July 15, 2010
Durham Chapter completed an irrigation project on the west lawns, gardens and the formal rose garden at Parkwood in Oshawa, the historical home of auto baron R. Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada.

“This stand alone automated in-ground irrigation system with a SMART controller for water conservation is a big asset to Parkwood and the grounds crew, as they maintain what is considered one of Canada’s finest and last remaining grand estates. The retail value of the irrigation system is approximately $9,000,” said Mark Humphries, past president and provincial board rep. for the Durham Chapter.

The gardens have been deemed nationally significant. They are open to visitors at no charge from summer through autumn.

The Durham Chapter was pleased to provide the labour. Professional services and direction were purchased from Green Turf Irrigation, an OGS company of Brooklin. The products utilized were donated by Rain Bird.

The delivery of these products was facilitated through Vanden Bussche Irrigation.

Volunteers to install the system, included, Mark Humphries, Humphries Landscape Service; Steve Thiebaud CIT, CLP, Green Turf Irrigation; Greg Scarlett CHTC, Urban Landscape Solutions; John Fullford, Gerritt’s Property Services; Brian Baun, B.K. Baun Landscaping; and Harry VanStavern, VanStavern’s Landscaping.