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Port Hope Garden Club

District 4

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Message from the 2019 President: Carole Elliott

During the past year our club has been busy with new and continuing projects. We increased our promotion by producing and posting more posters to heighten our visibility in the community and holding a garage sale and membership promotion event in conjunction with the town’s annual Arts and Crafts festival in Memorial Park to attract additional attention. Our membership grew to 62 from 50.

Members appreciate our new newsletter Kaleidoscope containing Club activities as well as information about events of interest in the area.

We expanded our Pollinator Patch in Garden Hill and added a specially designed bee hotel. The municipality asked us to increase the number of winter baskets we design and arrange annually from four on Walton Street to an additional four on Ontario Street and three in Lent’s Lane – up to 11.

For our turn hosting the four-garden tour in our area, we featured seven gardens which were enjoyed by over 60 people although it was one of the few days it rained this summer. Our interesting A Day in the Country bus tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees, on another rainy day.

Members of our board and those who volunteer enjoy the activities. Yet, recruiting others to serve on the board of directors continues to be a challenge. We face the coming year without a secretary or vice-president. We would like to reintroduce a bursary program but have decided not to proceed until we have a volunteer to coordinate the project. We hope
that some of our new members will want to become directors. In the meantime, we are working effectively as a team.

During 2019, we will continue our existing activities such as the plant sale in May; a bus tour in July; the yard sale/membership promotion event in August and the winter bridge baskets. As we are looking at ways we can further beautify Port Hope, let us have your suggestions. As always, we welcome members’ suggestions for activities to enhance our Club.

Carole Elliott


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Our general meeting location is:

Ruth Clarke Centre
81 Mill Street South
Port Hope L1A 2N8
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The fee to join our society is:

$15 per person; $20 per family

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Carole Elliott porthope@gardenontario.org 905-885-0098
General Information:

Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of the month at the Ruth Clarke Centre, 81 Mill Street South, Port Hope, ON L1A 2N8.
Refreshments at 7:00 pm • Meetings start at 7:30 pm

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
AGM plus two Slideshows by Members Mon Jan 21, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre 1) Suzi Gabany on her recent trip to Malta; 2) Victoria Terry on her trip to les Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac, an 18th Century Italian Renaissance garden in the Dordogne region of France
"26 Types of Flowers, Fun Facts, Growing Tips & Top 10 Must-Haves" Mon Feb 18, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Garry Edwards, Horticulturist, Meadow View Gardens, Roseneath
"Birds and Garden Habitats" Mon Mar 18, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Elizabeth Kellogg, Naturalist, Port Hope
"Gardening as We Mature" Mon Apr 15, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Charlie Dobbin, Horticulturist & Landscape Designer, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin, Richmond Hill
PLANT SALE 8:30–10 am (or until all plants are sold) Sat May 11, 2019 Port Hope Fair Centre, McCaul St, Port Hope L1A 1L2
SPRING/MAY FLOWER SHOW (submit entries 6:45–7:15 pm). "The Secret World of Mushrooms: An Eye-Opening Introduction to the Fungal Kingdom" Mon May 13, 2019 (2nd Mon) Ruth Clarke Centre Irka Dyczok, DesignFarm Inc, Toronto
JUNE FLOWER SHOW (submit entries 6:45–7:15 pm). "Getting Your Garden Off the Ground: Trellises, Supports, etc and the Importance of Soil" Mon Jun 17, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Joanne Weber, Eastcliff Farm, Ayton
FOUR-CLUB GARDEN TOUR, this year hosted by Cramahe Hort Society Sat Jun 22, 2019, 12:30-4:30 pm Cramahe Township cramahehort.ca/events/
"A Day in the Country" BUS TRIP One day during week of Jul 15, 2019 BUS TRIP Stay tuned for information about an interesting day out to be planned visiting a local farm, greenhouse or garden centre—following on the success of our 2018 bus trip!
YARD SALE & MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION for our club, at the Port Hope Arts Festival Sat Aug 10, 2019, 10 am - 3 pm Memorial Park, next to the Town Hall Please consider donating gardening tools, books, cuttings, vases, urns, pots, ornaments, treasures, finds, etc!
SUMMER FLOWER & VEGETABLE SHOW (submit entries 5:15–5:45 pm) Mon Aug 19, 2019, After Picnic Ruth Clarke Centre
"Ornamental Grasses" Mon Sep 16, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre John Statham, John’s Garden Centre, Uxbridge
ANNUAL AWARDS. "Pollinators and Other Good Bugs" Mon Oct 21, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Susan Chan, Pollination Biologist & Agriculturalist
"Ideas for Winter Planters and Other Decorations" Mon Nov 18, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre Yona Stadke, Yona’s Greenhouses, Roseneath
CHRISTMAS FLOWER & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW (submit entries 6:45–7:15 pm) Various Garden Styles from the documentary series “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn” Mon Dec 16, 2019 Ruth Clarke Centre
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Speaker TBD. Mon Jan 20, 2020 Ruth Clarke Centre

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