Orchids in Gemmils Swamp June 1901





Almonte Gazette June 1910.. read the Gazette here.

Lanark is a famous little place. There are its men, its manufactures, its river, and it’s a natural beauty. All has helped to bring this charming Clyde village into considerable prominence.

But there is another feature of its attractiveness that at this season that thrusts itself on our notice—the magnificent orchid beds that lie at our very door. Acres and acres of the Queen of Flowers for the plucking. Five distinct varieties have been found, and growing in such a wild profusion that often to secure an armful is only the work of many moments.

The yellow flower is the only orchid at present in bloom, but later on the pinks and whites and reds will hold up their pretty heads until they are carried away to adorn our tables and parlours.

The greatest area of orchid lands is in Gemmill’s swamp, but they are found in lesser quantities at various points near the village. When Mr. Peter Scott lived here he delighted in rambling among the elders where peeped out his favourite flower, and many a “bonnie  bunch” did he bring home.


52966869_10157329901358010_2764584798197383168_n Rhodena Bell far left Rufus Purdon my grandfather Mary died age 16,Willie,Louisa,Jim H,then Mrs Bartraw ,Stanley,Great grandfather Donald,Harold,Granny Purdon,Alec and Isabel this photo 1900 in front of my farm house

Purdon’s Lady Slipper Colony

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Want to see more? Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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