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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
The Credit River at Glen Williams and the Barraclough House
Farm house in Glen Williams
Ernest Barraclough's Resting place.