May Greetings from your Past President

What a strange spring we are having. I’ve yet to put my down vest away. Those early mornings are still quite cool. The planting weekend has come and gone and not one tomato plant in the ground yet! I think it should be safe this weekend.

May is a very busy month. I did a pollinator presentation for Community Care for Seniors at the North Marysburgh town hall. It was nice to see some of you there. We have had a very successful plant sale in Wellington on the long weekend.

This weekend (May 25th) we are participating at FibreFest at the Picton Fairgrounds. The event runs from 9 to 4:30. We have three presentations lined up:

  • 10 am Container planting with a master gardener Ren Duinker
  • 11 am Invasive species with Bob Simmons
  • 2 pm Pollinator friendly gardening with Lise Bois

Hope to see you there!

Our May Meeting will be about natural dyes.

Come listen to Bay Woodyard talk about dyes and herbs.

There will be some products for sale after the presentation.

Mini Show:

· Design – Glorious Spring a design using spring flowers
· Display – Seedling in a pot (flower or vegetable)

The Meeting is on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 pm at the old fire hall.

As some of you are aware, I am a member of a community group called “Tree the County” This group has work very long and hard to get the county to adopt a more current Tree Policy for our municipality. I now sit on an ad hoc tree policy committee as a PEC Hort. Soc. rep. This committee is made up of interested community members, a developer, an urban forester, a council member and county staff. We are working towards a policy that will not only preserve our existing canopy but increase the number of trees planted in the county (we are not talking about the junipers). At this point, everyone realizes the impact of not having mature trees to help offset the issue of climate change. We hope to present our recommendation to council before summer ends.

I would like to recommend that the county work with community groups and interested individuals in planting more trees. As such, I would like to know if any of you would be interested in an “Adopt a Tree” program. This would mean that the county would plant a tree and you would commit to care for it in the first year or two till it got established (Mostly watering and weeding). Please send me an email if you’re interested or would like more information:

Don’t forget : County Blooms and Garden Tour June 15 and 16th

See you all next week

Happy Gardening!


Society Meeting for March 27th

The first meeting of the year (February was snowed out) saw a packed meeting over with over 40 people attending, five of whom were new members. Welcome back and welcome!


Courtesy of awful February weather – and the cancellation of that meeting – the March meeting featured three presenters.

Lorraine Schmid

Lorraine Schmid

(Thyme Again Gardens, Organic Farm and B&B)
Lorraine’s presentation topics included What is Permaculture? Why are Ecosystems important? What does it mean to garden sustainably?
Lorraine and Lori discussed how and why, they apply permaculture principles at their farm, and how permaculture has improved their farming experience.

Erin Thomson

Erin Thomson

Erin is with Upper Canada Fibershed and spoke about the many uses of flax and a special “flax cultivating” project planned for 2019 and they are looking for volunteers. It has been a very long time since flax was grown in Ontario for a fibre market, and they are wondering which species would be best suited to our climate. They are requesting that volunteers plant a square metre of flax seeds provided by Upper Canada Fibreshed, and keep any relevant notes about the season and the growing habits of the plants. Then they will need the volunteers to pull out the plants by the roots so they can be retted and finished. If any member of the PECHS wishes to help that process Upper Canada Fibreshed will happily share these steps. Otherwise, someone from Upper Canada Fibreshed will arrange a date to pick up the pulled plants for the next steps.

Visit the Upper Canada Fibreshed web site for more information.

Don Ross

Don Ross

Don Ross from the County Sustainability Group spoke about his group’s rain barrel fundraiser.

See The County Sustainability web site for more information.


Design Class: Theme “Welcome Spring”

1st: Pat Stuckey

2nd: Phyllis Davis

3rd: Kathy Bondy

Display Class: Theme “Earliest Signs”

1st: Pat Stuckey

2nd: Phyllis Davis

3rd: Angela Palmer

Click small images to see larger versions.

Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Society Meeting – 2018 AGM

The President welcomed members (40+ present) and guests. Following Grace, the evening began with our ‘traditional’ Pot Luck dinner.

Pot Luck!


Activities Report – A Year in Review

Outgoing President Lise Bois recounted the highlights of a successful year.

Membership Report

Sally Clark advised that the membership list had been pruned to remove inactive and long-term non-paying members from the list. Sixty-one members remain on the list. Attendance at meetings would require presentation of a valid membership card or payment of the established nominal fee.

Treasurer’s Report

Ursula Cattelan presented the financial report, noting that the status of the Society is substantially improved from previous years.

We also heard from Penny Stewart, who sent greetings from the OHA.

New Business


Penny Stewart presented 2018 winners with their trophies.

Sheila Simmons – Phyllis Turpin Trophy

Sandra Dowds – Peony Cup winner

Pat Stuckey – Bankers of Picton Award

Kathy Bondy – Best Design Award

Judy Young – Best Iris Award

Lise Bois – Best Carrot!

Elections & Appointments

Penny Stewart, the president of District 3, took over for the election and presented the slate of candidates proposed. There being no further nominations from the floor, the new board was declared duly elected.

2018-2019 Board. Left to right – John Clark, Cathie Coultis, Nancy Kish, John Garside, Sally Clark, Ursula Cattelan, Kathy Bondy, Darlene Johnston, Lise Bois [absent: Nancy Kish]

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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Greetings from your Past President

One more message…

I’d like to thank all the members who participated at the pot luck AGM. There were over 40 of us present to enjoy a wonderful meal. We handed out trophies (check our website to see the different categories and their winners). We also heard from Penny Stewart, president of district 3, who sent greetings from the OHA.

We also elected a new board of directors:

R. John Garside, Nancy Kish, Sally Clark, Darlene Johnston, John Clark, Kathy Kingsley-Bondy, Ursula Cattelan, Cathie Coultis (new board member), and Lise Bois (as past president)

The new board looks forward to continue the work that has been successful, the Garden Show (Saturday, June 15th) and the garden tour (Sunday, June 16th) so stay tuned for more info.

I want to thank Hedy Brambat-Keller for her outstanding work on the garden show. Thank you Carson Arthur for your support and good cheer. Thank you also Sheila Simmons, for your guidance as past president. Your knowledge was very much appreciated. It was a great team!

I’d like to thank Darlene Johnston for submitting a beautiful tree she created, on our behalf, for the Festival of Trees.

Thank you Bert Jenkins for the beautiful photos of all out mini shows and Garden show. Please look at our website to see all of Bert’s photographs.

And speaking of website, thank you Andy Bowers for managing our site.

There is one last request for all the members. We need everyone to look at the Financial Report (sent by email) and vote your approval of the Report by Tuesday December 18, 2018 via a reply email. Please follow instructions on how to proceed.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

I wish all of you the best of holidays with your loved ones.

I will be looking forward to January and all the seed catalogues that come my way.

See you all in February. Our first meeting of the year will be Wednesday, February 27th.

President’s Message

Winter definitely seems to be upon us. The last of my flowers (asters) were still blooming last weeks and still looks beautiful in their frozen state. I have left most of my plants standing with their seedheads intact so birds will have some extra food this winter. It looks kind of messy but I tell myself I’ll have more energy to clean come the spring anyway…

It is with a bit of sadness that I write this post as it will likely be my last. It’s that time of year where we have our elections for board members. I have been privileged, for the past two year, to be the hort. soc. president. I have learned so much and have made many new friends. I’ve enjoyed being part of an amazing board of directors. Everyone was incredibly committed to making our society exciting and interesting!

Our AGM will be on Wednesday the 28th at 6 pm. Please note the time.

We still need a couple of members willing to sit on the board and someone to take the role of president.

So if you’re interested and need more information, please contact me.

We will share a pot luck dinner before the “official meeting”. This meeting will be very short so we can spend more time enjoying each other’s company.

We will supply turkey and stuffing. We ask that you bring, if possible, a side/veggie dish, a salad or a dessert. We will also supply tea, coffee or juice.

Please bring your plate, glass and cutlery.

I look very much forward to seeing all of you at the meeting next Wednesday.

President’s Message

First, let me thank all of you who sent me kind words on the passing of my brother. I really appreciated it.

Summer has now come and gone. It almost always seems to catch us of guard. The ice on my bird feeders this morning certainly confirmed that winter is on the way. It’s time to make one last pass in the garden.

At this month’s meeting we are pleased to have Kevin Halloran and Sharon Toth guide us as to when and how to prune our trees and shrubs.

Membership fees are due this month. It’s still just $15.00 for a single and $25.00 for a family membership. We will be issuing membership cards that will be valid from Oct. 2018 to Oct. 2019.

As our meeting falls on Halloween night please feel free to wear some kind of costume. We will have special treats for everyone.

Next month on November 28th will be our AGM. At this meeting we will have a pot luck dinner (the society provides turkeys and cranberry sauce) and the election of our board of directors.

The members of the Nomination Committee are Lise Bois (, Sally Clark ( and John Clark (

Board members willing to do another term are :

R. John Garside Secretary
— withdrawn — Treasurer
John Clark Promotion
Sally Clark Membership
Kathy Kingsley-Bondy Mini Shows
Hedy Brambat-Kellar Vendor Coordinator for garden show
Darlene Johnston Refreshments and 50/50 draw
Nancy Kish Garden Tour Coordinator

As my two year term is up, I will be stepping down as president. I will continue to sit on the board as past president.

Ideally, we would like another board member and someone willing to be president.

If you or someone you know is interested in being on the board, please email me, Sally or John Clark.

I hope to see you at the meeting this month.


Greetings from your President

I hope everyone has had a great summer! It seems to have gone by so quickly. It was one of the hottest summers I have experienced in the county!

We had a great Garden Show in June as well as a very successful Garden Tour! We look forward to having both these events next year.

If you have any ideas for the Garden Show or would like to suggest gardens for the Tour next year, we would love to hear from you.

We also have a great Fall line-up of speakers.

  • Tamara Segal will show us how to dry herbs and creative uses for them at our September 26th meeting.
  • Kevin and Sharon will discuss proper methods of pruning trees and shrubs at our October 31st meeting.

Our AGM will be on November 28th this year. This is our pot luck and election meeting. I will be stepping down as president.

If you are interested in being a board member, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

I wish everyone a very happy end of summer, and I look forward to seeing you in the Fall and exchanging garden news!

Please check out the Picton Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8th for the live broadcast of Carson’s radio show “Take it Outside” from 8 am to 10 am.

See you in September!