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Alberta Ann LAIDMAN1868 - 1954 (86 years)
Name Alberta Ann LAIDMAN Born 21 Mar 1868 Gender Female Died 23 Mar 1954 Buried 26 Mar 1954 Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
- Auld Kirk cemetery
Person ID I8093 Our Family History Last Modified 27 Dec 2007
Father Richard LAIDMAN, b. 29 Jul 1827, Yorkshire, YKS , d. 28 Oct 1906 (Age 79 years) Mother Lucinda Jane SENN, b. 21 Apr 1843, d. 20 Mar 1905 (Age 61 years) Married 24 Jun 1865 Family ID F2278 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Photos Alberta Ann Laidman
Photo supplied by Linda Jordan née Laidman in March 2005
- Vera Cummings clipping:
Death Removes Noted Binbrook Horticulturalist
Caledonia, March 24 - An ardent horticulturalist well known throughout the district, particularly for her large selection of daffodils, Miss Alberta Laidman, life-long resident of Binbrook Township, died yesterday afternoon following an illness of brief duration.
Miss Laidman was born on March 21, 1868, the daughter of the late Richard Laidman and the former Lucinda Senn. Miss Laidman was a school teacher by profession, and following her retirement she planned and developed a large daffodil garden which received considerable attention throughout the district. Her many friends and neighbours looked forward each spring to seeing this beautiful display of blooms, which she shared generously with all visitors.
She was a member of the United Church in Binbrook.
Left to mourn her passing are two brothers, William Laidman, of Barrie; Erland H. Laidman, of Binbrook Township, and a sister, Miss Harriet Laidman, also of Binbrook Township. The remains are resting at Miller's Funeral Chapel, in Caledonia, until Friday, March 26, when the service, conducted by the Rev. Gordon Geiger, of Binbrook United Church, will take place at 3.30 p.m. Interment will take place in the Old Kirk Cemetery.
*** Author's note: The daffodil garden was covering the front lawn of the Laidman family homestead on Laidman Road in Glanbrook Township and is still drawing people to the present day. Usually the best time to view the display is around Mother's Day. (January 12, 2002)
From "History & Heritage of Binbrook 1792 - 1973", pg. 40:
DAFFODILS by Elizabeth Laidman (Mrs. Stanley)
On the old Laidman homestead, where Erland, Harriet and Alberta Laidman lived, the daffodils in the spring could not fail to remind one of Wordsworth's "host of golden daffodils".
Miss Alberta Laidman loved these and grew them as no one but a real flower-lover could. She had many different kinds and "calleth them all by name", and showed the visitor the common varieties and then the "aristocrats", as she termed the rarer types.
While Alberta and Harriet Laidman have passed away, the daffodils still spread their golden carpet in the yard of the old Laidman Homestead. Many relatives and neighbours have come each spring to enjoy their beauty and to linger beside their favourites.
The first bulbs were planted in 1920. Alberta gave much thought to experimentation with and selection of varieties. She planted carefully to achieve what probably is the largest private collection in Binbrook.
A few of the many varieties planted over a period of years are: Emperor, Golden Harvest, Poeticus (Pheasant's Eye), Fortune, Flower Record, White Lady, Grandiflora, Yellow Poppy, John Evelyn, Cheerfulness and Geranium (last two are bunch-flowered).
- Vera Cummings clipping: