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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.

April meeting advisories

Presentation

At our Wednesday (April 26) meeting we will have Sean James as our guest speaker. Sean is a Master Gardener, a teacher, and is focused on eco-gardening.

Mini-show

Display: seedling in a pot (veggie or flower)
Design: April Showers (a hanging design) a design that is viewed from all direction and is equipped with a device for hanging.

Harrowsmith is back!

Just received notice from Harrowsmith magazine that many of their former employees decided to rally together to resurrect HARROWSMITH magazine both print and digital copies.

Free digital issue available here.

Society Meeting for March 29

Lise Bois opened the meeting and welcomed members and guests.

Lise talked about our upcoming garden show. Lise also asked that members either start a few extra seeds for our plant sale or “pot up” some of the extras when they divide their plants in the spring. She talked about the new informal planter/container category which will be based on these four themes: edible, colour, Canada’s 150th, and repurposed/recycled containers.

We are part of District 3 which will be hosting the OHA 2018 convention in Kingston on July 27th to the 29th. The theme is ‘Shore to Shield’. If members are interested in volunteering they can contact Lise.

Presentation


Peggy DeWitt presented a slide show on “photographing flowers” at our Wednesday, March 29th meeting.

Peggy is a well known local photographer whose books, cards and calendars in many of the county’s galleries, bookstores and tourist venues.

She showed us how to look for focal points, lighting, composition and proper focus when photographing our gardens. She also talked about the use of special filters and lenses to create some very beautifully interesting pictures of flowers.

I think she inspired us to take a more appreciative look at all our flowers and the beautiful insects that visit them.

Mini Show

Display category [forced branches or bulbs]: Winner – Pat Stuckey [left], Second – Sandra Dowds [middle], and Third – Angela Palmer [right]



Design category [spring planter]: Winner – Pat Stuckey [left], Second – Sandra Dowds [middle], and Third – Mary Jenkins [right]


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

A word from Lise – Garden Show

I know many of you cannot make evening meetings. At our Wednesday the 29th meeting, I will be asking for volunteers to help with our upcoming garden show (June 17th). We’ll need help to set up (Friday evening and Saturday morning), with the Victorian Tea, the plant sale, the kids activities and the greeting table. I will also be asking people to bake for the Victorian Tea. I really think the more people we have to help the better our show will be. If you have suggestions,please feel free to share with me.

Society Meeting on Wednesday

Here’s the plan.

When: Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm
Where: Above old fire hall at corner of Ross and King Street (it has an elevator)
Who: Our featured speaker will be Peggy DeWitt – a very well known and published local photographer.

What else?
Mini Show:
Display: forced branch(es) or bulbs 1 or 2 varieties
Design: Spring has sprung – Spring themed planter

And our 50/50 draw

Come early – meet old friends and find new friends!

Society Meeting for February 22

President Lise Bois opened the meeting before an enthusiastic audience of nearly 40 people. Lise noted that we presently have nearly 70 members, including several new members in attendance.

Lise announced that – except for the Treasurer position (volunteers??) – the directors of the board and their areas of contribution were as follow:

  • Lise Bois – President
  • John Garside – Secretary
  • Darlene Johnson – Social Secretary
  • Sally Clark – Membership
  • John Clark – Print
  • Kathy Kinsley-Bondy – Mini Show
  • Carson Arthur – Speaker Organization
  • Hedy Brambat-Keller
  • Sheila Simmons – Past President

Garden Show

This year, the Garden Show will be at the Wellington Town Hall (and adjacent spaces and nearby parking) on June 17th from 10am until 3pm.

The show will feature a judged Flower Show, long-time favorite the Victorian Tea, a Silent Auction, some special Kids’ Activities, and other stuff!

Master Gardeners and some vendors will be present, and in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, there will be a photographic exhibit featuring red and white flowers.

Looking Ahead

The PEC Horticultural Society will be hosting the OHA Convention in 2018.

Wellington are looking into creating a Community Garden. Stay tuned for details.

Presentation


Lise Bois gave a presentation on her ‘Seed Starting Secrets’. The presentation was animated and supported with numerous photo slides and illustrative props, and enjoyed by an enthusiastic and engaged audience.

=== more to come ===

The presentation concluded with the most important advice – “Now plant them!”

50-50 Draw

Our Share the Wealth 50/50 draw was won by Ron Binch. Ron donated his winner’s share ($10.50) back to the Society. Thanks for your generosity, says Lise.

Mini Show

Display category [Foliage]: Winner – Lise Bois [left], Second – Kathy Kingsley Bondy [middle], and Third – Ria Vandenberg [right]




Design category [Nosegay]: Winner – Sharon Kleinsteuber [left], Second – Kathy Kingsley Bondy [middle], and Third – Ria Vandenberg [right]


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

February Meeting

Advance notice for the February 22nd meeting, beginning at 7pm:

Mini Show

In the Display class – a foliage plant. Foliage plant – plant which is of interest and grown or exhibited for beauty of the foliage

In the Design class – "Hearts and Flowers" – a nosegay. A nosegay is a tight cluster of (fragrant) flowers, designed to be hand held. May have a doily attached.

Please identify plant material used if possible.

Speaker

Lise Bois will talk about secrets of starting your own seeds.

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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