Global floral tour presentation at Clifford horticulture meeting

CLIFFORD –   President Vic Palmer welcomed 35 members and guests to the Clifford and District Horticultural Society spring flower show held May 28 at the community hall in Clifford.

He extended special greetings to past president Georgie Hutchison and her son Steve, and thanked them for their donation to the draw.

After singing O’Canada, Rosemary Rognvaldson showed slides of gardens she encountered on a trip to Iceland and parts of Europe.

In Iceland, a humble community garden started in 1957 by four women has grown to seven acres. Views of the countryside, fjords, waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanic activity also included sculptures, and rich colours of a variety of flowers.

In France, the reflecting pool and gardens along the pathway were a lovely welcoming sight.

Her sister’s garden in Surrey was filled with iris, roses, and lilacs. The Royal Horticultural Society garden included huge pools, walled gardens, pomegranate trees, curly pine trees, large plantings, archways of wisteria, and multiple green houses.

At a fort in Gilford, the former moat was home to tulips and the courtyard was planted in a formal design.

Rosemary appreciated her technical assistant Al Spurgeon and his wife Linda helping her with her presentation.

Isabel Senek reported that 14 members entered 121 exhibits in the flower show. Ethel Weber won most points for tulips, narcissus, and spring flowers, Jean Yenssen for potted plants and designs, and Don Senek for photography.

No men entered the Men Only section. Jean Yenssen was awarded Judge’s Choice for her design ‘Happy 2019’.

Town of Minto Landscape Manager Paul Judge advised the society that nine planters and hanging baskets for the main street and three planters at the arena would be arriving just in time for the Street Celebration.

Volunteers were set to hand out 100 tomato plants free that day in front of the community gardens in celebration of National Garden Day.

Draw winners included Carol Lange, Mary Mighton, Isabel Senek, Marion Wylie, Arthena Underwood, Joy Burnett, Audrey Garrett, Jim Measures, Ross Derbecker, Kathy Hendry, Doris Jaunzemis, Jean Yenssen, Rose Harris, Don Senek, and Julie Duncan.

A light lunch was prepared by Barbara Harris, Kathy Hendry, Julie Duncan, and Rose Harris.

The OHA convention will be held in Windsor from July 19 to 21.

A summer garden tour is planned, and the next meeting will be the summer flower show in August.