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2015 County Garden Show

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!

Anne Reeves

The County Garden Show … Not Just for Gardeners.

The Flower Show results can be seen here – [192 kb pdf]

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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Garden tour fundraiser for APPEC – June 27th

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

OHA Convention – July 3-5

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.

Society Meeting for May 28

hortsoc_spkrThe 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.

Announcements, etc.

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.

Mini-Show

Angela Palmer won the mini-show “Woodland Magic” with her wildflower entry.
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Seedy Saturday Success

The Horticultural Society ‘booth’ at Seedy Saturday, upstairs at Books and Company. Lots of information about who we are, what we’ve done, and more.

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Lots of visitors, lots of interest, and new members as well!

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photo credits: Bert Jenkins

2015 Coach Trip

Join us for a July 7th trip for a Rideau Woodland Ramble (32-seater Highway Coach to Merrickville).

Where/When to get tickets:

Horticultural Meetings as listed for Picton
Seedy Saturday on Feb 21, at Books & Co. Picton
Plant Sale on May 16 at United Church in Wellington
County Garden Show, June 13, Crystal Palace, Picton

By phone after March 8th, 613 476 1931

Click here for full details on the trip.

Garden Tour – yours, for a great cause!

If you would like to open your garden for a tour to raise money for APPEC (a group fighting to keep out Industrial Wind Turbines from the South Shore). The planned date is June 27 and APPEC needs to know by the middle of February if you would like to volunteer your garden for this event.

Please call Johanna McCarthy at 476-0240 or send an email to jcmleewis@kos.net

Trenton Woodlot Conference November 21

This is a gala year for the 25th annual Trenton Woodlot Conference, hosted by the Hastings Stewardship Council on Friday, Nov. 21 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent in Trenton, Ontario.  Admission is $30.00 and includes a locally catered lunch plus bus transport to the field trip at Frink Outdoor Education Centre.  Don’t miss a full day of speakers – including Diana Beresford-Kroeger – exhibits, activities, and the opportunity to meet forestry professionals.

To Register by Nov. 7, please visit hastingsstewardship.ca OR contact 613-391-9034 or by email to info@hastingsstewardship.ca. Brochure is attached TWC_brochure_2014_Final.3.

About Us

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County Garden & Flower Show

When: Saturday 17th June 10am - 4pm

Where: Inside Wellington Town Hall & St Andrew's Anglican Church, on their grounds and the front lawns of CML Snider School.

Schedule and Events
  • Flower Show: Judging takes place 9am to 11.30am. Open to the Public 11.30 to 4pm
  • Victorian Tea: Open to the Public 10.30 to 4pm
  • Silent Auction: Items generously donated by Carson Arthur
  • Master Gardeners: Creating a planter/container. Demonstrations at 11.30 and 1pm
  • Tree The County Pavilion: Find out more about county trees
  • Stuff for Kids


Vendors: See the complete list of vendors planning to be at the Show, click here.

Rules & Information: All the rules you need to know about the Flower Show and Classes, together with information and tips about how to prepare for showing. Click here for the download [375 kb pdf file].

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