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Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Garden

The garden was developed by the Norval Community Association with assistance from a Canada 125 Grant in 1992. The garden blooms with colour from spring to fall. Lucy Maud Montgomery noted many of her favourite plants in her fictional novels and here in the gardens you can see them growing in her honour. Enjoy quotes from the author in the Gazebo, The Story Girl bronze statue, analemmatic sundial (an interactive sundial) are all in the heart of Norval Park.

Visitor Parking: Mary Street at Highway #7



The Norval Rose

The Norval rose was found in the garden of the former United Church Manse in Norval. Although obviously an old rose, identification was difficult taking several years. The Norval Rose flowers profusely once a year. The deep rose pink flowers are quite double and intensely fragrant and each rose has a little green ‘eye’ in the centre. In about one sixth of the roses, the ‘eye’ in the centre develops into a cluster of perfect little rosebuds.

Eventually the rose was identified as Prolifera de Redoute, a rare rose of great age, sometimes referred to as the Steeple Rose. From its French name it is almost certain that the rose was once grown in the famous rose garden created by Napoleon’s wife, the Empress Josephine. Josephine collected all the then-known roses in the world at her country house “Malmaison” and commissioned the artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute in 1804 to paint portraits of her roses (and other flowers,) a task that continued until her death in 1814.




Take a look at the Analemmatic Sundial at the Garden.



Fall Colours in and around Norval

These scenes convinced Lucy Maud Montgomery to call Norval the most beautiful village in Ontario


Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden in the Fall

Information Kiosk in Norval Park


Common Merganser on the Credit River

View from McNab Park


Welcome to Norval


Glen Williams

The Credit River at Glen Williams and the Barraclough House

Farm house in Glen Williams

Ernest Barraclough's Resting place.



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