|The headquarters of Manulife Financial on Bloor Street East|
Unlike the bentgrass patches that sometimes appear in a sunny, suburban lawn (and almost as quickly disappear in a huff during hot, dry weather), this has been here for a long time. Since 1925.
In his book Manulife, business writer Rod McQueen gives us a horticultural side trip, describing how, when the headquarters was built in the '20s, the groundskeeper trekked out to the Scarborough Golf and Country Club for "Penncross creeping bentgrass sod." (In this Canadian Business article, the Manulife archivist remembers it slightly differently.) Apparently, those first rolls… crept.
|The Manulife lawn and gardens in September. St. Paul's Anglican Church across the street.|
|Twice-weekly cutting keeps it short, mowed in a criss-cross hatchwork.|
|Community by Kirk Newman occupies the southeast corner of the grounds|
|With 21 figures to choose from, we're bound to have a favourite|
|Mine will always be the guy with the camera.|