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Celebrating 90 Years - Reflections on how things change
by Mimi Edmondson

Pakenham Hort's membership has varied over the years from 200 to just making up the 50 members to make the provincial grant.  Always, the diversity of the age groups and people enrich the experience.  Also, by having the executive and committee members rotate responsibilities, new concepts and ideas are experienced.  

One of the earliest things I remember about Pakenham flower shows are those members bringing in entries "to help make the show".  This willingness to contribute has made the Pakenham flower shows a joy to attend and famous in the District..

The local Hort is an easy way for a newcomer to the community to gain knowledge of what goes on in the community.  Pakenham is known for its friendliness to new faces which is much to its credit.

A strong programme for young people is so important as there comes a time when young families reach out for knowledge from the more experienced people in the Hort.  Children who had been members of Junior Hort often return to their roots.

Climate change has had an astounding impact of gardening here.  Our first garden in 1976 found planting dates two weeks later than had been our custom in the city....and the first frost was a surprise too, when it came in mid-August.  In 2014, it seemed we had gained four weeks on both ends of the season 

Community spirit has flourished and has made the Hort much more visible.  It always seemed many years ago that  the passer-by had no idea who planted the bulbs and flowers at the War Memorial.  Bravo to the Hort for participating in the Santa Parade and having a Christmas carol singsong



> 2018 Picnic at Stoneridge Gardens

> 2018 Pakenham Library Garden

> 2018 School Veggie Garden

> The Bright The Beautiful and The Edible Right Plant for the Right Place

> The Bright The Beautiful and The Edible Growing Your Own Great Veggies

> The Bright The Beautiful and The Edible A Florist's Secrets

> Parallel Floral Design Demo

> Mississippi Mills Beautification Winter Newsletter

> Can You Eat Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

> 2017 District 2 Flower & Edibles Show

> 2017 MosaiCanada 150 and Maplelawn Gardens

> 2017 Fern's Marigold Hat

> 2017 Replanting the Arena Beds

> 1967 PHS Yearbook

> Seven red maples Fred Millar Park

> Pollen Bee Nest Fundraiser

> 2016 Santa Claus Parade

> 2016 New Path to Cenotaph

> Recipe for Roadside Plantings

> Protecting the Monarchs

> 2016 Canada Day Parade Pollinators

> 2016 Picnic at Donaldson Farm

> Spring Cleanup Sparks Interest

> 2015 Christmas in Pakenham

> Pakenham Hort 90 Year Cake

> Pollinator Garden - Junior Garden Club in Summer

> Great Day for Lunch along the River

> 2015 Canada Day Parade

> Pollinator Garden - Junior Garden Club

> Pakenham Has 300 New Trees and Shrubs

> RBC Community Service Grant

> Creative Floral Design Demo

> Cornelius Berg Bonsai Night

> 2014 Christmas Basket Fundraiser and Parade

> Celebrating 90 Years - Plant Identification and Shopping

> Celebrating 90 Years - Reflections on how things change

> Celebrating New Life Member

> Christmas in Pakenham

> Hort Picnic at Central Experimental Farm

> 2014 Canada Day Parade

> RWR Garden Design

> Communities in Bloom - a second 4 Blooms year

> RBC Day of Giving

> 2011 Volunteer Hours

> Beautification Team Sprucing things up

> Mississippi Mills Beautfication Spring Newsletter

> D2 Flower Show Winners

> Winners at Pakenham Fair

> 2013 Bus Trip to Montreal Mosiacultures

> 2013 Picnic at the Herb Garden

> Summer at Pakenham Bridge

> District 2 2013 Photo Competition

> Phil Reilly - Gardener's Tour of the Netherlands

> Tired of Poinsettia - Try Cut Amaryllis

> 2011 Mississippi Mills Community in Blooms

> Rosetta McClain Gardens - Toronto

> Breast Cancer Awareness

> Mimi's Naturalized Daffs

> Fern's Lupin and Poppy Garden Party

> Les Quatre Vents

> Succulent Dish Garden

> 2009 Fall Harvest Auction

> Pakenham Fall Fair 2010

> Peterborough Garden Tour

> 2011 District 2 AGM

> Celebrating 85 Years

> Heidi Oeschger Floral Demo Mar 2009

> Epimedium in Cedar Hill

> 2009 Photo Competition

> Fern's Lupin Bed

> Ornamental Grasses

Last Updated: 2019-02-24