Oshawa Historical Society January Speaker Series – The Parkwood Greenhouse Conservation Project

The Conservatory at Parkwood, from http://parkwoodestate.blogspot.ca/

The Conservatory at Parkwood, from http://parkwoodestate.blogspot.ca/

The glass gardens at Parkwood National Historic Site speak to the vanished lifestyle of the early 20th century. They illustrate construction techniques and greenhouse operations of the era, and help visitors imagine the lavish lifestyle of the McLaughlins, and the roles played by their large garden staff (24+) in keeping up appearances.

A pilot project was begun in late 2013, to test the “prescription” and launch a repair sequence for the remaining 5 greenhouses. The pilot project involved a restoration of the c. 1917 Vinery, which still houses one historic grapevine. The project is complete and the results are stunning, encouraging the public to picture the other glass gardens fully conserved/restored.  The Curator of Parkwood, Samantha George will join us to discuss this exciting project at the OHS’s January Speaker Series.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s January Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday January 20 at 7PM. The Speaker Series is held at the Oshawa Public Library, Northview Branch in the Nonquon Room, located at 250 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.  Seating is limited, please arrive early to ensure your spot.

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