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The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach

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The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach

The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach by author and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy celebrates the 10th anniversary of the award-winning garden.

From our friends at the Harbourfront Centre:

A popular City of Toronto garden is celebrating a milestone: The award-winning Toronto Music Garden turned 10 in 2009. Originally a vacant piece of former industrial land, it has been transformed into a 2.5 acre public garden based on the “First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello” by J.S. Bach. The garden is the result of a creative collaboration between garden designer Julie Moir Messervy and cellist Yo-Yo Ma to interpret in nature the music of Bach.

The Toronto Music Garden has become an integral part of the City of Toronto’s waterfront park system. In tribute to the garden’s anniversary, author and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy has released The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach in partnership with the City of Toronto and Margaret and Jim Fleck. With an introduction by Yo-Yo Ma, the book describes the inspiration, design and execution for this unique waterfront park. Gorgeous colour photographs and sketch renderings transport readers to the many paths and gathering places along the musical journey. Readers will enjoy the book’s comprehensive tour of the garden’s six “rooms”– each an interpretation of the traditional dance forms featured in the cello suite’s six movements. A list of plant materials used in each “room” will provide readers with ideas to assist in creating their own gardens.

Part of the book launch and the 10 year celebration includes the 10th anniversary of the Summer Music in the Garden series, curated for Harbourfront Centre by artistic director Tamara Bernstein. The popular music series takes advantage of the exquisite garden surroundings to provide free concerts twice weekly, and occasionally dance performances, as well as guided tours by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden, from June through September. Both the concerts and the tours are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, with the generous support of Toronto Culture, Margaret and Jim Fleck, George Dembroski, David Graham, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Wil and Judy Matthews and William and Phyllis Waters.

The new book is currently available for sale on-line from the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Orders can be placed by phone 416-397-5178, via e-mail, or through the web at The cost of the book is $15 plus tax. The book can also be purchased at Bounty at Harbourfront Centre or at the Toronto Botanical Garden bookstore. The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach, would make a fantastic Christmas gift and keepsake for frequent visitors or the perfect introduction for first-time explorers.

For more information about the Toronto Music Garden, visit the City of Toronto’s on-line page at

About Julie Moir Messervy
With three decades of experience, numerous high-profile lectures and seven books, including the recently released, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love, Messervy has emerged as a leader in landscape design. Messervy is the honored recipient of the Association for Professional Landscape Designer’s 2006 Award of Distinction, as well as the American Horticultural Society’s 2005 Great American Gardeners Award for Landscape Design. She holds an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Messervy is the principal at Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio in Saxtons River, Vt. More at and

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