Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I was out to Parkwood Estate in Oshawa yesterday as preparation for the Etobicoke Horticultural Society bus tour on Saturday June 12th. It is a grand estate, featuring architectural, landscape and interior designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was the home to auto baron R. Samuel McLaughlin (founder of General Motors of Canada).
The grand size and scope of the ‘garden rooms’ is comparable to the Dupont mansions in the Philadelphia area. There’s an Italian garden, Sundial garden, Summer House and Sunken garden, and the Formal Garden, along with 3 greenhouses. We checked over everything – including the lunch in lovely garden teahouse, overlooking the water fountains. The scenes attached today are the Italian water garden. All the plants were out for planting. It’s the Peony Festival so everything is a-flutter with preparations for the hundreds of visitors who will descend.