Secret gardens still do exist and can be found all over the city, which is why Markham Gardens 150 have decided to recognize 150 fabulous gardens in our communities. One of these belong to Greensborough resident, Abdul Wakeel Salehi, who has been cultivating his garden for five years.

He plants every year from May to June, taking out his Pink Bougainvillea trees that he’s had for five years to join the rest of the flowers and plants. According to Salehi, there weren’t any gardens on their quiet suburban street until he began growing his own.

Since then, not only does his get daily admirers who make a point of passing by his front lawn, but claims to have also inspired his neighbours to start growing their own gardens.

He says he finds gardening to be a great way to relax and spend his free time but was never looking for any recognition for his labour of love. It was his daughter, Sabrina, who heard about the sesquicentennial contest and did not hesitate to enter her father into it.

“I entered my Dad into the contest because I wanted my Dad to get recognition for his hard work that he puts into his garden,” says Salehi.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Councillor Alan Ho (Ward 2) serve as honorary chairs of Markham Gardens 150, which is sponsored by Happy Life Wealth Management. Canada-China Realty Professionals Association and Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto are the organizers of the contest that is also supported by the following ratepayers associations:

  • Grandview
  • Aileen Willowbrook
  • Buttonville
  • Unionville Residents Association
  • South Unionville Resident Forum
  • Angus Glen
  • Aldergrove
  • Resident of Markham Amenity Network

Nominations to enter the contest ended Sep. 9 with 150 houses to be selected Sep. 22 and announced Sep. 29. The winning homes will be exhibited Oct. 13 at the Civic Centre.

For information, visit: www.markhamgardens150.com