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This year marks the 21st edition of the Gardens of Uxbridge annual garden tour. Each summer up to 8 local residences open their garden gates to welcome the public to view their garden creations.

This community event raises important funds to benefit local charities. In 2017, proceeds will support these local organizations – The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and Community Care Durham-Uxbridge.

The Tour is a showcase of the wonderful gardens of local residences in and around Uxbridge and offers a beautiful day touring the countryside surrounding the Oak Ridges Moraine.  The self-guided tour takes visitors through hill and dale along the country roads surrounding the quaint town of Uxbridge and also features a number of in-town gardens.

During the event, guests are invited to walk the gardens outside of each home on the Tour between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, rain or shine. This self-guided tour typically includes 8 gardens throughout the Township of Uxbridge and volunteers are assigned to each home to greet guests.

Each year the Gardens of Uxbridge tour is a popular way to spend a day in the countryside north of Toronto. Gather some friends for a day of touring and dining; purchase tickets as a Mother’s Day gift; or simply gather great gardening ideas. Be sure to order your tickets soon! A limited number are available.

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Maud, a novel inspired by the life of L.M. Montgomery, was released today. It is described as “a young novel about fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery – Maud to her friends – (who) has a dream to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott.” The book’s author, Melanie Fishbane holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in History from Concordia University. Maud is her first novel.

Published by Penguin Teen, the hardcover sells for $17.99

Melanie Fishbane will join us, with her new book, for a luncheon tea on July 19!





A day in the life ….it’s worth the drive to Uxbridge. On April 29th, plan to visit Blue Heron Books and have your picture taken with Anne of Green Gables or with Kate Macdonald-Butler, Montgomery’s grand-daughter who will be in the store from 1 – 3 pm helping them  celebrate Author for Indies Day. Complete your day with a visit to the Leaskdale site open from 1 – 5 pm.









When I asked the ladies who attended a Tea and Tour yesterday at the site the name of their book club, they replied, “We don’t have a name for our Book Club but we have been reading together for 14 years.” Pictured here at the Historic Leaskdale Church enjoying tea and scones, is Mary Donnelly, 2nd from the right, with her Book Club for 14 years members & friends…






























Jennifer Carroll returns to the stage as Lucy Maud Montgomery for one show only at the Heliconian Club in Toronto – women supporting, championing and providing inspiration in the arts. This special event begins at 6:15 p.m. with refreshments and a cash bar. The performance starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Paul at 416.708.7668 or visit their website by clicking on the following:

We hope to see you there!




Saturday, October 29 is the date for this year’s L.M.M. Day, celebrating poetry in honour of the 100th anniversary of The Watchmen and Other Poems. Please visit our Calendar of Events for this year’s agenda and registration information. We hope to see you there!




The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and The Friend’s Circle Quilt Group presents Maud’s Circle Of Friends Biennial Quilt Show the weekend of September 3 and 4, from 10:00 am to 4pm at the Historic Leaskdale Church.The weekend will bring a wonderful show of quilts from York, Durham and the Kawarthas. Admission is $5. Enjoy a lunch in our tearoom consisting of sandwiches and homemade pie!




Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30, the play Maud of Leaskdale opened at the Historic Leaskdale Church and exited with a thunderous applause! There are only 5 shows remaining for this season, so please book your tickets now @ 905-862-0808 or visit our Calendar of Events page for show dates and other ticket purchase options.

Thursday, August 25, a special dinner theatre has been added with an authentic P.E.I. dinner available for your enjoyment prior to the evening’s performance.












Bonnie Thomson of Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery in Port Perry hosted an inspirational luncheon July 13 discussing her artistic endeavours throughout her career. Through the Looking Glass, one such endeavour, has brought Bonnie to the Historic Leaskdale Church to renew its historic stained glass windows. In the photo, Bonnie speaks to a captive luncheon audience, explaining the painstaking process involved in the stained glass restoration.









I cannot remember the time when I was not writing, or when I did not mean to be an author image


~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

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