The Norval Presbyterian Manse



in the heart of Ontario

where the author of Anne of Green Gables lived for 9 years

MEDIA RELEASE August 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

$169,500 OTF Grant Will Help a Sensory Garden Grow

Norval – This summer, the Norval Community Association received a two-year, $169,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to design and build a sensory garden for Norval Park. The Children’s Sensory Garden will make a wonderful addition to the community, and is being designed for people of all ages and abilities as a place to experience the environment through touch, look, smell, taste and hearing.

“I want to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for approving this grant for the Norval Community Association,” Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott said.  “By remembering Lucy Maud Montgomery at Norval Park, we are inspired by a significant figure in Canada’s literary history, and her involvement in our community.”

Funds will be used over the next two years to buy plants and materials for the sensory garden, to help with the salary for an Education Coordinator and help with marketing costs as well.

Sensory gardens are appearing in more communities and are treats to behold because they are designed to appeal to the five senses listed above. The gardens are designed to be therapeutic, inclusive and diverse for people with special needs. Set within the Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden in Norval, just north of Mississauga, the garden has the potential to be a must-see space for local residents and visitors alike and can also act as an educational tool.

“The vision of the Children's Garden of the Senses is to create a garden that brings together our heritage, healing, and connection to an inclusive community both locally, nationally and internationally,” said Kathy Gastle, President, Norval Community Association.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities:

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Gastle
Norval Community Association
Phone 905-877-7059



The Author of Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, in Norval

Montgomery was already a famous author, when she arrived in Norval with her husband Presbyterian minister Rev. Ewan Macdonald and their two children Chester, and Stuart in February 1926. During the next 9 years Rev. Macdonald ministered to the congregations of two Presbyterian churches - Norval and Union (in Glen Williams.)

In addition to running the manse, Montgomery was mothering two growing boys, teaching Sunday School and her other parish duties, she became a member of the Norval Choral Society, Norval Women’s Institute, director and performer of Norvals’ Olde Tyme Concerts, held at the Anglican Parish Hall. As well, she found time to host garden parties and attend speaking engagements across the country. While living in Norval Montgomery published the following books:

The Blue Castle, 1926,


Emily’s Quest, 1927,


Magic for Marigold, 1929,


A Tangled Web, 1931,


Pat of Silver Bush, 1933,


Courageous Women, 1934

L.M. Montgomery

with Marian Keith and M.B. McKinley


Mistress Pat in 1935.






Elaine Crawford published Aunt Maud's Cookbook

Fabulous collection of Lucy Maud's original recipes.

Crawford Village Bakery sells this fantastic cookbook.