submitted by Catherine Johnson

As I write this article, my well is overflowing. Hopefully, this rain will do wonderful things for our water table. The weather forecast, at the moment, really does look like spring is well on its way.

The Kemptville Horticultural Society welcomes all men and women, from novice (or wannabe) gardeners to master gardeners. Some members have well-established gardens, and some come to get ideas on where to start. The society meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Kemptville Pentecostal Church (1964 County Road 43) at 7:30 pm. Each month, we have a guest presentation following our short business meeting.

It doesn’t happen often, but our March meeting was cancelled due to a snow storm. I bet all our members spent the evening perusing their many seed catalogues, dreaming of next year’s gardens.

At our April meeting, we will welcome Geraldine Baker – aka The Worm Lady – who will give a presentation called “Improve your soil with worms”. I have heard Geraldine speak in the past and she gives a very enthusiastic and informative presentation.
We have a very busy spring and summer planned. Our spring plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Ferguson Forest Centre, and we hope soon to have our summer bus trip planned out.

KHS is also excited to be hosting the other societies from District 1 for our AGM, to be held on April 22. It promises to be an exciting and full day, with fantastic speakers, great food, and lots of fellowship.

Do not forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming 2017 Bud to Bloom Garden tour, to be held on June 24. Tickets will sell for $15 and will be available to be purchased after May 1 at both Brewed Awakening and Home and Beyond in Kemptville. This year, we are offering eight outstanding gardens as part of the tour, as well as a tea to be held at the Community Hall in Burritt’s Rapids. I thought I would give you a little sneak peak of some of the exciting gardens we will be showcasing on the tour.

The first garden is an Equinelle garden that very much enjoys a country atmosphere. The home owners have successfully woven this beautiful garden through a small piece of property and a ravine. One of the main goals here is to attract as many birds to the property as possible.

Our second garden is a beautiful country garden set on one acre of property. Although this garden is new, only started in the fall of 2015, it has a mature feel, due to the numerous deciduous trees already on the property. It already has the feel of a lush oasis. This garden also showcases a stunning terrace made of 45 tons of unique Bobcaygeon armour stone.

The third garden is a larger, beautifully landscaped garden, that has many examples of outstanding hardscape features, like a natural stone wall, and an expansive stone patio. The owner of this garden likes to keep things as low-maintenance as possible, and continually in bloom throughout the season.

The fourth, and final, garden that I will highlight at this time is a large country garden, lovingly named by the owners as “Nossa Vontade”- Our Will and Desire. These gardens have evolved over the 21 years it has been owned by the current gardeners. A variety of livestock has been raised here in the past, and now it houses two beautiful ponds stocked with fish, as well as a large vegetable garden and numerous flower beds.

I hope I have piqued your interest, and we look forward to having you join us on June 24. I will highlight the remaining gardens in our newsletter next month.

You are welcome to be our guest at your first meeting. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 pm at 1964 County Road 43. If you are interested in joining, yearly membership fees are $15. Whether you are an experienced gardener, or someone moving into one of the many new homes being built in North Grenville, we will have something of interest for you. There is also plenty of free gardening advice available during coffee and refreshments. We look forward to meeting you.


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