Society Events

July Member Meeting

UPDATE

The July meeting will be held at the Fire Hall on Ross Street beginning at 7 pm.

Carson Arthur will be our guest speaker talking about the future of gardening in the county.

Lise will give a brief summary of the Ontario Horticultural Society’s annual general meeting in Richmond Hill, and  provide an update report on our Garden Show.

There will be no mini show for this meeting.

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!

Coming Soon!

A Great Day for All! Something for adults and children to enjoy including:

Judged Flower Show Informal Flower Show
Plant Sale Victorian Tea Silent Auction
Kids Program Make a Bug Hotel
Tree the County Pavilion Mini Garden Displays
Master Gardeners Container Planting

……and more!

Admission: by Donation

This year the show will take place inside the Wellington Town Hall and St Andrews Anglican Church, on their grounds and the front lawns of the adjacent CML Snider School.

Display for the show in storefront window on the corner of Wharf and Main, Wellington.

[Post originally published May 27]

Society Meeting for May 31

Lise Bois opened the meeting and welcomed over 25 members and more than 12 4H members to our meeting.

Announcements

Lise reminded members of all the features of the upcoming (just two week away!) Garden and Flower Show, noting that complete details – including the Flower Show classes list [375 kb pdf] – were on the web site.

Presentations

Perennial Flower Show trophy winners Sandra Dowds and Pat Stuckey did a fabulous presentation on how and what to enter in the flower show. Sandra had samples of different stems and showed us how to prepare them for the show. It’s hoped that the presentation will encourage many members to participate.

Bob Simmons gave a brief talk on invasive species that are now proliferating due to the abundant rains.

You can visit the Ontario invasive plants website to get more information.

Our guest speaker was Rosemary Tayler from Earth Haven Learning Center who is a writer and editor for Celestial Calendar Gardening.

She instructed us on the rhythms of the moon and the optimum times to plant, weed and harvest our crops.

She also gave all of us samples of lobster meal garden soil amendment. It was a wonderful presentation!

50/50 Draw

Ellen Jablonicky was the winner of the 50/50 draw. She donated her winnings back to the society. Thank you Ellen.

Next month it could be YOU (if you buy a ticket).

Mini Show

Design Class: 1st Kathy Kingsley Bondy, 2nd Pat Stuckey, and 3rd Sheila Simmons [from left to right below]

Display Class (three spring flowers): 1st Pat Stuckey, 2nd Kathy Kingsley Bondy, and 3rd Sandra Dowds;[from left to right below]


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Society Meeting for April 26

Lise Bois opened the meeting with just over 30 members in attendance.

Announcements


Presentation

Sean James gets the boot! {two boots actually)

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50/50 Draw

The winner of the draw was Ellen Jablonicky. Next month it could be YOU (if you buy a ticket).

Mini Show

Design Class (hanging planter): 1st Sheila Simmons, 2nd Kathy Kingsley Bondy




Display Class (seedling): 1st Lise Bois, 2nd Sharon Kleinsteuber, 3rd Kathy Kingsley Bondy;


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

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

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.

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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

The Horticultural Society is a not-for-profit branch of the Ontario Horticultural Society, located in Prince Edward County ... read more >

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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