August 29, 2015 10:00 am
Updated: August 29, 2015 10:08 am

The InstaList: Canada’s Most Gorgeous Gardens on Instagram

Kristen Sjaarda / Flower Farm Journal

Canada is a beautiful country, but you don’t have to venture out into the forest or up into the mountains to see that (though you certainly should). You can instead visit any of the lush gardens dotted all over the countryside and even in the busiest cities.

Whether the gardens are on resplendent Vancouver Island or tucked into a fun and funky corner of Toronto, The InstaList has catalogued the most colourful and interesting gardens in Canada.

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WHO: Gayla Trail – @yougrowgirl

WHY: Gayla Trail doesn’t just have one of the best names for a gardening enthusiast, she also has one of the best gardens in Canada. Her St. Catherines garden might be tiny but it’s packed with fruit and vegetable plants, showing size doesn’t matter when it comes to gardening. Her Instagram feed has a distinctly homey feel, with the muted greens of plants and the subdued brown of mulch spruced up by the blooming reds of tomatoes and peppers. Her feed is packed with healthy and tasty recipes you can make using plants in your own backyard, so definitely don’t check this feed out on an empty stomach.


WHO: Melissa J. Will @empressofdirt

WHY: Melissa Will is an urban gardener just like Gayla Trail, but with a bigger canvas to plant on. More suburban gardener than urban gardener you could say. Her Instagram feed is colourful and dramatic, taking advantage of the extra space to great effect. Will is all about making smart and beautiful gardening decisions, giving suggestions on plant holders, decorations, and DIY projects that will catch someone’s eye.

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WHO: Sarah Nixon – @mylusciousbackyard

WHY: Another urban gardener proving that you can have a big imagination in a little space, Sarah Nixon has more than 100 micro farm plots scattered across Toronto. Her Instagram feed has numerous photos of delicately plotted flowers designed for weddings and formal events, but it also has photos of flowers blooming where ever there’s space, crowding walkways and climbing arches and walls. The world could use some more colour, some added vibrancy, and urban gardening Instagram feeds like My Luscious Backyard show the best way to get it done.

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WHO: Miriam Goldberger – @miriamwildflr

WHY: Miriam Goldberger’s Instagram feed is a bit more “wild” than any other horticulture Instagram feed. She’s a wildflower seed farmer, creating lush gardens of plants you’d normally see at the side of a path or down by the river. Wildflower gardening has seen a resurgence of late, and Miriam Goldberger has been at the forefront of it all since 1988. Her flowers are nice alternatives to the pansies, trilliums, and daffodils that usually fill a garden, and as seen in several of Miriam’s pictures they look beautiful as part of a DIY garland or bouquet.

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WHO: The Butchart Gardens – @thebutchartgardens

WHY: The Butchart Gardens is different from other gardens in this list, but its Instagram feed is just as vibrant and shows why it’s consistently named one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in the world. The professionally taken photos are packed with colour and depth, anchored by the elaborate statues and decorations strewn through the garden. Located near the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, it’s a sprawling garden built on the foundations of an old quarry with millions of flowers and shrubs. The Butchart Gardens might lack the homegrown charm of the other Instagram feeds, but it’s still a sight to behold.


What’s your favorite garden? Is it your own? Tell us by tagging @GlobalNewsone on Instagram photos with the hashtag #GlobalNews.

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