Millennium Garden in Mount Albert
Built and maintained largely by volunteers, the garden design is a celebration of nature that promotes the use of green space. The garden is located at the corner of the Mount Albert Road and King Street in the community of Mount Albert. The Town of East Gwillimbury donated the one-quarter acre site, and several volunteer groups donated the labour, equipment and supplies.
The Millennium Garden officially opened on July 14, 2001 as a symbolic gateway to the new millennium. The garden was created by a group of interested citizens to herald the new era and the Town of East Gwillimbury's 150th anniversary.
Marina Dimitriadis of Sharon designed the garden in a starburst pattern. It represents the sun, which will see us through to the next millennium. Five separate gardens form the sunbeams.
The western beam is the David Hill Memorial Garden, which is planted with annuals. It is named in recognition of the late committee member who offered his support and guidance throughout the project to create a place of tranquility and peace.
A community garden forms the second beam. Members of the community are invited to provide plants, and it is hoped that there will be an interesting mix of flowers over time.
The third, or Children’s Garden, will be planted and maintained by the Grade One students of the Mount Albert Public School.
The next garden is a raised container designed for people who would find it difficult to garden on their knees, and is wheelchair accessible. The lower tier is a fragrance garden, filled with wonderfully scented plants. The upper tier provides an example of xeriscaping, from the Greek word meaning without water. It is filled with succulents surrounded by rocks, and will require only minimal watering.
The final garden is made up of perennials, planted and maintained by the Mount Albert Horticultural Society.
Throughout the garden rocks and benches are nested among the trees, all donated. A bridge provides an entrance to the garden from Albert Street. Ramps will be added to this bridge to make the garden wheelchair accessible. Future plans for the garden include a sundial sculpture created by an art student, James Mitchenson.
If you are interested in donating time or materials for the garden, contact the Parks Supervisor, Parks & Leisure at 905-478-4282.