is Brantford's famous showcase horticultural park. Formerly part of the
riverbed, it was low lying until it
was gradually filled in after the first
dikes were built.
In 1914, a
study by Dunnington Grubb, a famous landscape firm, suggested that the
city buy the property to enlarge Cockshutt Park as far as Lorne Bridge.
By 1920 this land had been acquired to beautify
the western entrance to Brantford at the river crossing. For a short
period the site was a
miniature golf course called Pickwick Park.
By 1936 Lorne Park was laid out in formal
At that time it also featured a bathing area.
on the south facing slope are changed annually to celebrate various
important occasions. This is known as carpet bedding, an art which
began in the
19th century. Victorian travelers collected delicate foreign plants and
gardeners started them in greenhouses. In late spring they set them out
gardens in intricate patterns, like oriental rugs. Displays like this
must be carefully planned and executed and are very labour intensive.
Brantford's carpet beds are among the finest in Canada.
LORNE PARK - HISTORY
For a short
period the site was a miniature golf course called Pickwick Park.
small willow tree in the center of the photo. The same tree (now
can still be seen in the park today. Take a look at the following
Lorne Park Brantford
Feast your eyes on
the spectacular floral
in Lorne Park, Brantford's premier horticultural garden. Click on the
below to discover
and experience bigger splendour.