Apples, Rocks and Streams

Don DeGenoava, Cathy Anderson from the Tweed Public Library and Diana Cassidy-Bush.

Don DeGenova of Tweed was one of the guest speakers at the April meeting of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society. Don and Diana Cassidy-Bush of Fresh Landscape showed a clip of Don’s garden that was featured in the television show, My Backyard in an episode that focused on “Mega Garden Makeovers”. After viewing the clip, members agreed that this garden certainly underwent a “mega makeover”. When Don approached Diana to work “her magic” on his garden his only request was to keep the setting looking natural. Two ponds with fish, a river bed flowing among evergreens, vegetable gardens and a wildflower garden were incorporated into the landscape. Diana, known as a “rock artist” invited Don to accompany her to select the “perfect” rocks for the limestone waterfall. The wildflower garden is filled with milkweed, golden rod and asters with pathways meandering throughout. Through careful planning, flowers bloom at different times of the year ensuring that the garden always has colour. Diana’s design has created rooms within the garden for the owners to relax and enjoy the marvelous views of the surrounding area.

Colin Campbell, Campbell Orchards in the County.

Colin Campbell, of Campbell Orchards on Rednersville Road in the county was the second speaker for the evening. The orchard has 12-15 acres with 25 varieties of apples, vegetables, cherries, strawberries, pears and peaches. There is a store on site that sells the fruit and veggies and homemade pies as well as small gifts. Space is also rented off site for storage. According to Colin, it is very difficult for the average homeowner to grow apples. At his orchard he is always trying to improve the quality of his apples through grafting, pest control and balancing his fruit crop. New apple varieties that are coming soon are “zestar” and “snow sweet”. Colin did give the members a hint about apple pies…..use a variety of apples and even toss in a pear….delicious!

May Meeting:

Kathleen Lang, graduate from the Algonquin College Horticulture and Landscaping Program and Master Gardener will speak about poisonous plants. Through her presentation, she will discuss how to identify these plants, precautions to be taken and what to do if you come in contact with them.

NOTE: The presentation will be at the White Building at 7 pm. Admission $3.00 for non-members.

Looking ahead…..

Peterborough Garden Show at Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough. Friday April 12-Sunday April 14. Cost is $6.00 per person.

David Morgan of Lee Valley Tools will speak at the Land O’Lakes Garden Club on April 11, 2013 at 7 pm. He will speak about how to irrigate your garden.

District 3 Spring AGM on April 27, 2013 in Brockville.

May 4…Spring Clean-up of flower beds in Tweed. Meet at the Moira Garden at 9am with your tools and lots of energy!

May 18…Plant Sale at Tweed Memorial Park. Please have plant material at the park by 7am. If you have a large quantity of one plant, having a colour photo wrapped in plastic will help to entice the buyers!!! For more information or if you need your plants picked up, please contact Joan@613-478-6115

May 29…Bus Trip to Ottawa…opportunity to explore several nurseries and shop, shop, shops for plant materials. Cost is $45.00 per person. For more, please contact Linda @613-478-6850.

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