Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

1914 roses at the opening ceremony of the Howard Gates.Come join the celebration commemorating the 100th Year Anniversary of the famous gates adorning the eastern entrance to High Park on Parkside Drive at High Park Boulevard.

Our very own Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto (initiated by the Outreach and Education committee) will be providing the beautiful bouquets of roses. These are to be as close as possible to the original bouquets presented in 1914. 

We will also be able to promote the Hort with flyers in the refreshment tent. 1914 Howard Gates opening ceremony.

The Tentative Schedule is :

  • 12:45 pm: The High Park Walking Tour Group will lead a historical tour, beginning at the south side of the Grenadier Restaurant and ending at the zoo parking lot at 1:45pm.
  • 2 pm: A parade will lead off the event starting at the Zoo parking lot on Deer Pen Road, and wind its way to the stage at the gates on Parkside, led by the 48th Highland Pipe Band. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Imperial Order of the Daughter of the Empire, (aka IODE) who contributed largely to the gates originally and also took on the original care of Colborne Lodge, City dignitaries and Scout troops will make up the roster of participants. The Lieutenant Governor and Mrs Onley have yet to be confirmed. 
  • 2:15 pm: Speeches will be made by various dignitaries and the Hort’s Roses presented to the ladies on stage.
  • 2:35 pm: O Canada will be sung and the parade will return to the parking lot.
  • 2:35-4 pm: Refreshments will be served in the tent at the foot of the Jamie Bell Playground. Sam Caragianakos of the Grenadier Restaurant will be providing hot food at 1914 prices and perhaps even retro Coke bottles.

Volunteers will be needed for :

  1. Posting neighbourhood flyers.
  2. Assisting with crowd control.
  3. Assisting with refreshment service after the event.
  4. Acting volunteer captains, who will receive training  Sat Mar.1@ 9:30am.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering for this very illustrious event. Thank you, hope to see lots of smiling Hort faces there.

Media coverage will help promote the event before and celebrate after.

To see an interesting article about the event click here.

- Terri Dixon (Education and Outreach Committee, Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto)

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