Our horticultural meetings were enriched by the knowledge and insight of several excellent speakers this year.
In March, a local photographer, Reenie Marx, shared some of her artistic photos of plants and the natural landscape and revealed how there is so much more to observe if we can “be still and look until we really see”.
In April, at our potluck dinner, Matt Williams, a teacher at Vankleek Hill Collegiate, discussed plans for the beautification of the spaces around the new school building. Students will be highly involved in this project.
In May, Daniel Brisebois of the Ferme Tournesol talked about growing seeds and vegetables on an organic farm.
In June, Monica Giacomin made us appreciate what wonderful resources are available in plants that we usually dismiss as weeds. They can be used to create all sorts of healthy concoctions.
For our August meeting, Daniel Cloutier made us all wish we could jump on a plane to France with his photographs of Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.
At the fall potluck in October, Krissy Duval spoke on the issue of internet safety, highlighting the issue of child abuse originating online. She described the technical sophistication of online sexual predators who exploit teenagers who are often too open with personal information.
Our thanks to those members who suggested names of possible speakers. We can never stop learning from other experts no matter how long we have worked in our gardens.
Respectfully Submitted, Diane Bourgault