April 7 2015 Minutes

TUESDAY APRIL 7th 2015  

 TIME:  1:30 pm

LOCATION:   Minden Community Centre

CHAIR:            President, Mary Jane Irwin

ATTENDANCE: There were 40 in attendance today


MASTER GARDENER: Liz Case provided information on direct seeding

GUEST SPEAKER:     Phil Spring spoke about “Horticultural Therapy” and his work at Sunnybrook



CALL TO ORDER: The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm and welcomed all. She explained, for the benefit of new members, the bulletin board, Master Gardeners table, lucky draw table, and refreshment table

MINUTES:    The minutes were amended to state that lily bulbs were obtained from Omemee.

Moved by Pauline Plooard                 Seconded by Marg Chambers
That the minutes of the March 3rd General Meeting be adopted as amended


FINANCIAL REPORT: Karen reported that our current bank balance is $2915.46 plus the GIC.

Moved by Karen Shirley                   Seconded by Margaret Giles
That the financial report be accepted





COMMUNITY GARDENS –Karen Shirley invited anyone interested to attend the next committee meeting on April 14th at 1:00pm at Anne Brown’s. There are more canna lilies to take home from ReMax office and plant; you will be reimbursed for soil purchased. This year downtown gardens will be yellow, orange, red and blue. The person in charge of each garden will be allotted a budget to purchase the flowers they need. This way we hope to get the best quality for the best price. Planting day is Tuesday June 9th (this is revised).

EXCURSIONS – Susan Sheehan again requested members volunteer their gardens for a members’ garden tour this summer.

She is planning a carpool nursery excursion Thursday June 18th to Blossom Hill, Anna’s Perennials, Griffins Green Houses & Horlings Garden Center. Lunch will be $15 – $20 at Winston’s Inn. A sign-up sheet was circulated.

FLOWER SHOW – Margaret Giles confirmed that the judges are booked. Entry tags will be available at the July and August General Meetings; Margaret asked for a volunteer to hand out tags and record exhibitors’ numbers. To decorate the hall, she asked that every member make something that might be seen in an enchanted garden, to be turned in by July 7th. Also if members have enchanted garden items such as gnomes, please lend them for the show. The next committee meeting will be Monday May 11th at 1:30pm.

HYLAND CREST TEA – Anne Brown, Elaine Smith, Barbara Messner and possibly Anica Sabel will serve the tea on May 21st

LIBRARY & BULLETIN BOARD – Izabel Janca will get the new book list to Nancy to distribute

MEMBERSHIP – Nancy reported that our membership is now at 72

PLANT SALE – Rose Paliwoda requested everyone pot up plants for the sale and label them. Bring them to the Village Green on May 23 by 9:00am; the sale starts at 10:00 am. Volunteers are asked to wear their blue shirts.

T-SHIRTS & CARDS & PINS – Elinor Kernohan reported that no cards were sent last month. There was no new interest in ordering t-shirts or hoodies. She is offering our society pins for sale at each meeting.

VILLAGE GREEN – Liz Case will prepare a roster for care of the gardens during the summer; she thanked the volunteers who signed up.

YOUTH PROGRAM – Rose Paliwoda reported that the meeting with Laurie Carmount of Minden Hills Cultural Centre resulted in some good changes being planned. The path will be re-established. The Three Sisters Garden will be enlarged. Members were asked for rhubarb roots (4 needed) and flavoured mint (ginger, chocolate, spearmint & peppermint were offered) for the children to plant. These plants should be brought to the next General Meeting. Members volunteering to help with the Youth Program will need to provide a clean police check and sign a conduct agreement.


District 4 Spring Get Together – Mary Jane Irwin reported that she, along with Liz Case and Karen Shirley attended on March 14th. The guest speaker was Shawn LePalm of Co-operators insurance. He talked about risk management, our coverages and steps to take when an accident occurs.

District 4 Annual General Meeting – is April 25th in Brighton. The society will pay the registration fee for anyone wishing to attend. Mary Jane requested that anyone wishing to attend, let her know at the end of the meeting because the registration and fees must be submitted next week.

OHA Convention –is July 3-5 in Ancaster. All forms and information are on the gardenontario website. Early bird registration is $125 and must be in by June 1st. A townhouse that sleeps eight has been reserved and at present there are two vacancies. Mary Jane urged members to attend because the convention is always fun and informative. Our society will subsidize at least part of the registration fee.


Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society – Martin Galloway is speaking April 16th $10.00

Dig In Workshop – “Grow Your Own Garnish” April 25th Gooderham

Norland Horticultural Society – Laura Mills on “Photography in the Garden” April 15th $5.00

Rachel Gillooly – forum for environmental & economic development April 22nd

Twp. Minden Hills – thanking us for promoting horticulture in the community and enclosing $2000.00 cheque for plants in the village.


Spring Bulb Sale – Barbara Messner outlined the bulbs for sale for $7 per package. Our society will earn 50 cents per bag. The May General Meeting is the last chance to order and bulbs will be delivered for planting this Fall.

Haskaps – Orders will be picked up by Mary Jane at the District 4 AGM. Please pay her today for your orders.

Awards – Since some members were absent for the official presentation of 2014 Service Pins last November, Mary Jane presented Irene Alexander with her 20 year pin. Also she presented 10 year pins to Donna Purdy, Liz Case, Nick Case, Lucy Gray (via Nancy Garbutt), and Linda Kemp.

Door Prize – Corrine Messner won a bee house.

ADJOURNMENT – Moved byRose Paliwoda

“That the meeting be adjourned”   Time – 3:20pm

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