Horticultural society hosting festival, Garden of Month program

HARRISTON – The Harriston and District Horticultural Society met at the train station here on March 15 for its first in-person meeting of the year. 

“We were thrilled to welcome Emily Fitzpatrick, who along with her husband Andy, own Mapleton Acres – a cut flower farm,” society officials stated in a press release.

Located at 7352 16th Line, Arthur, the Fitzpatricks planted 5,000 flower plants on half an acre of their farm, 90% of which are grown from seed. 

Last fall they planted 380 peonies. Currently they are experimenting with forcing thousands of tulips in their basement and once spring weather arrives Emily will have tulips available for her tulip subscriptions, which she follows up in the fall with her “harvest bouquet” subscriptions.

The Harriston and District Horticultural Society’s Garden of the Month program will start up again in late spring. 

To nominate a neighbour’s garden or a backyard garden, or your own garden, email Sue Bridge at george.sue.bridge@gmail.com or call 519-323-1642.

The society’s always-popular Garden Festival is scheduled for June 3. 

“In one stop you can come out and support the firemen’s breakfast and then walk across the parking lot and visit our many vendors,” officials stated.