Celebrating Canada’s 150th With Horticultural Exhibition in Almonte

“What a beautiful bloom!” “That floral design deserved best in show!” “Why does my houseplant not look like this 1st prize winner?”  These are comments you are likely to hear at the District 2 Flower and Edibles Show in Almonte on August 12, 2017.  Eighteen Horticultural Societies in our District  have been invited to participate in this exhibition, sponsored by the Almonte, Carleton Place and Pakenham Horticultural Societies and everyone is invited to view the exhibits after the judges are finished judging, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Almonte Civitan Hall.  See annuals, perennials, roses and houseplants at their best, vegetables and herbs and spectacular floral designs interpreting titles such as “Land of Waterways”, “Railroad Ties” “The Trans-Canada Highway”and more.

While visiting the exhibition, enjoy a cup of tea and refreshments at the tea room or browse in the vendor area for plants from Rock Wall Gardens and Stoneridge Gardens.  Or head to the Master Gardeners table to have them answer your question “What is that purple spiky thing on table two and does it grow in sun or shade?”  There will also be fabulous garden related items displayed for silent auction, including 2 solitary bees nests.  This being the Year of the Pollinator, gardeners are encouraged to draw bees, butterflies and birds to our gardens, so this “hotel” for solitary bees might just be  the thing you need.  The Mississippi Field Naturalists will also be available to help you with information on what kind of plants these pollinators prefer.

The Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place Societies are excited to host this event and hope that attendees leave inspired and with more knowledge of the wonderful world of plants.  See you there!