Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Parkwood Estate | Canada

The Parkwood Estate in Oshawa, Canada.

The Parkwood Estate
Located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Parkwood Estate and Gardens has been chosen for Heritage Oshawa Designation. 
The estate was designed in 1916 by the Toronto architectural firm of Pearson and Darling (1897-1923). 

William E. Harries, Alfred V. Hall, and Arthur M. Kruse worked on the early topographical site plans.

The landscape architects in 1923 were  Howard Burlingham Dunington-Grubb and Lorrie Alfreda Dunington-Grubb whom sometimes shared projects with the renowned Edwardian landscape architect, Thomas H. Mawson. Sheridan Nursery was owned by the Dunington-Grubbs. They crossbred various boxwoods to provide a hardy boxwood for the Toronto climate.

"Architect John Lyle was hired in 1935 to design and build the New Formal Garden at Parkwood. Lyle was awarded the Special Bronze Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for this garden design in 1939.”

In 1963 the Japanese Garden was designed by George Tanaka.

It features an Italian garden, Sundial Garden, Summer House and Sunken Garden.

The R. S. McLauglin Estate

National Historic Site

The formal garden, designed by John Lyle in 1935 with formal lines and focal point. 
The perimeter of the 220-foot long fountain is outlined with boxwood hedges. The large pyramid shaped cedars accent and punctuate the formal greenery while annuals and
lantana standards provide color in the summer. A tea house adds to the beauty of the formal design. This landscape and the urns that populate the formal gardens are considered Art Moderne in style

Parterre, Formal Gardens

Peaceful south side terrace with a sundial garden and large expanse of grass.

Beautiful urns accentuate the ballustrade along the south terrace.

The Vinery

Sunken Garden with dry stone wall.

Sunken Garden, pavilion

Italian Garden with reflecting pool, designed 1925. The pool is surrounded by a terrace of flagstone. Small flowerbeds are designed to create a mosaic tapestry planted with low growing plants in contrasting colors to appear as though surrounded by rich carpet. This magical style of planting is known as "carpet bedding."

In the Italian Garden the three graces reflect the true romance of this garden.

Marble statuary, busts on plinths in the Italian Garden. Socrates and Omero  (Homer)

1 "Parkwood Estate - Heritage Oshawa." 2006. 4 May. 2015 


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