Society Meeting – January 30

President Colleen Green opened the meeting by welcoming everybody and speaking briefly about society business and plans for events later in the year.

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Colleen introduced January’s featured speaker – Kurt Crist – who gave an interesting ‘illustrated’ talk about bird seed and bird feeders with plenty of seed and feeder examples on view. His talk sparked some interesting questions and observations from the members.

The most unusual item Kurt presented was a concrete feeder from Germany – the yellow feeder at the end of the table in the picture below. The concrete feeder was the raffle prize for the meeting.

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The Mini-show, organized by Gwen Reilly, was a good fit with the featured speaker’s presentation – ‘Any flower presentation featuring a winter bird’.

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Mini-show entries were judged by the members at large. 1st place went to Mary Jenkins, 2nd place to Kim Katanik-Kuris, and 3rd place to Gwen Reilly.

AGM – new executive elected

Welcome and welcome back … the new executive elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Past president Ingrid Bronson, new president Colleen Green, and some of the newly elected executive at the Annual General Meeting.

Front Row:  Left to right
Kim Katanik-Kuris, Colleen Green, Arline de Bourbon, Judy Young, Gwen Reilly, Anne Reeves, Howard Hunter

2nd Row: Left to right
Mary Jenkins, Darlene Johnston, Gayla Campney, Charles Lacey, Ingrid Bronson

Absent:
Liz Bowers and Elizabeth Cowan

Report on the 2012 Gardeners’ Gala, held on June 9th 2012 at the Crystal Palace.

Gardeners’ Gala, held on June 9th, 2012

We would like to thank everyone, members, vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors, and especially the members of the public who came out to support us in this major event. We hope everyone involved had a truly great and successful time and we hope to see you again next year.

Our theme was “From Colony to Country”, remembering the War of 1812 and its 200th anniversary this year, with more than a nod of respect to the Queen and her sixty years on the throne.

The event was opened by Mayor Mertens, our piper Shane Egan, and our very own town crier Walter McGee.

The Flower Show had over 160 entries and was co-ordinated by Joyce Young. Thank you to the Judges, Lois and Glenn Bennett, and the Recorder, Joe Kitchen, for all their hard work.

Our Sponsors were very generous this year in supplying some wonderful door-prizes.
We wish to thank the following companies for their donations:
Home Hardware (Picton)
Canadian Tire (Picton)
County Farm Centre
Flowers by Marvin
Flowers N Such
Lockyer’s Garden Centre
No Frills (Picton)
Norman’s Greenhouse
Rambling Rose Nursery
Ridge Road Asparagus Farm
Shelter Valley Greenhouse
Walker’s Greenhouse

We had a wide range of vendors and we do hope they all had a successful day. We would love to see you all back next year and we hope you feel the same way.

Our Vendors:
Nature Lover’s Bookshop
Rattan Barn
Bonibrae Daylilies & Hostas
Cherryvale Organic Farm
Honey Pie Hives
Ronal Bernier’sBirds & Bats Houses
Cindy Johnson Jewellery
Fern Garden Creations
Walker’s Greenhouses
PEC Lavender Farm
PEC Landscape Design
Workshop Wizards and Canadian Twig Furniture were unfortunately not able to attend.

Our Exhibitors were also varied and interesting.
They were as follows:
The Catholic Womens’ League
PEC Quilters’ Guild
PEC Library
4H Club
Sogetsu Ikebana
Point to Point PEC Foundation
Prince Edward Stewardship Council
PEC Field Naturalists Club

The Victorian Tea Room was organized and run by Colleen Green and her team of helpers and was a great success. Thank you to everyone who loaned us their silver tea-pots to help make it just that bit more special.

Terry Sprague, naturalist, speaker and columnist, gave an interesting, informative and well-attended talk on “PEC- Our Natural Gem”.

PEC Green Trust held a fund-raising draw. The first prize of an Aiden Haley painting was won by Ken Koyama.

Thank you to the home owners who were willing to let their gardens be viewed as part of our “Jubilee Walking Tour”

Thank you to Derek Delaney for constructing that wonderful cannon for our display.

In short a great day was had by all and we are already thinking of the Gala for 2013.