The meeting opened at 7pm with the President Colleen Green introducing the speaker for the evening, Dawn Tack from Gardens Plus, Donwood ON. Dawn has operated Gardens Plus since 1997 and concentrates on easy-care perennials.
Dawn defines easy-care plants as plants that have low water requirements, a resistance to bugs and disease, that do not require frequent division, or support, and above all are hardy through the winter. Dawn recommends the following plants for a reliable garden: heuchera, monarda, salvia, daylilies, coneflowers, Siberian Iris, sedum, hardy geraniums and buddleia. She feels getting the plant’s light requirements right is most important, and recommends planting in an almost overcrowded fashion to restrict weed growth. It was an interesting talk with a colourful slide-show. She then answered questions from the members. Plants were made available for members to buy.
Signs were distributed for the Garden Show.
Applications are available for $50 for the Civic Gardens. Volunteers are need for the Hospital Gardens. Please contact John Garside if you can help, or show up at the hospital on Tuesday mornings between 8 AM and 12 noon. There was some discussion about who pays for the plants for the Hospital Gardens. John Garside will be making some calls to see if the Hospital Auxiliary will give us the money.
Mary Jenkins will be calling people for help with the Garden Show, baking for the Victorian Tea, helping with the Flower Show, or the set up on the Friday night.
Angela Palmer won the mini-show “Woodland Magic” with her wildflower entry.