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The sun is shining as I write this, glittering the ice-covered snow that encases my February garden. But underneath that ice, I believe tulip and daffodil bulbs are twitching, trees and shrubs are sapping. A new season beginning.

Your garden club Board of Directors has planned a season of enticing activities that we hope will increase Club membership and turn out for monthly meetings. First, we offer a new members recruitment bonus. Through March and April, “old” members who bring in a “new” member will be eligible for a prize of two, $25 gift certificates from a local garden centre. Our Monthly Meeting Raffle will change form. As many Club members have expressed less interest in acquiring “things”, the monthly raffle will become a draw for a gift certificate from a local business. Details to follow.

In April we look forward to Meredith Royds again leading the AGM segment. Among other business, Meredith will be calling for nominations for Vice President and Secretary. Get ready to stand up!

Speaker coordinator, Christine Gibb, has used member’s topic suggestions collected during the November Luncheon to recruit speakers. The season opener will feature our friends from Hudson Heartbeet Farm. Then, Hudson Physiotherapist Hristo Hristov will lead an active session to get our bodies ready to garden and avoid injuries. Later offerings include, Liz Primo on Front Yard Gardens, Hydrangia specialist, Denis Bernard, former Lambert de Wit Scholarship winner, Christy Lovatt on climbing plants (excluding clematis); and “Fleur de ville” a team of innovate flower designers from Vancouver.

The bus trips planning committee led by Deborah Barclay has planned an overnight, two-day bus trip in late July that will allow us to explore five Ontario gardens (and dine well, of course) as far away as Kingston. Lorrie Phelan, Past President, has been recruiting local gardens to visit and invites you to join the committee that will coordinate the Hudson Gardens Tour in August. We will celebrate the end of the gardening season in early November with the now traditional luncheon followed by a demonstration of seasonal ar-rangements by Garden Club member, Barb Gibb.

The 2018 Flower and Vegetable Show is still on the July calendar. However planning has begun later than usual and the new leader is also new to the club, so if you want the show to go on, prepare to shoot your hand up at the call for volunteers.

The 2017 Spring Roots Sale held as part of Hudson Spring Fling on Wyman Church Lawn was a financial success in spite of slightly damp weather. The Fall Root Sale at the Community Centre was also a financial success, thanks to donations of much prized peony roots donated by Lindsay D’Aoust. Thank you, Lindsay!

The 2018 Spring Root Sale is again planned for Spring Fling in early June on Wyman Lawn. We invite members to suggest a location for the Fall Sale, planned for September.
The Local Gardens Tour in June will culminate with tea and treats in a local garden setting. The 2017 Gardens Tour was a super success thanks to faultless planning by Carole Heider et al., perfect weather, and exquisite gardens loaned by Nicole and Gordon Simpson, Susan Wild, Barbara and Neil Hindle and Jeannie and Rusty Thomson. The location for tea and treats at the end of the tour was picture perfect.

Margaret Waller

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.

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.

Garden Bounty
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

March 20 - Meeting
Note: please come early to renew your membership and reserve a place on the bus for our day trips.

The Heartbeet: planting roots in Hudson - Rébecca Phaneuf-Thibault and Loïc Freeman-Lavoie
The Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm will describe its three-pronged approach that links organic production, education and community building. Come learn about the ideas that brought this initiative to life and the tangible ways in which they are being achieved: produce distribution, activity schedules, programmes, etc. 

March 31
Seed Planting
Seed Planting from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Stepehen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main, Hudson to help children plant seeds in little peat pots and to inspire young gardeners. .

April 17 - Meeting
Annual general meeting, including election of officers.
Fleurs de Villes - Tina Barkley and Karen Marshall

Fleurs de Villes combines a love of flowers, local design talent and bespoke, utterly unique displays to create brilliant experiential events. In each host city, founders Tina Barkley and Karen Marshall work with top local florists, designers, growers and nurseries, to showcase that city’s world-class talent and create stunning displays of floral art. Between exhibits in Quebec City and Ottawa, Tina Barkley and Karen Marshall will appear at the Hudson Garden Club to talk about the inspiration, the process, the florists, and of course, to present gorgeous photos of the flower-clad mannequins.

May 15 - Meeting

Tending to your gardening body - Hristo Hristov
Have you ever wished you could escape those niggling aches and pains that sprout each spring when you take the gardening tools out of the shed? Physiotherapist and avid gardener, Hristo Hristov, will explain ways you can prepare for the gardening season, avoid injury and sooth parts that talk back. Come wearing clothes that allow you to bend and stretch … this talk will have you moving!

June 2
Spring Fling and Plant Sales Wyman Church Lawn (TBC)

June 19 - Meeting
Front yard gardens, - Liz Primeau
Forget grass? A front garden can be more interesting, attractive and colourful, as well as environmentally friendly. Liz Primeau, founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine, shows how she converted her own no-personality front lawn to a natural beauty filled with plants, perfume, colour, bees, birds and butterflies and shows some gardens others have created.

June 24
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.

July 13/14
Flower and Vegetable Show
The show will be held Saturday July 14, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, with registration the evening of July 13 (5:00 to 8:30pm).
We encourage everyone to participate.
The show is open to the public on July 15, noon to 4:00 pm.

July 17 - Meeting
Joint event with Hudson Food Collective
Jackie Martin, Farm Manager, Concordia’s City Farm School and Rooftop Gardens.

July 25 & July 26
New! Mini-Break to Kingston
A two day all-inclusive trip with an overnight stay at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston. Enjoy 5 private gardens, good food and great company! For all the details including prices, please see the itinerary. (Pages 10 to 12).Tickets will be on sale at the March meeting and afterwards at Hudson Village Travel. Reservations are confirmed with payment by cheque (no cash please), made out to the Hudson Village Travel.

WARNING. This trip is open to members until 20 April after which non-members will be in-vited. If fewer than 50 passengers have reserved and paid by the 30 April, the trip will be cancelled.

August 21 - Meeting
Gardening Q+A with the locals
Come and share your experiences and learn from other gardening experts in the HGC.

September 18 - Meeting
Hydrangeas, more than just Hortensias - Denis Bernard
Join passionate horticulturalist and author of Les hydrangées, Denis Bernard, to learn all about hydrangeas. What are the different types of flowers, what are the best choices for Quebec gardens? Once in the garden, what do you need to know about cultivation, basic care, pruning, pests and dis-eases? And, why are there no flowers? How can you change the colour of your mopheads and lacecaps? What are the secrets to success? All this and more!

September 22 Fall Root Sale - Location TBA

October 16 - Meeting
Climbing plants (other than Clematis) - Christie Lovat
Past recipient of the Lambert de Wit award, Christie Lovat presents climbing plants, their unique biology, and the best choices for homes and gar-dens. Topics include how climbing plants are unique compared to other plant groups, how they stick to walls (and can destroy them), the specific care required to main-tain them (especially indoors), and the fascinating ways that they sense the structures and prey (for parasitic vines) that they need to survive. She will cover a wide range of vines for the indoor and outdoor garden, from ubiquitous grapes to less common species such as climbing onion and porcelain berry, and give you the knowledge you need to choose the right plant for your space.

November 3
Christmas Lunch and Demo
Christmas luncheon followed by Barb Gibb, an active Hudson Garden Club member, who will demonstrate seasonal, Christmas holiday arrangement techniques, including a segment with her granddaughter, Ada Gibb-Béchette to illustrate specific strategies with kids.

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
• Ecomuseum
• 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 !

Tell Us!!
We welcome your ideas and input. Here is how to get in touch with us:

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We thank all the enthusiastic volunteers who work tirelessly with HGC directors to bring you our many activities throughout the season. Thank you!!!







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