A Rocky Place
Millet and District Historical Society


Millet Burns Creamery Rock Garden - July 20, 1938
MDHS Accession No. 190.02.09, H. Bamber fonds

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The Millet Burns Creamery was built in 1924 about one-half block north of the corner of 50th Avenue and 52 Street in Millet, Alberta. In 1937 the creamery staff decided to develop a rock garden to beautify the grounds. The area south of the creamery building to 50th Avenue was cleared and levelled and rocks were put in place. Perennials donated by local residents were planted and a fountain was built at the north end of the garden. Soon the garden was in full bloom with peonies, irises and other beautiful flowers. The garden flourished for a number of years until the onset of WWII, when staff members gradually quit to join the Canadian Armed Forces, and interest in the garden eventually waned.

The present garden was recreated in 1998 by Bernice Knight, the Communities in Bloom Committee, the Town of Millet and local volunteers. The Millet and District Historical Society researched the information that is on a plaque now beside the re-creation of the garden, located across from the Museum.

This photograph, taken in 1938, shows the staff of the Millet Burns Creamery who, as volunteers, designed, created and maintained the rock garden adjacent to the creamery. The staff from left to right are: Manager, Bill Corlett, Kathleen Hamilton, George Easterbrook, Bill Harrod, Jerry Scott, George Rupert. Missing is Harry Scott.

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