Society Meeting for March 26

The weather finally took a break and people coming to the meeting were able to travel in comfort and sunshine!

President Colleen Green opened the proceedings with a brief acknowledgement of new members and guests which brought 35+ people to the March meeting.

Hedy Campbell gave a brief presentation talking about upcoming workshops which the Society would put on to promote membership in our Society, as well as sharing some of her ideas about showcasing baked and homemade goods at the Garden Show and looking for volunteers to assist – details [here].

Colleen continued with announcements that the Flower Show brochure would be ready for the April meeting and would provide details of the show categories [nice tie-in to next month’s presentation from Penny Stewart], and possibly a silent auction at the show. After an advance thanks to Sheila and Dee for the ‘goodies’ for next month’s meeting, Colleen introduced the evening’s featured speaker – Nicolette McGraw on “Photographing Gardens”.

What followed was a dazzling array of garden and outdoor photographs in a slide presentation which Nicolette used to illustrate what she considers the key points for success is photographing gardens.

Key thoughts are to focus on texture, depth, pinch, and emotion. Lighting is a prime consideration and sunset and sunrise usually produce warm colours.

Composition – simplify, fill the scene, use ‘leading’ lines, look for complementary colours.

Perspective – look up, look down, look straight across. Some of the best images were everyday subjects seen from a different perspective for a powerful image.

Close-up – look for patterns, abstract images, and pictures with a ‘punch’. Patience really helps with these.

Weather – don’t be afraid to photograph on those not so nice days. Any weather will work with the right subject and composition. Sometimes the weather is the picture.

Action! – sometimes. Which plants attract critters and birds? Which seasonal plants ae favourites with bugs and insect visitors?

Indoors – use natural light, use fresh flowers as your subjects, and stand at a comfortable height.

Editing – start simple, look for free software, talk to friends, and – most importantly – save the original. Sound advice! As they say “he who laughs last, probably made a back-up”.

Mini-Show

The mini-show was two separate categories. As customary, the entries were judged by the members present at the meeting: Sheila Simmons [image upper row left] came first in the “All Green Arrangement” category, with Pat Stuckey second [image upper row right]. Mary Jenkins took third place [image lower row left] and also took first place in the “St. Patrick’s Day Arrangement” [image lower row right] with a beer mug container!
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Announcements

Bob Simmons announced a couple of items of interest from the Stewardship Council:

  • Wednesday April 16 at the Firehall, a talk about coyotes.Details here.
  • Sunday May 4 beginning at 9:00 am, the Tree Sale at the Cattle Barn on the Picton Fairgrounds< - $2 trees for sale: conifers, maple, butternut, hickory, and nannyberry/li>

Coyote Study

pesc_logoThe Prince Edward Stewardship Council will present the Prince Edward County Coyote Study Preliminary Findings later this month.

Come out on Wednesday April 16th to hear a presentation by Tyler Wheldon from Trent University and Brent Patterson from Ontario’s MNR.

Admission FREE, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Picton Fire Hall (Ross St. at King). Presentation topics are:

  • Diet and livestock depredation
  • Genetics and morphology
  • Survival and reproduction
  • Home ranges and movement patterns.

For more information, please contact Margaret Kerr at 613-476-4263

Verticultural?

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From far off, this looks like a painted wall mural. Get a little closer and it’s not paint.

As is obvious from the closer images, this mural – and it stretches for about 100 metres – is made entirely of plants. As seen on the Bund in Shanghai last week. Meanwhile, PEC has snow, snow, and more snow.

 
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Society Meeting for February 26

The January 29 meeting was cancelled because of a storm, and for a while it looked as if the February 26 meeting might be snowed out as well.  But the faithful struggled through, for our first meeting since before Christmas.  Society President Colleen Green welcomed everyone back and told us that preparations are well under way for the County Garden Show on June 29, with vendors already found by Anne Reeves for over half the space.  She reminded us that the March meeting is on the 26th, and the speaker will be Nicolette McGraw, who will talk about photographing gardens; at the April 30 meeting, the 4H will be sending members to hear Penny Stewart explain how to enter a flower show.  Elizabeth Cowan made a quick pitch for people to help with promoting the Society in general and the County Garden Show in particular, and membership secretary R. John Garside said he would be calling each member to check on their info in the file.

Colleen then introduced the featured speaker for the meeting, Peter Fuller, whose topic was “The Local Landscape:  Selecting, Growing and Propagating Native Plants”.  Peter, who used to be a full-time high school teacher and a part-time horticulturalist, is now a full-time horticulturalist and an occasional teacher, with a nursery (Fuller’s Native and Rare Plants) at 175 Airport Parkway in Belleville.  He practises ethical seed collection:  no trespassing, no digging up of wild plants, no robbing rare plants of seed, no taking of seeds unless there is a well-established population of the plant.

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Peter began by explaining how difficult it can be to decide which plants are “native” and which are “foreign”.  If something was brought to the western hemisphere 400 years ago, is it still foreign?  If it flourishes in New York State, is that too far away to be considered a native of our area?  His nursery is called the “home of the 100-mile garden”, because he has opted to set that as his limit for accepting a species as local.

Peter illustrated the possibilities for County gardens with a series of dazzling slides, with plants divided up by where they prefer to grow:  in water, along the margins of wet land, in dry areas or in shade.  He had dozens of suggestions and answered many questions about particular situations.  Attracting bees, butterflies and other insects was a particular focus, and the pictures showed some of his plants covered in them.  The presentation also dealt with grasses, shrubs and plants for rock gardens.  When it ended, people jumped to get information on his nursery; if you weren’t there, you can take a look at www.fullerplants.com.

 

The raffle prizes were a bird house, a book donated by Peter Fuller and two passes to Canada Blooms, and orchids donated by Marvin were on sale.

 

Mini-Show

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe mini-show was two separate categories.

As customary, the entries were judged by the members present at the meeting: Patricia Stuckey [image at right] came first in the “Design in the Shape of a Heart” category, with Mary Jenkins second [image below left], and Mary won first in the “Miniature All-Dried Arrangement” category [image below right].

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photo credits: Bert Jenkins