Diane Walker of Walker’s Greenhouses in Milford will give our members a 10% discount if they show their PEC Horticultural membership cards.
GARY & DIANE WESTLAKE
TOPIC – GARDEN ART FOR CHEAPSKATES
Diane and Gary Westlake, are award winning gardeners from Peterborough. They will be the keynote speakers at the September 30th meeting and they will speak to us about art for our gardens. Please welcome them!
The timing of The 2015 County Garden Show at The Crystal Palace in Picton could not have been better. After days of heavy rainfall, Prince Edward County saw a day of sunshine and warm breezes on Saturday, June 13th!
Staff and Vendors had put in a lot of hours preparing for this day, and all were rewarded with our most successful PEC Horticultural Society Garden Show to-date. Over 700 attendees agreed!
We had a few very special guests outside the Crystal Palace this year. The Alpaca joined us, thanks to Chetwyn Farms.
Vendors both inside and out enjoyed the day, and over 50% already confirmed for 2016.
The Flower Show featured 125+ competitive offerings and was officially opened by Penny Stewart, OHA District 3 Director.
The popular Victorian Tea had tables full from 11:30 onward. Demand was once again high for this Silver Service luncheon.
This year, the Blue Bird Room featured 4H celebrating 100 years, along with featured floral designs. A book sale, Ikebana display, Food Bank booth, Music Festival booth (with music provided!), the Master Gardeners, and CLIC rounded out Blue Bird Room presentations.
Our Raffle boasted more prizes and more tickets sold than in previous years, with all proceeds going toward County projects.
Thanks once again this year to Vendors, Sponsors and an exceptional Team of Staff and Volunteers!
The County Garden Show … Not Just for Gardeners.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10am-4pm (Rain date: Sunday, June 28)
On Saturday, June 27, ten private gardens of Prince Edward County will be open to the public. This self-guided tour can be done at an individual pace depending on the individual’s interest.
Click here for more details and to purchase tickets online ($20).
If you wish to buy tickets in person they will be available June 19, 20, 21 and June 26, at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton. Or on the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Lockyer’s Country Gardens, 332 County Road 1, just off the roundabout across from Waring House.
If you have questions, please call Johanna at 613.476.0240
On Friday through Sunday, July 3rd, 4th and 5th, there will be a huge gathering of gardeners from all over Ontario for the 109th Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) Convention at the beautiful campus of Redeemer University College in Ancaster, near Hamilton.
More information OHA Convention2015.
All the registration forms with detailed information and pricing have been posted on the OHA website at www.gardenontario.org. You’ll also find more information on accommodation, speakers, seminars, workshops, entertainment and bus tours.
The meeting opened at 7pm with the President Colleen Green introducing the speaker for the evening, Dawn Tack from Gardens Plus, Donwood ON. Dawn has operated Gardens Plus since 1997 and concentrates on easy-care perennials.
Dawn defines easy-care plants as plants that have low water requirements, a resistance to bugs and disease, that do not require frequent division, or support, and above all are hardy through the winter. Dawn recommends the following plants for a reliable garden: heuchera, monarda, salvia, daylilies, coneflowers, Siberian Iris, sedum, hardy geraniums and buddleia. She feels getting the plant’s light requirements right is most important, and recommends planting in an almost overcrowded fashion to restrict weed growth. It was an interesting talk with a colourful slide-show. She then answered questions from the members. Plants were made available for members to buy.
Signs were distributed for the Garden Show.
Applications are available for $50 for the Civic Gardens. Volunteers are need for the Hospital Gardens. Please contact John Garside if you can help, or show up at the hospital on Tuesday mornings between 8 AM and 12 noon. There was some discussion about who pays for the plants for the Hospital Gardens. John Garside will be making some calls to see if the Hospital Auxiliary will give us the money.
Mary Jenkins will be calling people for help with the Garden Show, baking for the Victorian Tea, helping with the Flower Show, or the set up on the Friday night.
PEC Horticultural Society fund raising plant sale will be held on Sat May 16th, Wellington Farmers’ Market, 8 AM to 1 PM.
You can support this event by bringing us plants (in pots) to sell, and of course by staying and buying some plants to take home with you. You can drop off plants at Gayla Campney’s house, 67 Main St Wellington, on May 15 the day before the Sale.
The mini-show theme for April was ‘Spring Ahead’.
In the Design Category – ‘a timely design’ – first place went to Pat Stuckey (arrangement upper left); second place went to Mary Jenkins with Colleen Green taking third place (bottom row left and right images respectively). In the Horticultural Category – ’3 forced branches any variety’ – first place went to Angela Palmer (arrangement upper right).
photo credits: Bert Jenkins