Member Meetings

Guests are welcome to attend Member Meetings at a nominal cost of $5 each.
Members may be invited to attend Executive Meetings. Participation is at the invitation of the meeting chair.

February Meeting

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Our speaker will be Erin Thomson. Erin is with Upper Canada Fibershed and will be talking to us about the many uses of flax and a special “flax cultivating” project planned for 2019.

Mini-show
Design: “Winter Stragglers” – a dried arrangement
Display: evergreen sprigs (3 to 5)


March Meeting

Date: March 27, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Lorraine Schmid (Thyme Again Gardens, Organic Farm and B&B). Lorraine’s presentation will be titled: What is Permaculture? Why are Ecosystems important? What does it mean to garden sustainably?
Lorraine and Lori will discuss how and why, they apply permaculture principles at their farm, and how permaculture has improved their farming experience.

Mini-show
Design: “Welcome Spring” – a parallel design*
Display: earliest sign of spring (single bloom, spray or sprig)


April Meeting

Date: April 24, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Derek Ryles (PEC Lavender). Derek’s presentation will start off with a brief outline about starting up their operation, the various hurdles encountered along the way, and then an in-depth chat about the genus Lavandula followed by a question-and-answer. Derek will have some of their products for sale after his presentation.

Mini-show
Design: “Hoppy Easter” – a miniature design in an eggshell
Display: 1 forced bulb, tuber or corm


District 3 Meeting

Date: April 27, 2019

Time: 09:00 - 15:00

Location: TBD

May Meeting

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Bay Woodyard (Honey Pie Hives & Herbals) will speak about Natural Dyeing, their herbal products, and how she grows the ingredients she uses. Bay will have some of their products available for sale after her presentation.

Mini-show
Design: “Glorious Spring” – a design using spring flowers
Display: Seedling in a pot (flower or vegetable)


2019 Garden Tour

Date: June 16, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Around the County

Members open their gardens for visitors. Tickets are limited – watch for announcements.

September Meeting

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Peter Fuller (Fuller Native & Rare Plants). Peter’s presentation will be on Native Plants, Seed Collection and Storing. He will have samples and also, some plants for sale.

Mini-show
Design: “Season’s Bounty” – a free-standing design** using fruits, vegetables and flowers
Display: Your most spectacular bloom, vegetable or fruit


October Meeting

Date: October 30, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Location: Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street

Speaker and Topic
Justin Dart (County Arborists Inc.) has 2 presentations that, if time allows, he would be happy to do for our group. The first one is on Pruning of Trees. Justin would be talking about the benefits as well as some ‘how to’ tips and suggestions. The second presentation is on Tree Identification of a dozen or so local trees.

Mini-show
Design: “Autumn Splendor” – Della Robbia Wreath***
Display: “last bloom of summer”


Mini-show judging

OHA judging standards apply.

Explanation of Design & Display Terms

*parallel design – A design in which three or more groupings are placed in a parallel manner with open spaces between the groupings. Parallel direction may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Design is in one container or containers combined so as to appear as one unit.
** free standing design – A design that is viewed from all sides.
** wreath – A circular design that may or may not be hung. Ribbons and bows may be added.
*** Della Robbia wreath – A circular design of plant materials decorated with fruits, nuts, cones, seed-pods, leaves, berries, etc.