Since we started renting land from the National Capital Commission in the late 80’s we’ve been finding all kinds of artifacts from days gone by. Horseshoes of all different sizes and shapes, as well as nuts and bolts, and various pieces of metal that had fallen off of old machinery. Last week my younger brother James was visiting my brother Dave in the fields and was walking behind the cultivator when his eagle eye spotted an old penny, a 1895 Canadian penny with a young Queen Victoria on it. In days gone by these fields were worked by my wife Evelyn’s family, the Kemp’s, so maybe this penny belonged to her great grandfather Adam. What a strange time to find this treasure, this being Budd Gardens 100 years in Blackburn anniversary. Photos of coin taken from web (coin from field was worse for wear) and man in buggy is Adam Kemp.
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About our blog
There a several reasons to have a blog, I suppose, but the number one reason to me is to be able to reach my customers on a more personal level and to able to share some of my perennial plant knowledge as well as keeping everyone up to date on sales, garden tours and any other gardening events.
I am the family historian and would love to share stories about old Blackburn and Budd Gardens with you. I also have some great photos from back then.
I would love to hear of your gardening experiences and to see and share photos of your garden.
- Preparing a Perennial flower bed
- Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Patricia The Stripper
- Blackburn in 1873, a story
- Visiting Cousins
- 1895 ‘Blackburn man drops penny’
- Had my truck Wrapped
- Yard at Budd Gardens
- Hostas from the fields
- Blackburn in a different time
- Mulching my hosta beds
- Welcome back Jennifer Budd/Taylor again
- Theresa Budd our grandmother
- Peter Budd our grandfather
- Blackburn The Early Years
- How we became perennial plant growers
- Royal Wedding