July 15, 2009
In keeping with Mac Cuddy’s tradition of opening his gardens to the public for garden tours, Fanshawe College held an open house of the A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens on June 6 and 7.

The weekend was a resounding success, with nearly 800 visitors. Guests came from near and far, including botanical gardens in Burlington, Niagara and the United States.

The beautiful gardens have more then 2,000 species of plants displayed in dry, rock, woodland, perennial, rose and aquatic gardens. Several plants found in the garden, such as the indigenous cucumber magnolia and the yellow trillium, are on the endangered
species list.  

In 2007, Patricia VanOmen Cuddy, widow of Mac Cuddy, donated Cuddy Gardens to Fanshawe College. This living legacy is comprised of a lush and unique garden stretching over more than five acres. It thrives under the constant attention of the horticulture students and specialists at Fanshawe College. It also includes the century-old residence where Mac Cuddy and his family lived for more than 56 years.   

Caption: The public took advantage of the open house at Cuddy Gardens.