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MHS Newsletter February 2016
by Margot Belanger



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8th at 7:30 p.m.



Speaker:  Sharon Smith

Attracting Birds in your Garden”

We are pleased that Sharon, a new member of the MHS Board of Directors, has offered to share her knowledge and experience with us on ways to attract birds in your garden. Sharon is an avid Manotick gardener and birder.

Come and learn about ways to attract birds in your garden year-round. This talk will cover plantings and garden design elements that will support an active bird community in your yard. In addition, the typical kinds of birds to expect and successful strategies for using bird feeders and nest boxes will be highlighted. We trust you will find useful tips and strategies to apply.

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Sincere Vote of Thanks to Alison and Margot

Your new board of directors (listed below) wish to thank outgoing President Alison Whitlock and long-time Past President Margot Belanger most sincerely for all their hard work during their years of loyal and sterling service to our Society. Alongside their duties as board members, they made so many other contributions - - Alison for providing transportation, storage for plants and equipment to make our plant sales possible, coordinating beautification projects and constructing a platform for Joanne Plummer to work her November flower design magic so members could see better, just to name a few - - Margot for her abilities to steer us through the mysteries of OMAFRA and District 2 rules and regulations, for her big black book of contacts and her deep memory bank about how things work, not only for our Society but for Manotick writ large.

Unfortunately for us, Alison is moving to Brockville in the spring but we may see her around as she'll retain some of her Flowerbuds clients around Manotick. Margot isn't moving, remains a member and treasure trove of important memory files and information for the Society.

2016 MHS Board of Directors

If you attended our AGM, you will know that members of the board were elected by you the members. Under a new system implemented this year, the executive committee (president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary) were to be elected by the new board which has taken place. Your new Board of Director members are listed on the next page.



President, Marianne Wightman

Vice-President, Pat Shapiro

Treasurer, Peter Wueppelmann                      

Secretary, Debbie Bellinger

Membership, Gayle Lanoue

Flower Show Coordinator, Wilma Gerroir

Hospitality/Refreshments, Linda Gilmer

Volunteers and Events, Anne Clark-Stewart

Communications Coordinators/Yearbook, Sharon Smith and Susan Killeen Ramsay

Beautification, Nicolette Bravo

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2016 Horticultural and Design Show

JANUARY – APRIL Photography – Take a picture of your own garden this winter. Send your digital photo to Wilma Gerroir at Digital photos will be judged in November.

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Come to Seedy Saturday March 5, 2016

For those of you who enjoy starting off the gardening season with new or sometimes specialized flowers or vegetable plants the Ottawa Seedy Saturday event is for you. This annual event is part of a series of over 100 such events across Canada that bring together gardeners of all stripes. Seedy Saturday assembles in one place many typically local small-scale flower and vegetable seed producers. While it is primarily a seed sale and exchange it strives to support businesses with an organic, horticultural or ecological nature. This translates into various small businesses selling a broad range of gardening supplies, plants, organic products, foods including artisanal breads and baking, gardening books, among others. There are speakers on varied gardening topics and it is a great opportunity to talk with other gardeners! Several horticultural clubs are usually represented including the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden Society. Seeds of Diversity, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity through heritage and heirloom seeds, is present with useful information on seed saving. They maintain a listing of all Canadian seed companies and Seedy Saturday events at This will include the details on the speakers and presentation timing once available.

There is no entrance or parking fee. Seedy Saturday is a lot of fun with many treasures to discover. It is very popular and so it is recommended that you arrive early. If you save your own seeds you can bring them to the swap table where you can find interesting new varieties from other seed savers. The general organizer of this event is Greta's Organic Gardens at 399 River Road.

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The Perth & District Horticultural Society will be hosting the 2016 D2 Flower & Edible Show on August 6, 2016 at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion, 26 Beckwith Street, Perth, Ontario. The Theme is "200 Years of Gardening". To help make a memorable day, the Perth Horticultural Society is fundraising by selling raffle tickets -- $2.00 each or 3 for $5. First prize is a $500 gift card to Canadian Tire. Second prize is a framed original watercolour by one of Perth’s well known artists. Tickets will be available at the February meeting.


Award Winners


April                "Budding Branches"       1st    - Len Schmidt

May                 "Beautiful Bulbs"           1st   - Maxine Whelan

                                                                        2nd  - Marianne Whiteman

June                 "Wonderful Water"         1st    - Rachelle Spidell

                                                                        2nd   -Maxine Whelan

Sept.                "Garden Visitors"            1st   - Rachelle Spidell

                                                                        2nd   - Alison Whitlock

                                                                        3rd   - Nicolette Plouffe,

                                                                                    Susan Kileen Ramsey

Oct.                 "Fall Foliage"                  1st   - Maxine Whelan

Photography Winner with most points    - Maxine Whelan                              

Thanks to Owen Munn for judging.


CANADA BLOOMS - March 13th to 15th, 2016, Toronto


Canada Blooms is fact approaching. HNA Travels is hosting a bus tour for the event.  For more information contact Margaret Dailey-Plouffe at 1-877-672-3030.


District 2 2016 AGM

The Smiths Falls Horticultural Society will be hosting the D2 AGM which will be held on April 23, 2016 at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion, 7 Main St E, Smiths Falls. The Theme is "Back to Our Roots". There will be a Design Challenge - Each society to enter a design. Great speakers, prizes etc. More information and registration forms will be sent out in January 2016.


BOOK REVIEW by Josephine Norton

“The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual” by Roger Marshall. 2014 Timber Press.

The first photo in this book is of a greenhouse deep in snow, which is reassuring if you think, as a Canadian, a greenhouse is an impossibility. Straight off, the author tells us that an unheated greenhouse lets you grow plants about one climate zone warmer than your local area i.e. 2-4 degrees C warmer. Which means you can add 2-3 weeks on each end of your growing season. However if you provide supplemental heating and lighting, you can grow anything you want……at a cost.

There are many ways you may choose to use your greenhouse for example propagation, growing fruit and vegetable, orchids etc. Every possibility have a chapter devoted to it plus an A-Z plant guide. Plus guides to choosing and maintaining a greenhouse (there are many types and sizes), and pest control. Two topics that caught my eye were ‘hydroponic gardening’ and a very intriguing lean-to greenhouse that utilizes a south facing window well. I’ve got two of those!

This book is comprehensive, and easy to follow. I’m glad I found it and you will be too.

Order online at or by phoning your local library.


2016 Ontario Horticultural Association Convention

The OHA has a new date and location for the 2016 Convention!!

The New Dates are July 29-31, 2016. The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 105 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 2K8.  It is a newly remodelled hotel with beautiful accommodations, grand ball room and seminar rooms. 

Details regarding accommodations will be available on the OHA GardenOntario website soon. As soon as guest speakers, seminars and bus trips are finalized those details will be added to the website as well.


DISTRICT 2 2016 FLOWER & EDIBLES SHOW, August 6, 2016, Perth, ON

The Show Chair is Madeline Archer. The Show Schedule is now available on the OHA District 2 web site.


Come out and enjoy a day with your fellow Hostaholics. Don’t come alone, bring a friend...everyone is welcome!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Glencairn Golf Club

9807 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON L9T 2X7

9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. -

(Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Register Now & Take Advantage of our Early Bird Rates…

Members - $55.00 until March 1st - $60.00 after March 1st Non-Members - $60.00 until March 1st - $65.00 after March 1st

Featuring Spectacular Speakers

~ Live & Silent Auctions ~ Draws/Prizes ~

~ Continental Breakfast ~ Delicious BBQ Lunch ~ Refreshments ~

Cheques payable: Ontario Hosta Society c/o Norm Limpert, 11174 Sixth Line, Acton, ON L7J 2L7

905-878-3366 -

To pay by credit card: Contact Glenn Wilson at 519-859-5701

Please include your mailing address, email address & telephone # so tickets can be mailed to you.


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Here it is! Ilse Wogrinetz's recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies.



10 oz               white chocolate, chopped                   300 g

1 cup               butter, softened                                   250 mL

1-1/4 cups        granulated sugar                                  300 mL

4                      eggs                                                     4

2 cups              all-purpose flour                                  500 mL

1 cup               dried cranberries                                 250 mL

1 tbsp              grated orange rind                               15 mL

1 tbsp              vanilla                                                  15 mL

1/2 tsp             salt                                                       2 mL


In saucepan, melt white chocolate with butter over low heat. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Stir in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each. Stir in flour, cranberries, orange rind, vanilla and salt. Scrape into parchment paper-lined 13 x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan, smoothing top.

Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Cut into bars.  Makes 40 bars.

Per Bar: about 142 cal, 2 g pro, 7 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 17 g carb, trace fibre, 33 mg chol, 88 mg sodium. % RDI: 2% calcium, 2% iron, 5% vit A, 2% vit C, 5% folate.



Please contact Gay MacQuarrie, editor of the newsletter, to share your ideas, suggestions and comments for the newsletter.


Editor:  Gay MacQuarrie,

Distributor:  Secretary Debbie Bellinger,



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Last Updated: 2016-05-08