Born in Toronto, Canada I was raised in the strongly Anglo-Saxon milieu that Toronto once was. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t like mucking around in the dirt and growing things, so my love of gardening was innate.
Italy was an acquired taste, one that in many ways began with my decision to enroll in the University of Toronto’s Third Year Abroad program. By the end of that year, which began in the south of France and was supposed to finish up in Germany, I had traded German for Italian – which I found was a lot easier to speak after a glass or two of wine – and was living in Florence.
When I eventually returned to Canada, I re-enrolled at the U of T (this took some doing, as they were not pleased that I had abandoned their program and “gone native”) finished my degree, taught Italian at York University for a few years and settled into life back in Toronto, where, gardening-wise, I now volunteer as a guide for visitors to the TBG and Allan Gardens, and am active in the Leaside Garden Society. Recently I started to give talks on the gardens of Italy. It was the wonderful feedback from the people who attended these talks that inspired me to create this blog.