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.

Society Meeting for October 31

As befits a Hallowe’en meeting, the dress code was relaxed …

Gabrielle Paquette and Jonathan Leclerc

Design – “Forest Floor” – a design using natural wood, bark, moss and fresh flowers: Kathy Kingsley Bondy [left] and Patricia Stuckey [middle] tied for 1st, Karen Hartke 2nd [right].

Display – Collage – a collage of your favourite garden photos – 2018: First place Kathy Kingsley Bondy

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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

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.


Society Meeting for September 26

On a cool and breezy evening close to 30 people attended our first Garden Society Meeting for the fall season. The members were welcomed by our current secretary R. John Garside who encouraged everyone to participate in the future Mini-Shows and to forward any change in their email addresses to our Membership person, Sally Clark. John introduced out guest Speaker – Tamara Segal of hawthornherbals.

Presentation – Common Herbs

Tamara then proceeded to enlighten the crowd about all the various common herbs that can be found in your garden and easily harvested to make teas, and many had other creative uses.

The audience was most captivated by Tamara’s presentation and there were many questions asked and answered. Tamara pointed out that it is very important to know what is in your garden and when to harvest as not all herbs survive the cold weather and many plants reach their peak of goodness at different times of the year.

Tamara also brought along a number of samples from her garden and passed them around. The audience was most appreciative of her presentation and several members remained at the end of the meeting to gather more information that Tamara had brought with her.

Tamara was well applauded at the end of her presentation and the members were then advised about our October meeting and to remember to participate in the Mini-show.


Design – Market Day – a design including fruits, vegetables and flowers: First place Nancy Kish (below left), Second place Mary Jenkins (below right).

Display – one spectacular fall bloom: First place John Garside (below left), Second place Mary Jenkins (below right).

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Photographs © by Bert Jenkins

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!


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].