Six-Month Report from PECHS to OHA/Garden Ontario

The Society had a well-attended Annual General Meeting with a delicious Pot Luck dinner in November, at which a new Executive was installed for the current Term of Service.

Members of the Society decorated a tree that was placed in the Festival of Trees Silent Auction event, which was held at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort on the last weekend of November. This is very popular local annual event raises much needed funds for the purchase of equipment for PEC Memorial Hospital, and is organized by the Hospital’s Auxiliary. At the 2019 event, approximately $50,000 was raised.

The Executive has met monthly, conducting business and planning activities and events for 2020 There was no general meeting in February due to adverse weather conditions, erring on the side of caution for the safety of all members and guests who had planned to attend.

General meetings are not held in January, July, August and December. In August the Society holds a Pot Luck gathering at a member’s home in the County. At the March meeting there will be a Seed Exchange held for all members and guests. The Society has a full schedule of Guest Speakers for every general meeting being held in 2020. At each of the general meetings a Mini Flower Show is held, which now includes a “Bring ’n Brag” category for those members not wanting their submissions to be ‘judged’… only admired.

Also, at the March general meeting, a new activity will be started, which will take place again in June – Member Discussion Pods. Members (and guests) will be divided into small ‘pods’ or groups determined by the specific area of Prince Edward County they reside in. Participants will be given three gardening-related questions pertaining to the specific challenges in their area, and asked to discuss them within their ‘pod’ after-which, they will be encouraged to share their responses with the participants in the other pods. From this ‘exercise’, the Executive hopes to garner information that will better help them in determining what specific and helpful information the Society can provide to its members going forward…by having the hopefully, beneficial information available to members (and the public) through the Society’s website, holding more workshops, inviting other relevant Guest Speakers to do presentations at the monthly meetings, or helping to connect members with specific and knowledgeable sources to help them deal with and improve their gardening challenges, i.e. contractors, websites, publications, businesses, and other people in the County with similar challenges.

The Society has improved its Social Media outreach by redesigning its website, re-activating the Facebook page, and creating a quarterly e-newsletter. Ads for the Society’s signature events, and general promotion, have been strategically placed with print media sources (local and regional). The local Radio Station also makes PSA’s on behalf of the Society and other Not-for-Profit organizations.

Partnering with other local organizations continues to be nurtured, and more presentations to local community groups have been arranged throughout the coming year…most recently, Society Co-Chairs and Past President did a presentation to the County’s Newcomers group (very well-attended!), followed closely by a Seed Starting Workshop put on by the Society’s Past President, Lise Bois. These two presentations effectively created more interest in the Society, and increased membership numbers!

Plans for two County-based field trips are in the works for May and July.

May 16th, the Society’s annual Plant Sale will be held in Wellington, ON.

June 13th, the Society’s very popular annual County Blooms Garden & Flower Show will also be held in Wellington, ON.

June 27th is the date for the Society’s annual Self-Guided Garden Tour in Prince Edward County.

Looking forward to planting, growing, and what we can learn, share and do to keep our environment and climate healthy!!

Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Johnston & Cathie Coultis, Co-Chairs
PEC Horticultural Society
March 8th, 2020

October Members Meeting Summary

Nancy Cole Master Gardener

Nancy Cole – Master Gardener
Landscape Bones – Trees and Shrubs.

Nancy’s presentation made recommendations of what types of trees and shrubs are suitable for including in landscape plans, which tied in with Justin’s presentation of caring for and maintaining trees, etc.

Justin Dart County Arborist Inc

Justin Dart
County Arborists Inc.

Justin’s presentation focused on the Pruning of Trees. He also talked about the benefits of pruning, as well as, some ‘how to’ tips and suggestions. Justin also be provided information on Tree Identification of a dozen or so local trees.

Mini Show Design Winners

Display – “Last Bloom of Summer”

Ursula Cattelan
First Prize – Ursula Cattelan
Mary Jenkins
Second Prize – Mary Jenkins
Kathy Bondy
Third Prize – Kathy Bondy

Design – “Autumn Splendor”

Laura Bryan
First Prize – Laura Bryan
Kathy Bondy
Second Prize – Kathy Bondy

Bring and Brags

Pat Stuckey - Streptocarpus
Pat Stuckey – Streptocarpus
Lise Bois - White Sage
Lise Bois – White Sage
John Garside - Coffee Tree
John Garside – Coffee Tree

June Greetings from your past president

Greetings to All!!

As I write this message my outdoor thermometer says it’s 7 degrees. It’s been a pretty strange summer so far. Everything is delayed but thanks to the abundant rains, what is up is incredibly lush.

This weekend is our County Blooms Garden Show and our Garden Tour!

County Blooms is on Saturday, June 15th from 10 to 3 in Wellington, at the Town Hall, the St. Andrews church and on the CML Snider School grounds.

There will be a:

  • Judged Flower Show, yes, some flowers are in bloom!
  • Kids’ Activities, we will be painting rocks to help identify and protect ground nesting bees.
  • Book Sale, lots of gardening books and vintage Harrowsmith magazines
  • Silent Auction, many items to bid on including Carson Arthur’s new book, a foot massage, unique planters filled with herbs, books, bird feeders, gardening gift baskets, a certificate to High Tea at the Waring House and many more.
  • Plant Sale, over a dozen heritage tomato varieties, herbs and garden treasures
  • Garden Bistro, serving homemade quiche (Lorraine, smoked salmon & leek and broccoli & cheddar cheese) with a salad and homemade dessert and drink. All this for $8.00
  • 10 Vendors, selling soaps, lip balms and creams, garden ornaments (all beautifully handcrafted), plants and an arborist.

As you can see there’s a little something for everyone. And there’s even the Wellington Farmer’s market across the street!

The Garden Tour is on Sunday, June 16th from 10 to 4.

· We have some new exciting gardens this year and some returning favorites.

· Tickets are on sale at Books & Company and will be available at the County Blooms Garden Show.

· Sandbanks is offering a free tasting when you show your map/ticket!

· Waring House is offering High Tea from 2 to 5 for $25.00.

So a very exciting weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all!


We do have a Members meeting this month. It’s on Monday, June 24th , 7 pm at the old Fire Hall, 2nd floor. Please note the day change.

Our guest speakers will be, Sam Shephard, from Picton Physiotherapy will show us how to garden safely.

Denise Galloway from Heron House studio will do a small gardening yoga session.

Dr. Anne Uings representing the Bay of Quinte and Area Lyme Support Group will talk about living with Lyme disease.

And don’t forget the members pot luck dinner on Saturday, August 24th at my home. More details to come!


Society Meeting for May 29th

Bay Woodyard


Display: Theme – Glorious Spring (flowers)

1st: Sharon Kleinsteuber

2nd: Phyllis Davis

3rd>: Kathy Bondy

Have Fun!

Design: Theme – Seedling in a pot

1st: Phyllis Davis

2nd: Laura Bryan

3rd: Pat Stuckey

Click small images to see larger versions.

Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

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!