Howard Hunter opened a meeting attended by the biggest crowd of the year (so far) including some of the 4H members who were attending and hoping to pick up tips on exhibiting at the upcoming Flower Show.
Howard quickly went through announcements about discounts available from local nurseries, introduced a prospective logo for the society (and solicited comments on it), as well as exhorting people to vote in the mini-show.
Hedy Campbell gave a short report on the first society workshop and that it was rapidly filled and she received good feedback that would assist with future workshops. At present, a workshop titled ‘Nature’s Banquet’ with Honey Pie Herbals is scheduled for June 5th. Details to follow.
Marianne Malachowski gave a brief update on Master Gardeners activities and noted that they would be having a plant sale on May 24 in the Metro parking lot on Main Street in Picton.
Anne Reeves gave a rapid-fire report on the Garden Show noting that ALL of the indoor vendor spaces were already booked and that the available outdoor spaces were going fast (so well done to the Garden Show team).
Our featured speaker was Penny Stewart who gave a talk about Garden Shows and how to exhibit, entitled ‘Grow to Show and Show to Grow’. Penny gave us an animated presentation, replete with practical tips and ‘best practices’ to help you stay cool by being prepared for just about anything that could happen when getting set for a Garden Show. She spiced her presentation with anecdotes of ‘classic’ errors made by experienced show exhibitors, all while illustrating techniques and tips and the ‘perfect’ grouping of three daffodils!
A copy of Penny’s remarks can be downloaded here Exhibiting at Shows [86kb pdf].
This month, the mini-show had entries in only one category: ‘Early bloom from your garden’.
As customary, the entries were judged by the members present at the meeting: Pat Stuckey [left image below] came first, with Connie Graham second [centre], and Hedy Campbell took third place [right].
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photo credits: Bert Jenkins