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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 !

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Web site: http://hgc.fsheq.net
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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.

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