Inviting all garden bloggers: Let’s Fling in Toronto!


Bee balm and a mysterious blue door at Buffalo Fling 2010

The annual Garden Bloggers Fling is not only the best garden tour around. It’s a win-win-win event for you, your garden, and your blog. How? First, you’ll end up with oodles of ideas for your own garden, thanks to all the gorgeous ones you’ll see, many of which are private gardeners’ gardens packed with inspiration. Second, you’ll take enough photos to feed your blog and share with your readers for weeks — or months. Third, and best of all, you’ll meet 80 to 100 people who are just as obsessed as you are about gardens and about blogging, and spending a weekend on tour with them — and nursery shopping and eating and drinking with them — will immediately bond you in friendship.


Diana, Cindy, and Layanee at Chicago Fling 2009

It’s true! You’ll come for the gardens, but you’ll come back for your new friends. The Fling has always been hosted by garden bloggers, for garden bloggers. This is not a big corporate event but a group of volunteer bloggers sharing the gardens of their city with you.


Victoria, one of several bloggers who has come to the Fling from England (Seattle Fling 2011)

This year the 8th annual Garden Bloggers Fling will be hosted for the first time outside the U.S., in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, just across the border from New York State. Registration is nearly full, but there are a few spots left, so now’s the time to sign up. Click here for the Fling registration page. Remember, you’ll need a valid U.S. passport to enter and leave Canada, so be sure to start the process now if you don’t have a passport, and check your expiration date if you do.


Flying baby heads, Asheville Fling 2012

Would you like to know who else will be there? Here’s the current roster of attendees. Texas, I’m proud to say, is rocking the numbers with 12 attendees, half of those from Austin.

Maybe one of your favorite bloggers will be there. Maybe you’ll meet other bloggers from your area. Maybe you want to represent your state or region. There are lots of reasons to come.


Gardens! (San Francisco Fling 2013)


Blogging! (Photography workshop at San Francisco Fling 2013)


Wild and crazy gardening friends! (Anneliese and Christa at Asheville Fling 2012)


Come join the fun! (Peter and Loree at Portland Fling 2014)


Farewell garden party, Portland Fling 2014

Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling
When: June 5-7, 2015; optional day to Niagara on June 8
Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by: Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens; Lorraine Flanigan of City Gardening; and Veronica Sliva of A Gardener’s World
How to Register: Click this link for info
Insider info: If possible, plan to arrive by early afternoon on June 4 in order to attend a welcome event that evening

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12 Responses

  1. Great pictures Pam! I can’t wait to go to my second fling : )

  2. What great times we’ve had. Can’t wait to make some more memories!

  3. Jean says:

    Great choice of pics that represent the beauty and fun of Fling. I’m sure Toronto will be just as grand!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      It’s especially exciting to see a new city at the Fling. I’ve never been to Toronto and look forward to Flinging there with you, Jean. —Pam

  4. Margo Kuykendall says:

    Just seeing all the pictures of the Flings every year and how much fun everyone has, almost makes me want to start blogging just so I can go! I’m looking forward to following yours and other blogs again this year so I can see these wonderful gardens.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Blogging is so much fun, Margo. I strongly encourage you to blog if you love the idea of sharing your gardening adventures and joining the blogging community! —Pam

  5. Looking at these pics brings back warm (and sometimes downright HOT) memories of the fun over my past two Flings. Sure am looking forward to being in Toronto for #8 (that’s #3 for me!)

    • Pam/Digging says:

      We Texans will no doubt bring the heat to Toronto, Jane. (Sorry!) I’m looking forward to seeing you there, and you’ll be able to just sit back and enjoy this one, right? —Pam

  6. Rose says:

    How I wish I could join you all! But unfortunately, the timing doesn’t work out for me this year. I have so many great memories of the Flings I did attend, not to mention all the wonderful blogging friends I’ve made. I know you’ll all have a great time in Toronto, and hope to see everyone in Minnesota the following year!

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