Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Gardening a stone’s throw from the river

A fenced lawn is made all the more pleasant with a few floating flowerbeds.

The gardens of the Baldwin family in Notre-Dame-du-Portage, c. 1915.

Private coll. (Betsy Baldwin).

Between 1901 and 1907, the Montrealers John S. and Alida Prince bought a house in Notre-Dame-du-Portage and then neighbouring lots to expand their little estate. Their granddaughter H. Lucille Baldwin was born there in 1910 and became its owner in 1943. Her own grandchildren keep the tradition alive today, even though they now live in London, Ontario. 

The Baldwin house’s flower garden, filled with hollyhocks, nasturtiums and other flowers, is located right near the river. The lot is a modest size, but offers a fantastic view of the St. Lawrence and the Îles Pèlerins archipelago.

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