More on Those “Glads” of Carleton Place

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Photo from the McRae family
From Caroline on WordPress
My grandmother lived at 127 Santiago. She owned the adjacent empty lot and I remember it was used as a garden full of gladiolas in the 1960’s. I think it was tended by a gentleman called Mr. Pretty, her tenant in her upstairs apartment. Does anyone know about this gladiolas garden?

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston My Mom used to plant “glads” as she called them for Decoration Sunday – as well Mrs. Pretty on Queen Street and Arthur McLellan would help each other out if one or the other ran out of a color. Mom had 300 or so bulbs and use to carry this awful tank of chemicals for spraying on her back to ensure the glads were not invaded by the thirp bug – that would have been devastating. We had to job every year of helping to peel of last year’s skin.

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Benson McRae

About lindaseccaspina

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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