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!

AND …

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!

Lise

Society Meeting for May 29th

Bay Woodyard


Mini-Show

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



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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: lisefbois@gmail.com

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

See you all next week

Happy Gardening!

Lise

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!

Presentations

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.

Mini-Show

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



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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins