Soup’s On!

Drew Ferguson, a chef and instructor from Loyalist College chopped, mixed and stirred while giving Horticultural members many cooking tips at their October meeting. Drew cooked batches of squash soup and potato-leek soup using locally grown ingredients. When asked about the recipe for the soups, Drew admitted that he rarely uses one. According to Drew, anyone can make soup but it is the presentation and the correct combination of seasonings that “make” the soup one to remember. Members sampled the soups agreeing with Drew about the seasoning and the presentation….squash soup with sour cream and caramelized pecans!!

Drew also explained that he grew 5000 garlic bulbs on his farm this year and they are sold out! Next year he plans to plant 7000…so get your orders in early.

Drew started a new venture with his students at Loyalist last year. As part of his program to encourage the concept to “grow locally”, students came to his farm in the spring to plant vegetables and returned in Sept to harvest the produce to be use in the cooking classes at Loyalist. Drew also developed a “partnership” with Richters Garden Centre on Highway #62. Richters donated some land for vegetable planting and the students planted in the spring and returned to harvest in the Fall. It was such a successful venture that Richters is planning to utilize more land for the veggie garden in 2011.

As members were sipping the delicious soup, Drew concluded his presentation by stressing the importance of buying locally and knowing what we are eating!

The Autumn Garden

Cutting back perennials and visiting the local garden centre to purchase that mandatory mum plant are how many people prepare their gardens for Fall. Through a colourful slide presentation, Phil Kennedy, a Master Gardener from Prince Edward County showed members of the Tweed Horticultural Society how colour, form and texture in the garden can lead to a beautiful Fall landscape. And there is no need to rush to the garden centre to purchase that mum plant!

A variety of conifers and deciduous trees in a garden add beauty to the landscape especially in the Fall. Some of Phil’s favourites are Golden Ginko, Red Maple, Golden Eclipse and Purple Diablo Ninebark. From personal experience, Phil reminded the audience to do their homework when designing their garden. It is important to read the labels on trees and shrubs regarding height and diameter. Another point to keep in mind when planting is that deciduous trees change colour at different times throughout the Fall.

Visiting the Garden Centre in the Fall is a good time to purchase trees and shrubs as they are usually on sale. Mass planting is more effective in large country gardens.

Rose hips add both colour and interest to a Fall garden. Phil recommend NOT to deadhead roses after the end of August in order to encourage the formation of the hips and strengthen the canes.

Grasses add elegance to Fall gardens. Some of Phil’s favourites were Miscanthus, Pampus Grass and Zebra Grass. Leaving the grass until spring to cut back adds interest to the garden in winter.

Perennials like Russian Sage add colour, form and texture to the Fall landscape. Mass planting of annuals such as zinnias adds colour until the frost comes.

September Meeting

Don’t give up on your gardens just yet. The autumn garden can be beautful with a riot of fall colour. Join us on Sept. 7 at 7.30 to hear Phil Kennedy from Picton who will give us some ideas for adding longer beauty to our fall gardens. Meeting is held at Hillside View Apartments, 23 McCamon Ave. Tweed and guests are welcome.

Celebrating Canada Day

Another successful Flowerama at Tweed Memorial Park on Canada Day. Visitors strolled through the large tent checking out the artful displays and arrangements. There were large urns packed with plants; graceful displays in crystal and even a table of breakfast tray arrangements.
Here’s a look at a few of the presentations on display:

Flowerama

Don’t miss the Canada Day Flowerama at Tweed Memorial Park starting at 10 a.m. on July 1.
Bring something for display inside or outside the tent. Bring decorative containers for outside the tent and for inside, start thinking of some creative displays or fit one (or all!) of our themes.
Themes for this year are: Eco-Dry – sedums, succulents, grasses, etc.; Food for Thought – mixed lettuce greens, edible flowers, watermelon arrangement, etc.; New Additions – coleus, hostas and other wonders you have found; By the Roadside – native plants arranged in containers of your choice; Sparkle – cut flowers in crystal.
See you on the 1st!

Successful Day

It was another successful plant sale!
The Tweed and Area Horticultural Society annual plant sale was held last Saturday at Tweed Memorial Park at Stoco Lake.
Members and townsfolk dug up perennials from their gardens to sell in support of the Society.
Plants were priced in the $2-$3 range. Most of the plants sold during the four-hour sale raising about $1800 to fund the efforts of the Society for the coming year.

Buy Local

Even the youngsters can spot a good deal! Come out to the Tweed and Area Horticultural Society annual plant sale on Sat. May 22 at 8 a.m. to find great prices on locally-grown perennials.

Plants are all from the gardens of members and are priced to sell!

Great prices, great plants will help you create your own great garden.

Plant Sale

Come check out the Tweed and District Horticultural Society’s annual Plant Sale May 22 at 8 a.m. The sale is held in Tweed Memorial Park at Stoco Lake.

It’s a great place to shop for perennials.

Members are asked to bring their plants early and to have the name and color on the label (use popsicle sticks for labels). If special care or conditions are required, include these on the label as well.

Talking About Potscaping

Filling a pot with annuals or perennials. Filling more pots then massing those pots to create a vignette – that’s Potscaping. And that’s what gardening expert Marjorie Mason Hogue spoke about at the Tweed and District Horticultural Society meeting on May 4.

Marjorie’s love of gardening was evident throughout her informative presentation and she shared some wonderful ideas with the audience. Many gardeners tend to fill their pots with annuals and leave them in one location throughout the summer months, she says. But you have the freedom to move your pots throughout your garden during the season. She also suggests, for added textured and color,  planting perennials, herbs and vegetables in pots. And if you move the perennials around your garden during the season, you’ll likely find the best spot to plant that perennial come fall.

Marjorie also explained how to potscape using spring bulbs. Nothing excites a gardener more than a pot of spring tulips. In the fall, plant the bulbs in a hanging basket, keeping the hanger attached. Plant the basket in the garden, leaving the hanger exposed so you’ll know where the basket is located in the spring. Next spring, when the garden has thawed, dig up the pot and you’ll have a pot of spring flowers.

You can visit Marjorie’s garden centre (Mason House Gardens) online at http://www.masonhousegardens.ca/ or in person in Uxbridge, ON. You can also read Marjorie’s column in every issue of Canadian Gardening Magazine and hear her radio show “Let’s Get Growing” every Saturday morning on CKDO 107.7FM or 1580AM or listen live at http://www.ckdo.ca/.