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Brooklin Horticultural Society Newsletter Volume 20 Issue 1 Feb/Mar/Apr 2018 Inside this issue: “Making of a Country Garden Update” Membership Meeting 1 Wednesday February 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM President’s Message 1 Is it over y
  Volume 20 Issue 1 Feb/Mar/Apr 2018 BHS meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Brooklin United Church; except  January, July and December. The November meeting is at St. Thomas Anglican Church. Visit us on the web at: www brooklinhorticulturalsociety com Follow us on facebook: https://www facebook com/bhs1921/  Membership Meeting 1 President’s Message  1 BHS Board for 2018 2 Upcoming BHS Meetings 3 Tillandsia FUN! 4 WIB Speakers 4 Other Events of Note 5 Photography Tips 6 D17 AGM Photo Classes 7 2017 Show Awards 8 Inside this issue: “Making of a Country Garden Update”     Wednesday February 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM Is it over yet  –    winter, that is!! It‟s definitely been a long winter and most of us can‟t wait to get back to our gardens. Although we‟re still a few weeks away from spring why not join us for our first meeting and perhaps we can garden vicariously through Brian McLatchie and Diane Stackhouse‟s presentation on the latest in their making of a country garden. Brian and Diane have lived on their 2 acre property, near Port Perry, for 45 years and have been gardening for 25-30 of those years. The property consists of a series of gardens in-cluding the Barn Garden which comprises a patio and gardens in an enclosed stone barn foundation. All the gardens have a sampling of dwarf conifers. There is a relatively small vegetable area planted with garlic, onions and peppers. Their goal is to have a relaxing gar-den where one can enjoy just walking about. So come on in from winter, bring a friend, catch up with old friends and make new ones! Come early to renew your membership. Our membership dues are still only $20 per member, or $30 per family of two (living at the same address). This membership fee enti-tles you to our yearbook, the quarterly newsletter, great speakers and topics at 10 meet-ings during the year, as well as eligibility to participate in our flower, vegetable and design competitions. Another great benefit: membership entitles you to a 10% or better discount at many local nurseries, garden shops and other retailers. A membership form is being emailed to you, and it can also be downloaded from our website. Bring the completed form with you to the February meeting and meet our new membership convenor, Eric Tuinman. Don‟t forget to „lug -a- mug‟ for coffee or tea while you enjoy some treats too.  Brrrr! It has certainly been a cold winter so far. But, at least we have snow. Just seems to make the winter a little more interesting doesn‟t it? However, if you are like me, a certain amount of restlessness is now creeping into my day. I am already imagining what I am going to do in the garden. What changes I can make, new plants I can try  –   I know I can fit in a few here and there! The winter also gives me time to reflect what worked and didn‟t work in my garden. I certainly would like to plant more dahlias this year  –   started a couple of years ago with a few of Jone‟s plants and I am now smitten!! I would also like to incorporate more “garden art” into my garden. Sensing a few road trips this year to scour some antique barns and see what I can come up with. And, of course, I am looking forward to the start of our meetings  –    we have quite the list of interesting speakers this year. Can‟t wait! See you soon! Cheers, Leslie Tate  , President   THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE   Brooklin Horticultural Society Newsletter  PAGE 2 BROOKLIN HORTICULTURAL VOLUME 20 ISSUE 1 2018 BHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Julia Noakes  –   While I am a new board member for this year, many of you already know me or perhaps remember when I previously served on the board and looked after hospitality - years ago! My gardens are small but mighty. I have tried to fit in every type of garden possible. Full sun, shade, vegetable, water, etc. I am trying to incorporate edibles into all my gardens. Every year I plant my driveway urns with edibles and love to watch people walk by, stop, and then ask me “What is that?” I can usually see they are intrigued by what I have done, and most don't realize everything in the urn is edible. One of my favourite hobbies is to compete in the design category at our flower shows. I look forward to this year‟s shows to see who will try their hand at the competition.  Jan Illing  –    “My garden consists of perennials (brown-eyed Susan, bee balm, cornflower, obedi-ence, turtlehead) all in honour of feeding bees and butterflies. I love plants that have a long flowering period. My daylilies and obedient plant, with their vibrant colour, add an artistic flare to the perenni-al bed. A vegetable garden keeps me going with various types of lettuce, celery, spring onion, beets, garlic, and tomatoes. Celery and green on-ions are continually replenished with the same roots throughout the season. The yield of my red currant bush for 2017 was made into jelly and used as pectin in other jams. The spruce tree in my yard acts as a shield for feeding birds in the cold months of winter. I can hardly wait till I see my display of tulips and poppies in spring. Top L to R: Past President and Treasurer Hans Paats, Julia Noakes, Secretary Eileen Humphries, 2nd VP Denise Carter, 1st VP Jane  Austin, D17 Director Rick Causton, Bottom L to R: Jan Illing, President Leslie Tate, Kathy Allam MEET SOME OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS   A s a trial in 2017, new healthy food items donated by BHS members, were added to our monthly hospitality table. Comments throughout the year from members were quite favourable, therefore we will continue to offer a similar selection of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and sweets to kick start our monthly meetings in 2018. Thank you to all the BHS members that donated tasty items in 2017 for our refreshment table. If you would like to bring a food item, please see the sign-up sheet at the hospitality table. It will be available at our February 2018 meeting and thereafter. Items do not have to be homemade or grown in your gardens; store bought is just fine. You will receive a friendly reminder by email or by phone one week in advance. Please be mindful when bringing items for the hospitality table that the church is a Peanut & Nut Free Zone. Coffee, tea & water will always be available. In order to help keep BHS costs minimal a small donation would be appreciated for your beverage & snack. Also, to save our landfills please continue to “Lug a Mug”.  Audrey Atkinson, Hospitality Chairperson   HOSPITALITY   We are pleased to welcome some new committee chairs/co-chairs/members: BHS Board Committees Membership Eric Tuinman   Corporate Members    Jane Austin, Margaret McGibney, Jan Illing Publicity Lisa Ruck    Volunteers  Julia Noakes and Eileen Humphries Plant Sale   Leslie Tate, Kathy Allam, Denise Carter  Upcoming BHS Meetings & Events BROOKLIN HORTICULTURAL VOLUME 20 ISSUE 1  Wednesday Mar 28 SEEDS, MAGAZINE, BOOKS, ETC., RECYCLE Guest Speaker: Charlie Dobbin Topic: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”  Speaker co-sponsored with  Whitby in Bloom . Please donate a non-perishable food item.   Saturday April 21 DISTRICT 17 AGM AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW “Blossoms and Bees”   Hosted by Bowmanville Horticultural Society. Location: Faith United Church, 1778 Nash Rd., Courtice Keynote speaker Denis Flanagan - “Tales of a Transplant” and choice of workshop (Lee Valley Bee House - $10 supply fee) or speaker Fred Archibald - “Blossoms, Bees and Apple Trees” . Also includes hospitality, luncheon, and show entry. Hospitality at 8:30am, meeting begins at 9:30am. Registration Fee $30 in advance to BHS by March 28, or $35 at the door. More details and list of photo classes on Brooklin Horticultural Society website.   Tuesday April 24 10th ANNUAL BHS PRUNING DEMONSTRATION with DURHAM MASTER GARDENERS Location: BHS Garden, 113 Carnwith Dr. West 6:30 PM. Rain date: May 1, Bring your secateurs or garden clippers, and garden gloves. Contact Faye Collins 905-655-9695 for registration/further information. Wednesday April 25 THE NARCISSUS SHOW Guest Speaker: Denis Flanagan Topic: Easy Care Plants for the Urban Garden  Speaker co-sponsored with  Whitby in Bloom . Please donate a non-perishable food item.   Saturday May 26 BHS PLANT SALE Location: Grass Park, Cassels Road East, Brooklin 9:00 am. Please donate your plant divisions. Come out and buy some new plants.  Contact Leslie Tate, Kathy Allam or Denise Carter for more information.  WE NEED YOUR HELP We are looking for members who would be interested in assisting with some of our Committees: Show Committee    –   assist in setting up or taking down, clerking during the shows. Corporate Partners    –   October/November  –   visit local businesses to renew memberships; sign up new members. February  –   help deliver yearbooks to Corporate Partners. General Membership    –   assist on Membership Desk If you could help out with any of these Committees, please advise our volunteer convenor, Julia Noakes .  WANTED - Gardens To Tour and Coordinator We‟d love to see your garden. Please let us know when we can come over. Would you and another member(s) like to organize some BHS member garden tours. Contact Leslie Tate ( if you would like to help. Congratulations Audrey! Audrey Atkinson was awarded The President’s Award at our November 2017 AGM. Thank You!! Thank you to everyone who brought goodies to the Nov 2017 social. $105.00 was donated to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign from the proceeds of the purchased treat plates.    PAGE 3 RECYCLE BOOKS & MAGAZINES - Feb 28 & Mar 28 Meetings Bring in your gently used gardening books and magazines to exchange for some new reading material! SEED SWAP - Mar 28 Bring your LABELLED extra seeds, summer bulbs, tubers, rhizomes and cuttings.   Brooklin Horticultural Society Bursary Winner Congratulations Amy Boekman , student of the Durham College Horticulture Technician Program.  BROOKLIN HORTICULTURAL VOLUME 20 ISSUE 1 We thank Whitby in Bloom for again co-sponsoring well-known speakers for our spring meetings. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food banks. On March 28 , BHS presents “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”  with internationally known horticulturist and landscape designer Charlie Dobbin . Charlie is the host of “The Garden Show”, a popular Saturday morning radio show on The New AM 740. For the past two decades Charlie has become well known for her professional gardening seminars and demonstrations as well as her many publications in various horticultural magazines and newspapers. In 2002, Charlie started her own design and horticultural consulting company, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin. Charlie is an instructor of horticultural courses at both Durham and Humber Colleges. Some of her past prestigious positions include Horticultural Director for “Canada Blooms” from 2006 -2012, and Volunteer Judge for the “Communities in Bloom” Program. It is with great anticipation that we welcome Charlie to our BHS meeting in March. On April 25 , Denis Flanagan presents “Easy Care Plants for the Urban Garden” . Denis is currently the Manager of Membership Services and Toronto Chapter of Landscape Ontario. He sits on many horticultural boards including The Toronto Botanical Garden, Canada Blooms, and the CNE. Denis appeared on many popular gardening television and radio shows including HGTV‟s “One Garden, Two Looks” and “Indoor Gardener”. As a former instructor at several community colleges and a valuable nurseryman and landscape designer at Sheridan and Weall and Cullen nurseries, Denis has been sharing his horticultural expertise for over 30 years, always with a wonderful sense of humour! He continues to promote the joys and benefits of gardening through the “Green for Life” program of Landscape Ontario. We are certainly looking forward to an entertaining evening full of tips and advice on how to make our own gardens flourish with “Easy Care” Plants.    Whitby In Bloom Speakers During the long cold days of winter, I often find myself wan-dering through the isles of the local nurseries to see what is growing and immerse myself with all things „green‟! On a re-cent trip to the nursery I purchased an „air plant‟ or tillandsia to add to my collection of indoor greenery at home. I selected a tall tillandsia which has a healthy bloom stalk and a small pur- ple flower. Intrigued by the soilless „low care‟ plant, I decided to do a little internet research to learn more about this genus. There are approximately 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in this Bromeliaceae Family. Most tillandsia species are epiphytes, plants that normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. Some tillandsia are aerophytes which means that they have no roots and often grow on shifting desert soil. Most species absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves from rain, dew or decaying leaves, aided by the hair like structures on their leaves called trichomes. Here a few „fast facts‟ that I learned during my in- ternet research. Most air plants benefit from a weekly sub-merging in fresh water, preferably in the morning. They have a silver tone that turns more green when submerged or spritzed with water. They can be spritzed a couple of times a week. Let them dry well in between waterings. Small tillandsia can be mounted on wood, popped into sea-shells or small glass bulb vases. Tillandsia inspire creativity in display. Clips and wires are often used to hang them. Bright windows with east or west exposure are best for optimal light. Tillandsia prefer warmer temperatures but can survive in cooler ones.... easy care! When a large tillandsia produces a new plant or a “pup” as they are called, one should wait until the pup has grown to a fairly good size before removing it from the mother plant. A simple twisting motion can be used to separate the two plants. Spanish Moss is a popular tillandsia that is often used to em-bellish floral designs. Most nurseries carry a variety of tillandsia. Have fun and get creative with these easy care interesting plants! Barb Panowyk   TILLANDSIA FUN L to R, airplant with bark in vase, airplants on driftwood PAGE 4
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