MINDEN & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
TUESDAY JULY 7, 2015
MASTER GARDENER: Eileen Hughes gave information on ‘Garlic Scapes’
GUEST SPEAKER: Karen Sloan provided many hints on dried flowers. She donated 2 books for the draw table & a gift for our door prize.
CALL TO ORDER: The Co-Chair, Mary Jane Irwin, called the meeting to order at 8:15 pm and welcomed all on this damp evening.
LOCATION: Minden Community Centre
CHAIR: Co-President, Mary Jane Irwin
ATTENDANCE: There were 45 in attendance.
ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA
Mary Jane Irwin presented Sue Sisson her 25 year pin on behalf of District 4. Barb Ballantyne received her 25 year pin at the District 4 meeting.
MINUTES: Moved by Pauline Plooard, Seconded by Sandria Garry
“That the minutes of the June 2, 2015 General Meeting be adopted as circulated.”
FINANCIAL REPORT: Karen reported that our current bank balance is $2,656.35 plus the GIC.
Moved by Karen Shirley, Seconded by Elizabeth Carrell
“That the financial report be accepted.”
COMMITTEE REPORTS & EVENTS
ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONS –
Moved by Margaret Giles, Seconded by Jessie Geall
“That up to $275 be spent for 20 non-dated signs for the flower show.”
Melanie Hevesi reported that advertising for the flower show has gone into the Highlander, Canoe & Moose, Minden Hills Information page, websites and the Summer Guide. Posters are available for the next meeting speaker & the flower show from her now. Cynthia Gilmore has attempted & failed to get the local press to cover our General Meetings.
COMMUNITY GARDENS – Karen Shirley has purchased & planted more plants in the concrete planters. The cenotaph garden & the bridge boxes need plants too. The plants are not lush as less fertilizer has been applied as they have been rain-watered. Orange & Yellow are the Pan Am games colour as seen in the hanging baskets.
EXCURSIONS – Susan Sheehan reported that the Nursery Excursion & Winston’s Inn was a success. She handed out driving instructions for the Members Garden Tour on Saturday July 25, rain or shine.
FLOWER SHOW – Margaret Giles indicated there are 4 spaces left for the Water Viewing & Parallel Design Workshop July 18th from 10 am to 3pm. Bring a lunch. Elinor Kernohan gave out tags & assigned exhibitor numbers for the flower show. Sandria Garry gave hints on how to make & ice cupcakes for the show. Members were asked to sign up on lists for show duties.
LIBRARY & BULLETIN BOARD – Izabel Janca laid out books about dried flowers.
MEMBERSHIP – Nancy reported that our membership is now >100 and we have 20 Junior members.
T-SHIRTS & CARDS & PINS – Elinor Kernohan is offering our society pins for sale at each meeting. Rose Paliwoda suggested that you can put all your pins on 1 ribbon and then pin the ribbon to your shirt. The T-shirt & Hoodie order is building up. She asked for names of persons requiring a card.
VILLAGE GREEN – Liz Lilley-Case thanked Nancy for planting the hostas under the birch tree and reminded how to take care of the green during your volunteer week.
YOUTH PROGRAM – Jessie Geall reported that one three sisters garden did not come up so the Cultural Centre has planted vegetables in the empty space.
OHA, DISTRICT & OTHER MEETINGS
June Executive Meeting – Mary Jane Irwin reported that signs for the flower show were recommended. Plant purchases were under budget but now more plants are being purchased for the concrete planters & possible for the bridge & cenotaph. It was agreed that a cap of $1,000 would be put on the annual OHA Convention registration subsidy for attending members.
OHA Annual Convention – Mary Jane outlined the convention program & described the plenary speeches. Rose Odell, former District 4 Director is now Vice President of the OHA. Rose Paliwoda entered the competitions and won many ribbons. Our 2014 Flower Show poster won Best in Show. This year’s yearbook, cover & flower show program all won. Rose Paliwoda reported on Whistling Gardens. Elinor Kernohan provided information on the Summer Bulbs talk and will provide a copy of the handout electronically. Susan Sheehan & Pauline Plooard related the talk on Gardening from a Hammock. Karen Shirley mentioned her personal highlights.
Twp. of Minden Hills – Copy of the resolution supporting waiving of rental fees for our use of the Community Centre
Environment Haliburton – July 10, Ralph Pentland will speak on ‘Protecting our Water in a Changing Climate”
Heartwood Gathering – July 10-12, Claremont, Herbal medicine, stewardship, foraging, gardening & permaculture
Dianne Westlake, District 4 Director – Summary of the OHA Annual Convention
Door Prize – Sandria Garry won the prize donated by Karen Sloan & Linda Dodds won a grass plant.
ADJOURNMENT – Moved by Barbara Messner
“That the meeting be adjourned”
Time – 9:25 pm