Horticultural Society holding garden tour in Gananoque

An arched trellis is an invitation to see more. The Gananoque Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10. copyright Lorraine Payette

(Gananoque, ON) After two years of following pandemic protocols and being unable to hold their normal public events, the Gananoque Horticultural Society (GHS) is happy to be able to once again invite everyone to attend their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10.

“This is our first garden tour since 2019,” said Joan MacKinnon, GHS secretary. “Some of the gardens have been ‘on hold’ since 2020, while others were just chosen this spring. There’s not really a theme to the tour, but we’re always looking for appealing back gardens preferably within town. We are always on the lookout for gardens though sometimes gardeners contact us, and we go to take a look – interesting and unusual plantings always appeal to everyone.”

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Red and White Celebration for 150th Anniversary of the Lansdowne Fair

Summer Garden Contest Flyer

Summer Garden Contest Flyer

by Lorraine Payette, written May 21, 2014

(Lansdowne, ON) The village of Lansdowne is going all out this year in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Lansdowne Fair. In addition to all the other amazing things they have planned, LAFR (the Lansdowne Association for Revitalization) has created a wonderful, village wide summer garden competition.

“We have a colour theme for our hanging baskets and planter boxes in the Lansdowne community,” says Donna Dempsey of LAFR. “This theme is ‘Canada, Eh?’, using red and white flowers. If you would like to coordinate your gardens and planters with this theme, go for it! – to read more>

For All We Receive, Thank the Farmer

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 26, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – When we sit down to eat, how many of us truly think about where our food came from? For the most part, we simply consume and assume we have the right to do so without thinking. We may or may not enjoy the meal, we may or may not even notice it as it goes by. Yet every bite has a source, and that source is the farmer.

On September 26, the Farmers’ Market in the Gananoque Town Park tried something a little different. Not only did they conduct business as usual, but they showed their appreciation to those who have shopped with them all season by providing a nourishing meal made from produce from their own farms, kitchens and bakeries. Called a “Harvest Celebration”, it featured a meal of homemade chillies (with or without meat), an array of breads, warm cider and a delicious carrot cake for dessert. Live musical entertainment was provided by Flashback and Mike Bishop. – to read more>

Farmer’s Market Celebrating Harvest

There's nothing like the flavour of locally grown food

There’s nothing like the flavour of locally grown food

by Lorraine Payette

(GANANOQUE, ON) – Town Park in Gananoque will be the site of a harvest celebration as the Farmers’ Market serves up a free, tasty and nutritious dinner made entirely from fresh local ingredients.

The event runs from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and will feature the music of Mike Bishop and Flashback.

Come on out and bring a friend! For more information, go to http://www.gananoquefarmersmarket.ca, or contact ganfarmersmarket@gmail.com or 613-876-7138.

Junior Ploughing Match Brings Out the Best

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 4, 2013

(LANSDOWNE, ON) – The Modler farm in Lansdowne was roaring with tractors as ploughs split the soil and opened the earth on August 30. Thirty-six young drivers were participating in a good natured competition between Leeds and Grenville as the 4-H held its Junior Ploughing Match, coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the International Ploughing Match.

“It isn’t a good day for ploughing,” said Caleb Carmichael, 11, as he turned clods to help straighten a line. “The soil is too dry, and has a lot of clay. The ploughs aren’t heavy enough to break through, and you need at least two men standing on them to make the split.” – to read more>

Everyone Comes Out for 33rd CornFest in Athens

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by Lorraine Payette, written August 20, 2013

(ATHENS, ONTARIO) There’s something special about holding an event for 33 years, and Athens went all out as they held their annual CornFest on August 17.

“Athens’ Cornfest is an annual village festival, marking its 33rd year in 2013, that allows you to be welcomed into the heart of village life,” says the committee. “A few of the many features included live music all day long and fresh buttered corn made using power from an old fashioned steam engine.” – to read more>

4th Annual Mallorytown Village Fair a Bigger Delight than Ever


by Lorraine Payette, written August 24, 2013

(MALLORYTOWN, ONTARIO) The 4th Mallorytown Village Fair, held on the grounds at the Mallorytown Community Centre, proved that once you’ve found the right formula, you just keep getting better and better.

Over 500 people came out to enjoy a step back in time on August 24 as vendors and entertainers, costumed interpreters and skilled craftspeople came out to let everyone see just how wonderful a time you can have. Perfect weather enhanced the day, and people of all ages found something to keep them happy at the fair. – to read more>

149th Lansdowne Fair Crowing with Success

by Lorraine Payette, written July 21, 2013

“Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
Lay a little egg for me!”
– children’s folk song

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(LANSDOWNE, ONTARIO) The parade swept grandly through the village on July 18, with chicken aficionados on every float, and marchers strutting their stuff. At four locations along the route, Dreams In Motion produced crowd pleasing flash mobs, doing the chicken dance and asking everyone to join in. The Colonel for the Day brought his “buck-buck-bucKET!” as chickens rode horses and bicycles. The St. Lawrence District Medical Centre marched as turkeys, and everyone fluffed up and flapped their wings to be their absolute best. – to read more>