The Town’s Cullen Central Park (located at 300 Taunton Road West) is now home to a new bronze statue honouring the late Len Cullen, a visionary entrepreneur in the horticulture industry and founder of Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village.
Gifted to the Town by Cullen’s daughter, Sue Green, and her husband Bryan – the statue was designed by award-winning Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy and unveiled during a special ceremony at Cullen Central Park on June 22.
Abernethy has created a number of bronze carved figures of some of the most influential members in history, including Sir. John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II.
Cullen was a visionary entrepreneur in the horticulture industry, having founded Weall and Cullen, and many other successful businesses throughout his life. He was also the creator of what was once one of Whitby’s largest outdoor attractions – Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, which featured unique plantings and 160 miniature buildings on 25 acres.
Following the closure of Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village on January 1, 2006, the land was purchased by the Town of Whitby, to remain in the public domain as a municipal park. Len Cullen passed away on August 15, 2006.