Society Meeting – October 30

President Colleen Green welcomed 30+ members and new members to the meeting and noted that the next society meeting was the Annual General meeting to be held on November 27 immediately after the 6:00pm Pot Luck Supper. Colleen gave a brief outline of the recent District 3 event in Tweed and reported that, based on what was learned, our society is headed in the right direction. Congratulations to all concerned!

The Horticultural Society has been invited to create a tree for the Festival of Trees in late November.

small_pennyColleen then introduced the evening’s featured speaker – OHA District 3 Director Penny Stewart. During the informal session before the meeting started, Penny was resplendent in full Hallowe’en mode including the witch’s crooked hat. (Un)Fortunately, there are no photographs of her in full regalia.

Penny’s topic was ‘Flower Arranging’ and she reminded everyone that it’s supposed to be fun – hence the flowing black dress and witch’s hat (and the bats) – fitting into the presentation theme of spooktacular.

What followed was a highly animated display of constructing TWO show arrangements with hints and tricks of the trade being showered on the audience.

First came a ‘mass’ design involving a small pumpkin as the topical container as Penny explained style, balance, size, colours, and textures as they applied to winning displays. No sooner was that completed then Penny moved on to the large design (and a large pumpkin) with lines of hawthorn and corn stalks for balance and volume as well as the colours and textures that make flower arrangements so appealing. The pictures below show the overall effects of the designer’s art … and the bats were there because it’s all meant to be fun!

For those who missed it, or were busy watching the display construction, here are Penny Stewart’s Notes [32 kb pdf] on her presentation.




rose1The mini-show topic was ‘anything pruned over the year from your garden or environs, dried and/or still green’.

Mini-show entries were judged by the members at large. 1st place went to Pat Stuckey [image at right], 2nd place to Sheila Simmons [image below left], and 3rd place to Mary Jenkins [image below right].


Click the images to see larger versions.

Photo-credit: Bert Jenkins

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County Garden & Flower Show
When: Saturday 17th June 10am - 4pm

Where: Inside Wellington Town Hall & St Andrew's Anglican Church, on their grounds and the front lawns of CML Snider School.

Schedule and Events
  • Flower Show: Judging takes place 9am to 11.30am. Open to the Public 11.30 to 4pm
  • Victorian Tea: Open to the Public 10.30 to 4pm
  • Silent Auction: Items generously donated by Carson Arthur
  • Master Gardeners: Creating a planter/container. Demonstrations at 11.30 and 1pm
  • Tree The County Pavilion: Find out more about county trees
  • Stuff for Kids

Vendors: See the complete list of vendors planning to be at the Show, click here.

Rules & Information: All the rules you need to know about the Flower Show and Classes, together with information and tips about how to prepare for showing. Click here for the download [375 kb pdf file].
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