Saving Glass Gardens
|Pre Conservation work|
Glass Garden was a common terms for early 20th century greenhouse. For Canadian auto-baron Sam McLaughlin and his wife Adelaide, their glass gardens were enormously practical and highly decorative, providing plants for year round display as well as for the elaborate gardens.
The Parkwood greenhouses also supported the
family's social pursuits, providing horticultural novelty & entertainment for guests, and the ability to compete and flower shows against others of green thumb and deep pockets.
Garden clubs and societies, from across Ontario and beyond, were frequently
entertained at Parkwood. Invitations to the McLaughlin’s annual Chrysanthemum Tea were coveted for over five decades, when guests came to wander the greenhouses and marvel at the 250 unusual varieties displayed, especially the large single- stemmed plants trained to have just one spectacular bloom.
Today, an engraved invitation is no longer required. Parkwood’s greenhouses are open to the public all year, for education& enjoyment. Now approaching 100 years of age, they still perform many of their historic functions for display and plant production for the gardens.
In 2012 Parkwood began a partnership with Durham College in a Horticulture Technician Program that uses the historic gardens and greenhouses for teaching and lab purposes – extending their education value even further.
|Work in progress|
One highly visual element of the complete project will be replacement of the decades-old plastic panels now yellowed and opaque, and a return to clear glass .
Join the Palm House Rescue Party
Be a pane!
Help fill in wall and roof sections with new glass, with a $ 75 gift.
724 panes required
Give a shot to the ribs!
Help repair or replace original yellow cedar glazing ribs with $ 150 gift.
1410 ribs required
Did you know?
A gift of any amount is appreciated, and its impact immediately increases by 50% with the fund-matching challenge! In 2013, The City of Oshawa pledged fund-matching support to assist in a full conservation/restoration program for the greenhouse complex, and will provide $ .50 for every $ 1 raised.