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 (lisefbois@gmail.com), Sally Clark (sallyisinoakville@gmail.com) and John Clark (johnclarkinthecounty@gmail.com).

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— withdrawn — Treasurer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.

Lise

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!

Lise

Flower Show Results

2018 Flower Show Best in Show winners

Red Rose Tea Trophy is awarded for Best Rose:
2018 winner – Carol Wilson

Phyllis Turpin Trophy for Floral Excellence for Best Exhibit Horticultural:
2018 winner – Sheila Simmons

Communities in Bloom Trophy for Best Iris:
2018 winner – Judith Young

Judith and Donald McClure Cup awarded for Best Peony:
2018 winner – Sandra Dowds

Vegetable plaque awarded for Best Vegetable:
2018 winner – Lise Bois

Trophy for Best Design awarded for the best design:
2018 winner – Kathy Kingsley Bondy


To see all of Bert Jenkins’ pictures from the Flower Show, visit the Flickr album here [opens in new window].


2018 Flower Show Class winners

For the full list of winners (and places) for all of the classes, see click here [241 KB PDF file opens in new window].

Society Meeting for May 31

MiniShow

Design Class – Sunny Day: 1st – Kathy Bondy (below left), 2nd – Pat Stuckey (below right).


Display Class – Pot of seedling herbs: 1st – Sharon Kleinsteuber (below left), 2nd – Kathy Bondy (below centre), 3rd – Sharon Kleinsteuber (below right)


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

June 16 – The Show!

Our garden show, County Blooms, will be on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 until 3:00 in the Wellington Town Hall. The flower show (11:30 – 3:00 after judging), Victorian tea, plant sale, kid’s activities, vendors and the silent auction will be our main features.

Full details for the Flower Show available through the link on right side of this page.

This year we would like to feature “Fairy Gardens” in our 2nd, hopefully annual, “informal” flower show.

Society Meeting for April 26

Mini show

Design: “Spring Thaw” water viewing design

Three entries tied for first place – Kathy Kingsley Bondy, Pat Stuckey, and Phyllis Davis (first row below), and Lise Bois placed second (second row below)


Display: Collection of early spring blooms

First place Pat Stuckey (below left), Second place Phyllis Davies (below centre), and Third place Kathy Kingsley Bondy (below right).


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Society Meeting for March 28

Announcements

More to come

Presentation – Heritage Garden

More to come

Presentation – Gardening Safely

Sam Shepherd
More to come

Mini-Show

Design – Stormy Weather – a design depicting movement: First place Pat Stuckey (below left), Second place Kathy Bondy (below centre), and Third place Phyllis Davies (below right).




Display – a succulent – any plant, including most cacti, which stores water in its fleshy stems or leaves:
First place Pat Stuckey (below left), Second place Phyllis Davies (below centre), and Third place Lise Bois (below right).


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Society Meeting for February 28

President Lise Bois opened the meeting by welcoming almost 40 members and guests. She reminded everyone about the OHA convention in Kingston on July 27, 28 and 29th of July, 2018.

She also talked about our upcoming seedling sale at the Wellington’s Farmers Market on Saturday, May 19th from 9 till 2, and encouraged everyone to start a few extra seedlings to donate to the sale.

Of course we will have our garden show, The County Blooms, on Saturday, June 16th. We will have an even bigger flower show. Flower show guide will be available by the end of this month, so stay tuned.

We will be having a garden tour on Sunday, June 24th. We now have about 8 gardens to date. We are still looking for a few more gardens, so if you think you would like your garden to be showcased in our tour please let us know. You don’t have to be a member to participate.

Presentation

Lise Bois gave a presentation on the secrets of seed starting. Follow the links below (they are all small pdf files) to get the information presented, as well as complementary information.

Secrets of seed starting – 41 kb pdf

Companion Planting – 38 kb pdf

Plant families and crop rotation – 36 kb pdf

50/50

The 50/50 was won by Lise Bois. Winnings were donated to the society ($17.00).

Mini-show

This month, there were many entries in the mini-show. Members vote their preferences. The show is open to all. Give it a try!

Design Class – My Heart’s Delight: 1st – Laura Bryan (below left), 2nd – Ria Vandenberg (below centre), and 3rd – Sheila Simmons (below right).

Display Class – Most Unusual houseplant: 1st – Virginia Metcalfe (below left), 2nd – Kathy Bondy (below centre), and 3rd – John Garside (below right).


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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

Coming Soon!

Our speaker for March 28th meeting will be Maria Gacesa from the Friends of Wellington Museum who will talk about the new heritage garden being designed for the museum. We will also have Sam Shepherd who is a local physiotherapist. He’ll talk to us about avoiding gardening injuries.

March Mini show will be:
Design – Stormy Weather – a design depicting movement
Display – a succulent – any plant, including most cacti, which stores water in its fleshy stems or leaves.