Horticultural group held mini-show in April

The Harriston and District Horticultural Society met on April 14 at the Harriston-Minto Community Centre.

Entries in the Mini Show featured arrangements of pussy willows and a satellite design made up of two designs in two separate containers attached together by plant material, such as ivy.

Guest Speaker Elroy Bartman from the Zehrs Floral Department in Listowel demonstrated a waterfall design, which features flowers cascading down one side from a tall vase to touch the table. The arrangement can also be designed to sit on a table, such as the head table at a wedding, with the flowers cascading down to the floor. Bartman placed a variety of gently curved green branches in the oasis. On top of that he placed dendrobium orchids, died vivid blue and turquoise. Small white wax flowers were interspersed in the cascade, and ornamental bear grass added a touch of interest. Bartman then donated five bunches of fresh flowers for the door prizes. Zehrs now has a guarantee that fresh flowers will stay fresh for five full days after the date on the package.  If the flowers droop or die before that time, Zehrs will replace the flowers.

The next meeting is May 12 with Brenda Heenan from Bolton speaking on container gardening. There will also be a Spring Flower Show at that meeting with opportunities to exhibit in several classes. The Annual Garden Festival will be held on June 7 in Harriston, with several vendors selling interesting and unusual plants, trees, and shrubs. The Mystery Tour date has been changed to July 19.

submitted by Mary Anne Connell, Press Reporter