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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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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