lesliet.typepad.com > Toronto Music Garden, September 2003

01-Plaque

01-Plaque

A plaque at the entrance lists the 6 movements of Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello and gives a brief description of each part of the garden. Prelude - Undulating riverscape, Allemande - A forest of wandering trails, Courante - A swirling path through a wildflower meadow, Sarabande - A conifer grove in an arc, Menuett - A formal parterre garden of flowers, and Gigue - Giant grass steps that dance you down to the outside world.


02-Prelude

02-Prelude

The Prelude is an undulating riverscape using granite boulders and rows of evenly-spaced native hackberry trees (Celtis occidentalis) that are intended to suggest measures of music. There are very subtle wave patterns in the concrete, similar to the rake patterns used in Japanese sand and boulder gardens.


03-Allemande

03-Allemande

"The Allemande is ... interpreted here as a birch forest, the movement invites the visitor to swirl inward to various contemplative sitting areas, that move higher and higher up the hillside, culminating in a rocky vantage point that looks over the harbor through a circle of Dawn Redwood trees." Paths spin off in either direction, through lush and exuberant plantings.


04-Allemande

04-Allemande


05-Allemande

05-Allemande

Another curving path of the Allemande


06-Butterflies

06-Butterflies

Many of the plants were chosen to attract butterflies, especially in the Allemande.


07-Climax of the Allemande

07-Climax of the Allemande


08-Entrance to the Courante

08-Entrance to the Courante

"The Courante is an exuberant movement, interpreted as a huge upward-spiralling swirl through a lush field of grasses and brightly-colored perennials that attract birds and butterflies. At the top a maypole spins in the wind."


09-Courante

09-Courante

The Courante made great use of meadow wildflowers and grasses.


10-Courante

10-Courante


11-Courante

11-Courante


12-Courante

12-Courante


13- Maypole at center of Courante

13- Maypole at center of Courante

This is the Maypole at the center of the Courante, with the CN Tower in the background.


14-View of Gigue from Courante

14-View of Gigue from Courante

From the top of the Courante, we're looking ahead to the last garden, the Gigue, which is a series of broad grassy steps.


15-Entrance to Sarabande

15-Entrance to Sarabande

"The Sarabande is an inward arcing circle enclosed by evergreens. The centerpiece is a huge stone that holds a small pool with water that reflects the sky." I think the large boulders along the entrance match the stately tread of the Sarabande.


16-Center of Sarabande

16-Center of Sarabande

The stone and reflecting pool at the center of the Sarabande


17-Center of Sarabande

17-Center of Sarabande

Another view of the stately rocks lining the path and the reflecting pool. (Why do people feel the need to put coins in any public body of water, no matter how inappropriate?)


18-Menuett

18-Menuett

The theme of the Menuett is symmetry and geometry.


19-Menuett

19-Menuett


20-Detail of Menuett

20-Detail of Menuett

The fencing used in the area of the Menuett is made to look like curving grape vines.


21-Menuett

21-Menuett


22-Gigue

22-Gigue

The Gigue is jaunty rollicking music and is represented as giant grass steps leading back to the outside world


23-Gigue

23-Gigue

The Gigue from the bottom. I love how those golden grasses carry through the theme of the steps.


24-Stage at base of Gigue

24-Stage at base of Gigue

There's a small stage, made of stones set into the grass, at the base of the Gigue, to accomodate informal performances using the steps as a seating area.


25-Detail of stage

25-Detail of stage