Hudson Garden Club 2016 Activities
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A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
2015 was a very successful year for the Hudson Garden Club. We had a superb day for the Garden Party which was held on the lovely property of Louis and Mary Leprohon. The Flower Show was well attended and the day trips to the Gatineau and the Botanical Gardens were enjoyed by all. Our Local Garden Tour was a little soggy . . . alright, a lot soggy; but the goodies offered at the Tea Garden buoyed everyone's spirits. A warm thank you to all the Executive and the Members - all this would not have been possible without you and all your hard work!
2016 sees Christine Gibb busy organizing a fabulous slate of Speakers for our monthly meetings. For one, we shall be listening to the always personable Alexander Reford from Reford Metis Gardens! We will be having Fun with Fungi at another. Unfortunately, due to the lack of response to our request for gardens and volunteers, we will not be holding our usual local garden tour this year. As a result, your Executive is busy planning wonderful Day Trips to see private gardens in quaint Knowlton in the Eastern Townships and in charming Chelsea in the Gatineau region. There will be superb lunches; for example, we shall dine at the renowned L’Orée du Bois in Chelsea. Those who subscribe to both events will receive a discounted rate.
Again, because of lack of volunteer response, there will be no Garden Party this summer; howev-er, in November, we are organizing a lovely luncheon and a demonstration on the creation of Holiday decorations (centerpieces, wreath making etc.) More on this to come.
Personally, I plan to do a garden makeover this season . . . anything from a simple plant de-cluttering to a major redo of main garden areas. Perhaps we all could have a similar resolution and then attend monthly meetings to learn how to accomplish this and go on the Day Trips to see how others do it!
Plan to help grow our membership by bringing new gardeners into the Club to share ideas and our Garden Bounty (a new happening at our Summer and Fall meetings.) Plant everything you buy; if not, give them to a neighbour or a new gardener who will appreciate them. So, in March, come to the first of our monthly meetings - the third Tuesday of every month - and bring a friend!
This year's Flower Show theme is “Tchin Tchin” so let's raise our glasses to another successful gardening season!
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.
March 15 - Meeting
Note: please come early to renew your membership and re-serve a place on the bus for our day trips.
Topic - Garden pests and disease control
Tereska Gesing is the owner of Urban Seeding, a company that helps Montrealers grow food in the city by planting vegetable gardens and doing edible land-scaping in yards, schools and work sites. Tereska’s talk will help you defend your vegetable garden against unwanted pests, critters and diseases.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Please come and join us in this community event and proudly display your “green thumbs”!
For details contact Lorrie Phelan - 450 - 458 -4032
April 19 - Meeting
Annual general meeting, in-cluding election of officers.
Doug and Judy Harvey
Topic - Ponds, pools, and other water features in the garden
For over 20 years, Doug and Judy Harvey (Pond World Inc.) have been the Canadian leaders in creating stunning, one of a kind water environments that allow home-owners to reconnect with na-ture, create their own peaceful oasis, while adding beauty and splendor to their proper-ties. Their talk will inspire you to introduce a pond, pool or small water feature into your garden.
May 17 - Meeting
Topic - Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens
Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens are the extraordinary achievement of a passionate gar-dener - Elsie Reford. In the summer of 1926 at the age of 54, she began transforming her fishing camp on the Métis River in northeastern Quebec into a garden. Come and listen to historian and Reford Gardens director Alexander Reford’s fascinating tales of the gardens over their 90 year history.
June 21 - Meeting
Topic - Flower Arranging
A demonstration of how to make award winning arrange-ments.
This meeting is open to the public at no charge.
Flower and Vegetable Show
The theme of this year’s show is Tchin Tchin. Please refer to the Floral Arrangement sheet for a description of the Arrange-ments and start planning your entries.
The show will be held Saturday July 16, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, with registration the evening of July 15 (5:00pm to 8:30 pm).
July 19 - Meeting
Pierre Noël and Judith Noël Gagnon
Topic - We put the “fun” in Fungi
Pierre and Judith run, a fam-ily business specializing in everything related to mushrooms. Come and discover the frontiers of the “fun”gi world, from the forest to the kitchen, from the garden to the workshop!
Trip #1- Chelsea, QC(near Ottawa) Garden Tour
No local garden tour in Hudson? So come and enjoy the charming village of Chelsea and four local gardens. La Chasse – Gardée du Marais and three other private gardens. Lunch will be at L’Orée du Bois Restaurant. This is truly a day not to be missed.
Reservations with payment by cheque, to Hudson Village Travel 450-458-7041. Price including lunch or excluding lunch TBA. There will be only one bus, seats are limited, so it will be first come, first served. If there is still availability on June 23, seats will be offered to non-members. Click here for more details.
Trip #2 - Knowlton, QC Garden Tour
Our second garden tour will be in the area of Knowlton/Brome Lake. Three privately owned gardens will be opened for us to visit. Lunch will be at Le Re-lais Knowlton. On our return we will stop off at a vineyard for a wine tasting!! Another trip not to be missed.
Reservations with payment by cheque, to Hudson Village Travel 450-458-7041. Price including lunch or excluding lunch TBA. There will be only one bus, seats are limited, so it will be first come, first served. If there is still availability on July 13, seats will be offered to non-members. Click here for more details.
***Come on both trips and take advantage of a discount!***
August 16 - Meeting
Topic - Backyard Composting
Edith Smeesters is an author, environmental activist and re-spected lecturer on ecological approaches to landscaping. Her talk will unveil the fascinating world of backyard composting. Her practical tips will cover what to compost (or not!), how to avoid unwanted smells and ani-mal visitors, how to handle sum-mer grass clippings, autumn leaves, winter branches and much more.
September 20 - Meeting
Topic- Botanical Prints
Céline Arsenault is a botanist and worked as chief archivist and historian at the Montreal Botanical Garden for 30 years before retiring. Her talk will cover the history of botanical illustration and how botanical prints contributed to the development of botany throughout history.
October 18 - Meeting
Topic– Orchids for Everyone
André is Président, Société des Orchidophiles de Montréal and Directeur, Orchidexpo In-ternational de Montréal, He is an avid gardener and a spe-cialist of orchids and roses. He will share his extensive knowledge of and passion for orchids.
November 19 - DIY Holiday Décor Demo
On Saturday, November 19th. the HGC will host a lively luncheon, which will include Michael's famous homemade soup. Lunch 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!!!