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.
YOU’RE INVITED TO A POT LUCK LUNCH
ON SUNDAY AUGUST 17, 2014
AT THE HOME OF
NORMA and DAVE CRICHTON
81 PAUL STREET, PICTON
TIME: 12 NOON TO 3:00 PM
WHAT TO BRING
CUP, PLATE, CUTLERY AND LAWN CHAIR
Sunday June 29th, 2014 dawned bright and early as people prepared for The County Garden Show. After months of preparation, advertising and placement of signs throughout The County, it was an early morning for the PEC Horticultural Society Volunteer Staff (including many 4H members) and the Vendors.
By 6am there was a lot of activity in the Crystal Palace and the surrounding grounds. Staff had to prepare for the Vendors, Victorian Tea, Raffle, Blue Bird Room and the Flower Show’s 163 competitors.
Many indoor Vendors had set-up the previous Saturday evening with the balance and outdoor Vendors rushing to be ready for the 10am Show opening. Monique, our Sandwich Board walker was loaded up with handbills to distribute on her walk along Main Street.
There was a greater variety of vendor offerings this year and visitors came from across Ontario and border states. Comments most often heard were ‘this show is a lot of fun’ and ‘very well organized’.
At the end of the day, over 600 Visitors had enjoyed The County Garden Show and profits exceeded 2013 … more dollars to go toward community projects.
Thanks to Vendors, Sponsors and a group of exceptional Team Players!
The Flower Show’s full results can be found right here as a pdf file [97 kb].
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photo credits: Bert Jenkins. Anne Reeves, Howard Hunter, Colleen Green, and Penny Stewart
Christine Gill, the Delphinium Lady was awesome. She had a very interesting talk and great advice about growing delphiniums.
Christine says it is best if you grow your own delphiniums from seed. Most of the seeds in garden centres are developed in California. Plants grown from these seeds will not be at all prolific in seed production in future years due to climate differences. You will do better long term with seed produced in Canada or the UK. She recommends Pro-Mix for the seedlings rather than a soil/compost mixture and says you should use deep pots so the plants can produce long roots. In the spring, get the plants ready for the big outdoors by putting the pots outside for a few hours a day for acclimatization. Seed started by the end of March should be ready to bloom by July/August the same year.
Delphiniums come in lots of colours and shades – blue, purple, white, dark red, pink and lavender. They can grow to as much as 8’ to 10’ high and plants can be as much as 3′ across.
You can join the Ontario Delphinium Club. Their website address is: www.ondelphiniums.com The annual membership is $10, which gets you four newsletters a year and a free packet of seeds. You can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Christine finished by producing some delphiniums she had raised and brought in for us to buy. She had obviously stoked everyone’s enthusiasm for these flowers as she sold out of plants very rapidly
We tried a different format for the meeting with the speaker starting at 7:00 and breaking for 15 minutes after the speaker was finished and then continuing with the business part of the meeting. The response to this format was very positive and so we will continue with this in September.
After the social break, the meeting moved to ‘normal business’ and announcements.
Garden Show Update from Anne Reeves
- All the vendor space, inside and out, has been snapped up. We have 50 vendors total.
- Cookies and squares are needed for the Victorian Tea Room.
- Posters and rack cards are ready for distribution.
- There will be 3 speakers at the Show: Susan Meisner from Spindlewood Gardens, Peter Fuller from Fuller Nurseries, and chef Tina Morey to talk about cooking with herbs. We are selling tickets for these speakers. They cost $7 to hear one speaker and $15 to hear all three.
Arline de Bourbon made an appeal for volunteers for the Hospital Gardens to help with a major cleanup
This month, the mini-show had entries in only one category: ‘A miniature design using fresh flowers’.
As customary, the entries were judged by the members present at the meeting: Pat Stuckey [left image below] came first, with Angela Palmer second [centre], and Mary Jenkins took third place [right].
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photo credits: Bert Jenkins
From 12 noon until 4pm at the Prince Edward Community Centre at 375 Main Street East, free entrance to the Healthy Living Resource Fair. Come out and gather information from a variety of community resources that can have a positive impact on your lifestyle and well-being.
Demonstrations include Healthy Snacks on a Budget, Raw Cooking Class, Tai Chi, Yoga, Gentle Fit, Conor’s Body Rok Bootcamp, and AdultFit Fitness.
The Fair is hosted by Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre, Community Care Access Centre, and Community Living Prince Edward.
More information from Kathy Dickson at 613-476-6038 ext 115 or by email at email@example.com