Hudson Garden Club 2017 Activities
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A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
2016 was another very successful season for the Hudson Garden Club which included sold-out bus trips to Knowlton and Chelsea, a superb Flower Show and our November Luncheon – a first-time-ever event which was a huge hit! I must say the volunteers had a great time baking and cooking in Deborah's kitchen. Volunteerism can be fun and rewarding! Watch for this event in November 2017 when Michael Hickman's spicy parsnip soup will again be on the menu.
2017 sees Christine Gibb arranging a wonderful slate of speakers for our monthly meetings.
'Permaculture' will be an event to be held in conjunction with the Hudson Food Collective and the History Garden. Sheena Ellis and Doris Elliott are busy rounding up prizes for the monthly raffles.
Bill Osler, our unrelenting treasurer, will oversee the financial aspects of the club. Margaret Waller will assume the Presidency and Kathy Leech will continue as Secretary for 2017.
John Hill will look after the Lambert de Wit education grant; William McCann the website; Jean Marois our translations; and Lynda Gillmeister e-mails and media relations.
The theme of this year's Flower Show, coordinated by Kathy Conway, is Fashion, Fun and Flowers; let's all be there to support Kathy and her team and have fun doing so.
Deborah and her committee have finalized the Bus Tours. We shall be visiting a garden that has the largest collection of annuals in Quebec, shade loving plants at another and in time for the peonies and irises at another! And the lunches! One on the list is the exceptional La Rabouillere a BYOB with an award winning Table Champetre. Trips will be sold individually or as a package.
Best news ever: our Local Garden Tour is back! Carole Heider is organizing the event to be held on Sunday, July 23 with several superb gardens to visit. At the last house on the tour, it will be your choice: cookies and juice or, for a nominal fee, fine wine and cheese delights in a beautiful setting.
I'm sure you're all anxious to hear the results of my garden make-over last summer. I had a large stone retaining wall rebuilt and planted several different varieties of Hosta and day lilies along the wall. It's lookin' good, if I do say so myself.
As this is the last year of my term as President, I'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the members and volunteers and particularly to my Executive who made my job so much easier. I can't thank you enough.
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.
Meetings open 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, non-perishable food items will now be collected at each meeting and donated to Le Pont Bridging throughout the year.
Please advise us promptly if either your mailing or e-mail address has changed; we will correct your address for the next mailing.
It has been two years since Christina started the Garden Bounty table. It has received some interest, but we need more donations to keep our members wondering what will show up next. What does your garden produce that you would like to share to benefit the club? How about a cute label to garner bragging rights? Lovingly collected heirloom seeds? A unique bloom for the table? A bowl of cherries? Fresh herbs? Edible flowers? A jar of jelly? Eggs from your chickens? Items should be priced $2 or $3, to keep it simple. Just bring your donations for 7:00 and Christina will sell them for the club. Any leftovers not sold by 7:30 will be put in the pot for the monthly raffle. Coming to the first meeting: Multi-Colored Tiger Paw Aster seeds collected from Christina`s Garden. Stunning in arrangements! (Limited supply!)
Meetings & Events
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Please come and march with us - each marcher receives a ticket on a raffle for a fine Irish libation- approved by Mr. Jamieson. Stickers for the children and Forget-me-not seeds from the Alzheimer's Society will be distributed to parade route spectators. For details contact Lorrie Phelan - 450 - 458 -4032
March 21 - Meeting
Note: please come early to renew your membership and reserve a place on the bus for our day trips.
Topic - Gardening for mental health
Early on in her career, landscape designer and founder of Twiggies landscaping company, Kelley O'Rourke recognized the beneficial effects that growing and nurturing something had on
people. In 2015, Kelley launched the Gardening for Mental Health Initiative in the West Island. Through this initiative, Kelley and a dedicated group of volunteers create beautiful outdoor garden spaces for individuals - who are struggling with mental health issues - to enjoy. Come out to learn about this inspiring initiative.
Easter Seed Planting
Easter Seed Planting at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main, Hudson to help children plant seeds in little peat pots and generate interest in gardening among the younger set. (11:00 am - 1:00 pm).
April 18 - Meeting
Annual general meeting, including election of officers.
Topic - Living furniture and fences
The willow is not merely a graceful tree offering shade along the water’s edge or part of the scenery in many children’s storybooks. Young willow ‘whips’ can be coaxed into fabulous pieces of living furniture and living fences. Make room in your schedule to be captivated by local farmer, willow grower, and living furniture-maker Adrian Willison. He will convince you to make room in your garden for a living bench, birdbath, arbour…….
May 16 - Meeting
Topic - "Permaculture 101"
Curious about permaculture? The gardening design that works for young and young-at-heart gardeners alike, and in gardens both tiny and expansive, and everything in-between. The gardening philosophy that strives to be holistic, ethical, and selfsufficient. In this meeting, permaculture guru and founder of P3permaculture Graham Calder will introduce permaculture basics that will help you to read the landscape, analyse problems, and design ecological solutions for your home, garden, farm, and city. This event is jointly sponsored by the Hudson Food
Collective and The History Garden. It is the first of a series of permaculture events in Hudson in 2017.
Hudson Spring Fling Root Sale
Location - Wyman Church
Dig up your roots, label them and bring them to Wyman for the sale - a great fund raiser for the club. Drop off 8:30 - 9:30 am; ends1:00 pm.
June 17 Trip #1
An Ontario Garden Trail
Discover the secrets of Fulford Place while exploring the grand Edwardian mansion and strolling through the restored Olmsted Brothers gardens. Be inspired by the 3 private gardens we will visit and delight in the luncheon at Maplehurst Manor. Visit the Trips tab for more details.
June 20 - Meeting
Topic - Flower Arranging
Celebrate the beginning of the summer season with a perennial favourite: the Hudson Garden Club's annual flower arranging meeting. This meeting is your chance to pick up nifty tips and tricks for everything from preparing stems for the cut flower competition to selecting flowers and greenery from your garden to craft gorgeous (and maybe even awardwinning) arrangements
This meeting is open to the public at no charge.
Flower and Vegetable Show
The theme of this year’s show is Fashion, Fun and Flowers. Everyone should have fun creating arrangements that will contain various fashion elements (jewellery, hat, perfume bottle, etc.).
The flower show committee has made some changes to the rules of the show. The programme booklet will be ready well in advance of the show so that you will have time to familiarize yourself with the changes. This year there are opportunities to enter a maximum of two arrangements of different species in the same section (Class I) ; ditto for potted plants. The Veggie Critter (Class VI ) is now open to everyone - no age limit. We hope you have fun creating a critter.
The show will be held Saturday July 15, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, with registration the evening of July 14 (5:00 to 8:30 pm). We encourage everyone to participate—we hope that with the new rules there will be even more wonderful arrangements and veggie critters on display Please contact Kathy Conway at 450-458-7604 or at kathyconway[at]live.com if you have any questions. The show is open to the public on July 15, noon to 4:00 pm.
July 18 - Meeting
Jo-Anne Gagnon, Le Nichoir
Topic - Prepare your yard for the birds
How can you attract wild birds to your garden? Where should you place your feeder, and what type of feeder and seed should you use? Learn which type of plants will attract different species of birds and what you can do to prepare your yard for them. These are all ways approved by Le Nichoir to prevent injuries and illnesses to our feathered friends. This meeting
will take place at Le Nichoir (across from St James' Church) and begin with a tour of the aviaries.
Local Garden Tour
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy 5 local gardens, some with water features, all with flowers and a wide variety of trees and shrubs. $10.00 for non-members payable at the first garden
visited. Maps available at meetings, Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre and on our website.
Town and Country Living Tour
Be amazed at an Urban Garden behind a town house in Anjou, wonder at a 4.5 hectare colourful park maintained by students at the St. Hyacinthe Agricultural and Technological Institute and buy that unusual shrub you have been searching for at a garden/nursery, which claims to have the most comprehensive collection of plants in Quebec. Lunch will be served at La
Rabouillère, a highly accredited Table Champêtre Farm. Visit the Trips tab for more details.
August 15 - Meeting
Topic - What’s new in perennials and woodies?
Are you thinking about adding some perennials to your garden? Is a new tree or shrub just the thing to spruce up your yard? What new varieties have recently been introduced, and which ones flourish under local growing conditions? Passionate gardener and owner of the Green Thumb Garden Centre in Nepean, Ontario, Mary Reid, will answer these questions and more.
September 19 - Meeting
Topic - Design lessons from British gardens
Gardens in Britain are often called the best in the world. But why? Pat Webster shares her insights. Based on years of visiting gardens in England, Scotland and Wales - and with outstanding photographs to illustrate her points and identify some key characteristics that we can apply in our own gardens, regardless of size. www.siteandinsight.com
Fall Root Sale at Finnegan’s
Dig up your roots, label them and bring them to Finnegan’s on Saturday morning between 8:30 and 10:00 am
October 17 - Meeting
Topic - Mosses: Ancient plants for contemporary gardens
Does your garden need a special finishing touch? How about a zero-moving plant to use as a ground cover or a filler between stepping stones? Mosses may just be the answer. In her talk, Suzanne Campeau, president of Bryophyta Technologies, will introduce the growing trend of incorporating nursery-grown moss carpets into your garden
Christmas Lunch and Demo
On Saturday, November 18 the HGC will host a lively luncheon, which will be followed by a workshop on how to create Christmas decorations/arrangements. More information and tickets
will be available at Garden Club meetings. This promises to be a super event, so mark your calendars!
HGC 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 2015:
• Nova Hudson, in memory of our deceased members
• Le Nichoir
• The Lambert de Wit Education Grant
Discounts for Members
As a member of HGC and through HGC’s membership in the FSHEQ, 2016 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) and Fleuriste Rita(Saint-Lazare). Merci beaucoup !
We welcome your ideas and input. Here is how to get in touch with us:
We thank all the enthusiastic volunteers who work tirelessly with HGC directors to bring you our many activities throughout the season. Thank you!!!