A GLANCE AT THE PHOTOGRAPH
F.A. Mercer, ed., Gardens and Gardening: The Studio Garden Annual,
(London and New York: The Studio, 1935),
p. 36. Collection of Pleasance Crawford.
The Studio Garden Annual was an influential English serial published
at least from 1932 through 1955.
With hard covers, good-quality stock, and both black-and-white and colour
photography, it featured recent works of landscape architecture throughout
Europe and North America. The 1935 issue includes Canadian gardens by
landscape architects H.B. & L.A. Dunington-Grubb and Arthur M. Kruse
of Toronto and Fred Carr of Oakville. It also shows two owner-designed
gardens in Victoria, BC.
This is a spring scene. The caption in The Studio Garden Annual
reads: “A pool in the garden of Major Marlett [sic] at
Oakville, Toronto [sic]. It has been placed at the end of the
rockery, and was designed by Fred Carr, landscape architect, Oakville.”
A lawn connects the pool and rockery with a two-storey brick house higher
up the slope. Well-established trees and shrubs frame the house and lawn.
A SERIES OF QUESTIONS:
Which one of the prominent Marlatts of Oakville was Major Marlatt?
Where was his home?
Do any traces of his pool and rockery remain?
Who was Fred Carr?
What other landscapes did he design?