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Town gardeners found time to create beautiful displays

A clock dial, planted in Roman numerals, was a popular annual display in the early 1920s at Couchiching Beach Park, thanks to a crew of talented gardeners
226 C.B.P.Clock Dial
The Couchiching Beach Park clock dial is shown in all its glory in the early 1920s.

Postcard Memories is a weekly series of historic postcard views and photos submitted by Marcel Rousseau.

Some were previously published by the Orillia Museum of Art and History and in the book Postcard Memories Orillia.

John Whitton was the supervisor of parks for Orillia when this postcard was published in the early 1920s. 

This clock dial, planted in Roman numerals, would have been one of the flower bed displays designed by this talented town employee. Since the early 1900s, superintendent Whitten and his crew had turned Couchiching Beach Park into a gardeners' delight. Whitten loved the park and kept a daily journal of its development and activities.

A few years after this photo was taken, a toboggan run was built where the Aquatheatre now stands.

One year later, one of the largest celebrations in the town’s history took place there, when the Champlain Monument was unveiled during the summer of 1925.