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Message from the President for 2014

Looking back over “The Year That Was”, it’s plain to see that Omemee has a healthy and vibrant Horticultural Society!

In December 2012 following the Induction of the 2013 Board of the ODHS, we entered a prize winning float in the Omemee Santa Claus Parade under the creative leadership of Gaynor McMullen. For the sixth year we organized the Judged Flower Show at the Peterborough Garden Show under the capable leadership of Donna Hunter.

Several Omemee delegates attended the various OHA and District 4 scheduled events, the “March Get Together”, the “April AGM in Port Hope”, the “June Celebration Event” in Peterborough, the OHA Convention in Thunder Bay, the District 4 Archival Workshop and the Fall Seminar in Colborne. Some members also attended many other Garden related Tours and went on Bus trips and shopping events.

A wonderful meeting and field trip was arranged to visit “Green House on the River Garden Centre” where Elyn and Peter Green were celebrating 25 years in business. On a beautiful July evening we toured lovely gardens in the Omemee area arranged by Sue Lajeunesse. Other daytrips were arranged to Minden Flower Show, John Stratham’s Nursery and places in the Uxbridge area.

Our Annual May Plant fundraising Plant Sale at the Curling rink was successful with quality plants which were well presented and affordably priced quickly snatched up by the yearly bargain hunters.

The Junior Garden Club met 3 times May, August and October. There were 27 children registered, 16 girls and 11 boys. It was a better growing season and the entries at the August show were evident.

Our main project for 2013 was to renovate the Fire Hall and Marina Beds. Once again under the leadership of Joanne Windrem, MG and Aron Muscutt, Horticulturalist the Fire Hall Bed was completely renovated. The Beach Garden bed had a mini restoration with the raising of the stone marker with the historical plaque marking the spot of three former schools. The Marina bed was postponed due to the village sewer construction around it. A mini renovation was also done at the LCBO bed removing some of the invasive ground cover. A black Iron Obelisk with Maple leaves is to be installed in the centre of the LCBO bed in the next few weeks. We are very grateful to Joanne and Aron for their continued leadership which inspires us to work in the village gardens.

Our OHA web site www.omemeeblooms.ca won second prize from the judge at OHA the Convention.

As our Omemee Horticultural Society turns 75 years old, we can rejoice that we have a thriving society of 99 dynamic members, many of whom willingly give untold volunteer hours creating and maintaining so many beautiful places in our village. Thank you all.

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