Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village
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Media Type
Item Type
Colour photograph of part of the miniature village at Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village.
Leonard Cullen was a gardener, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whitby’s biggest tourist attraction, Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village. He was born on February 5, 1925. In 1947, Cullen purchased John A. Weall Landscaping Company for $3000 and opened five Weall and Cullen Nurseries in the GTA. The growth of his garden centres meant that Cullen needed land to grow more plants in order to keep up with demand so in 1954 he and his brother Ken purchased land on Baldwin Street (Highway 12), just north of Taunton Road. His early successes in the nurseries allowed Cullen to realize his dream of building a show garden for the public. Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village was built on 14 hectares of valley farmland at Taunton Road and Cochrane Street, just west of the land Cullen originally purchased to grow his plant material. The gardens, with Lynde Creek flowing through the property, opened in May 30, 1980 and attracted visitors from around the world every year. Cullen’s dream also incorporated his interest in local history; he purchased Whitby’s Lynde House, the oldest home in Whitby, and moved it to Cullen Gardens in 1987 in order to preserve and protect it from demolition. As Cullen Gardens grew in popularity a restaurant and banquet facilities were added to the grounds and day camps, special events, and festivals were held on the property. In 2006, the Town of Whitby purchased the property and it is now a public park. Cullen died on August 15, 2006 at the age of 81.

This photograph is one of 19 promotional photographs highlighting a variety of Whitby's buildings and spaces, including businesses, Town facilities, and industry.
Label under photo:
"Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village
Taunton Road West, Whitby 416-668-6606
Town of Whitby's major tourist attraction - over 400,000 visitors annually"
Date of Original
Width: 35 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Personal Name(s)
Cullen, Len
Corporate Name(s)
Cullen Gardens
Local identifier
Digital Photographs
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.88342 Longitude: -78.93287
Copyright Statement
This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
Recommended Citation
Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village, ca. 1983, photographer unknown. Whitby Archives photograph D2016_004_005.
Reproduction Notes
Scanned from photograph on hardboard. Originals have been deaccessioned.
Whitby Public Library
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405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A1

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Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village

Colour photograph of part of the miniature village at Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village.