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After the show: a message from Lise

I want to thank all the volunteers who came and helped set-up (Ron, Brian and Ann) and clean-up and worked the day, some all day, of the Show. Members also baked for the Tea room and there were many plants donated to the plant sale. Thank you Kathy and Elaine for organizing the plant sale and Harriet and Peter for donating so many plants.

Thank you Sally, Ria, Darlene, Sandra and Susan for making the Victorian Tea such a success. We served over 75 people!

Thank you Sandra and Pat for a truly amazing Flower Show. The entries certainly generated a lot of oohs and aahs. The 4H participation was very much appreciated.

Ingrid and Laura made many children happy with the bug house painting activity. It was really nice to see kids taking part of the Show.

Carson and Stacey did a great job at setting up and encouraging people to bid at the silent auction. Thank you Carson for donating all the silent auction items.

Mary and Sheila encouraged (and got) new members to join the Society.

The Master Gardeners were a very welcome addition to the show. There were a lot of people with questions about gardening and the sessions on container planting were great! Thank you Ren, Marianne, Virginia and Barbara.

Thank you Hedy for making sure that our wonderful vendors were happy and be successful.

Thank you R. John for being the go-between for all of it.

Thanks to John Clark, we had beautiful signs leaflets and flower show guides advertising our events.

Thanks, too, for our Flower Show photographer, Bert Jenkins. Bert makes sure that we get to enjoy the beautiful floral display just a bit longer with his amazing photographs. His photos of the winning flowers will appear soon on the PEC Hort. Soc. website.

Also at the Flower Show were Carolyn Goldie on set-up, Joe Kitchen and Margaret Kirk recorded the winners and Virginia Cresswell Jones gave out the ribbons.

I need to thank Jan Skelton for helping with the plant sale (before and during).

I’d like to also thank the Toronto connection: Isabelle, Janet, Linda, MJ and the girls, Ruby, Emily and Beatrice.

The executive: Sally and John Clark, John Garside, Sheila Simmons, Darlene Johnson, Kathy Kingsley-Bondy, Hedy Brambat-Kellar and Carson Arthur worked incredibly hard to make this event as successful as it was. Thank you all so very much.

We had so many helping hands this year. I apologize if I’ve forgotten others. I am truly grateful for all the help we received.

We had a wonderful day, weather wise and having the Wellington Farmers Market across the street meant that many people came and checked us out. There was a real community feel to the whole event. Thank you to all who came!

Full results from the Flower Show, together with Bert Jenkins’ spectacular photographs are expected soon. And a special note: Judy Young won the People’s Choice Award for her entry in the Informal Flower Show. She won a lovely terrarium donated by Carson Arthur.

The executive will meet Thursday to assess the Show. If you were there and have comments or suggestions, we’d really appreciate hearing them. It will help us make the Garden Show an even better event!

May at the Picton library

On Wednesday May 3rd, HortSoc president Lise Bois will be giving a presentation on “Attracting Native Pollinators to your Garden” at 2 pm at the Picton Library on Main Street. Lise will be talking about just who are these native pollinators, their decline and what we can do to encourage and protect them in our gardens and why it’s important to do so.

Another HortSoc member, Walter McGee, will give a presentation on “How History Changes Plants and Plants Change History” on Wednesday , May 10th at 2 pm at the Picton library on Main Street. Come and find out how some plants have shaped the course of history.

Festival of Trees

The annual County Festival of Trees was held at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort on December 2,3, and 4.

PEC Horticultural trees (member and society donated) display raised $110.

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Photos by Gayla & Rejean – click pictures for large version.

Coming soon – very soon

November 30th is the Annual General Meeting for the society. At the Fire Hall as always, come out for 6:00 pm for the Pot Luck Dinner and have a great meal, acknowledge the trophy winners, and hear the plans for next year.

Pot Luck Lunch – August 10

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Bob and Sheila Simmons hosted the members and friends Pot Luck at their home. Good time by all!

Coming sooner than you think!

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Society Meeting for October 28

President Colleen Green opened the meeting by welcoming new members and guests to the October meeting. She introduced the evening’s featured speaker – Alison Westlake aka Coriander Girl.

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Alison gave a short historical introduction to the Coriander Girl business in Toronto and how she came to choose Picton (202 Main St) as the perfect location for an expansion.

One member's arrangement

One member’s arrangement


Alison then gave a spirited demonstration of flower arranging tips and tricks with greenery and a few flowers (including the ‘blowing your rose’ trick!).

Over 20 members were also prepared to create arrangements in a Mason jar with some of Alison’s greenery using one or two roses and carnations and a flower that escapes my name (see illustration opposite).


Announcements

Colleen Green reminded members that the November meeting (Nov. 25) is the Annual General Meeting and a new Board of Directors is elected, and that all members were encouraged to consider standing for election.

Colleen also reminded members that the November meeting was the annual Pot Luck meal (turkey!) and that his year we want to have a donation of tinned goods for the food bank.

John Garside thanked all members who had helped with work on the PECMH Garden.

Mini-show

The mini-show continues to grow in terms of member entries (if you haven’t tried one yet, please join in!), with this meeting having the largest number of entries for many months.

In the topical ‘Orange and Black’ design category, Gayla Campney’s entry took first place, with second and third going to Mary Jenkins and Pat Stuckey respectively, In the ‘3 flower arrangement’ horticultural category, Reg Lapierre took first place, with second and third going to Mary Jenkins and Darlene Johnston respectively.

Winner - orange/black

Winner: orange/black

Winner: 3 flower arrangement

Winner: 3 flower arrangement

Second: orange-black

Second: orange/black

Second: 3-flower arrangement

Second: 3 flower arrangement

Third: black/orange

Third: orange/black

Third: 3 flower arrangement

Third: 3 flower arrangement



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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Society Meeting for September 30

Our first meeting of the new season was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Treasurer Howard Hunter (President Colleen Green being absent with a new grandbaby – congratulations, Colleen!). Howard welcomed the 28 members present and introduced our guest speakers, award-winning Peterborough gardeners Dianne and Gary Westlake.

Dianne & Gary Westlake

Dianne & Gary Westlake


The Westlakes (http://www.dianneandgarywestlake.com/index.html) gave a very entertaining presentation on “Garden Art for Cheapskates”. They start from the premise that since all gardens have plants, it’s the man-made objects in each one that define its style and make it unique. You don’t need – and probably shouldn’t have – dozens of objects, but any garden can be enlivened by features like a gravel path, a fountain or pond, an arbor or a special gate. And you don’t need to spend a fortune: they showed how you can stack floor tiles to make a pillar, mold a statue in those Styrofoam shapes that come in packing cases, make trellises out of old pipes, cover rhubarb leaves with cement to create stepping stones, stencil a word or phrase onto a smooth rock. Bed frames, broken china or glass, disused bird baths, soap dishes and old flower pots can all be transformed into accents that will catch the eye, as well as being useful to your plants. Dianne and Gary illustrated their talk with lots of vivid slides, and finished by answering questions from the audience.
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Announcements

Howard distributed copies of a proposed amendment to the By-laws, and explained that it was worded by our insurance company to protect the members of the Board from being named in any lawsuits against the Society. Due notice having been given, the membership will be asked to vote on the proposed amendment at the AGM in November.

Also at the AGM, elections will be held to choose members of the Board. Several current members must be replaced as they have been in office as long as the Constitution allows. Howard urged members to consider volunteering.

The October meeting is the first of our new year, and members are asked to pay their dues for 2015-16 at that time.

Mini-show winners

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Arrangement of grasses winner

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Arrangement of three flowers winner



Pat Stuckey won the arrangement of grasses class. In the three-flower arrangement class, Mary Jenkins came first, Reg Lapierre second and Pat Stuckey third.

Photographs by Sheila Simmons

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