19th century, there were many fine houses in Ontario - but
few of them were graced by walled gardens, and even fewer
have survived. The walled garden at Maplelawn in Canada's
capital, is not only a rare example, but it is also exceptionally
In 1989, Maplelawn was designated a national historic site by the Historic
Sites and Monuments Board of Canada because of : "...the quality
of the house, but more particularly because its gardens are
the best preserved of the few known surviving examples of
early 19th century walled gardens in Canada..." As an ensemble,
the house and remaining walled garden provide a clear record
of the way European architectural and landscape ideas were
transplanted to Canada.
In 1993, the garden was receiving only basic maintenance until
a volunteer group, known as Friends of Maplelawn Garden,
was formed. These volunteers entered into an agreement with
the National Capital Commission (NCC) to study, preserve and
rehabilitate the walled garden, making use of the large variety
of perennials, such as the old peonies for which the garden
was once famous, still thriving within its walls.
We are actively seeking new Volunteers this year, both experienced
and novice gardeners, as well as those with organizational skills. For
more information on our Volunteer Program, click here.
| Photo Credits
|Eileen Hunt, Paul Richer, Wayne Rutherford, Howard Sandler & the late N.E.M. Smith.