2017 D3 Annual Report to OHA
by Penny Stewart
DISTRICT 3 of OHA
Ameliasburgh, Athens, Bancroft, Bath, Belleville, Brockville, Collins Bay, Gananoque, Kingston Land of Lakes, Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward County, Rideau Lakes, Stirling, Trenton, Tweed.
District 3 had 16 Societies only 15 going into 2018. District Director Penny Stewart
D3 -2017 has been highlighted by Convention 2018 preparations. The energy and enthusiasm of the groups has come together to showcase District 3 and all it has to offer. We are a geographical large and very diverse District and so our Theme "Shore to Shield" is most fitting. Our AGM in Tweed on Earth Day was an early Canada 150 Birthday party with cake and balloons and a sea of red and white. Our guest speaker MP Mike Bossio spoke on Volunteerism, Environmental Justice and Community Involvement. The District 3 Appreciation Award was presented to Bath Garden Club for community beautification and the Sowing Seeds award to Stirling for their youth partnership with the library
AMELIASBURGH Our fundraising included growing and selling seedlings, a bake sale plus our two plant sales. The Garden Club met ten times during the year and had two Trips to local horticultural venues. We took part in the annual Ameliasburgh Fair. There were numerous entries into the Floral Division of the competitions. There was a significant increase in participation from club members. Our community gardening included maintaining gardens at the local museum, library and town hall. The new pioneer heritage vegetable garden was a great success. Our year ended with a successful Annual Meeting where many members created Christmas greenery swags.
ATHENS It was with sadness that Athens Garden Club has closed. A lack of willing volunteers for the executive, not a lack of enthusiasm by loyal core members, caused the closure. Athens had a reputation for interesting programs, innovative projects and many dedicated volunteers who shared their knowledge of gardening and worked towards beautifying the community. The Community Garden had its most successful year to date. The Tree of Knowledge project presented Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings to Kindergarten students. The Vimy Oaks Legacy Tree project, coordinated by AthensGarden Club, was a final community project. The tree, the Club’s gift to the community,will fittingly represent the Club’s legacy to Athens. Great friendships were grown andnurtured, and the community has benefited by beautiful gardens and public spaces.
BANCROFT Offered a variety of interesting speakers/activities throughout the year. Held three plant sales our big fundraisers Offered a scholarship to a qualifying high school student. Many hours of volunteer effort given to maintain five community
gardens. Extra gardening assistance provided at: The War Memorial planting bulbs, cosmos; and 300 plus bulbs planted in the fall along the river at Riverside Park - Offered guidance to the BBIA on the Bancroft Gateway, the hope is to have increased assistance from the town for the gardens we maintain as we work together to makeBancroft beautiful. Ran a children’s program for March break at the Legion, participated in Seedy Saturday in Maynooth and hosted the Maynooth Fall Fair.
BATH We participated in the United Way Success by Six program. One of our members put together a day of making fairy gardens for about 15 little people, all under the age of 6. In concert with our plant sale, once again this year we mixed up and sold 503 bags of our all natural, hand mixed fertilizer, our fundraising is used to fulfill our objective of beautification of the Village of Bath. We received the D3 Appreciation Award for our community beautification efforts. We construction of a 3-tier, eight-foot birthday cake float to enter the Bath Canada Day Parade and won first prize. An insect hotel was built and placed in Bath Park and a site was chosen behind the Bath Public School. Students in the school were invited to come up with a name for the insect hotel Bath Bugtel
BELLEVILLE Our Annual Plant Sale was held again in May with the assistance of the Montrose Inn. This will be an annual event going forward to draw in our community. We continued to hold our Flower Show Contests in June and September. We had a presentation on the judging to interest more members. We held the District 3 Fall AGM meeting in November.
BROCKVILLE Membership continues to increase through the many forms of recruitment carried out by our Publicity and Recruitment Committee. Members enjoy the speakers and the outings and continue to give positive feedback about their learning experiences through the Society. Our pollinator garden was a very successful project. Members donated time, labour and plants -- we also received support from the OHA, the City of Brockville, Northern Cable and Tim Allen Tree Service (mulch). Our own sign and the OHA pollinator sign explain the project to people passing by and the community has expressed their appreciation for this project.
COLLINS BAY Great variety of speakers on wide range of garden issues, a 4H leader, spoke to us about 4H, outdoor planters and how to make our own, talk explaining and showing how the PUC water garden was designed plus tips on water conservation for our gardens, demonstrated the handling and safe use of various garden tools, "The Nature of Things-Past, Present and Future" was presented Cape Bretoner's Farm Gate June and September our annual flower shows. Year end AGM, Christmas potluck and awarding of trophies for highest points in the different categories.
GANANOQUE Our Annual Potluck and awards allows us to acknowledge the efforts of our members. The creation of a new Pollinator Garden in the Horticultural Society Park has drawn lots of attention from the public and provides a beautiful spot to rest and
relax. Our three flower shows are well attended. We continue to work with local kindergartens planting gardens at the schools.
KINGSTON The Open Gardens Tour on June 25, called Hidden Treasurers, featured eight city properties with formal and informal gardens. KHS has been cooperating with the Kingston Community Gardens Network to obtain mulch, stone and garden soil in bulk for our two community gardens. KHS members made floral arrangements for the Writers Fest in September. Our volunteers restored and enhanced the Paterson Memorial Garden and we added plants for the Marg Skolnick Memorial Garden. The Pollinator Garden has been supported by dedicated volunteers who have worked on the gardens since their creation in 2011. This has been good for promoting the society and for instructing the public about plants.
LAND OF LAKES Our highlight was our Sesquicentennial Project in conjunction with Lanark Forest & The Cloyne & District Historical Society to create a Memorial Garden at the Museum. The ceremony was very well attended on June 24th and we had many wonderful comments from the dignitaries who attended as well as the community.
LENNOX AND ADDINGTON - Built Insect Hotel from scrap materials and installed it at Napanee Library - Wrote informational, educational materials on Insect Hotel & prehistoric trees (Gingko, Metasequoia) we planted at Library - Attend Communities in Bloom, Napanee, soliciting new members, sharing information - Enhanced the Canada 150 red & white tulip bed (400 bulbs) with over 30 Hosta plantings - Distributed a variety of Invasive Species material at plant sale, meetings, projects, etc. - Donated $200 to Guelph University, Honey Bee Research - Received OHA Pollinator Haven plaque
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Our speakers this year were wide ranging from seed starting to olive oil production, pollinator friendly gardening and looking at the future ofgardening. We were at the Milford Farmer’s Market and sold seedlings and promotedour society and garden show. The June garden show was successful with a flower showand tearoom and new activities like a plant sale, silent auction and kids’ activities. ThePicton Fair saw us giving out info on pollinators and birds. Community beautification included helped the Alzheimer Society with their gardens and maintaining the Picton Hospital gardens. We participated in Festival of Trees.
RIDEAU LAKES Our executive pulled together to cope without a full executive, all the while increasing our membership and hosting a district flower show and Canada 150 display. This was the first time our society hosted a district flower show and we were very pleased with the beautiful exhibits and designs. The show coincided with the Ontario Doors Open weekend and since it was also the sesquicentennial year we applied for and received a Canada 150 Grant from our township to create a display of
the Indigenous Use of Plants with the support of Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Onagottay.
STIRLING AND DISTRICT Our public gardens have been enjoyed by all. The Canada 150 Red and White tulips bloomed beautifully. A group of members offered a therapeutic planting activity at the Stirling Manor Long Term Care Home. As well our youth coordinator provided some programmes at the Stirling Library for community children. Our Flower Show was held in June and was a success despite wet weather. We also were involved in Stirling Fall Fair. We also attended the annual ‘ACE’ ActiveCommunity Expo where we promoted our society, our goals and encouraged the public to join. In September we hosted our annual Bring and Brag auction. Many different items of produce and garden related artifacts were auctioned off.
TRENTON, We have participated at the Quinte West Home and Leisure Show and Quinte West Seedy Saturdays. At the shows we offer gardening advice and gardening information handouts. At our yearly plant sale, we help people with their selections and offer guidance and encouragement. We also purchased trees and bushes from the Lower Trent Conservation Authority to sell at the Home Show and the Plant Sale and that worked well. Through the local newspapers, Cogeco, radio and various community groups, we invite the public to our meetings, Flower Shows and Plant Sales. Our web page trentonhortsociety.ca has been very successful and is maintained monthly. We also updated our website recently so that it is more mobile accessible.
TWEED Our local agricultural fair is striving to exist. Once again, we have helped by setting up a floral display and club display in the exhibit room. We also sponsored prize money for agricultural exhibits entered by adults and youths. -Our club went into two local elementary schools and provided them with a monarch butterfly kits that the children were able to witness each stage in the metamorphosis of the butterfly and then release the adults. -This year we paved the paths at the Moira garden. make the garden wheelchair accessible and very professional looking. Two children’s workshops were held Paper Flowers and Christmas decorations using seeds and corn husks were done at the local library. Great tours to Canada Blooms Peterborough's Love of Gardening, Mosaicanada 150 in Gatineau and Kiwi gardens in -Marjorie Mason did a town hall presentation on Inspirations from Gardens around the world.