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District # 3 of OHA Annual Report year ending December 31 2016 submitted to OHAfor publication in OHA Annual Report  

District 3 of OHA encompasses a large geographic area and a very diverse gardening geography.  There are 16 societies that stretch from Brockville in the east to Trenton in the west from Ameliasburgh in south to Bancroft in the north.  We are very excited about hosting the OHA Convention in 2018 in Kingston and having all of Ontario “Delve into the gardening diversity of District 3” from “Shore to Shield.”

Ameliasburgh  Fundraising focus included growing and selling seedlings, bake sale, plant sales and silent auction. Activities included, Plant Auctions and a combined Garden tour/Social along with regular meetings. We are proud supports and participants in the annual Ameliasburgh Fair. Our community gardening included maintaining gardens at the local museum, library and town hall. We continue to maintain and replant the gardens at the library, pioneer museum and the Drew MacCandlish Memorial Garden at the town hall. We have added the garden at the Victoria Schoolhouse Museum. We have planted red and white bulbs and perennials in various locations for Canada's 150th birthday.

Athens Athens Garden Club hosted seven visiting speakers on various horticultural topics, a potluck members’ supper and a summer meeting featuring a guided private garden tour. We continued to maintain three community gardens: the Memory Garden, dedicated to local World War One Fallen, the reading garden at Athens Public Library and our Community Food Garden, which provides produce to the local food bank. Two new projects were introduced as our contribution to Canada 150 celebrations: 700 ‘Canada 150’ tulips were planted in public spaces and we initiated a project to bring a Vimy Legacy Oak Tree to Athens in 2017.

Bancroft A huge physical effort was made by our aging membership this past year 2016 to overhaul all community gardens by digging up and splitting perennials, amending soils and planting a large selection of annuals. We made a large contribution of collected seed packages to our local Seedy Saturday as we promoted our society and ran our exchange table area. We are attending extra meetings with our Harvest the North raised bed vegetable growers to see ways to assist them in workshops particularly focusing on Earth Day. Two successful vermicomposting workshops were held this year. We hosted the District 3 fall meeting.

Bath. In addition to our regular monthly meetings we are involved in a lot of other activities such as our annual Plant Sale and Fertilizer Sale. These are always a huge success for us, not only in encouraging new members but as a foundation for our fundraising. We planted 30 barrels along Main Street, Bath. We planted a tree in Hawley Park in Bath, in memory of Paula Winn, one of our founders and longtime members. We also planted a butterfly/pollinator garden at Bath Public School. This was our first involvement with the local school and we hope to continue to work with them in the future. We were also able to donate the sum of $500.00 towards tree planting along the “Highway of Heroes”. Summer outings were to “Lavender Fields”, and Bellevue House a National Historic Site in Kingston In September, we hosted the Bath Fall Festival

Belleville As a new venturein January we held a movie night instead of scheduling a guest speaker. The movie, entitled “Leave It Wild” by John & Janet Foster is a very interesting depiction of the natural landscape in Eastern Ontario. Also this year we moved our annual flower sale to The Montrose Inn which is a historical estate in Belleville and overall we increased our proceeds from the sale significantly. At our annual picnic in July we celebrated the 140th Anniversary of our Club with a special cake and an overview of club activities over the past years.

Brockville Membership is stable and our members/volunteers are settling into their roles to help grow our horticultural society. We asked members to complete a short survey to try to gather info on how to increase attendance at our summer events and garden tours. The survey input, and planned action, has been shared with the members. We held two small floral design competitions in 2016. We plan to introduce a third flower design competitions in 2017

Gananoque Planting activities included our annual tulip plantings at Town Hall, new plantings at our Society Horticultural Park; including peonies and echinaceas.We awarded Trillium awards for best 3 season gardens as viewed from the street. Kindergarten garden competitions were held at 2 local schools. We participate in 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail and in planning the local community garden. In June we tried a new idea to increase awareness by a giveaway of small bouquets posies to passersby. Our three full scale flower shows are well attended.

Kingston The Open Gardens Tour included three city properties with formal gardens as well as two village gardens with water features and two farm properties with vegetable patches. Both farms provide organic produce and one is an active dairy farm offering organic milk. KHS has been cooperating with the K City Garden Committee to obtain free mulch and garden soil in bulk for community gardens. KHS members made floral arrangements for the Writers Fest in September. Flowers were donated by both members and by public parks. The Fall Flower and Vegetable Show in September was spectacular as everyone enjoyed a successful gardening season last year. In October, we had repeat success with an indoor plant exchange. The Pollinator Garden has been supported by dedicated volunteers since their creation in 2011.

Land O Lakes The highlight of our year was working on our Canada-150 Sesquicentennial Project. Thirty volunteers painted the 13 flowers of Canada's Provinces & Territories. New friendships were forged and we had new members sign up to be part of this project. We provided sprouted bean plants to the grade one students at NAEC School and our members enjoyed a Christmas Centerpiece workshop to end out the year.

Lennox and Addington - We have seed and plant sharing with members throughout the year at meetings known as Ongoing 360 .The information, education, and support utilizes open conversations and Question & Answer opportunities. We had a  variety of informative guest speakers – and did hands on projects, such as wreath and swag utilizing cuttings from our own gardens - Hosted May 2016 OHA AGM with Guest Speaker Kenneth Brown.; all members involved. - Metasequoia Tree Planting at Napanee Library Garden where we continue to develop the gardens for community enjoyment and education  Planted 400 Canada 150 Celebration Tulips at Library Garden plus additional 200 in private gardens  We support 2 community Vegetable Gardens; where produce is donated to community assistance venues. - Attend Communities in Bloom, Napanee, soliciting new members, sharing information

Prince Edward County Horticultural Society  Another eventful year was enjoyed by our members. We held 8 General Meetings and offered a variety of excellent speakers and mini shows. We decorated a tree to auction for the Hospital Auxiliary Festival of Trees. Our members took care of the Hospital gardens and we gave cash donations to civic gardens around the County We awarded a bursary to a student from who is taking Environmental Studies. The highlight of the year was our County Garden Show held in with over 500 people attending and over 60 vendors. We are proud of our web site which helps to inform both our members and the public. We have over 400 friends on Facebook and use social media on a regular basis to advertise our events and share information.

Stirling In June six of our members were recognized with Volunteer Service Awards by the Province of Ontario. The Society has maintained its presence in the community with the following programs, such as the tour of the local gardens, Garden Ontario Week activities, participation in the local Stirling Fair, a float at the Stirling and Spring Brook Santa Clause Parades. In June we saw an overwhelming participation at the Annual Spring Flower Show. In July we went on a Mystery Garden Tour in the Tweed Area. We have held educational and fun children’s events at the Public Library. We had a very interesting and fun time with our annual “Bring and Brag” event in September, bringing out some interesting and innovative gardening and produce articles.

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 participated in planting trees for the Highway of Heroes. 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 on a monthly basis.

Tweed Annual plant sale on May long weekend is our major fundraiser - Our local agricultural fair is striving to exist and 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 the local elementary school and provided them with a monarch butterfly kit that the children were able to witness each stage in the metamorphosis of the butterfly and then release the adults. Children’s workshops were held with painting Christmas ornaments and Christmas centerpieces at the local library and a centerpiece workshop at a daycare. We have travelled to Canada Blooms, Peterborough's Love of Gardening, Spindletree Gardens and Potter Settlement Vineyard and Winery. Our Community plantings were lovely including main street planters; public library garden; and parks. We are raising funds to make the path ways at the Moira Garden less work and to be handicap accessible. 

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