Colborne Lodge – Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens, "Posies, Picnics and Papillons"



“On July 15, from 1 – 3 p.m. join this in-depth garden experience, Posies, Picnics and Papillons, in partnership with “Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens”.  Admission to the garden tour includes admission to the museum where visitors learn how the fruits of the garden are used in the historic kitchen, sampling recipes like aromatic vinegar. $20 plus tax, payable at the door. reserve your spot at 416-392-6916. Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park one of Toronto’s largest parks (400 acres) which got its start as the Howards’ back yard

Visitors will stroll through the delightful Victorian gardens surrounding Colborne Lodge the charming Regency Picturesque rural cottage of one of Toronto’s first architects John George Howard and his wife Jemima. One of a very few such buildings in North America still in its original setting, Colborne Lodge provides the backdrop to a tour of the garden spaces. Present day Friends of Colborne Lodge Garden Volunteers will introduce you to the garden voices of John and Jemima and update you to the 21st century with their personal tales of garden experiences – such as the mystery of the wandering quince. John or Jemima may well join the group to tell you about the famous spring blossoms or the enormous picnics that used to take place on the estate. You may picnic here too. Come early; bring a picnic blanket and a lunch for a pre-tour feast or save it for dinner up the road before taking in Shakespeare in the Park – this year CanStage presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many people come right after work bringing a picnic basket to enjoy dinner al fresco before the play begins.

While many of the garden beds are recreations, the plant material is true to the Howard diaries and journals and with few exceptions, plant varieties predate 1890. As you might expect of a place that is one hundred and seventy five years old this year, the gardens have many stories to tell…

Examples of John Howard’s diaries will be available for visitors to peruse, gaining a better understanding of the historical resources that provide the framework for the garden restoration project.”


To learn more please see: Garden Voices