SHELBURNE – Ontario Horticulture Association District 7 director Kathy Bouma welcomed 100 members and guests to the District 7 fall meeting held recently at the Royal Canadian Legion here.
Shelburne and District Horticultural Society president Wayne Hannon noted the group was pleased to host the event with the assistance of the Grand Valley Horticultural Society.
Guest speakers Viki Reynolds and Ian Payne of Not So Hollow Farm listed the 10 top reasons to plant native plants including that they produce food for pollinators and wildlife, adapt and thrive in local conditions, and are essential for a healthy planet.
International show judge Roland Craig remarked that an excellent job was done by all who entered the competitions. Jane McDonald announced there were 32 floral designs and 24 horticultural entries. Jean Yenssen won the Judge’s Choice award. Other winners were Irma Baumlisberger, Debbie Williams, Dorelene Anderson, Jean Gordon, and Michelle Goff.
Guest speaker Amber Swidersky of Petals Flowers Company shared tips on how to create a bouquet of flowers from your own garden.
Hannon shared a workshop idea and his recipe for creating stepping stones and turning stuffed toys into statuary for your gardens.
The annual meeting will be held April 18 hosted by the Orangeville and District Horticultural Society.