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The Dale Estate

The Dale Estate

Photo by contributor George Nassas - Posted September, 2012

The Dale Estate

Photo from Google Street View ©2012 Google - Posted September, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Peel
The City of Brampton
In Duggan Park across from the intersection of
Ken Whillans Drive and Sproule Drive
near the bridge over a stream


Coordinates: N 43 41.654 W 79 45.841

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Plaque Text

The Dale Estate nurseries played an instrumental role in the development of Brampton, establishing its reputation as "The Flower Town of Canada." The business began in 1863 with its founder Edward Dale selling vegetables from his garden and it soon expanded to include the cultivation of greenhouse roses. By the early 20th century, the Dale Estate employed a quarter of Brampton's population and was among the largest greenhouse flower producers in the world. International success stemmed, in part, from the production of new varieties of roses and orchids, and from the famous "Autographed Rose" technique. The Dale Estate continued to prosper through the first half of the twentieth century and its numerous greenhouses and great chimney became iconic features of the local community. In the 1960s, the Dale Estate was sold and merged with another local grower, becoming the Calvert-Dale Estates. Gradually, production slowed and the firm closed its doors in 1980.

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