CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada24 May 1911, Wed • Page 1
In the early 1900s Walter J Robinson conceived the idea of growing ginseng under cultivation. After an exhaustive examination into the project he became convinced the Lanark soil and climate would be ideal to the growing of Ginseng as wild Ginseng had been already found throughout the vast hardwood forests of Lanark County—– Read-The Lanark Ginseng Company?
Ginseng has a special place in the history of Ontario and Quebec. Roots were used in traditional Native medicines. In 1715, a Jesuit priest recognized the plant from descriptions out of China and initiated export to Hong Kong. At one time, ginseng trade rivalled the fur trade.Ginseng is native to the floor of the mixed hardwood forests of Eastern North America. It requires only 20% sunlight, and in fact will senesce (age) and die if light intensity exceeds this level for any length of time. All the roots were harvested from the forests, and now truly wild ginseng is rare in Ontario and Quebec. In June 2008, the Endangered Species Act, 2007, came into effect in Ontario, making it illegal to plant, harvest, possess, buy, sell, lease or trade ginseng collected from the wild in Ontario without authorization through a permit or agreement under the Act.
Read-The Watts Bros Seed Company Lanark Village
Seems like the Lanark Ginseng Co. also had other business going that was liquid and profitable..
By 1911–the foraging of the wild ginseng was hot and heavy as they say….
NINE years later……
The Death of the founder….. Walter J. Robinson
In the end Lanark County Wild Ginseng became foraged out of existance similar to the early years in Beckwith when most of the deer were hunted down by the settlers there..or beavers in Blakeney. Ginseng is an endangered species now in Lanark County where it once grew plentiful and after 1914,could not find anything about the Lanark Ginseng Co.
Ontario Ginseng Sites Known in 1987 and Revisited 1996-1998
|Lanark||89||60||Private||Partially harvested about 1990. Thinning and understorey removal may cause further decline.|
The Watts Bros Seed Company Lanark Village
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