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Garden Stroll in Vankleek Hill
July 27th, 2017

 

We walked through Mill Street Park and admired the plantings as well the signs and benches that had been donated by the society to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2007.

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Mill Street Park
Some members strolling in Mill Street Park in front of the plaque commemorating the society's 100th anniversary in 2007.

Some members strolling in Mill Street Park in front of the plaque commemorating the society's 100th anniversary in 2007.

 

We then visited Nick Jones and Elinor Gardner's amazing vegetable garden on Union Street. The beautiful raised beds with the different varieties of hot peppers and beans gave many of us ideas about next year's plantings. We were impressed by the beautiful pea plants and how easy they would be to pick. I liked the three sisters planting using corn, beans and squash in the same bed with the corn supporting the climbing beans.

Nick Jones and Elinor Gardner's amazing vegetable garden
Some of our members and Elinor Gardner in the back of the
garden by their trumpet vine and their garden shed.
 Nick Jones and Elinor Gardner's amazing vegetable garden
Nick Jones pointing to his water barrels while discussing with some of our members.
 Nick Jones and Elinor Gardner's amazing vegetable garden
Katrine and Alice enjoying the garden.
 Nick Jones and Elinor Gardner's amazing vegetable garden
A solitary bees hotel with a trumpet vine above it.

Then we went on to Jay Street where we stopped first at Brian's Place. The trumpet vine at the front of the house was a mass of flowers. Brian explained that he buried his roses and Japanese maples in the fall to give them extra winter protection. In the back garden the shade from the numerous oak trees provided a wonderful spot for the hostas and other shade loving plants. The vegetable patch at the back had some lovely indigo tomatoes almost ready for harvest.

Brian's Place amazing shade garden
Brian's Place front garden. The trumpet vine can be seen on the right.
 Brian's Place amazing shade garden
Brian's Place front garden. Walkway to the front door. Closer view of the
trumpet vine. A Japanese maple can also be seen on the right.
 Brian's Place amazing shade garden
Some of our members in the wonderful back garden.
 Brian's Place amazing shade garden
Brian welcoming us to a toast on his back porch.

After some wine on the terrace we proceeded to Liz and Bill Radix's house. I was surprised by the depth of the back gardens on Jay Street. Planters at the front of the house led us to the back garden another hidden gem. The obedient plant (which apparently isn't) and the gooseneck flowers certainly caught our attention. Liz has made a number of bird baths and plant towers out of glass and ceramics which added to the charm of the garden. Everyone who attended the garden stroll found things to encourage us in our own efforts.

Liz and Bill Radix's garden
Liz and Bill Radix's front garden with our members just arriving.
 Liz and Bill Radix's garden
Liz and Bill Radix's side garden and a view of the back garden.
 Liz and Bill Radix's garden
Liz and Bill Radix's lovely back garden.
 Liz and Bill Radix's garden
Some of our members exploring the garden paths of Liz and Bill Radix's back garden.

After this wonderful walk, we then returned to the community centre.

Welcome: Mary Higginson welcomed us to the second part of the evening.

Flower Show: Louise Freeman awarded the engraved plaques and trophies from the Flower Show. The winners of each class had been previously announced on the day of the show.

OHA AGM: Charles Freeman talked about the fund raiser that District 3 are having in support of their hosting the 12th OHA Provincial Convention "Shore to Shield" .July 27 to 29 2018 in Kingston. They are selling a black tea mixed with botanicals grown in District 3. Anyone interested in purchasing the tea should contact Charles Freeman.

Prize Basket Winner: Liz Radix
Share the Wealth Winner: Daryl Waite

It was followed by social time.

Katrine Stewart, Secretary