The Sir Guy Carleton Branch United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada held an impromptu Loyalist Rose presentation ceremony at the
Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. The Maiden's Blush (Loyalist Rose) plant that the Farm had did
not survive the winter. Fred Hayward brought a Loyalist Rose from his garden to the Annual General Meeting to
donate to the Farm. On June 8th at 2 p.m., a small gathering of Loyalists appeared to donate
the plant to Brian Douglas and Sharon Saunders, representing the Farm. Christopher, Rory, and
Mairead Hayward McEwen, grandchildren of Fred Hayward, spread some earth around the plant.
Maj. Duff Mitchell told the story of the Loyalist Rose. George and Janet Anderson, and Sylvia Powers
appeared in period dress. Also present were Annette Murray, Gary Bagley, Bill Powers, Sarah Hayward,
Edward and Elizabeth Kipp. Following the ceremony the children, who are quite familiar with the Farm,
showed us a fairy tree. Thanks to the Hayward family and Duff for making it all happen.
Sylvia Powers, President, Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC
planting the Loyalist Rose