Lindsay’s lilac gardens coming back in 2019

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The lilac gardens just off of Logie Street in Lindsay are little more than stumps right now, and local residents and tourists will have to wait another year to enjoy the space once again.

Redevelopment plans for Logie Street Park in Lindsay.

With the redevelopment of Logie Street Park in Lindsay the park is currently closed and will remain closed until the park redevelopment is complete in 2019, according to Communications, Advertising and Marketing Officer for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ashley Webster.

“In December 2017 a significant number of the existing lilac shrubs were dug and transported to a local nursery where the shrubs will be cared for during the initial construction phase,” she tells The Lindsay Advocate.

“The Lilac shrubs will be will replanted at the park during the final phases of construction in 2019. Any remaining lilac shrubs that were not transported off site will be relocated within the park in April 2018,” she says.

There is posted signage about the redevelopment of Logie Street Park installed at the park entrance points. A finalized design for the park is expected in May, with significant construction to commence later this summer.

As indicated on their website, the Lilac Gardens of Lindsay began in 1994 as a vision by Len Shea, a Lindsay Citizen of the Year, to plant a legacy of lilacs for Lindsay. The Millennium project was conceived by founding the ‘Lilacs for Lindsay’ group of like-minded Citizens of the Year proposing to make Lindsay “abundant with lilacs” by having “a lilac in every garden”, on public and private properties, and developing a horticultural garden featuring lilacs.

The website notes that with endorsement from the Master Gardeners, and the Horticultural Society, they presented their proposal to Lindsay Town Council at the time. In 1998, a ‘seed money’ grant, from the Lindsay & District Horticultural Society, enabled the first 209 lilacs of eleven different species to be planted.

Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also on the communications team of the Basic Income Canada Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.


  1. Hello,

    My name is Kyle McKee. I am enrolled in the Ecosystem Management Program at Fleming’s Frost Campus. I’m doing a project on environmentally friendly weed control for the Lilac Gardens. I understand it is a continuous issue and we would like to help. If there is any information you can give me on how you are trying to combat this, or have combatted it in the past, I’d greatly appreciate it. We will do our best to make a plan and help. Thanks for your time. Please

    Kyle McKee

  2. Roderick Benns,

    My name is Kyle McKee. I am enrolled in the Ecosystem Management Technician program at Fleming’s Frost Campus. I’m doing a project on weed control for the Lilac Gardens and I’m curious if you can provide me with any information on the techniques they have utilized sir far or will be in the future. If you don’t have any information but have an idea who I could talk to that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and I enjoyed your article.

    Kyle McKee

  3. Hi Kyle,

    I would contact either Ashley Webster at the City of Kawartha Lakes or Cheri Davidson at the City. They should be able to help you. Good luck!

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