Know Your Neighbours – Albert Adams

Albert came to Canada in 1909 from Scotland where he had been a gardener. Albert began working for the florist Wally Walker until he enlisted and went overseas to serve in the Great War.  When the war ended, Albert returned to St. Catharines where he began working for the City as a gardener.

Mr. Albert Adams was the Gardener for the Montebello Park Rose Garden. He became the gardener in either 1924 or 1929.

Photo Attribute: John Burtniak, St. Catharines Museum, 2006.77.1272

A few years after he started working in the Rose Garden, he had an accident. While spraying a rose, he accidentally shot insecticide in his left eye which caused permanent damage.

Albert became so good at tending to the roses, that he won the Dunlop Trophy at the Canadian National Exhibition for four consecutive years. The trophy was awarded annually for best display of roses.

Albert tended the roses in the Montebello Park Rose Garden until 1954.

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