Erland Lee Museum Gardens

May 31, 2021

We’re finishing off our gardening series today with a look at the gardens of the FWIO’s museum, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home! For those of you who may not know, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home was built in 1808 and later belonged to Erland and Janet Lee. It was the birthplace of the Women’s Institute and is also a National Historic Site of Canada!

There are several garden areas on the Erland Lee Property including the house gardens, Memorial Garden, Volunteer Garden, and more!

Some highlights of the gardens include a snowball bush (Viburnum) planted by Janet Lee in the 1940s, as well as Women’s Institute hybrid tea roses, 1812 Bi-Centennial roses, and Adelaide Hoodless roses. The gardens also include many native plants, such as black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers (Echinacea), Shasta daisies, and native tree species. If you are interested in learning more about our gardens, we have a self-guided garden tour available to visitors who wish to explore the grounds!

We also have several new projects in the works! A new Hibiscus garden was just planted in 2020 thanks to a generous donation from Hollie and Marlene Archer, and we are also planning a new garden next to the chicken coop with help from the staff at Dundurn Castle. This garden will include edible plants such as elderberries, currants, gooseberries, and heritage rhubarb, as well as herbs. We are also considering a pollinator garden at the southeast corner of the property to attract native pollinators! We are even thinking about working toward the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Garden Habitat Certification, which would certify our garden as a “Wildlife-friendly Habitat.” We are very excited to start developing these projects and ideas!

What do you think? Do you have any ideas for new gardens at the Lee? We’d love to hear from you!

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens this spring and summer! We hope you enjoy the photos of the gardens and some of our recent blooms!

By Kate at FWIO

fwio@fwio.on.ca