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.
November’s meeting was an extravaganza in three parts – the annual dinner, the AGM business meeting, and the trophy awards for 2013.
After a spectacular buffet meal (all prepared by society members), Colleen Green called the meeting to order. After introducing our special guest, Penny Stewart (not dressed in spooktacular fashion this time), Colleen invited Norma Crichton to give a report of activities of the PEC Green Trust. Norma’s report can be found in full on the Green Trust web site here.
Colleen called for a motion to approve the minutes of 2012 AGM that were distributed before the meeting. On a motion duly proposed and seconded, and without discussion, the minutes were approved as submitted. Colleen then called on Howard Hunter as Treasurer to deal with the financial statement and appointment of auditors.
Howard gave a quick overview of the financial statement and answered several questions from the floor. Following a motion to accept the financial statement was called and passed by the membership. Howard proposed a further motion to retain the same auditors to provide oversight for the 2014 report. In response to a question from the floor, Howard confirmed that the audit was a legal requirement but that the auditors (in our case) provide the service at no charge. The members approved the auditors for 2014 to be the same as for 2013.
Colleen Green then called the existing directors present and invited audience members to join them to stand for office. A sufficiency of members volunteering for (re)election resulted, whereupon those elected were declared as listed and shown below.
The 2014 executive and Directors: left-to-right Connie Graham, Hedy Campbell, John Garside, Charles Lacey, ELizabeth Cowan, Howard Hunter, Darlene Johnston, Gayla Campney, Colleen Green, and Mary Jenkins. Absent from photo Kim Katanik-Kuris and Anne Reeves
Above right, all the winners. Judith Young (best iris), Thomas Young (Junior Gardener of the Year), Sandra Dowds (McClure Cup for best peony), and Patricia Stuckey (best rose and best overall score at the Flower Show).
Bottom right, Judith Young (best design).
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Firehall at Ross / King Street in Picton.
POT LUCK AT 6:00
AGM TO FOLLOW
The Club is providing turkey and ham. Please bring side dishes, desserts, and remember to bring your own dishes, flatware and mug.
Social with refreshments at the conclusion of the AGM – come and join us.
The minutes of last year’s meeting and the financial report will both be proposed with a members’ vote for acceptance.
Nov. 22 – 24th, 2013 Fri. & Sat. 10am – 9pm; Sun. 10am – 2pm
Isaiah Tubbs Resort, West Lake
Sponsored and received donations to a value of $345 came with our tree. Thanks to Lockyer’s and Marvin’s Flowers for their $50 donations to go with $130 worth of gardening books, plus two society memberships, and a number of smaller donations.
President Colleen Green welcomed 30+ members and new members to the meeting and noted that the next society meeting was the Annual General meeting to be held on November 27 immediately after the 6:00pm Pot Luck Supper. Colleen gave a brief outline of the recent District 3 event in Tweed and reported that, based on what was learned, our society is headed in the right direction. Congratulations to all concerned!
The Horticultural Society has been invited to create a tree for the Festival of Trees in late November.
Colleen then introduced the evening’s featured speaker – OHA District 3 Director Penny Stewart. During the informal session before the meeting started, Penny was resplendent in full Hallowe’en mode including the witch’s crooked hat. (Un)Fortunately, there are no photographs of her in full regalia.
Penny’s topic was ‘Flower Arranging’ and she reminded everyone that it’s supposed to be fun – hence the flowing black dress and witch’s hat (and the bats) – fitting into the presentation theme of spooktacular.
What followed was a highly animated display of constructing TWO show arrangements with hints and tricks of the trade being showered on the audience.
First came a ‘mass’ design involving a small pumpkin as the topical container as Penny explained style, balance, size, colours, and textures as they applied to winning displays. No sooner was that completed then Penny moved on to the large design (and a large pumpkin) with lines of hawthorn and corn stalks for balance and volume as well as the colours and textures that make flower arrangements so appealing. The pictures below show the overall effects of the designer’s art … and the bats were there because it’s all meant to be fun!
For those who missed it, or were busy watching the display construction, here are Penny Stewart’s Notes [32 kb pdf] on her presentation.
Mini-show entries were judged by the members at large. 1st place went to Pat Stuckey [image at right], 2nd place to Sheila Simmons [image below left], and 3rd place to Mary Jenkins [image below right].
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Photo-credit: Bert Jenkins