Mississauga Garden Festival: The Gardens of Rattray Marsh
Sunday July 9, 10am – 4pm (Rain or Shine)
Festival Headquarters at Bradley Museum, 1620 Orr Rd, Mississauga
Festival at Bradley Museum is free and the Garden Tour tickets are $20
See MGF HOME PAGE for locations to purchase tickets
Mississauga Garden Festival is a brand-new venture organized by Cloverleaf Garden Club and Applewood Garden Club. This year’s event, the first of many to come, features a tour of nine private gardens surrounding Clarkson’s Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, plus a Festival at the Museums of Mississauga’s Bradley location that features a marketplace, talks, tours, kids’ activities and refreshments.
The two clubs believe that not only does Mississauga have beautiful gardens to share, it has history to celebrate. The grounds of the two-acre Bradley Museum holds several historical buildings, including Bradley House, a two-storey farmhouse from 1830; The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency-style cottage from the early 19th century; a restored Port Credit log cabin from the mid-1800s; and a barn from the turn of the 20th century. Free guided tours of the heritage gardens are part of the Festival.
The gardens on the tour, mostly owner designed and maintained, reflect the area’s natural habitat and its gardening challenges– deer, coyotes and great blue herons. Variety is a highlight: a historic house; a garden with a whimsical Asian theme; another featuring exotic vegetables. There are peaceful hidden sanctuaries with century trees; a glorious waterfall; pergolas and walkways. All the gardens are within a short walk of the two public entrances to Rattray Marsh.
Rattray Marsh is the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington. Today the preserved area, saved from development in the 1970s by concerned citizens, is abundant with wildflowers, native tree species and many birds. It features several easily accessible trails, including a boardwalk loop that’s home to unique and sensitive plants.