GREEN SPRING GARDENS, Ont.
— The owners of a green spring garden in Toronto are changing the name of their property to a ‘green garden’ in an attempt to retain its historic character.
The owners of the green spring estate in Green Spring, Ont., say they want to remain the only place you can visit a green garden, where they’ve been operating for more than 50 years.
The property was listed for sale in February on the Toronto Real Estate Board’s website.
It’s now listed for $5.8 million.
The green spring gardens have been a staple of Toronto for decades.
(CBC News)It’s the property’s owners, David and Patricia Bickford, who say they have a history of keeping the property in a green state.
“It’s very important for the community that we keep the green in a place where we can maintain it and maintain the history,” Patricia Bickell told CBC Toronto.
“The only way we can preserve it is to keep it green.”
Green Spring Garden opened in the 1970s as a private residence.
(Supplied)They say they are hoping to continue operating the garden as a public resource for generations to come.
“We hope to continue to operate this green garden for generations and beyond, and I think the community has a right to know that, that they have access to this place that’s not just for the elite few,” Patricia said.
David says he hopes people will be inspired by the property and keep it alive.
“I think the best way to get people to do that is to preserve the garden,” he said.
The Bickfords have applied for the heritage designation.
They are also looking to have the property listed on the Ontario Heritage List.
If you’d like to learn more about the green garden in Green Springs, Ont, check out the website here.