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Edwards Gardens

Location: North York, Ontario, Canada

Edwards Gardens is a former estate garden featuring perennials and roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons and an extensive rockery in the valley. On the upper level of the valley there is also a lovely arboretum beside the children's Teaching Garden. Adjacent to Edwards Gardens is the Toronto Botanical Garden, a series of 12 contemporary themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. more ...

Edwards Gardens commemorative plaque, North York, Ontario, Canada, Edwards Gardens

This photo is of the Edwards Gardens commemorative plaque. The plaque reads, "Edwards Gardens. European settlement began in this area shortly after the War of 1812. Alexander Milne, a Scottish weaver, arrived here with his family in 1817. Milne's farm and mill operation prospered for over a century, eventually expanding to 240 hectares in size. For many years, the watercourse passing through this park was known as Milne Creek. In 1944, Rupert E. Edwards, proprietor of Canada Varnish Ltd., purchased the original 11-hectare Milne homestead. Over the next 12 years, Mr. Edwards introduced many landscape features into the garden inlcuding a large rockery, ponds, rustic bridges, flower beds, and a 9-hole golf course. Mr. Edwards' vision was to see the gardens become a public park. Accordingly, in 1955, Metropolitan Toronto purchased the property and, since then, has maintained the beauty and original character of this unique landscape." Photo looking west-southwest.

GPS: 43 deg 44' 1.24" N, 79 deg 21' 33.31" W (43.7336778, -79.3592528)

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