2013 Annual General Report

2013 ANNUAL REPORT
Deep River and Area Horticultural Society
President’s Report for 2013 – 80 Hours
Jennifer Hilton

The Deep River and Area Horticultural Society was formed in 1947 and has been offering a wide variety of services ever since. I am happy to say that we have had another great year.
Planters – In 1997, the Society’s 50th anniversary project was the purchase of 15 large terra cotta planters which were decorated by Grade 7 and 8 students at Key’s Public School. In that year the planters were admired by the Communities in Bloom Judges as part of the Town’s entry in the Communities in Bloom competition. This year, Carol Robertson was our Co-ordinator with assistance from Brian Burke. In past years, the co-ordinators have  included: Kim Knight, Chris Cole, Vicky Pinet, Marion Thompson and Jean and Laura Cooper. This year, as in the past four years, Steve Pike, Dealer of Deep River’s Canadian Tire, provided the flowers for the planters. We would like to thank Steve for his continued support. On behalf of the Society, we would like to also thank the Public Works Department for placing the planters at the hospital and downtown in mid-June, and watering them throughout the
season. The flowers looked great. We did not replace the planters this year but will be on the agenda for the coming year.

Hanging Baskets – The Society started the hanging basket project in 1967. Traditionally we paid a local nursery to plant flowers in the baskets which are reused each year. I am sorry to say that due to declining membership in previous years along with the subsequent drop in funds, the Society asked the Town of Deep River to provide the flowers for the baskets this summer. This has allowed us to improve our financial position. The baskets have traditionally cost the Society $2,300 – $2,500 which has in the past been the majority, if not more than, our entire fundraising effort. To the Public Works Department, “thank you for watering the baskets and planters throughout the season”.

North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre – Volunteers weed the gardens, plant flowers and prune the trees at the Centre. This year’s volunteers included Clemente Angiolillo, Vicky Pinet, Carol Robertson, Marion Thompson, Jennifer Hilton and Ken and Darlene Cotnam. Contributions towards the Centre’s flowers by Bert Fleury, Owner, Fleury’s
Valu-mart is greatly appreciated. The Society designed and has looked after the Centre’s gardens for more 19 years.

Tool and Trailer Loan Program – A big “thank you” goes out to Rolland Kelly for his 8th year of being our Tool Loan Co-ordinator. Please note that Rolland is retiring from this position and we are in need of a new volunteer co-ordinator. Contact Jennifer Hilton at 613-584-3499 if interested. A broadcast spreader was purchased to replace a missing one.

Membership Drive – This year we had a big increase in the number of citizens supporting the Society. We would like to thank everyone who supported us with the purchase of a membership or a donation or BOTH. This year’s drive volunteers included: Dave Spencer, Kathy Buckley, Steve Butler, Amanda Kyte, John McKay, Bruce Bigham, Candy
Bishop, Eva Gallagher, Wally Kalechstein, Sheila Selby, Lydia Mancini, Jennifer Bergevin, Paul Morel, Marion Thompson, Darlene Patterson, Julie Johnson, Sarah Clifford, Jennifer Hilton and Monica’s Pantry. Memberships continue to be sold at The Olive Tree.

Yearbook – Once again the Society owes a big thank you to Kim Knight, who after being President for four consecutive years , completed the layout and design of this year’s Yearbook.

Garden Tour – We had an excellent walking garden tour in June organized by Susan Miller. A special acknowledgement is extended to all the eight host home gardeners and Barbara Shreeve.

Flower and Vegetable Shows – Patti Szostak and Marion Thompson organized our Spring Flower and our Fall Flower and Vegetable Shows. Patti and Marion also assisted in the running of the Ontario Horticultural Association District #2 Summer Flower and Vegetable Show held in Beachburg. The show was co-hosted by the Beachburg and Deep River Horticultural Societies.

Garden Plots – Once again Bruce Bigham and Bernie DeAbreu looked after the gardeners at the three garden plot sites around Town. Thank you to Bruce and Bernie for supporting those interested in harvesting their excellent efforts.

Incredible Edible Deep River – Jen Bergevin did an outstanding job of leadership to continue to drive our Incredible Edible Program. The two public gardens have seen much progress in line with our five-year plan.

Our Speaker’s Series was varied and well attended.

This has been a rewarding experience for me. It has been an honour to make a contribution to the Deep River and area. I have been impressed with the calibre of volunteers who make the Deep River and Area Horticultural Society activities come alive.

OHA District #2 Spring Advisory Council Meeting and 2012 AGM -18 Hours
Jennifer Hilton and Marion Thompson

The 2013 Spring Advisory Council Meeting and 2013 AGM was held in Renfrew on Saturday, April 6 and was attended by DRAHS delegates Jennifer Hilton and Marion Thompson. The District #2 Executive hosted the event.

Highlights included:
Announcements:
– 2013 District #2 Flower and Vegetable Show – August 10 in Beachburg co-hosted by Beachburg and Deep River Horticultural Societies
– 2014 District #2 Flower and Vegetable Show – co-hosted by West Carleton and Kanata-March Horticultural Societies at the Carp Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 16
– 2015 District #2 Flower and Vegetable Show – Nepean Horticultural Society, date TBA
– 2016 District #2 Flower and Vegetable Show – Gloucester Horticultural Society, date TBA
– 2013 District 2 Fall Advisory Council Meeting – November 2 – Kanata
– 2014 District 2 Fall Advisory Council Meeting – Carleton Place
– 2015 District 2 Fall Advisory Council Meeting – Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society (Barry’s Bay)
– 2014 District Spring Advisory Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting – Perth and District Horticultural Society – April 5, 2014
– 2015 District Spring Advisory Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting – Smiths Falls, date TBA
Changes:
– Funding for the upcoming District 2 Flower and Vegetable Show budget increased from $350 to $500.
– In order to even up the Basins (Ottawa, Rideau and Mississippi) Smiths Falls was moved from Rideau to Mississippi Basin.
– District 2 banner will have two floral squares added—Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society and the new District 2 logo (bloodroot).

Election of Officers:
District Director Kathryn Lindsay – acclaimed
Assistant District Director: Rideau Basin – Candace Dressier – acclaimed
Assistant District Director: Ottawa Basin – vacant
Assistant District Director: Mississippi Basin – Linda Bartlett – acclaimed
Assistant District Director: At Large – Jocelyne Laframboise – acclaimed

OHA District #2 Fall Advisory Council Meeting – 18 Hours
Jen Bergevin and Marion Thompson
The 2013 Fall Advisory Council Meeting was hosted by the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society on Saturday, November 2 in Kanata and was attended by Jennifer Bergevin and Marion Thompson.

Highlights included:
Announcements:
– Joanne Jackson from Eganville was acclaimed as the Ottawa Basin Assistant District Director
– District #2 is seeking a volunteer secretary. Jocelyne Laframboise is acting as the interim secretary.
– The OHA is seeking an individual to volunteer as the Trillium Newsletter Editor
– Jeff Blackadar, Immediate Past District #2 Director is serving as 1st Vice President of the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) and will be nominated for the position of the 2014 OHA President
– The 2013 Summer Flower and Vegetable Show consisted of 213 entries of which 47 were the design classes. The plant sale resulted in sales of $377.50 and the silent auction realized $256

Changes:
– Jeff Blackadar reviewed the changes to the required 2014 OHA Reporting process. It is preferred that reports be completed electronically and sent to the OHA. To this end Jeff “walked” those present through the OHA Web Gateway and explained the process.
– Consideration is being given to redefine the OHA District #1 and District #2 boundaries. District #1 consists of seven societies and has 780 members. District #2 has 21 societies and 2,046 members. Further deliberations are required on this matter.

Ontario Horticultural Association 107th Convention – 250 Hours
Jen Bergevin and Marion Thompson
Jen Bergevin and Marion Thompson travelled to Thunder Bay to attend the OHA Convention held July 19-21 at the Valhalla Inn. The theme was “Up North and Down to Earth”. It was a fantastic convention with 11 great seminars, tours, workshops and competitions; speakers, food, silent auction and renewal of friendships. The guest speakers
and their topics included:
The Great Lakes’ Action to Protect, Conserve, and Restore “The Lake Superior Basin Ecosystem” by Dr. Robert Stewart

“Slow Food Superior Style” by Kevin Belluz

“Confessions of a Gardening Grunt” by Fred Jones

“Community Gardens” by James Graham

Five proposed resolutions to the OHA Constitution were approved.

Congratulations for a wonderful convention was expressed to District 14 by the delegates.
OHA Awards …. Recognizing Extraordinary Volunteerism :

Silver Medal was presented to Gary and Diane Westlake, Peterborough Horticultural Society. The Ontario Horticultural Association Silver Medal, with its associated framed certificate, is the highest award of the Association. The award is given for outstanding work in the advancement of horticulture in accordance with the aims of the Association.

Silver Trillium/Fir Award was presented to Katherine Andrachuk, Parkdale & Toronto Horticultural Society and Cecile Young, Kirkland Lake Horticultural Society. This award is a silver brooch in the shape of a trillium. The award was initially donated by Thelma Boucher who was the OHA President in 1941 Two awards annually may be given for
outstanding service to Horticultural Societies and/or the Ontario Horticultural Association for an extended period.

Community Improvement Award was presented to Joyce Bockmaster, Woodbridge Garden & Horticultural Society. This award is a plaque provided by the Ontario Horticultural Association. It may be given to an individual, organization or company that, in the estimation of the Awards Committee, has enhanced the beauty of the landscape and/or added to the quality of life of a community with a horticultural project.

Award of Merit was presented to Bob Wilt, Ancaster Horticultural Society and Manuela Neto, Cloverleaf Garden Club of Mississauga. This award is a framed certificate and is given to an individual for notable contributions to the programs of the Association or a Society. The Awards Committee may elect to present more than one Award of Merit in a given year.

Honour Roll certificates were presented to Barbara Waddell, Ancaster Horticultural Society and Lotte Brunner,

Cloverleaf Garden Club of Mississauga. The Awards Committee may select a maximum of two candidates from those nominated.

The 108th Ontario Horticultural Association Convention hosted by District #2 will be held in Cornwall from July 18- 20, 2014. The theme is “A River Runs by It”.

Financial Report – 40 Hours
Vicky Pinet, Treasurer
Financial Report for November 1, 2012 -October 31, 2013
Revenue
OMAFRA Grant $1500.00
Memorial Grant $100.00
Membership Drive – includes garden plots $6290.00
Total Revenue $7890.00

Expenses
Programs/Meetings/Convention $1567.59
OHA fees -includes District #2 $1879.99
Community Association Membership $40.00
Flower and Vegetable Show $531.66
Garden Tours $185.95
Year Book $1081.57
Library Magazine Subscriptions $90.00
Bank Charges $43.50
Town Beautification $156.18
Stationary $19.72
Tool Loan $64.34
P.O. Box Rental $158.20
Domain Name $13.00
Total Expenses $5831.70

Net Revenue $2058.30

Bank Balance and $25 share 1 Nov 2012 $5508.23
Bank Balance and $25 share 31 Oct 2013 $7566.53
Difference $2058.30
Garden Plots – 40 Hours
Bruce Bigham and Bernie Deabreu, Co-ordinators

This year 49 members gardened 58 plots at Grouse Park, Rounding Park, the Hospital and at Deep River Restaurant site. All but 4 plots were taken up. It was a wet summer with very little irrigation required. There was no serious late spring frost and only light frosts that damaged the squash vines until the 23rd of October. There was some deer damage. The raccoons did not come for the corn this year. The squirrels and chipmunks and blue jays took the sunflower seeds. The weeds got away on some plots providing food for migrating songbirds. Over all it was a very good year with some surplus produce for the local Food Bank.
Garden Tour – 20 Hours
Susan Miller, Co-ordinator
Nature’s beauty was on display on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Like gems along a necklace, these never seen before gardens were strung along Alder and Huron Streets in central Deep River. The gardens were a delightful example of what can be done in small spaces. This tour changed how people who thought they didn’t have the time or the space to create a relaxing backyard getaway to reconsider. The day started out raining and dreary but come 11 a.m. and throughout the day the sun shone and it became hot
and resulted in a perfect day for a tour. As all the gardens were along just two streets this year, there were no maps; just yellow balloons indicating the host gardens. Approximately 130 individuals took leisurely tours through the gardens of:
W.B. Lewis Library Gardens – Barbara Shreeve, Volunteer Gardener
Marlene & Maurice Cole
Joan Morison
Ruth Syme
Marion Thompson
Anne Thompson
Becky & George Catherwood
Anne Seck
Ann Unrau

2013 Spring Flower Show – 25 Hours
Patti Szostak, Show Co-ordinator
2013 Summer Flower and Vegetable Show – 35 hours
Marion Thompson, Show Co-ordinator

The Spring Flower Show held June 1st themed “Springing into Summer” and the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show held September 7th themed “Fall Fest” were both held in the centrally located air conditioned Town Hall. Set up was done Friday night and doors were opened to exhibitors that night and from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday as judging took place at 11:15 a.m. The judges were extremely impressed with the exhibitors’ specimens especially the abundance and variety of flowers and vegetables displayed. The Spring Show judge loved Jean Bigham’s beautiful white African Violet and the Fall Show judge was amazed by Patti Szostak’s “From the Garden” design of flowers and vegetables. A special mention
must be made of Gary Van Drunen’s 60 cm X 60 cm (24” X 24”) container of vegetable and fruit, the produce was plentiful and picture perfect. It was so tempting to reach in and have a bit. Four new individuals decided to enter the shows. Congratulations and thank you to all the exhibitors for participating—we hope that you have been encouraged to come back and exhibit in next year’s Spring Flower Show and the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show.

2013 Flower Show and 2013 Flower and Vegetable Show Awards:
Highest Points in combined Flower Shows – DRCA Rose Bowl – Marion Thompson
Highest Point in Vegetable Show – Bank of Montreal Silver Tray – Gary Van Drunen
Deep River Horticultural Society Best of Show
– Spring Flower Show – Jean Bigham
– Fall Flower and Vegetable Show – Patti Szostak
Judge’s Choice
Spring Flower Show
Marion Thompson – Northern Lights (White Lights)
Spring Design Section
Marion Thompson – “Tranquil Waters”
Fall Flower Section
Lorne Milani – White Begonia
Fall Vegetable Section
Gary Van Drunen – Three Eggplants
Fall Design Section
Patti Szostak – “From the Garden”
Exhibitor’s total points were tallied to determine the exhibitor’s placing. Exhibitors’ highest points in both shows in descending order are as follows:
Marion Thompson
Gary Van Drunen
Patti Szostak
Bernie Deabreu
Nancy Stack
Anne Moffatt
Ann Unrau
Ryan Broome
Sharlene Desjardins
Bruce Bigham
Anna McCracken
Lorne Milani
Stasia Pennock
Blake Goss
Jean Bigham
Margaret Elliott
Zheng He

We wish to extend a special thank you to Lee Valley Tools Ltd. (two – $25 Gift Certificates), Hubert’s Springhill Nursery ($50 Gift Certificate), Sunset Nursery ($25 Gift Certificate), Bear’s Den (two – $25 Gift Certificate), Giant Tiger ($25 Gift Certificate), Fleury’s Valu-mart ($25 Gift Certificate), Vesey Seeds Ltd. ($30 Gift Certificate), Richters Seeds ($20 Gift Certificate), Deep River Canadian Tire($75 donation of in-kind items), Deep River
Horticultural Society, Ontario Seed Co. Limited ($15 Gift Certificate), Digital Copy Xpress (Gourmet Products), Rexall Drugstore Deep River (Beauty Product Bag), Patti Szostak and Marion Thompson for their generous donations of gardening/horticultural related items and/or gift certificates that were awarded along with the trophies.

Hanging Baskets and Planters – 8 Hours
Jennifer Hilton, Co-ordinator
See report under President’s Report

Membership Campaign – 45 Hours
Jennifer Hilton, Co-ordinator
See report under President’s Report
We sold 402 adult and 4 youth memberships.

Incredible Edible Deep River Project – 30 Hours
Jen Bergevin, Co-ordinator
Work on the Incredible Edible gardens has continued this year. A second bed has been created at the Old Chinese Garden. The crab apple tree that graces that site has also been pruned. We have chosen forest green and sunshine yellow as our representative colours. These colours are being used to brighten and tidy up our sites. Many people stepped up with supplies and to help. Thank you. Next year, we hope to have the help and funding to continue our work by starting our second site, Huron Gardens. Any donations of time, funds, materials or experience would be greatly appreciated. Construction experience and
materials are particularly needed. This year’s volunteers include Jen Bergevin, Michelle Parr, Brooke Parr, Sheila Selby, Marion Thompson, Kathryn Chiasson, Kathryn MacDonald and Clifford Dugal.

North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre – 25 Hours
Jen Hilton, Co-ordinator
On three separate occasions, Society volunteers came out to weed, cultivate and plant colourful annuals in the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre’s gardens that face Ridge Road and Brockhouse Way. Pruning of the Centre’s many trees was conducted by Ken Cotnam. Bert Fleury, from Valu-Mart’s Garden Centre donated annual plant material.

Tool Loan Service – 30 Hours
Rolland Kelly, Co-ordinator
See report under President’s Report

Three Part Vegetable Garden Workshop – 8 Hours
Marion Thompson, Co-ordinator
The best way to keep top-quality, organically grown produce on your table is to grow as much as you can. With the increased worldwide interest in vegetable gardening, the Society once again offered this year a three part vegetable gardening workshop to give new and long term gardeners an opportunity to learn gardening tips and view a vegetable, herb and/or fruit garden during the growing season. First up at 24 Huron Street was a small scale vegetable garden featuring soil preparation and layout including companion planting. Mid-season at 21 Spruce Street was a backyard vegetable garden complete with a small
greenhouse and an assortment of produce. The third garden at 54 Laurier Avenue was a large scale vegetable garden at harvest time. The workshop accomplished the goal of showing what can be grown in Deep River on a small to large scale. Workshops were held on Wednesday night from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to accommodate young families and those working. Dates included May 1, June 26 and August 28.

Program Presentations (Speaker’s Series) – 20 Hours
Kathryn Chiasson and Marion Thompson, Co Co-ordinators
Tuesday, Sept. 11/12
The Art of Preserving, Jams & Jellies by Patti Szostak
Offering her homemade preserve samplers ranging from the elegantly sweetened and richly sumptuous Maple Pumpkin Butter spiced with Nutmeg to the savoury, aromatic yet pungent zing of a garlic scape chutney, Patti Szostak spoke to an enthusiastic and packed room of gardeners and gourmands, eager to learn how to transform their garden produce into mouth-watering, soul-feeding dips, jams, jellies, and spreads. Patti amiably described the
process and provided tips that kept her audience busy furiously jotting notes regardless whether they were absolute beginners who had yet to make their first batch of preserves or whether they were very experienced making preserves for many years. Patti had actually handed out copies of her detailed notes, and still the audience wrote furiously as she answered their many questions. Moreover, before the evening ended, the audience had invited Patti to give another talk and possibly a hands-on workshop. It goes without saying the DRAHS would welcome similar talks and hands-on workshops.

Tuesday, October 9/12
Houseplants by Donna Christie
A master gardener, landscaper, and past District 2 Director for the Ontario Horticultural Association, dedicated volunteer and renown speaker. Donna skillfully fielded troubleshooting questions from indoor garden enthusiasts, offering them remedies for their ailing houseplants and encouraging them with useful advice and good humour and
sharing her experience. An enjoyable and informative talk on the Horrifying, Hideous, Hilarious, Haunting, Healthy & Heavenly in Houseplants.

Tuesday, March 19/13
Rock and Alpine Gardening – A Whirlwind Tour by Eva Gallagher
Rock and alpine gardening finds the beauty in flora and fauna of some of the most wind-swept, sun burnt, short season, coldest zones on earth with widely varying precipitation. Rock and alpine gardening is destined to become much more popular as gardeners adapt to ever-changing weather and an evolving climate trend. Despite a wet
garden season in 2013, the unforgettable 2012 Level 2 Drought for Renfrew County and Ottawa area has raised awareness of an ongoing trend toward extreme swings in weather. As a result, many gardeners would like to learn how to choose plants best suited to the local environment rather than trying to alter the pH level of their garden soil for example. Plants which are drought tolerant and cold hardy, and which will thrive in the acidic sandy soils of the Deep River and surrounding areas would also thrive in many rocky and alpine climates. Eva brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in rock and alpine hardy plant species to share with novice and expert gardeners. In addition, Eva has the artist’s eye for blending art and nature to mutually enhance the other. Blending her love and skill with pottery-making and container gardening with landscaping with plants that thrive in the harshest
conditions, Eva’s plant expertise in the sub-genre of rock and alpine gardening , informs and instructs as well as inspires a re-thinking of traditional gardening methods. There is considerable overlap between rock and alpine gardening and the water conserving approaches to gardening known as xeriscaping and permaculture.
Tuesday, April 16/13
Medieval Herbal Garden by Lesley Davidson-Reid
Lesley Davidson Reid, is an E.R. nurse in Toronto and a medieval hobbyist. She gave an entertaining and informative talk about her project to emulate a medieval physic garden of the 14th century and produce at least three products from her garden based on medieval recipes. Most noteworthy about this workshop is how it attracted a packed room of young families which departs considerably from the usual demographic of DRAHS lecture
attendees. The Grade 4 curriculum for both public and Catholic schools includes medieval history and plant biology. There was considerable interest for this type of workshop from all three schools in the district, among grade 4 teachers, students, and their families. It may be valuable to consult with local educators to find additional overlap between the education curriculum and the DRAHS long history of encouraging , educating, mentoring, youth in
gardening, community, and volunteerism. This group is in addition to the workshop that Lesley gave in-class for Grade 4s at Mackenzie Community School.
Tuesday, May 14/13
Gardening Success with Companion Planting by Jay McLaren
Well-known for his garden expertise as the former owner of Sunset Nursery in Pembroke, Ontario, Jay treated the intimate group of attendees to very informative talk. Among the many revelations, one of the most important for gardeners in this region, is the soil improvement tip that what we lack most is clay which best holds and transfers nutrients and minerals to plants. Our native sandy soils fail to retain or efficiently transfer nutrients to plants without sufficient clay in the mix. Unfortunately, most store-bought sacks of garden soil also lack a significant amount of clay. Without clay, we must frequently replenish fertilizers or compost and make do with somewhat weaker yields than areas with a more balanced soil content. In terms of companion planting, Jay explained how some companion plants provided a pest decoy rather than actually repelling pests, some companion plants attracted pollinators and helped increase fruit yields, among other uses. Evenings are rounded out with a social time served with refreshments and baked goods and numerous door prizes.

There is no admission charge to attend these presentations.

Part 1 — Vegetable Gardening Workshop Tour
24 Huron Street, Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Part 11 — Vegetable Gardening Workshop Tour
21 Spruce Street, Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Part 111 — Vegetable Gardening Workshop Tour
54 Laurier Avenue, Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Our deep appreciation for the participants of the Vegetable Gardening Workshop Tour, Marion Thompson, Gary Van Drunen, and Bruce Bigham for welcoming our members into your gardens. The Tour was organized so that members and the public could see the vegetable garden at various stages throughout the growing season, beginning with
Spring in Marion Thompson’s lovely cottage garden landscaping and raised bed vegetable gardens, then in Summer, members were impressed to see Gary Van Drunen’s extensive and prolific raised beds integrated with small water gardens and finally nearing the end of the season, members toured Bruce Bigham’s extensive back yard garden with mature grape-vine covered trellises, eggplants, tomatoes, herbs including tomatillo and highbush cranberries.
For the past several years, DRAHS volunteer, Kathryn Chiasson, has organized garden-themed workshops at each of the FEN locations throughout the Deep River and surrounding areas, namely Deep River, Chalk River, and Point Alexander. The workshops are held in early spring to coincide with the DRAHS Spring Membership Drives to raise awareness about the existence of the DRAHS, the programs we offer, the benefits of membership such as the Tool Loan and the Community Garden Plots, as well as the many wonderful community garden projects and the of course, the flower baskets, and to encourage families to enjoy the many benefits of introducing their children to gardening. Past workshops included topics such as Square Foot Gardening, Curb Appeal – combining floral and edible garden elements with local landscaper, Liisa Pliitz, Organic and Heirloom Vegetable Growing with local organic farmer Sheila Selby, an especially popular Colour Trends in Annual Flowers also by Liisa Plitz. While we have not seen a direct correlation with a significant increase in memberships from this demographic, it is very clear there is a very enthusiastic interest in gardening, in environmental stewardship, and enjoying the health benefits of growing
fruits and vegetables for the family. In the past two years, Kathryn has also introduced garden-themed workshops in the classroom including workshops on Vermi-composting and also Medieval Herb Gardens. FEN and the local public school have invited us back again to
do more workshops this coming year. We are pleased to be able to do so, but we would still like to see a significantly increased correlation with the level of interest in gardening with the purchase of DRAHS memberships. That said, we do sell some memberships at these events, also in partnering with other community groups to mutual benefit, we have also seen an increase in interest in the local Pottery Guild as well as the local medievalist club known as The Society for Creative Anachronism. Kathryn is keen to promote the DRAHS through local schools and also seek additional partnerships with other community organizations to organize more workshops that tie in with K-12 education curriculum, DRAHS community projects, and to foster a network of mentors, volunteers, and garden-enthusiasts.

This past year’s FEN garden-themed workshops included:
A hands-on “Make Your Own Clay Plaque” workshop with Eva Gallagher, a dedicated DRAHS member and veryexperienced and knowledgeable home gardener specializing in Rock and Alpine Gardens and plant propagation. Evais also a professional artisanal potter and member of the Deep River Pottery Guild and also instructs pottery classes. Eva has a wonderful gift for chatting with young children and teaching them how to create with their hands, a garden clay plaque imprinted with various nature-themed materials including leaf patterns. This was a very popular workshop and one we hope to offer again.

April 15 at the Chalk River FEN
Organic Vegetable Gardening, and Community Supported Agriculture
Fun garden-themed messy play activity for children age 2 to 6 years. Sheila Selby is a local organic farmer and owner of Wellspring Gardens, an up and coming organic market farm and retreat, located on Leader Rd., in Laurentian Hills. Sheila invests so much of herself not only in her own organic farm, but she is a dedicated educator, speaking with children and older students and helping in various community projects that promote sustainable gardening and farming.

April 16th at the Deep River FEN
Medieval Garden Party where guest-speaker, Lesley Donaldson-Reid demonstrated medieval clothing and her medieval physic garden experiment she had entered and won first prize in her category at the Toronto-based chapter of the medieval art and science fair. Children enjoyed Costumes, Crafts and Castle Fun with this special guest from the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Yearbook – 45 Hours
Kim Knight, Editor
See report under President’s Report.

Communication – 20 Hours
Jen Bergevin, Co-ordinator
In an effort to bring more awareness to our garden club, we sent regular emails to our memberships, wrote NRT club news column articles, put posters up on public boards and used the sandwich board at the Post Office and included news/events on our new website.
Horticultural related businesses were given the opportunity to write articles for our website. Jen Bergevin is overseeing Facebook.

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