Archive: Events

Nov 20, 2017 - Photo Show   

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Nov 20, 2017 - Christmas Centre Piece    (Gail Murray)

Gail will demo a table arrangement of greens and flowers. She will also show demonstrate 3 other quick Christmas ideas.

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Oct 16, 2017 - “Heritage Trees – Preserving our Natural Roots” and Pot Luck    (Edith George)

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Sep 18, 2017 - Rain Gardens    (Cauleen Viscoff)

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Aug 21, 2017 - “Must Have Plants” and Flower Show   

Junior entertainment using balloons will begin at 7:00, followed by the Junior Awards at 7:30.

A presentation about specials plants, performed by Omemee Master Gardeners, will begin at 8:00

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Jul 17, 2017 - Harvesting & Preserving Your Vegetables    (Joyce Higgs)

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Jun 19, 2017 - “Garden Speak: The Language of Gardening” and Flower Show    (MJ Pilgrim)

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May 20, 2017 - Spring Plant Sale 2017   

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Plans are in the works for our 2017 plant sale!!!!

Once again we will be holding the sale on the long weekend in May, so be sure to mark Saturday May 20 on your calendar!!!

Location is Omemee Legion – this venue worked well last year, and the “enter and exit” turmoil won’t exist! The sale will run from 9am to 11am – come early for best selection, and don’t forget to bring containers for your purchases.

Again this year, we will have three special geraniums! Add in hundreds of perennials, vegetables, shrubs, grasses – another great sale is promised. If all goes well, there should be a great selection of heirloom tomatoes available again this year! I’ll keep you posted!
Keep watching this site for updates – see you on May 20!

Contact me if you have any questions about this event!!! Sale will be held rain or shine (it’s inside) so see you there!

Barb Morrison, Plant Sale Chair



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May 15, 2017 - On Site Visit to Burley’s Gardens   

If you have been to this nursery before, you will know how lovely it is. If you haven’t – then you are in for a treat!

Some of you will remember the Burley’s when they spoke at our February Pot Luck in 2016, and brought in all the lovely tropical plants. Now we are visiting their garden centre.

Marg will speak to us in a large group at about 7. She will tell you about their nursery, her tropicals and some ideas for making fairy gardens. You will then be allowed to wander, and shop. You will see perennials, tropicals, a very large fairy garden display, and possibly some annuals if the weather warms up.

Parking is very limited, so please try to car pool if possible.  We will meet at Trinity Church parking lot at 6 p.m. to load up cars. We will leave at 6:15 sharp.

The address is 2604 Television Rd ( just south of Parkhill)

We will be outdoors so please dress for the weather!!!  In case of really inclement weather, please check your email for a cancellation notice. We hope all will be a go though!
Because of the cool weather, we are asking you to bring your own beverage (possibly a hot one) to warm you up. Also, bring a chair if you want to sit.

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Apr 17, 2017 - Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes: “Ups and Downs”    (Don Collins)

Many years ago, glaciers created geographical features in the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes area.  Don will be telling us about some of these features that we see regularly but may not understand how they were formed and their importance to the geography of our area.

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Mar 20, 2017 - Growing Unusual Veggies    (Paula Anderson)

Please join us to hear the dynamic Paula Anderson as she shares her love of fresh vegetables, from garden to table. Those of you who were with us when we visited her market garden and then her home garden, as part of our on site visit in 2013 will know that she loves her fresh vegetables.

Whether you grow vegetables in the ground, or in raised planter boxes, you will love listening to Paula as she shares her enthusiasm and the vast knowledge that she has at her finger tips.

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Feb 25, 2017 - “What’s the Buzz? Bee Amazed!” and Pot Luck Lunch    (Joe and Hazel Cook)

Come join us for a Potluck Lunch!!!

All are welcome (bring your own plate/cutlery/mug) and, of course, your favourite dish to share!!

Social begins at 11:30am. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm.

After lunch, around 1:00pm, enjoy a presentation – What’s the Buzz? Bee Amazed!!  Members Joe and Hazel Cook will share information (and a bit of humour, no doubt!) about their newest passion, bee keeping.

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Nov 21, 2016 - Photo Show   

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Nov 21, 2016 - Christmas Cactus, Annual Meeting    (Sue Flinders-Adams)

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Oct 17, 2016 - Pot Luck, Summer Successes and Failures   

It is packed full of great food, special awards, intermixed with friendship and laughter. It has been a fun filled year with lots of exciting memories! So don’t miss our end of year pot luck.

Details are below and also in the email sent by Donna.

Please remember that we will be meeting at Trinity United Church!

Social:  5:30

Dinner:  6:00

Presentations: followed by a sharing time

Please bring a plate, mug & cutlery. If you can’t be here by 6:00, come when you can. There is always lots of food and as you know, it takes a while to get everyone through the lines. You are welcome anytime.

Following the dinner Master Gardener Joan Harding will lead us in a discussion of our summer’s Successes and Failures. Bring an idea or a “surviving a drought” tip or true story.  We can learn SO MUCH by sharing our experiences!

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Sep 19, 2016 - An Apple a Day: “Everything You Want To Know About Apples”    (Heidi Behan)

Many members filled the hall to learn about apples and Heidi Brehan from Moore Orchards didn’t disappoint! She not only told us about the ins and outs of apple farming, but she had many humorous on site stories to share as well. There were lots of questions and some great answers. At break, …

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Aug 15, 2016 - Gardening and Living Safely, Flower show   

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Jul 18, 2016 - Fabulous Garden Photos with your Point & Shoot Camera    (Kyle Griffin)

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Jun 20, 2016 - Spring Flower Show and Slide Show   

Judged Flower Show
Exhibits can be placed between 4:30 and 5:30. The doors will be locked until judging is complete. They will re-opened by 6:45 in time for our social time. See our yearbook for categories and instructions

Loonie Auction
Please bring a plant division to donate to the auction. Members will buy tickets to bid on plants they would like to have. Tickets are 10 for $2, or 20 for $3. Winners will be drawn at the end of the night.

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May 21, 2016 - Spring Plant Sale 2016   

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Plan to attend our fabulous plant sale!!!!

Come to the Omemee Legion on Saturday May 21.
Again, we can promise a fantastic selection of perennials, annuals, even heirloom tomatoes (come early for best selection!!!)

Also promised by one of our members are tomato plants that bear HUGE fruits!

This is the only place that you will be able to purchase these tomatoes – where the seeds came from is a secret lol!

Contact me if you have any questions about this event!!! Sale will be held rain or shine (it’s inside) so see you there!

Barb Morrison, Plant Sale Chair



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May 16, 2016 - Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre and Woodland Garden    (Dr Sue Carstairs)

Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre is located at 1434 Chemong Road (Unit #4,) just on the outskirts of Peterborough.

Scheduled is a brief education on promoting turtle conservation and stewardship. Dr. Sue Carstairs, the on-site veterinarian (along with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers,) is dedicated to a comprehensive rehabilitation program. We can look forward to learning all about Ontario turtles, including tips to help turtles keep safe, and what to do if you find an injured turtle. In general, we’ll come away much more knowledgeable about turtles!

We will also tour the on-site Woodland Park (about an acre) which is planted with the environment in mind. Visit for more information.
This will be a very enjoyable evening!

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Apr 18, 2016 - Tiptoe Through the Tulips    (Gary and Dianne Westlake)

Dianne and Gary are going to tell you about their travels to the Netherlands and to Washington state where tulips are grown. They will also talk about how to grow spring bulbs in your garden.

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Mar 21, 2016 - Growing Unusual Veggies    (Paula Anderson)

Paula will be speaking about growing unusual vegetables such as sweet potatoes and garlic.

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Feb 20, 2016 - Orchids, African Violets and Air Plants and Potluck    (Margaret Burley)

We are starting off the year with a “Welcome Back” pot luck. Don’t miss out on the fun. Bring your cutlery, a plate and mug and your favourite dish to share.
Social begins at 11:30, and lunch will start at 12:00.

Our speaker, Margaret Burley from Burley’s Gardens, will begin around 1:00. She will be bringing a wide selection of Orchids/ African Violets/ air plants and Carnivorous Plants. This will be a show and tell presentation. The orchids are outstanding with many genera (varieties) to make for a meeting not to be missed. For those interested in African Violets, all are named varieties from mini to standard.

Many of the plants may be purchased at the end of meeting.

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Nov 16, 2015 - Trail Wildflowers, Annual Meeting    (Joyce Higgs)

This will be our AGM and installation of Officers for 2016 for the Omemee and District Horticultural Society.
Our speaker will be Joyce Higgs speaking on Catherine Parr Trail Wildflowers. Joyce and her husband Mike retired to a 10 acre property near the village of Hastings where they do Square Foot Gardening and grow many heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables as well as growing native flowers. Joyce familiarized herself with pioneer gardens and immersed herself in the world of Catherine Parr Trail and her love of wildflowers.
We will also hold our annual Photo Show and Competition. Please check your year book for the details and categories for this years photo show. All are welcome. Social time at 7:00pm meeting at 7:30pm.

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Nov 16, 2015 - Photo Show   

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Oct 19, 2015 - Pot Luck, Northumberland County Forest    (Ben Walters)

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Sep 21, 2015 - Growing and Cooking with Garlic    (Gail Grainger)

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Aug 17, 2015 - Flower Show, Helpful Hints   

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Jul 20, 2015 - Garden Art/Gifts, Demonstrations by Members   

This will be a general meeting as well as a demonstration by some of our very talented members of the Omemee and District Horticultural Society. Garden Arts /Gifts will be the subject of the demonstration.

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Jun 15, 2015 - Flower Show, A Year in Review   

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May 18, 2015 - Millennium Park Peterborough History    (Cathy Dueck)

We will leave Trinity Church at 5:45 pm, carpooling to downtown  Peterborough.
Tour of Millennium Park to begin at 7:00 pm.

Directions if you are meeting us there:
Millennium Park is located at Water and King Streets. There is a fee  for parking at that location. I suggest you take Charlotte Street past  Water Street and park in the downtown mall shopping parkade on the  left. Parking is free after 6 pm. Walk out onto the trail and go  right. Watch for the fountain. We will meet there.

Snacks will be available but we ask that you bring your own water bottle.



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May 16, 2015 - Spring Plant Sale 2015   

dsc00468-2 Plan to attend our 2015 annual plant sale on May 16. A reminder – we are opening the doors at 8:30 this year!!! Come early for the best selection – we have lots and lots of plants potted up and they are looking good!!! As our sale is a week later this year, there should be an even better selection of strong, large, beautiful plants!!! The sale will be over by 11, or when the plants are gone, so come early!

Hey – it’s the long weekend – buy lots of plants, take them home and plant them!! The location is at the Omemee Curling Club on James Street, as usual. Lots of parking, lots of room and level entry makes this a super location for our sale.

Plants are donated by our members – this means that there are always lots of special, hard to find plants.

dsc00220-2 As usual, we have some specially selected plants available for purchase: for annuals we have a fabulous Euphorbia (Diamond Delight) along with the delightful Superbells Double Salsa.
Our geraniums are White Splash (this plant is ever popular at our sales, so we continue to offer it for you,) Elanos Blue (a double lavender) and Savannah Oh So Orange.

We hope to have our usual great selection of annuals, vegetables, bulbs and tubers, grasses, etc. Again this year we are planning to put our really special plants (rare, unusual, new varieties etc.) on a separate table, and one of our knowledgeable members will be there to answer questions and to guide you. Bring a couple of extra loonies – we will be raffling off a large planter again this year. Last year’s lucky winner was Chantal Barnes.

dsc00454-2 It’s yard sale weekend in Omemee so come on out early Saturday morning. Buy some great plants and browse around at some yards sales (Omemee Lioness is holding their great yard sale at Coronation Hall, which is right around the corner from the plant sale.)

Feel free to contact me if you’d like more information. Oh, by the way, we are always looking for donations of plants – give us a call.

See you bright and early on Saturday, May 16!

Barb Morrison, plant sale chair.

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Apr 20, 2015 - All About Cannas   

This is a general meeting with a speaker. Heather Grassie president of Omemee and District Horticultural Society will speak on All About Cannas. Heather is an avid grower of cannas and is very knowledge about all aspects of cannas and horticulture.

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Mar 16, 2015 - Artistic Gourd Bird Houses    (Beverley Anne Williams)

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Feb 21, 2015 - Pot Luck Luncheon, Starting Seeds    (Jill Bishop)

Back by popular demand …. Our Saturday afternoon Pot Luck and Speaker. This event was very popular last year. No night time driving! So come out for some laughter, fellowship and great food! Please bring your plate, mug and cutlery along with a generous portion of your favourite dish. Time: 12:00 Social, 12:30 lunch, 1:30 Speaker

We begin our year with a very timely topic: Starting Seeds. Jill Bishop, manager of the Community Garden Network and owner of Urbantomato, a local heirloom seed company promises to get us energized! Just what we need to get our hands in the dirt again!

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Nov 17, 2014 - Blossom Hill – Then and Now    (Joe and Hazel Cook)

This is the final meeting of our 75th Anniversary Year. At this meeting we highlight our Photo Competition. See pg 13 Yearbook. (Take note of the 2015 categories as well! Start planning those photos now!)

It is also our AGM. If you would like to run for a position on our Board or nominate someone else to a position, please contact President Heather or Past President Carol. Our Board is a very active group and we have a lot of fun planning your yearly program. We welcome all volunteers – whether they work on the Board or on a committee. Let us know if you are interested.

The Speakers for the evening are long time favourites – Joe and Hazel Cook. Their topic is “Blossom Hill – Then and Now”. Joe & Hazel’s speaking career began when they gave their very first presentation on “Delphiniums” to our group, many years ago. So, for our final anniversary meeting, we hope to hear excerpts from that talk as well as a little about how they started their business and what they are doing now. (But with Joe, one never knows what might happen!)

Come and join in the fun! Let’s end our 75th Anniversary year with as much fun as we began last February!

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Nov 17, 2014 - Photo Show   

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Oct 20, 2014 - A Walk Down the Garden Path and Pot Luck Supper    (James Graham)

This is our Fall Pot Luck. Those who have attended in the past know that this is a “rollicking evening”. Not only will there be great food, good company and lots of laughs BUT this year we have the Past President of the Ontario Horticultural Society as our guest speaker. James Graham is a vibrant and humorous speaker, so it promises to be an entertaining evening! Don’t miss it. Significant others, youth, guests and new members are all welcome at no charge.

Please bring a plate, cutlery, and mug, as well as a generous serving of your special food contribution. We have an extra full after dinner program so Social will be at 5:30 and we will start the buffet at 6:00. This is 15 minutes earlier than last year but we want to leave room for the awards and speaker without running too late! The program will begin at 7:00. (or as soon as we are finished eating)

For this event we meet at Christ Church Anglican on the south side of Hwy 7 just east of the bridge leading into the village.


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Sep 15, 2014 - Decorating for Fall    (Victoria Whitney)

Are your summer planters looking tired or parts have died off? Victoria Whitney from Griffins Greenhouses will show us how to give our planters a “punch of fall colour” to celebrate Autumn.
Come out and enjoy Vicki’s “Decorating for Fall”. Remember we are meeting back at Trinity Church this month so bring back those library books and choose some new ones!
There will also be a fall plant sale at this meeting. If you have been dividing your favourite plants, please bring a pot or two for our sale. Please bring only ‘special plants’ that we could sell for $3 or more. Make the pots a good size. Everyone likes a bargain!
New members welcome! Current members, be sure to bring a friend. Visitors are always welcome and no cost.

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Aug 18, 2014 - Helpful Hints and Flower Show   

This is our annual flower & veggie show and it is held at the Curling Club. It is usually an amazing display! If you are a member – please help us out by checking your yearbook (pgs 17-21) for the categories that you can enter. You could win your next year’s plant budget!!! The Junior Gardeners also have a display. Come out and see what these future gardeners have done! They have lots of fun.
The doors open at 6:30. Following the youth awards, at 7:30 we will have our speakers at 8. This month’s program promises to be helpful, entertaining and very probably- humorous! Our Master Gardeners are going to share some of their helpful garden hints. So bring a note pad and pen. You will come home with at least one new hint to try.

Entries placed between 1:30 – 3:30.
Doors closed for judging.
Doors open for public viewing at 6:30.
Youth awards: 7:30.
Speaker program: 8:00

Remember –there is a printable copy of the categories in Yearbook & Newsletter section.

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Jul 21, 2014 - Demonstrations by Members   

Members from our own society will be speaking tonight.

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Jul 05, 2014 - Omemee Blooms Garden Tour   

Tickets are $20.00 (including a light lunch), cash only please.  Available from Donna Hunter 705-799-6656 or

You may also purchase tickets at the following stores (Cash only):

  • Griffins Greenhouse and Garden Centre – Lakefield (Lakefield Hwy)
  • Butternut Folk Art – Omemee (18 King Street)
  • Gardens Plus – Peterborough (Parkhill Rd East)
  • Avant-Garden – Peterborough (Sherbrooke Street)

14 spectacular gardens within a 20 km radius of Omemee will be featured on this tour. All of the gardens, have been constructed and are lovingly maintained by members of our Gardening Group. The gardens are in 4 areas with 3 or more gardens per area so you can see all the gardens or only some of the garden groupings, as you choose.

There will be many types of gardens showcased including sun, shade, large gardens, “secret” gardens, smaller “retirement” gardens, gardens on the water, and gardens with Koi ponds and water features. You will also see many unusual plants, shrubs and trees, as well as garden art and landscape features. Garden art and plants for sale will be present in some of the gardens.

A light lunch will be available in the historic Coronation Hall circa 1911. Take time to view the gardens at the hall, which were planted and are maintained by our garden (horticultural) group. Be sure to see the iron tree sculpture dedicated to our 19 presidents who have served during our 75-year history. If you wish to pick up your lunch and take it with you, that is also an option.

If you are not already a member of our group, please pick up a rack card (at any of our garden tour sites) It lists all of our future meetings. We would love to have you join us. Guests and visitors are always welcome at no charge. Previous gardening experience is NOT necessary. Our goal is to teach each other and to have fun doing so. We learn together!

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Jun 16, 2014 - On-Site Visit to Garden Plus    (Dawn Golloher)

This meeting will NOT be held at our usual meeting hall. Instead it will be held in the beautiful gardens of Dawn Golloher (Tack) from Gardens Plus
Address: 136 County Road 4, Peterborough, ON K9L 1V6
Phone: (705) 742-5918
Visit Dawn’s site at:

See our May newsletter for more information closer to the date.

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May 19, 2014 - Flower Show, Silent Auction and Slide Show   

This meeting promises to be full of activity, fun and with reminiscing of past events that we enjoyed!

Entertainment: A continuous slide show : “a year in review” activities and highlights of 2013 will be available for viewing near the stage area. It may also contain a few historical photos to highlight the “then and now” aspect.
Flower Show: The first 3 categories in this show will feature the tulips sold as an anniversary fundraiser last fall. These were “Angelique” a pink “peony” tulip. “Spring Green” an unusual green and white striped tulip and “Queen of Night” a black tulip. (See Mini Show #s 1,2, & 3, pg 14 of your yearbook)
Silent Auction: A silent auction will also be included as part of this meeting. We welcome all donations of new or gently used garden related items. More details to follow.

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May 10, 2014 - Spring Plant Sale 2014   

Well, the 2014 plant sale is over, and what a wild three days it was!

On Thursday evening, we set up the tables and got the signs in place.  Many hands make light work, and the plants on the tables were already taking shape.  All day Friday, the volunteers spent their day sorting …

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Apr 21, 2014 - Propagating Clematis    (Peter Keeping)

More about our 75th Anniversary…


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Mar 17, 2014 - Our Changing Seasons    (Drew Monkman)

  On March 17th our meeting hall was bursting with chatter, laughter, and loads of Irish Spirit in every format and shade of green imaginable! Each of the 46 members was warmly greeted by Suzanne and Anniversary gift mugs were distributed with a “Happy Anniversary” greeting from …

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Feb 15, 2014 - Pot Luck Lunch and “Homes for the Homeless- Taking Care of the Birds and the Bees”    (Cathy Dueck)

We are celebrating our frst meeting of the 2014 season with a Saturday Pot Luck Lunch.
Remember to bring your own dishes, utlery and mug as well as your favourite dish to share.

Cathy’s presentation will begin at 1:30. She is a familiar visitor to Omemee and she always has an enthusiastic and educational presentation. Come along and let’s get rid of the winter blues! Join with friends and fellow gardeners to celebrate a wonderful anniversary and the begining of a new gardenin season!

Be sure to bring a friend! All guests and visitors are welcome!

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Dec 07, 2013 - Santa Claus Parade   

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