Thursday, September 6, 2012

Promoting Canadian History through Horticulture

Doug Grant who is the editor of Loyalist Trails, the weekly newsletter of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and this week he had an interesting article that showcased the use of gardening to promote Canadian history.

When the Branch was asked by District 9 of the Ontario Horticultural Association to set up a display for the 2012 Ontario Horticultural Association  Convention in Niagara on the Lake, the proposed theme was "Gardening Then & Now 1812-2012" .

Doug says ‘It was the effort of Ann Huffman, Membership Chair of the Branch, that lead to a more successful promotion of the observation of 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States. Through her initiative, the City of Welland created a War o f 1812 garden at one of the prominent sites in town. Ann's description of the process as well as a picture of the final work of horticultural design is visible here. Perhaps she will be equally lucky with her plans to observe the centennial of UELAC in 2014”

Go to to see the wonderful display "Gardening Then and Now 1812 – 2012".

The website of the UELAC is


Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, I think you misread the original text that Doug sent out. The convention was the Ontario Horticultural Society. The UELAC Convention was held in Winnipeg in 2912.

Elizabeth Lapointe said...

Hi, Ed

I have changed it to read the Ontario Horticultural Association Convention. I knew it wasn't the UELAC, but it slipped in anyway. Thinking of too many things at the same time...

Thank you.