Everdean Nurseries at 13791 Loyalist Pkwy in Bloomfield, and Diane Walker of Walker’s Greenhouses will give our members a 10% discount if they show their PEC horticultural membership cards.
This is a gala year for the 25th annual Trenton Woodlot Conference, hosted by the Hastings Stewardship Council on Friday, Nov. 21 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent in Trenton, Ontario. Admission is $30.00 and includes a locally catered lunch plus bus transport to the field trip at Frink Outdoor Education Centre. Don’t miss a full day of speakers – including Diana Beresford-Kroeger – exhibits, activities, and the opportunity to meet forestry professionals.
President Colleen Green opened a very well attended meeting by introducing the evening’s presenter – Laurie McMurray (the Corn Husk Doll lady).
Almost 40 members were present, glue and scissors at the ready, for the presentation and hands-on learning opportunity. Laurie McMurray gave a brief introduction to the art of making dolls from corn husks. She illustrated her talk with a full table of materials (flowers, leaves, fur, corn silk, feathers, and other ‘found’ items) and lots of corn husks. There was also an explanation of why corn husk dolls have no faces!
Laurie explained how to begin the doll and produce one in a few simple steps. Then left the PECHS members to let rheir imaginations run riot with all of the decorative odds and ends on the table. All of the dolls made at the meeting will be used to decorate the PECHS tree at the Festival of Trees fund-raiser in late November.
After the official collection of the dolls, the business of the meeting continued.
Colleen introduced the proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws which are to be voted on at the November AGM, and discussed the rationale for the changes.
Members were reminded that the AGM is preceded by a Pot Luck dinner beginning at 6:00 pm, and invited to sign up for providing food (to ensure that we don’t have 40 potato salads and nothing else ).
Members were reminded about the Festival of Trees and asked if they could provide some small prizes to go under that tree for the charity auction in support of the Hospital Auxiliary.
This month, the mini-show had entries in two classes:
- Class 1: Design using a pie pumpkin as a container
- Class 2: Collection of herbs CUT in a container, three or more varieties named.
As customary, the entries were judged by the members present at the meeting.
In the ‘arrangement in a pumpkin shell’ class, Pat Stuckey [left image below] came first, with Sheila Simmons second [centre], and Walter McGee took third place [right].
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photo credits: Bert Jenkins
A number of resolutions will be put to the vote at the AGM. These relate mostly to aligning the PEC Horticultural Society constitution and by-laws with the OHA equivalents. Voting on these resolutions is restricted to PECHS members in good standing. Full details of the changes can be downloaded here [48 kb pdf file].
Memberships, new or renewal, will be available at the November meeting.