Online Exhibit

In the Pioneer Garden

April 1, 2023
Pioneer gardens were rather different than the gardens seen outside most homes in Muskoka Lakes today. While the aesthetics of arrangement were not always entirely forgotten, they were often not a priority. Elements were planted with purpose, and often, out of convenience. What was grown in pioneer gardens was often influenced by the personality and nationality of the gardener tending them. For those in our region, they had to combat a rocky landscape and shallow soil, but that’s not to say there weren’t plants that were still able to flourish – some of which can be found in the museum’s own garden.

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