May 23 - Day Trip 1 Montreal Botanical Gardens - SEATS ARE GOING FAST - ONLY 6 LEFT!

The Great Gardening Weekend 
Enjoy lunch at L’Acadamie Restaurant on St. Denis and spend the afternoon at the garden. Bring your shopping lists for unusual plants! http://espacepourlavie.ca/

July 25 - Day Trip 2 Outstanding gardens located near Mirabel and Ripon - SOLD OUT 

Route des Gerbes d’Angelica in Mirabel is an award winning theme garden. http://www.gerbesdangelica.com 

Lunch at the famous Fairmont Le Château Montebello. http://www.fairmont.com/montebello/ 

Les Jardins d’Emmarocalles near Ripon is a 5 acre century old property with an impressive collection of daylilies and perennials. http://www.jardinsdemmarocalles.com

Tickets for the both bus trips will be on sale at the opening meeting on March 17 and thereafter at Hudson Village Travel.  Please note that each trip is to be paid by a separate cheque made out to Hudson Village Travel.

  For a printable version of the newsletter, click here

A Word from the President

I love our climate – we always know our winters will be long and hard, but we also know that our summers will be warm and sunny. As you read this you will, no doubt, be thinking about your garden as we are preparing for our first meeting of the year. You will notice that we have two trips planned – both include the opportunity to buy plants so it is time to start thinking about your shopping list. We are delighted to welcome Christine Gibb who has volunteered to take on one of the most important functions in the club – the Speaker Programme. As you will see in this Newsletter she has been very successful. We have an interesting blend of speakers who will be bringing their talent and expertise to our club. You will not want to miss any of the evening meetings!

Enjoy the summer. I have enjoyed being your President and thank you for the patience and kindness you have shown me over the last two years.

Deborah Barclay

Flower and Vegetable Show 2015

The theme of this year’s flower show is Cuisine Arte - flower arrangements in everything but the kitchen sink! The information page is posted on our web site and the complete booklet will be available in the spring.

Once again the flower show will be held at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre (394 Main, Hudson). Registration will be on Friday, July 17 and the show will open to the public at noon on Saturday, July 18.

So, mark your calendars and start planning your entries. We encourage everyone to take part – enter one or more sections (floral arrangements, cut flowers, roses, vegetables, potted plants and veggie critters) – and you might win a ribbon and/or trophy.

For further details please consult the 2015 Flower Show Booklet and the information on our web site. You may also call Kathy Conway at 450-458-7604 ; email - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


2015 Schedule of Events

Please Note:
Meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of each month from March to November at St. James’ Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson. Guest fee for regular meetings is $5 (does not include the Garden Party). Meetings now commence at 7:30 pm; invited speakers begin promptly at 7:45 pm.

Tous les membres sont les bienvenus. Veuillez toutefois prendre note que nos conférenciers feront leurs discours en anglais.

Remember: Instead of waiting until the holidays, nonperishable food items will now be collected at each meeting and donated to Le Pont Bridging throughout the year.

 July 17/18 - Flower and Vegetable Show

The theme of this year’s flower show is Cuisine Arte - flower arrangements in everything but the kitchen sink! Please refer to the Floral Arrangement sheet for a description of the arrangements and start planning your entries.

The show will be held Saturday July 18, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, with registration the evening of July 17 (5:00 pm to 8:30 pm).

Click these links for the information sheet:  English or French. Please contact Kathy Conway at 450-458-7604 if you have any questions.The show is open to the public noon to 4:00pm.

July 21 - Meeting - 7:30pm

David Easterbrook
Topic - 
David Easterbrook has been studying and creating bonsai for over 40 years. After apprenticing in Japan he started his own bonsai nursery and later became the Curator of the Montreal Botanical Gardens’ bonsai collection for almost 30 years. He currently boasts an eclectic collection of more than 900 bonsai.

July 25 - Day Trip 2 - Outstanding gardens located near Mirabel and Ripon

Route des Gerbes d’Angelica in Mirabel is an award winning theme garden. www.gerbesdangelica.com

Lunch at the famous Fairmont Le Château Montebello. www.fairmont.com/ montebello/

Les Jardins d’Emmarocalles near Ripon is a 5 acre century old property with an impressive collection of daylilies and perennials. www.jardinsdemmarocalles.com

August 9 - Garden Party - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Details to follow.

August 18 - Meeting - 7:30pm

Larry Hodgson
Topic - Great gardens of the world

Have you ever dreamed of travelling the world to discover its most beautiful gardens? Well, Larry Hodgson, the travelling gardener, has done it for you. So sit back and enjoy this trip around the world encompassing gardens of all styles, types and sizes. Travel from North America to Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and even Australia in this panorama of all that is green and beautiful on this planet, all with the informative and amusing comments of someone who’s passionate about horticultural beauty.

September 15 - Meeting - 7:30pm

Christie Lovat
Topic - The dirt on dirt

Why won’t a plant grow in your garden while your neighbour can grow it right next door? The answer is almost always in the soil. This presentation explains everything there is to know about your soil. Your garden is 90% dirt, it’s about time we understood it better.

September 19 - Fall Perennial Plant Sale - 9:00pm to 2:00pm

Finnegan’s Market - 775 Main Road, Hudson.
Please drop off labelled and potted plants before 10:00 am.

October 20 - Meeting - 7:30pm

Chris Buddle
Topic - Spiders in the garden

These amazing arachnids are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Based on his upcoming book, Chris Buddle's talk will convert you into an arachnophile (spider lover). So, next time you bump into spiders as they move about your garden, you will see friends and familiar faces instead of fangs.

November 21 - DIY Holiday Decor Demo - 2:00pm at St. James' Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson

An exciting opportunity to see demonstrations of how to design and make your own Christmas decorations.
This meeting is open to the public.

“Unlike most other works of art, a garden requires of its owner something more than mere appreciation.” Louise and James Bush-Brown, American horticulturists

Hudson Garden Club Gives Back

HGC is a non-profit organization, but sound management means that we occasionally accumulate a budget surplus beyond our operating needs.

HGC is a vibrant part of the community in which we live and in the spirit of giving to our community the HGC gave donations to the following in 2014:

  • Nova Hudson, in memory of our deceased members
  • Le Nichoir
  • Ecomuseum
  • The Lambert de Witt Education Grant

The Lambert de Witt Education Grant

The Hudson Garden Club (HGC) is pleased to announce it will again offer an education grant in 2015 to a student in the field of horticulture or environmental studies. The $500 grant will be awarded in May to a student chosen by the HGC Selection Committee who meets the following criteria.

  • The student’s home is located in Hudson or Saint-Lazare or Rigaud, and is a high school student who has been accepted in a CEGEP, college or university programme related to horticulture or environmental sciences,
    OR
  • A student who is currently reigistered in a CEGEP, college or university programme related to horticulture or environmental sciences.

Past applicants and winners may apply again. The application form may be requested by sending an e-mail to hudsongardenclub[at]gmail.com

Deadline for receipt of the submission is April 25, 2015.

For information: John Hill, HGC, 450-458-4431

Discounts for Members

As a member of HGC and through HGC’s membership in the FSHEQ, 2015 membership card holders may be privileged to receive varying discounts from participating suppliers. Present your card to the cashier BEFORE your order is rung up.

Please check with suppliers as to which items the discounts apply, as not all items are subject to their discounts. We thank the following companies for their generosity:

  • Champs de Rêves,
  • Hollandia Fleuriste
  • Les Serres Vaudreuil (Daoust)
  • Pepiniere Chantal (Rigaud)
  • Cité des Jeunes (Saint-Lazare)
  • Fleuriste Rita (Saint-Lazare)

Merci beaucoup !

Tell Us!!

We welcome your ideas and input

Here is how to get in touch with us:
Web site: http://hgc.fsheq.net
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Snail-mail: PO Box 573, Hudson, QC, J0P 1H0

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Past meetings for the 2015 season 

March 17 - Meeting 7:30pm

Note: please come early to renew your membership and reserve a place on the bus for our day trips Lindsay D’Aoust
Topic - Choosing and growing great peonies
Peony enthusiast and longtime Hudson resident, Lindsay D’Aoust is the owner of La Pivoinerie D’Aoust mail order peony nursery. Come and be inspired to add beautiful peonies to your garden. www.paeonia.com

March 21 - St. Patrick's Day Parade

Please come and join us in this community event and proudly display your club and "green thumbs"!

For further details please contact Lorrie Phelan - 450-458-4032

April 21 - Meeting 7:30pm

Annual general meeting, including election of officers. Note: please come early to renew your membership and reserve a place on the bus for our day trips.

Reid Allaway, co-manager and founding member of Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm.

Topic - Green manures and crop rotation on an organic vegetable farm.

Reid Allaway is passionate about green manures. He will explain the logic and practice of using green manures in a garden – how different crops can be arranged in rotation to provide fertility cycling and pest and disease control to make your annual garden system as sustainable and resilient as possible with the fewest external inputs. www.fermetournesol.qc.ca

May 19 - Meeting 7:30pm

David Morgan, Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

Topic - Ergonomics and tool maintenance

David Morgan is an accomplished woodworker and gardener. He will share his tips on selecting the right gardening tools and on keeping them in tiptop condition. www.leevalley.com

May 23 - Day Trip 1 - Montreal Botanical Gardens - The Great Gardening Weekend

Enjoy lunch at L’Academie Restaurant on St. Denis and spend the afternoon at the garden. Bring your shopping lists for unusual plants! espacepourlavie.ca/jardinbotanique

May 30 - Spring Perennial Plant Sale - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Finnegan’s Market - 775 Main Road, Hudson.
Please drop off labelled and potted plants before 10:00 am.

June 16 - Meeting - 7:30pm

Orysia Krywiak-Valenti
Topic - Flower arranging
 A demonstration of how to make award winning arrangements. This meeting is open to the public at no charge.

June 28 - Local Garden Tour - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tour local gardens - $10 for nonmembers, payable at the first garden visited. Click here to print a map, or pick up a map at the first garden you visit.

Please bear with us as we work through technical difficulties with the website. Until they are sorted out, please click the following link for details on the flower and vegetable show.

 Flower & Vegetable Show Information Sheet

 

The theme of this year’s flower show is Cuisine Arte - flower arrangements in everything but the kitchen sink! A short overview of the arrangement categories is posted below, and don't forget that cut flowers and vegetables are a big part of the show too! Everyone is welcome to enter.

Once again the flower show will be held at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre (394 Main, Hudson). Registration will be on Friday, July 17 from 5pm to 8:30pm, and the show will open to the public on Saturday, July 18 starting at noon, with awards being handed out at 4:30pm. 

So, mark your calendars and start planning your entries. We encourage everyone to take part – enter one or more sections (floral arrangements, cut flowers, roses, vegetables, potted plants and veggie critters) – and you might win a ribbon and/or trophy.

For further details please consult the full show program at the following links:  

English program  French program 

Version française

Cuisine Arte

* * *      The Stephen F. Shaar Community Center     * * *

394 Main, Hudson

July 18, 2015

Open to the public:  Noon until 4pm

Registration & Entry Submissions: July 17, 2015 - 5pm to 8:30pm

Please refer to the 2015 Flower Show booklet for complete details.

Class I - Floral Arrangements  Class 1 – Section 11 will NOT be judged.

Class II – Cut Flowers

Class III – Roses                        

Entries accepted from members and non-members.

Class V – Vegetables    
Class IV - Potted Plants

Class VI – Vegetable Art / Veggie Critters

   

CLASS 1 – Floral Arrangements

Rules

Only fresh, natural materials from the home or friend’s garden or woodlands may be used.  Commercially grown or artificially sprayed flowers, stems, leaves, etc. are not acceptable.

Fruit and vegetables may be purchased.  All arrangements are three-sided, unless otherwise stated.

Please note that judging is based on, but not restricted to, quality and freshness of material; the proportion of the entry; the adherence of the entry to the program description; and the complete coverage of the oasis.

You are encouraged to inquire prior to making your arrangement, if you have any questions.

Please refer to the 2015 Flower Show booklet for complete details.

               

                Best in Class:   Floral Arrangement - Penelope Tree Trophy

1.             Pass the Salt - Best Miniature - Hudson Garden Club Trophy

                A miniature arrangement of FRESH material in a salt shaker.  Maximum size of 5" in any direction.

2.             Sugary Delight - Novice1 - Trophy:  Elva Mundy Award

One-sided arrangement in a sugar bowl.  Maximum size 10”.

3.             July’s Bounty

                A flat, pavé-style2 arrangement that must include berries.  Maximum size of 14" in any direction.

4.             Lazy Days of Summer

A mainly yellow arrangement in a clear container, to include lemon and/or lime slices in the container.   

                Maximum size of 24" in any direction

5.             Got Milk! - Youth 16 and under - Michael Legg Plaque

An arrangement in a milk carton.  Include one or more straws in your arrangement.  Maximum size 18" in any direction.

6.           Time to Cool Off - Children 12 and under - The Whyte Cup

Using a Popsicle mold create a colourful arrangement.  Maximum size 16” in any direction.

7.             Break Time - Men Only - Royal LePage Plaque

In a coffee can, an arrangement of grasses and foliage -  also to include work bench items (hammer, screw driver, etc).

8.             Simmer Slowly

A floral arrangement in a bean pot.  Arrangement to include one or more wooden spoons.

Maximum size of 24” in any direction.

9.             Drain Well - Voted on by the general public - Trophy:  RE/MAX Award

Centerpiece3 arrangement in a colander.  The arrangement should consist mainly of vegetables.

                Maximum size of 24” in any direction.              

10.           Busy Canning

A monochromatic floral arrangement in a Mason jar, greenery must include some herbs.  Maximum size 18” in any direction.

11.           Everything but the Kitchen Sink

An arrangement using kitchen related items.

THIS SECTION (#11) WILL NOT BE JUDGED

12.           High Tea -  By invitation - Leo Chevalier Design Award

An arrangement on a footed cake stand.

Participants in this section (#12) will not be competing in any other Class 1 section.

 


PREPARING   CUT   FLOWERS

FOR   EXHIBITING

Flowers should be cut in the early morning or evening when food reserves are at their highest.  Always make a fresh cut before putting a flower in water.  Neither length of stem nor whether cut is square or slanted makes any difference in keeping quality.  Plants with milky or sticky sap usually benefit from searing the stem end in flame or in boiling water for several minutes.

Hardening flowers after cutting is important.  Remove lower foliage and place flowers in hot water for 12 to 24 hours before the show.  Place in light or dark, but do not store with fruit.  Air temperature should be cool.  Many flowers, such as roses, enlarge as much as a third during hardening.

Before hardening, split stems of woody stemmed plants up from the bottom as much as 15cm or crush the lower 10cm or so with a hammer.

After hardening, flowers may be kept, up to a week, in air-tight, moisture-proof cellophane packages, sealed with a hot iron.  Spray flowers beforehand and store at 4 to 10C.  Cut off 1cm of the stem of each cut flower after removing from package, and place in water.  Roses will stay in bud until removed from cellophane.

Depth of water in display containers makes no difference – 2 to 3cm of water is sufficient, except for carnations.  The only value of deep water is in reviving flowers when wilted.  Cold water – even ice‑water – may help retain freshness on the show table.  Always use thoroughly clean containers.

To prolong the life of cut flowers, change the water daily, recut the stems and keep the flowers in a cool room at night.

For additional information, refer to:

http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/4h_y2/4h826.pdf

1 Novice – An exhibitor who has not previously won a ribbon in Class I (Floral Arrangements).

2 Pavé – In jewellery-making, a term that refers to setting stones so close together that no metal shows.  In flower design, pavé is a technique of placing groups of plant material that have been cut very short, close together to form undulating mounds of colours, textures, shapes and sizes.  Any plant material, e.g. flowers, foliage, cut stems, fruits, vegetables, and/or mosses can be used.

3 Centerpiece:  to be viewed from all directions

Note:  Maximum size is the overall size – container plus flowers/vegetables/fruit.                           

                       

  

The Hudson Village Theatre is holding a fundraiser in a beautiful local garden. visit the link below for all the details on the Arts in Bloom fundraiser:

http://villagetheatre.ca/ 

Plantcatcher plant sharing event

Cultivate MontrealAlbert Mondor (horticulturist) and Nicolas Cadilhac (me, for PlantCatching) are pleased and proud to invite you to a big plant sharing event in late May, during the great Cultivons le Plateau fest. It's easy to take part: you simply offer one or several plants that you first pre-register on PlantCatching (so that everyone can see a complete list - the green button at the top), and maybe you will go home with some of the other plants offered by your fellow gardeners. Please visit the website for more details and the rules: http://plantcatching.com/en/partagevegetal

 

Guide for cut flower care: https://www.arenaflowers.com/features/flower-care/

General plant care guide: http://www.garden.org/plantguide/

 

poisonivyDo you know me? I'm Poison Ivy!

Don't touch me without gloves, do not burn me, and certainly don't let your pets eat me! If my leaves deposit oil (urushiol) on your skin, your skin will be itchy, red and may blister. Wash thoroughly with special solutions you can obtain from your local pharmacist to remove the oil and to help heal.

http://www.poison-ivy.org


 

Heritage Perennials has launched a new website dedicated to their line of alpine and rock garden plants. Also listed on the site are their Top Ten perennials and their 2007 plant of the year.

Ready for spring flowers?
Click here and hold down the left mouse button and run your cursor over the black page.

Toxic garden plants
If your dog digs in your garden, you need to know that the bulbs of some plants, such as Lily of the Valley, Angel's Trumpet, Oleander and Tansy are poisonous if ingested. Others include: Amaryllis; Autumn Crocus; Daffodil; Caladium; Gladiolas; Hyacinth; Iris; Narcissus; and Tulip. For symptoms and more information: click here

The Green Pages (Canadian site)
for a wealth of information on environmental issues

Pest Management Regulatory Agency
info on pests, swimming pools, lawns, mosquito control, etc.: (Eng. or French)

To learn more about permits and pesticide regulations, now widely in effect in Québec, visit the following web-sites:

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