and how
    it evoked such musical splendour…truly, a Music Garden!
    Forever grateful to you and Yo Yo.