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Low level closeup looking north over Rideau Hall private gardens and open parkland zone.


is a sweeping arc of many different varieties of roses that symbolizes Canada’s cultural mosaic. The open parkland. The expansive and contiguous


lawn areas, long scenic vistas, and defined outer edges with mature trees and the historic perimeter fence provide a backdrop to the adjacent formal gardens and farmland zone. The cricket pavilion is the central heritage structure in this open parkland, representing an appropriate shift from a colonial game to a symbol of Canadian multicul- turalism. The ornamental gardens. Located behind Rideau Hall, these gardens have been transformed through the


decades and represent the cumulative horticulture tradi- tions of Rideau Hall. Many of the gardens are symbolic, representing gifts from dignitaries or events in Canadian history. Hundreds of trees and flowering plants are a legacy of successive occupants of Rideau Hall. Lady Byng (1921- 1926) created the existing rock garden with a reflecting pool and alpine plants, dwarf conifers and peonies. In 2003 to 2004, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband John Ralston Saul significantly contributed to the ornamental gardens by transforming the north court- yard of the, main residence into a semi-formal perennial garden, highlighting a sculptural centerpiece.


A view of Rideau Hall and the Lower and Upper terraces. localgardener.net


The ice rink at Rideau Hall in 1915. Fall 2016 • 19


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