Trees and the Environment

Join the Tweed and District Horticultural Group on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 pm for a presentation by Jim Pedersen. Jim, who works with Stewardship Ontario, will be speaking about the benefits of trees in our community. Jim will also discuss how climate affects trees.

Annual membership fee can also be paid.

The meeting will take place at the Municipality of Tweed Public Library on Metcalf Street.

Christmas Potluck

Members of the Tweed Horticultural Society showcased their culinary talents at the Christmas potluck dinner. Gold ribbons among boughs of fresh evergreen gave the tables a festive flavour. Poinsettias were used to add colour to the table settings and several members were lucky as they won the poinsettias.
Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy gave members an early Christmas dinner. Of course there were many other hot dishes and salads to accompany the turkey. A table laden with dessert satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth.
A great time was had by all. Merry Christmas and a reminder that the next meeting is Feb. 7….hopefully at the new library!

Getting Ready for Christmas

Members of the Tweed and District were as busy as Santa’s elves at the November meeting. Club members Ray, Jean and Linda assisted those attending to design and create Christmas arrangements. Greenery, oasis and small decorative ornaments were supplied for members to use in their arrangements. Everyone’s creativity was evident as no two arrangements were the same. As Ray commented,” the creative energy if just flowing tonight”. Everyone went home with a beautiful Christmas arrangement and many said that they were going to make more!

December’s meeting is the Christmas Potluck at 6:00 complete with turkey and stuffing! Members are to bring their favourite potluck dish. Remember to bring your dishes and cutlery for the dinner!

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.