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Weekend Highlights – March 5&6

Welcome March!!! Spring is fast approaching, less than 20 days away! The crazy weather we’ve seemed to be having is slowly coming to an end, and the sun is shinning! Let’s hope the snow is done for now and we can bask in the warmth, smell the fresh grass, and watch the flowers bloom! Personally I can’t wait for summer to get here but spring is a step in the right direction! Have a look at some fun things you can do this weekend in Elgin County.

Dutton Dunwich Horticultural Society is celebrating their 25th anniversary! Since this year is the ‘Year of the Garden’, the society has decided to throw a garden contest! Did you know that Colonel Thomas Talbot was an avid gardener? Talbot had a 2 acre rose garden and had 16 acres of orchards! From lilacs to Cuisse de Nymph roses, the Colonels flower gardens must have been some sight to see. The rules of the contest can be seen in the picture above. Make sure you register so they don’t miss your pretty garden!

Backus-Page House Museum has made a new exhibit that can be viewed from home! Talbot in 10 Artifacts is an online exhibit featuring objects settlers in the Talbot Settlement would have used in every day life. With the changes in weather, this weekend is a great opportunity for those with seasonal allergies to have a relaxing day inside and learn something new! Why not brush up on 1850s settler life with our new exhibit. Going along with ‘Year of the Garden’, we have another online exhibit ‘Colonel Thomas Talbot: the Man, the Myth, the Gardener’! Click the link below to view our exhibits now!

Backus-Page House Museum is hosting another Volunteer Orientation Sunday March 6th from 1-4pm! The volunteer orientation will go over our policies, safety plans, history, and events! Become a volunteer and help the community! 8 seats are available for booking and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or would like to rsvp call 519-762-3072 or email

Enjoy this lovely weekend headed your way! See you next Thursday to catch up on more events and things to do in Elgin County!