Edwinna von Baeyer has been researching and writing about Canadian gardens and landscapes for more years than she likes to think about. Her writings and research, focussing on garden and landscape history, are wide-ranging and include books, articles, bibliographies, etc. Her books have been published by Random House Canada and Dundurn Press. For her work in landscape history, she received the Ontario Heritage Foundation’s prestigious Certificate of Achievement for research and writing on Heritage Gardens.




Selected writings on Canadian landscape history


Down the Garden Path: A Guide for Researching the History of a Garden or Landscape, Ottawa: EvB Communications, 2007.

Garden Voices: Two Centuries of Canadian Garden Writing, Toronto: Random House, 1995.

Garden of Dreams: Kingsmere and Mackenzie King, Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1990.

Rhetoric and Roses: A History of Canadian Gardening, 1900-1930, Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1984.

Selected Articles 

“The First Hundred — Heritage Railway Stations,” Impact, January 1994.

“John S. Pearce,” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. XIII, U. of T. Press, Toronto, 1994.

“Isabella Preston, 1881-1964: An Explorer of the Horticultural Frontier,” in, Despite the Odds, Essays on Canadian Women and Science, ed. Marianne G. Ainley, Vehicle Press, Montreal, 1990.

“The Home Gardener of the 1880s” in, Consuming Passions: Eating and Drinking Traditions in Ontario, Papers presented at the 101st Annual Conference of the Ontario Historical Society, Toronto, 1990.

“Flowers Along the Right-of Way: Canadian National Railway Gardens During the Age of Steam,” in, Canadian National: Explorations in Railway Culture, Allen Seager, ed., McGill-Queen’s Press, forthcoming.

Selected reports

History of Wellington Street South and Sparks Street North – including building and lot histories for the stretch between Elgin and Bank streets, Parks Canada, May 2005-Jan. 2006.

History of the Rockcliffe Rockeries Park, Ottawa, National Capital Commission, 2003.

History of Place du Portage III, ARCOP, 2003.

History of the National Archives/National Library Heating Plant Area, National Capital Commission, 2003.

History of the Sussex Avenue Courtyards, Ottawa, National Capital Commission, 2003.

History of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, National Capital Commission, 2002.

Two Mackenzie King Estate reports on cultural landscape and components of estate, 2002.

History of Sparks Street, Ottawa, in photographs, Public Works and Government Services, 2001.

Evolution of Vegetative Change along the Ottawa River Embankment, 1820-1999, Parliamentary Precinct Directorate, 1999

Landscape history of Rockcliffe Park, Ontario, National Capital Commission, 1996.

Landscape History of Maplelawn, Ottawa, National Capital Commission, 1995.

History of Hog’s Back and Vincent Massey parks, Ottawa, for the National Capital Commission, Jan.-March 1993.

Landscape history of Fulford Place, Brockville, Ont. for the Ontario Historical Foundation, Jan.-March 1992.

“The History of the Rideau Hall Landscape,” Rideau Hall Landscape Conservation Study, National Capital Commission and Heritage Conservation Program, Public Works Canada, 1991.


Ontario Rural Society: 1867-1930: A Thematic Index of Ontario Agricultural Periodicals, 1986. (Microfiche index of 63,000 items)

A Preliminary Bibliography for Garden History in Canada, National Parks Service, Ottawa, 1983. Revised and enlarged edition, 1987. Revised and enlarged edition, 1993.