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St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society

District 10

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The St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society has the distinction of being the oldest, continuous running society in Elgin County. The Ladies Temperance Society held the record until closing a few years back, but since 1870 we have had a horticultural society in St.Thomas and District. Like our banner states "Urbs Bella" we really do have a beautiful city, thanks in part to our active members. Our red rose symbol for our society and the City of St. Thomas is the 'Crimson Glory' an historic Hybrid Tea.
We encourage new members to join us, you can be sure of a warm welcome, no experience necessary just a love of gardening and plants.
We meet the 4th Wednesday of the month Jan to May then September to June at 7:00 at The CASO: Canada Southern Railway Station, 750 Talbot St. W., St.Thomas, Ontario.
There are committees to join that require membership support. These include: Seedy Saturdays, Community Gardens (CASO Station and at the St. Thomas Elevated Park), Annual Spring Plant Sale (May 25), Flower Show-June 20th., 2020 with setup on the 19th., Garden Tour for June 23 of 2019, Adopt a Highway (April, October), Canadale Kids' Club (April 5-7), Canadale Spring Garden Show (April 6-8), St. Thomas-Garden Ontario Website, Facebook, Picture Archive, Newsletter, Refreshments, Speakers, Mini Show planning, membership, Community Gardens (STEP, CASO), Grant Applications.
These positions are not elected positions so a nomination to join is not required. Please help out anywhere you can. Training and support is always available. The Society is as strong as the participation of all its members. Many hands make light work!
Please note that coming as a guest to a Board meeting or sitting on a committee to see the opportunities is a good way to test the waters.

Student Award application must be submitted by the last Friday of April
GENERAL MEETINGS: 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm.
CASO Canada Southern Railway Station - 750 Talbot St. St. Thomas, Ontario (behind Food Basics)

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.
Monsignor Morrison Catholic School - 10 South Edgeware Rd. St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2H3
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Email: st.thomashortsociety@gmail.com
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Ontario Horticultural Association’s The Trillium, quarterly newsletter is at: http://www.gardenontario.org/gar/newsl.php


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Our general meeting location is:

CASO Southern Railway Station
750 Talbot Street ST.THOMAS, Ontario.
St. Thomas N5P 1E2
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The fee to join our society is:

$15 for individual members $20 for 2 family members at one address

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
Society Web Sherry Burgess sburgess1115@gmail.com 519-631-9135
President Jean-Marie Steward jeanmarie.steward@gmail.com 519-913-3721
General Information:

GENERAL MEETINGS: 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm
CASO Southern Railway Station 750 Talbot Street ST.THOMAS, Ontario.
EXECUTIVE MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm
Monsignor Morrison Catholic School 10 South Edgeware Road ST. THOMAS, Ontario

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MEMBERSHIP REMINDER
2019 memberships are now due.
Membership year starts January
$15 for individual members
$20 for 2 family members at one address.
Please pay at meeting or mail to: The St. Thomas & District
Horticultural Society, C/O 35781 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society General Meeting February 27, 2019 7:00 pm CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas Chris Hendry Bonsai Guy - Bonsai Art MINI SHOW Design: “Renewal” a design incorporating dried seed heads Horticulture: A collection of three or more evergreen branches, named. Each branch displayed in its own container and not to exceed 30” Photography: “Garden Bones” - 4”x 6” photo of a garden in winter, mounted on 5” x 7” foam, bristol board/card stock
St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society General Meeting March 27, 2019 7:00 pm CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas Kris McNaughton University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus “Weed & Wildflowers: noxious, poisonous & invasive” MINI SHOW ** Seed and Plant Exchange** Design: “Spring Cleaning” A design of your choice using a recycled article as a container Horticulture: A Pot-el-fleur pg 103 OJS Craft: “Alternative Reality” a contrived flower Pg. 94 OJS
St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society General Meeting April 24, 2019 7:00 pm CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas Janis Harris of Harris Flower Farm - Conditioning and Arranging Garden Flowers MINI SHOW Design: “Spring Awakening” A parallel design, Pg. 102 OJS “Celebrating Spring” A free standing design Pg. 98 OJS Horticulture: Narcissus – 3 blooms, any colour A flowering branch of forsythia, maximum length 30’’ “Can’t Wait” – 4 seedlings, same variety in separate containers, named Craft: Hand painted pot for use outdoors
St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society Field Trip May 15, 2019 2:00 pm Pinafore Park, Elm St. St. Thomas Field Trip to Pinafore Park Green House
St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society General Meeting May 22, 2019 7:00 pm CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas Moore Water Gardens - Urban Ponds MINI SHOW Design: “How Green is my Valley” A foliage design Pg. 97 OJS “Solitary Beauty” A line design featuring one flower Pg. 100 OJS Horticulture: 3 blooms tulips, any variety 1 stem any other spring flowering bulb 5 blooms pansies 1 Iris named if possible Craft: A painted sign for a garden
St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society Plant Sale May 25, 2019 7:30 am Horton Market, St. Thomas Donation of potted and labelled plants by 7:00 am
St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society Garden Tour June 23, 2019 11:00 am to 5:00 pm St. Thomas Tickets and maps available at May General Meeting. Contact st.thomashortsociety@gmail.com
St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society General Meeting and Fall Harvest Show September 25, 2019 7:00 pm CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas Harvest Flower Show Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Entrants are responsible for their own containers. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners HORTICULTURE SECTION: 1. Tomatoes small, truss of 3, calyx on 2. Tomatoes 3 large, calyx on 3. Winter or Summer squash, 2 of same variety 4. 3 carrots 5. Peppers, 2 same variety 6. Onions, leeks or garlic bulbs, 2 of same variety 7. Display of veggies in a shallow container, no larger than 18"X 18" Flowers 8. Asters, 3 sprays 9. Marigolds, single, 3 blooms 10. Marigolds, double, 3 blooms 11. Zinnias, 3 blooms 12. Chrysanthemum - 3 sprays 13. Dahlias, under 5" - 3 blooms 14. Dahlias, over 5" - 1 bloom 15. Any other annual, named 16. Rose, one bloom, named DESIGN SECTION: 17. "Aurora Borealis" A pave design Pg. 102 OJS 18. "Cornucopia” A design incorporating fruits and vegetables 19. "Pollinator" An arrangement featuring roadside material Craft 20. A bird feeder made from a recycled object 21. A Fairy Garden in a container no larger than 12” across Photo 22. A 4 x 6 photo of a garden in Spring or Summer - may be matted or framed

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