Reddick Mansion grounds in Ottawa gets face-lift

Volunteers have contributed 412 hours of work

The Reddick Mansion’s exterior, including the grounds, has undergone a transformation.

Attention at the Ottawa landmark has been focused on nurturing existing plants, developing color and variety in plantings and creating interesting vignettes throughout the garden.

Roger Hooper, chairman of the Reddick Mansion Association’s garden committee, directed several new additions to the grounds: a Victorian mailbox, an armillary, a gazing ball with an ornate base, a white resin Cupid and two large flower urns at the front staircase’s base.

These purchases were made possible through a donation from the Funk family made in memory of Esther Funk, a longtime Reddick Mansion Association board member and past president.

Hooper and his wife, Judy, also donated a series of 5-foot statues, “Goddesses of the Four Seasons,” which can be seen in front of the brick wall on the property’s west side.

Sarah Fahlmark, a volunteer, designed the plantings for the new flower urns and the raised flower bed on the mansion’s east side.

Along with many annuals, four arborvitae trees that Hooper said will add drama and color to the building’s landscaping were planted at the four corners of the building. Eight bridal wreath bushes and a flowering crabapple tree also have been planted.

Hooper said the plantings and statuary all are correct for a Victorian garden, as he spent time over the winter and spring researching the appropriate plants for a garden of the mansion’s style and era.

Board member Mary Lou McLachlan oversees the certified herb garden located in the grounds’ northwest corner that includes more than 50 herbs, including this year’s herb of the year, parsley, as well as several treats for monarch butterflies.

The gardeners all are volunteers at the Reddick Mansion.

”More volunteers would be great,” Hooper said. “We would welcome anyone of any skill level. Hopefully, we can ‘cultivate’ the gardener in everyone.”

The garden group meets at 8 a.m. each Tuesday and has about eight to 10 people. The group already has performed 412 hours of volunteer work from April through June.

“We would like to invite both residents and visitors to wander through the gardens and enjoy the calm, peace and beauty of the mansion grounds,” President Lorraine McCallister said.

The Reddick Mansion is open for tours at both 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday through Monday.