New exhibit from the Royal Botanical Gardens on display at the Collingwood Museum

May 27, 2022
A Place to Grow Exhibit

Planning a staycation? Add A Place to Grow to your must-see list of local attractions from now until July 9 at the Collingwood Museum!
A Place to Grow is an informative and visually stunning travelling exhibit from the Royal Botanical Gardens developed with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The new exhibit highlights the history of gardening in a Canadian context, from the agricultural crops that shaped Ontario's economic development to the ornamental plants that influenced our social history. The exhibit is illustrated with spectacular images from their impressive historic catalogue collection.
A companion display, entitled Going to Seed, has been developed by Collingwood Museum staff to explore the Smart’s Bros. influence on Collingwood’s early agriculture, the growth of green lawns and ornamental gardens within town, and the continuing popularity of the Great Northern Exhibition. Featured artifacts of local interest include a Smart’s picking basket, uniform, and jars as well as GNE memorabilia and more.  
Visitors will also notice three new community garden boxes on the museum grounds. The gardens will be incorporated into the Museum’s successful children’s summer programs and onsite activities leading up to the summer months. Produce from two of the garden boxes will be donated to the Collingwood Youth Centre’s community fridge. The third box will host a pollinator garden with the support of Pollinate Collingwood.
Come to the Collingwood Museum to enjoy these exciting new features and pick up a complimentary wildflower seed packet, courtesy of Pollinate Collingwood! School classes and community groups are encouraged to incorporate a museum visit into their spring and summer activities. Contact staff to book a time for a group visit by calling 705-445-4811. 

For more information, contact:

Christa Carter
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3274

Lindsay Cook
Museum Coordinator
T. 705-445-4811 Ext. 7221