Wychwood Park: December 2020

Wychwood Park was founded as an artists colony in the late nineteenth century by painter Marmaduke Matthews.

View of a Figure Seated by a River: Marmaduke Matthews

The area was then a rural region just outside of the city. Matthews named it after Wychwood in his native Oxfordshire.

Taddle Creek was dammed to create a large pond in the middle of the park.

The area remains a private community.

Tennis Court
House Sparrows (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)

The overnight snowfall gave an interesting aspect to the botany:

White Oak (Quercus alba)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Crab Apple (Malus)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Amur Maple (Acer maackii)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Barberry (Berberis)
Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Juniper (Juniperus communus)

Other photos from nearby:

Houses on Davenport Rd.
Casa Loma stables
Casa Loma
Casa Loma stables


Listen . . . With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.                                                                  – Adelaide Crapsey (1878–1914)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Wychwood Park: December 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I love this place. Wonderful winter scene and details (those bright red berries!) and some beautiful buildings. I liked the painting, too! Thanks, Miles!


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