More on the Secret Life of Ginseng in Lanark County-Everett Milotte

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More on the Secret Life of Ginseng in Lanark County-Everett Milotte
Hello Linda, I am sending you the cover page of Fuller’s Directory for 1866 & 1867 along with the page for Watson’s Corners, apparently a hive activity in those days. All it was the country store, the Church, community hall during my time there.–Everett Milotte

Hello Linda, really enjoyed your article on Ginseng in Lanark Village. I spent many a day with my father looking for wild ginseng in the backwoods of Lanark County from about the time I was six years old and continued on a more sporadic basis myself. If I remember the last time I looked for it would be around 1988.

My father always had a cultivated patch at there home north of Watson’s Corners and I imagine it is still growing there. Attached for your info is a few pictures I have. The first two were taken in my fathers patch the single root is one I found around 1988 and the last is one of my mother (Lorna Milotte) with a sample of some had found in the 1980’s.

Sure, by all means, I think the last year I picked ginseng, it was about $700/pound dried and I had about $1700.00 for the season. Was a valuable source of income for my parents in the early years (1950’s – mid 1960’s) of their marriage when they were subsistence farmers at Joe’s Lake.

Thanks to Everett Milotte for text and photos..

Emily Desjardins

My Dad Gerald Desjardine also picked wild Ginseng. Brother of A.J and Leonard. Many times he bought our Christmas presents with money.

Kevin Bingley

I can recall A. J. Desjardin & his wife coming into Brian Bingley’s cabin in behind the Dome and asking if he could pick Ginseng. A. J. said “he still knew the special places on the property to harvest this crop.” That was years ago and I recall him telling Brian that he and Elwin had some private lots to select from. All sounded like extremely coveted grounds to me.

Ron Closs

Butternut trees and black ferns were usually good indicators of places it would grow

It is now on the endangered species list I do believe. I use to pick it lots with my Dad who has picked lots and planted it throughout Lanark Highlands

Ken Potter

It grows on north slopes in hardwood forests so there are many locations that it could be grown in Lanark Highlands.

Mary-Jo Sibbitt-Horner

I remember Leonard Desjardins harvesting Ginseng in North Lanark back in the mid to late 70s up past Joe’s Lake – always secret locations.

More on the Ginseng Garden Co.in Lanark– Clippings 1905-1914

The Lanark Ginseng Company?

The Watts Bros Seed Company Lanark Village

Remembering the Carleton Place CPR Gardens

Pages from —The Ottawa Horicultural Society Prize List 1940–Simpson Book Collection

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Benson McRae

Pollock and Dora McDougall’s Rose Garden — 47 years later ….

Rennie’s Seeds Thomas Hawkins

Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

Remembering Milk Weed Pods and World War II

Living Dangerously With Lilies of the Valley

Orchids in Gemmils Swamp June 1901

Next Time You Drive Down Highway 15–Gemmils

“The Mounties Will Arrest You if You Step on a Trillium”

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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