PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2017
We celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Nepean Horticultural Society with a trip down memory lane at the June Dessert Social and November Potluck Dinner. Jayne Huntley, once again followed suggestions from members to arrange for 6 speakers to share their knowledge on Dividing and Maintaining Perennials, Flies as Pollinators, Creating a Wildflower Meadow, Pruning, Lacto-Fermentation and Getting Rid of your Lawn. Jeff Skevington’s talk about pollinators was part of the OHA’s focus on pollinators in 2017, Canada’s 150th.
Another special event this year, was a demonstration of floral design presented by Carole Koch at the Nepean Museum on Saturday, April 8th. Of the 20 participants, 10 were from the community. The goal was to encourage participation in the floral design part of our flower shows. For the second year, the Spring Show was held at CVUC with space for an Opportunity Table and Tea Room. Over 40 people came to the show. Street signs and other publicity attracted community members. The June Show and Harvest Show showcased an amazing variety of beautiful plants and flowers. Five mini shows added interest and beauty at regular meetings. Thank you to all of you who contributed such interesting entries to all the shows and to Sandra Hession for running the opportunity table at 7 events.
Apart from meetings at CVUC, several members attended the District 2 AGM on Earth Day in Eganville and came home with ideas and inspiration from 4 three speakers as well as pretty pansies which decorated the tables. Elaine Petermann attended the provincial convention in Richmond Hill in July. Workshops, speakers, flower show and networking with members from across the province provide ideas and inspiration. Several members participated in a very successful District 2 Flower and Edibles Show in Almonte in August. Judy Fine had a stunning exhibit in the design class that featured heritage of different cultures, part of the Canada 150 theme.
Three board members visited a horticultural class at Sir Guy Carleton High School last December and were intrigued by the aquaculture set up in the greenhouse. The NHS was invited to be a community partner as the course applied for a higher academic designation. The school had hoped to have a vegetable garden set up this summer but it was delayed so volunteer gardeners from the NHS were not needed. As usual, we were represented at the Sir Guy graduation ceremony in June to present a bursary to a graduate from the horticulture program.
To finish the 60th celebration, the board voted to contribute $250 to the Shelterbelt project at the Central Experimental Farm. Janine Deman has also been developing a new more colourful website and we are continuing to investigate ways to publicize our activities and attract more members, for example, in October, we had a display at the Emerald Plaza branch of the library. We are happy to welcome three new members to the board for 2018.