"Are Those Really Ontario Strawberries in October?":
The Englehart and District Horticultural Society was treated to a taste of summer when Becky Hughes of the University of Guelph Research Station in New Liskeard presented a programme on growing strawberries in Ontario. She discussed the variety of strawberries able to be grown in the north, the best conditions for growing, and the qualities of each variety. Accompanying her presentation with informative slides, Becky was able to confirm that, yes, we are able to purchase strawberries grown in Ontario in October. In fact, using ‘high tunnels’ (seasonal plastic greenhouses), one grower in southern Ontario was actually able to pick berries in November one year. Becky answered many questions about the research carried on in her own work, as well as giving advice to the audience about growing strawberries in their own gardens.
"Hummingbirds": Bruce Murphy
Kathy Martin and Joe Muething with Bruce Murphy
The March general meeting of the Englehart and District Horticultural Society featured speaker Bruce Murphy of Coleman Township. Bruce spoke about and showed slides of his visit to West Virginia, where he became a qualified hummingbird bander. He gave tips on attracting hummingbirds to our gardens, as well as answering questions about the importance of bird banding. Bruce also showed slides of activities at the Hilliardton Marsh and reminded members and visitors of the owl banding nights coming up this fall. This year is expected to be a good one for banding Boreal Owls, as they will to be on the best year of a four year cycle. Check the Temiskaming Birding website at timbirds.info for further information on this.
April 2012:"What's New in 2012": Carrie Anne Field
Carrie Anne Field brought a variety of plants and decorative items for the garden from Aidie Creek Gardens. There are many new varieties of petunias and lilies and succulents for this year. Carrie Anne also donated some of the plants for door prizes. Thank you to Aidie Creek Gardens and to Carrie Anne.
May 2012: "Hands-On Pruning & Demo": Charles Warner
The Englehart and District Horticultural Society got into the swing of spring in an evening of pruning with Aidie Creek Gardens’ Charlie Warner. Mr. Warner spoke of a variety of pruning methods used on various trees and shrubs, and the best time of year to prune each. He stressed the importance of using the proper tools, and timing the pruning to avoid removing flower buds. He reminded the audience that if a shrub blooms early in the year, prune it after it blossoms. Mr. Warner demonstrated on different shrubs in various locations throughout the town. Claudette Black will continue pruning and tidying up in the days to come.
"Preparing For the Show: Easy, Breezy, Simple Designs": Eileen Fisher
"BBQ and Auction in Mary Pillsworth's Garden"
September 2012: "Dogwood Delights":
Shelley Smith Denommé
The September General Meeting featured a speaker we’ve been hoping to have address us for years. Shelley Smith Denomme, accompanied by her sister, Debbie Fell, and assisted by Bonnie Warner, demonstrated how to make a dogwood heart wall hanging, and donated 3 of them as gifts. She also donated a grape-vine ball for a draw. Joyce was the lucky winner of the disappearing grapevine ball. Shelly also had lovely ribbon, grapevine balls, and festive-smelling candles for sale to members.