The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

The Garden — Helen Halpenny –The Buchanan Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

No date…. with files from Jean Ridell

The Halpenny’s who live at R.R. 2 Almonte have a herb garden just outside their kitchen door. The location is in a perfect spot for the cook of the house handy for quick herb fixes in a recipe. Helen grows basil, oregano, summer savoury and 28 other varieties like tarragon,lemon balm, wooly lamb’s ear and fennel. Of all these herbs Helen grows, not all are for cooking. Lavender and costmary will be dried and made up into fragrant satchels.

Across the laneway from the house is the Halpenny’s vegetable garden that the family is proud of. She feels the time and effort put into the garden work pays off because the family is self sufficient in vegetables. They buy only winter salad vegetables.

By planting vegetables with different maturation dates, succession plantings, and careful choice of varieties, there are fresh vegetables on the table from early summer until freeze up.The Extra Early Bounty Tomatoes are ready now and Rolar Vee Corn, the earliest of several corn varieties will soon be finished. Tasty Vee, Seneca Chief and Golden Bantam will extend the corn season well into September.

Experimenting with new varieties is a special interest of Helen’s. She easily names every variety as you walk with her.. ( the article was cut off here:(


Helen Halpenny-Almonte Alameda donors and supporters click


Almonte has a rich tradition of community involvement and fellowship.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a thriving traditional Market was located in downtown Almonte, just off Brea Street (where the parking lot is now). Vendors would arrive with their horse drawn carriages full of hand-made items, livestock, locally grown foods, and other wares. Patrons would arrive from miles around to spend the morning stocking their own carriages with the items they needed and enjoy fellowship with their neighbours. It was an event not to be missed, and for some, their only trip into town every week.

The current Almonte Farmers Market (AFM) maintains that same feel.  It was conceived around the kitchen table of  Master Gardener, Helen Halpenny in the fall of 1989. A few local farmers met over coffee to discuss bringing together their extra produce and offering it for sale. Their vision of rejuvenating the old Almonte Farmers Market as a producer-based market laid the ground work for the successful farmers’ market that we have today.

Shortly after the farmers’ market started in its new incarnation, the market vendors were approached by Bob Chorney of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which was just starting up at the time. Bob was amazed at how far along in the planning stages the AFM vendors were. Farmers’ Markets Ontario shared the same producer based ideas and so it was easy for the AFM to become a founding member of Farmers’ Markets of Ontario.   The FMO has given our market unfailing support and provided us with signs and other marketing tools, canopies, ideas and help throughout the years.

Helen Halpenny– Gardens Ontario

Registered Judges

Please note: OHA certified judges appear first listed alphabetically and otherwise qualified judges appear at the end of the list.

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NameHelen Halpenny
OHA Home Society:D 2 Almonte HS
OHA CertYes
Other Certificates:RGB-hort, GCO-design
Districts ServedD02


Unexpectedly in hospital at Ottawa on Friday, February 13, 2009.

Bill Halpenny
of Clayton, age 70 years.

Much loved husband of Helen Stewart. Beloved father of Elizabeth (David), Amy (Trevor) and Raymond (Jodi). Dear brother of Mary Ellen Code (late Fred). Bill will be sadly missed by his family

Bill and his wife Helen had a large farm in Ramsay Twp. Dairy farmers.

Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, Almonte, RR No, 2, who graduated September 14, 1964 from the Brockville General Hospital School of Nursing. She received an award for highest standing in Obstetrical Nursing theory and practice, tying with two other graduates.


A pretty wedding took place on Saturday, May 15 at St. George ‘s Anglican Church, Clayton when Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, RR 2, Almonte, became the bride of Mr. Frederick Ivan Code, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Code of Innisville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. E. Allsopp of Ottawa. Mr. Stanley Hughton, uncle of the bride, was organist and Robert Hughton, cousin of the bride, sang O Perfect Love during the signing of the Register. The best man was Mr. Wm. Code, brother of the groom. Matron of honour Mrs. Sam Millar, Smiths Falls. Miss Mary James and Miss Beverly Evans were bridesmaids. Barbara Loynes of Ottawa was flower girl. Ushers were Bill Halpenny, brother of the bride and Orville Cooke. Given in marriage by her father the bride wore white floor length whisper taffeta with lace panel overskirt of organza embroidered with sequins, lace bodice with lily point sleeves. A shoulder length veil was held in place with rose of crystalet. Bridesmaids in identical street length, pale blue crystalet over taffeta and carried white and pink carnations. Flower girl in yellow crystalet over taffeta and carried a basket of Shasta daises. The bride’s bouquet was of pink roses, pink carnations and white stephanotis. For travelling the bride donned a three piece double knit suit in deep pink with pink and black accessories and corsage of white mums. Guests were present from Chapleau, Brockville, Ottawa and Smiths Falls. On their return from Prince Edward Island they will reside on the groom’s farm in Scotch Corners.

A photograph of the Willows family on a wagon circa 1900. Left to right, those pictured are: Alfred Willows, Catherine Willows, Ruth Halpenny, and Sara Halpenny.
Photo from Marjorie Earl. Read-The Willows Family Reunions Clippings
ALL PHOTOS from Joan Halpenny’s Family Collection— read-The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

Every Foot of the House Was Crowded When the Teamsters Were Passing Through

The Family of Joan Halpenny– McRostie

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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