CP Horticultural Society meetings start March 6

A new season starts for Carleton Place & District Horticultural Society on March 6, 2019. The first meeting of the year will be an interesting evening, with speaker David Dunn from Rideau Woodland Ramble, near Merrickville, who will give a presentation titled The Design and Making of Shade Gardens. 

Why not come for the evening and find out what our society is all about? It’s an excellent resource for answering all your gardening questions, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced gardener, and to network with others by sharing problems and offering ideas and solutions. We have a question-and-answer session one evening each year with Lanark Master Gardeners, so you can also seek help with your gardening problems there. Membership is only $10 per year for an individual or $15 for a family. You can simply sit back and enjoy the monthly meetings or you can dig right in by helping out with our annual plant sale; potting up for it is great fun. 

Participate in our various flower and vegetable shows, and our annual photography contest. This year we are having three flower shows: a Spring, Summer and Fall Show. The Summer show will be held at Mitchell’s Independent Grocers 455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place, on July 22, and will be open to the public between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. 

Good snow cover at this time of year is the best possible condition for the garden to be in, which by spring should bring forth a bountiful supply of perennials needing to be dug up and divided by members assisting with the potting up for the annual Plant Sale, held this year on May 25 at the Victoria School Garden, located next to the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, and running from 8:30 am until 11:30 am. Funds from this sale provide bursaries to local students pursuing studies in horticulture, forestry or environmental studies. 

As the seasons permit, you can relax and enjoy working with other members in the Victoria School Garden, and then take a stroll through the adjacent community labyrinth or enjoy having a chat with the other volunteers over a cup of tea. And you can also participate in occasional workshops on subjects such as flower arranging, planter gardens, dish gardens, and Christmas decor. 

Members receive a 10% discount at local businesses, including Reid Gardens, Gemmell’s Garden Center, Canadian Tire, Rockwall Gardens, Kiwi Gardens, Hillside Gardens and Whitehouse Perennials, as well as all garden centres that are associated with the Ontario Horticultural Association. 

Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Zion Memorial United Church Hall, 37 Franklin Street, Carleton Place, except for January, February, July and August. The meetings start at 7:00 pm. and refreshments are provided. It’s only $3 for visitors, so come and check us out. For more information visit our website or Facebook page.