Flower Beds, Plaques Mark Mississauga's First Public GardenBrueckner Rhododendron Gardens (BRG) is Mississauga's first park-like area to be designated a public garden. And as a garden rather than a park, staff and volunteers are working hard to set it apart from the City's sports and picnic parks.
Formal beds, memorial plaques, new benches, and donations of plants and time all contribute to the concept of the BRG as a public garden: A place for quiet contemplation, taking photos of plants and wildlife; a peaceful refuge in a busy city.
Thanks to David Culham, chair of the BRG stewardship committee, who sends these pictures of the garden that show how the Gardens is growing.
|Annual Bed Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens|
This year, Salvias contribute the main color (red), with help from Cleome and Canna Lilies. The annual bed has been 'adopted' by a family who cultivated it each week this spring.
Head Gardener, Para Kanp, advises regular cultivation after setting out bedding plants to help get the soil enzymes working. Once the annuals begin actively growing, and filling in as they are now, there isn't enough room between the plants to actively cultivate.
|Volunteer Gardener at Rob Kernohan Plaque|
These fantastic hostas are thanks to the work of Para Kanp, who sourced them from The Netherlands and designed the layout. As well as being a showpiece garden in and of themselves, these hostas are an ongoing 'nursery' for new plantings elsewhere in the Gardens.
Many of them are being planted as a natural boundary around rhododendron beds: 'free' hostas for years to come.
|Close-up of Kernohan Plaque Overlooking Rose Garden at BRG|
The plaque was positioned to overlook both the Rose Garden (foreground) and Peony Garden (background), as Rob Kernohan donated (and planted) most of the plants in both garden beds. (See a video of Rob pruning the roses on Youtube.)
It should be noted that though installation of this plaque was undertaken last summer, Rob Kernohan has since passed away. In effect, it's now a memorial plaque.
|East Garden Rhododendrons and Azaleas at BRG|
These East Garden beds were the happy recipients of weeding and cultivation by Tzu Chi of West Toronto volunteers. Tzu Chi attend the gardens en masse several times a year, and make a huge difference in the health and well-being of many areas of the Gardens.
See also this post for more photos.
|Pathway to Kennedy Memorial Plaque at BRG|
(See the video of the dedication of this plaque on Youtube.)
|Blooming Pink Rhododendrons a Springtime Delight in the Gardens|