Talk: A Judge’s Tips on How to Exhibit at Shows” by Kathryn Lindsay

The Deep River and Area Horticultural Society is hosting a hands on talk on “A Judge’s Tips on How to Exhibit at Shows” by Kathryn Lindsay on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7 pm at the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre – Drop in Centre (Ridge Road entrance)

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News from The Prairie Garden Magazine

2015 EDITION OF THE PRAIRIE GARDEN

GRASSES AND SUCCULENTS

 WINNIPEG – THE 76TH Prairie Garden brings gardeners a double bill of exciting plprairie2015ant options for the Prairies, with both succulents and grasses featured.  These two plant forms are current hot topics among gardeners and garden writers. With an eye to Prairie conditions, knowledgeable contributors, including horticulturalists, plant breeders, researchers and gardening enthusiasts, present exceptional guidelines for growing and caring for these plant groups. Normally thought of as plants for warm places, succulents and cacti are amazingly suitable for the Prairies, many of them over-winter very well. Meanwhile, numerous grasses provide a new structure and form that adds exciting interest to our gardens. Beautiful full-colour photographs are featured throughout.

To purchase a copy send your request along with a cheque or money order for $22.45 ($17.95 plus $4.50 shipping and handling) to:  The Prairie Garden, P.O. Box 517, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2J3.  Orders may also be placed by visiting the website: www.prairiegarden.ca; telephone: (204) 388-5340,  or by email: sales@prairiegarden.ca.

For more information, to see a sampler, to see back issues and to find other retail outlets visit The Prairie Garden website:

www.prairiegarden.ca

The Prairie Garden Committee, publishers of The Prairie Garden,
Western Canada’s only gardening annual since 1937

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Free Workshop Today!

Today is the day! All are welcome to join us for a FREE workshop and lecture presented by the Deep River and Area Horticultural Society and KidActive. Meet us at the Deep River Library (55 Ridge Road) at 1:30 this afternoon for Creating Spaces!

Play spaces are known to improve children’s gross motor, fine motor, social and problem-solving skills, increase agility and coordination, prevent obesity, stimulate creativity, and allow for peaceful practice of self-regulatory and other life skills. Willow huts, hidey-holes and playhouses can provide children with much needed sanctuaries, retreats and quiet get-away places in the peace and safety of your own garden.

This workshop will focus on how to create these child-, safety- and play-friendly spaces.

As a group, we will work together to build a willow hut in a local schoolyard. Each participant will leave with the plans, experience, resources and understanding of how to build a willow hut at home.

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September Newsletter

 

Happy Labour Day!september 

In the next month, we recommend that you:

– Pull up and compost your annuals

– Plant your spring bulbs

– Top dress your lawn and treat it for crabgrass

– Put your Christmas cactii somewhere warm and dark for 13 hours a day

– Flip your compost

– Submit your photos to the photo contest (See more below)

– Compete in and/or visit the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show (See more below)

– Visit Wellspring Gardens for an awesome farm tour (See more below)

The deadline for the photo contest is coming up soon. All photos are due September 15, 2014. You can see the rules and regs at https://drahs.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/photo-contest/ . The categories are “Out We Come” – First Spring Blooms (grouping), “Up, Up and Away” – Vertical Gardening (trellis, fence, obelisk or container with support), “Busy as a Bee” – Nature’s pollinators (does not have to be a bumblebee), “The Beauty of Plants” – The essence or character of a plant (single bloom), and “Photographer’s Choice” – Must have a horticultural aspect to it. I know that I am submitting at least 3 photos tomorrow because why not?

The Society’s Fall Flower and Vegetable Show is being held on Saturday, September 6 at the Town Hall with public viewing from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Exhibits may be placed Friday night September 5th from 5 – 6 p.m. and on Saturday morning between 8 – 11 a.m. Exhibitors are requested to pick up their entries between 3 – 3:30 p.m.

You are invited to come enjoy the sights and smells of a beautiful Fall harvest and see which plants grow well in Deep River and area. We are hoping to have a great display of beautiful flowers, mouth watering vegetables, herbs, vines and shrubs and show how the exhibitors interpreted the design classes. Hope to see you at the Show. The theme of this year’s show is “Spectacular Fall”.

On September 13th, there will be two Farm Tours at Wellspring Gardens (228 Leader Road). They are from 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm. You will be guided around a working farm. Some highlights will include: the pond, chickens, pigs, the greenhouses, the farm stand, the irrigation system, “caterpillar” tunnels, wood lot, and the nicest and funniest farm team I have ever met (and I know a lot of farmers.) This is an amazing opportunity for the whole family. My daughter and all of her friends love spending the afternoon at the farm. Pre-registration is required. Just let me know if you want to join us, but do it soon. Spaces are limited and they are filling up fast! Note: We regret that dogs are not welcome on these tours.

Note, too, that the second part of our Lecture/Workshop Series, Your Kids in Your Nature, is coming up on Sunday, October 5th at 1:30 p.m. In “Creating Spaces,” we will be looking at play spaces.

Play spaces are shown to improve children’s gross motor, fine motor, social and problem-solving skills, increase agility and coordination, prevent obesity, stimulate creativity, and allow for peaceful practise of self-regulatory and other life skills. Willow huts, hidey-holes, and playhouses can provide children with much needed sanctuaries, retreats, and quiet get-away places in the peace and safety of your own garden.

This workshop will focus on how to create these child-, safety- and play-friendly spaces. Also, you will help build a willow hut in a local schoolyard and leave with the plans, experience, resources and understanding of how to build your own at home. This is a family workshop and children are very welcome. Registration is encouraged.

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A Vegetable Tour, a Lecture, a Show , a Market and a Reminder

Just a reminder that the Part III Vegetable Garden Workshop Tour takes place on Wednesday,veggraden August 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bruce and Jean Bigham’s home, 54 Laurier, Deep River. Come see a large scale vegetable garden at harvest time and have your questions answered by a well experienced vegetable gardener.

The first part of our lecture/workshop series, Your Kids in Your Nature, presented by KidActive and your Horticultural Society will be Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the W.B. Lewis Library at 55 Ridge Road in Deep River. Dring Shifting featuredgiffordnaturalfabric-640x4181Perspective: Viewing Your Nature Through a New Lens learn about how to transform your property into an interesting, safe and welcoming space for children of all ages. More than just the lawn, swing set and basketball net, how does one see, plan, develop, and create a new child-friendly landscape? Also, join us on an adventure to see our community’s nature through a new lens while we try our hands at urban foraging. This is a hands-on, family-friendly event. So, bring the kids and expect to get dirty!

The Society’s Fall Flower and Vegetable Show is being held on Saturday, September 6 at the Town Hall with public viewing from 12:30 showto 3 p.m.

Exhibits may be placed Friday night September 5th from 5 – 6 p.m. and on Saturday morning between 8 – 11 a.m. Exhibitors are requested to pick up their entries between 3 – 3:30 p.m. The Show Schedule is attached to this email and is available from Show Co-ordinator Marion Thompson at 613-584-3003.

You are invited to come enjoy the sights and smells of a beautiful Fall harvest and see which plants grow well in Deep River and area. We are hoping to have a great display of beautiful flowers, mouth watering vegetables, herbs, vines and shrubdesigns and show how the exhibitors interpreted the design classes. Hope to see you at the Show. The theme of this year’s show is “Spectacular Fall.  

In addition, the Deep River Farmer’s Market will be open in the Town Hall’s parking lot starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please plan to attend these two great events. Remember, too, to register for the Wellspring Gardens tour and to submit your photographs for the photo contest soon.

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Photo Contest

Deep River and Area Horticultural Society

Photo Contest

(Sharlene Desjardins, Coordinator)

Contest is open to all residents of Deep River and Area.

Age categories

1. Age 12 and under
2. Age 13 to 20
3. Age 21 and over

Classes for 2014

1. “Out We Come” – First Spring Blooms (grouping)
2. “Up, Up and Away” – Vertical Gardening (trellis, fence, obelisk or container with support)
3. “Busy as a Bee” – Nature’s pollinators (does not have to be a bumblebee)
4. “The Beauty of Plants” – The essence or character of a plant (single bloom)
5. “Photographer’s Choice” – Must have a horticultural aspect to it

Rules:

1. Only one entry per exhibitor per class.
2. The same image may be entered only once.
3. Photos may be adjusted for lighting and color balance, but should not be enhanced by adding or eliminating photo elements.
4. Entries will be accepted in paper or digital format. Submit digital entries via CD/DVD, memory stick or as an attachment in an email to robnshar@nrtco.net with subject line: Photo competition. Please use .jpg format with the highest resolution possible.
5. Submit paper entries in 4” x 6” photo format on photo paper to the following address:
P.O. Box 2123
177 Ridge Road
Deep River
(For more information please call Sharlene at 613-584-1748)
6. Include your age category, class name and class number on a separate piece of paper or in a separate email for each photo or digital submission.
7. Submission deadline is September 15, 2014.

Ensure that your photos are entered into the correct class so that excellent photos do not get disqualified. If you wish to have your media returned to you, please enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope. Prizes and certificates for each class and age category will be awarded at the AGM.

Judging Points Scale: Horticultural Value 40%, Photographic Value 40% and Appearance and Impact 20%.

Judges to be determined.

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August Newsletter

It is August already, myHello-August membership friends. I can hardly believe it! I am always so pumped about horticultural this time of year.

The season is almost over; and, yet all the hard work is about to be worth it. Over the next couple months, all my hours grubbing around in the dirt and weebeans1ding will give me a huge return. Last night, for example, my family had beans from our tiny Square Foot Garden for dinner. They were amazing.

I, also, just got back from the Ontario Horticultural Association AGM and Convention that I attended with Sharlene Desjardins (our President) and Marion Thompson (our Secretary). It was held in Cornwall this year. I learned about tree pruning, canning, eco-gardening, insects, which are the best foods to grow at home, the villages that were lost to the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and Upper Canada Village. My team won at Trivia and I made a bunch of new friends. I bought myself 4 pieces of beautiful art and won a jar of peach jam. It was tonnes of fun. This was my seriver_runs_by_It_logo_400cond year going and I will be going again. And you can come, too! Every member of our society is invited to attend Convention. Next year’s Convention is in Ancaster, Ontario near Hamilton. If you are interested, let us know.

So many great things are going to be happening over the next two months: our farm tour of Wellspring Gardens, our first lecture/workshop in our Your Kids in Your Nature series, the flower and vegetable show and more. I am so excited. And you can read more about these events at he bottom of this newsletter.

As it now August, we recommend that you should:

– Do a second (or third) sowing of radishes, spinach, lettuce and onions.

– Harvest all the delicious ripe vegetable and fruit from your garden, fruiting bushes and orchard. (My “orchard” consists of a single apple tree that has 4 varieties grafted on!)

– Deadhead your flowers regularly. It makes your whole garden look a lot
better and you end up getting more flowers for longer that way!

sprinkler– Seed any patchy or new areas of your lawn. Remember to water it regularly. We recommend that you water early in the morning. This means between 4 and 9 a.m., but don’t water that whole time, either. Generally, about half an hour of watering with an oscillating sprinkler is more than enough. I mention the type of sprinkler because an established lawn is best watered with a pulsating sprinkler, while using a pulsating sprinkler on newly seeded areas just washes the seeds away. Remember, too, to check the weather forecast: you don’t need to water if it has rained recently or will be raining soon.

As mentioned at the top of this newsletter, we have some great events coming up in August and September:

On Sunday, August 24th, We will be starting our 3-part lecture series, “Your Kids in Your Nature: Connecting Children with Outdoor Play and Garden Spaces.” The first lecture will be a family event and will involve a talk entitled “Shifting Perspective: Viewing Your Nature Through a New Lens” followed by a guided a walk around town learning about and practising urban foraging skills.

a23185e7c6b862c6967f3e47770d5904On September 13th, there will be two Farm Tours at Wellspring Gardens (228 Leader Road). They are from 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. Just let me know if you want to join us, but do it soon. Spaces are limited and they are filling up fast! Note: We regret that dogs are not welcome on these tours.

Also, keep your calendar open for Saturday, September 6th for the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show. More information will be available very soon.

Note too that the deadline for the photo contest is coming up soon. All photos are due September 15, 2014. I will be sending out a separate email to remind everyone of the rules tomorrow.

If anyone is looking to buy 2014/2015 Deep River and Area Horticultural Society Memberships, they are available at The Olive Tree, downtown Deep River.

Have a great month and hope to see you at an event soon!

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