Monday April 15 @ 6:30pm –Effects of Climate Change on Native Forests, Richard Dickenson

Richard has 35 yrs. experience as a vegetation biologist. He’s worked for several government agencies, including Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources, & the University of Toronto. He’s taught plant taxonomy, ecology, & the history & effects of plants on human civilization at several colleges & universities. He’s co-authored 9 books including Weeds of North America, Plants of Southern Ontario, & the ROM field guide to Wildflowers of Ontario. Weeds of North America was awarded “Book of the Year 2014” by the American Horticultural Society in Washington DC. He’s now involved in invasive plant & biocontrol management field studies in southern Ontario.

When: Monday, April 15th.  6:30pm

Where: Omemee Legion

Join us for Fellowship, coffee/tea & snacks. Don’t forget to Lug-A-Mug & some cash as there are some draws. ‘Donations of Tips’ for coffee/tea are appreciated as it benefits the Omemee Swans who support the Community.

Monthly Competition:   Photo: ‘A Breath of Spring’

Flower Specimen: What is peeking out in the garden?  

All Welcome!

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85th Anniversary Celebration!

Omemee Blooms Garden Club invites you to join them for their 85TH ANNIVERSARY Celebration.

When:   March 18 at 6:30pm

Where: Omemee Legion

Guest Speaker:

Paul Heydon, Owner of Grow Wild, “Why Garden with Native Plants”

An enthusiastic, entertaining speaker from Omemee who talks about the current, important trends in gardening.

Join us for some ‘Remember When’s’, Fellowship and Cake as we celebrate this Milestone! All Welcome!

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Spring is Just Around the Corner!

Join us at the Omemee Legion on February 19th. Doors open at 6:30pm. We will have a Social ½ Hour followed by a meeting at 7:00pm.  Parking is at the back of the Legion. Entrance is at the side door. Bring your own refreshments.

We are pleased to have Christine Freeburn as our Speaker who will be telling us about Vegetable Gardening with an emphasis on growing from seed. She will speak briefly on growing flowers from seed.

Christine has been a Peterborough Master Gardener for over 10 yrs. and enjoys sharing garden knowledge. Chris and her husband have been in their home for over 40 years and the gardens have grown over that time. They have a vegetable garden, perennials beds in sun and shade. Chris also creates annual containers too. She has some native plants and a few plants that are no considered invasive. Her home is filled with houseplants, and some tender outdoor plants that she tries to winter over. She likes to try new things like propagating sansevieria or bay laurel, winter sowing or trying to get amaryllis to rebloom. 

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Save the Date: Day for Gardeners 2024

On May 4, 2024, the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners are thrilled to again be able to offer their annual  “A Day for Gardeners”.

This is a fundraising event where Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners present various gardening topics of interest to the public.  Stay tuned for topics, details and registration.

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Dec Meeting: Dave Ellis – Wildlife Photographer

Dave Ellis will be giving a presentation at Omemee Legion on Saturday, December 9th. as part of Omemee Blooms Garden Club Christmas celebration. 

He and his wife have Wildlife Calendars for sale. They can be contacted at:

Through the Peterborough Examiner

Or through his Flickr website

Dave Ellis is a wildlife photographer from Omemee. 

Dave grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. When he was younger, he travelled and lived in places all across Canada and eventually settled down in Toronto. There, he operated a small handcraft business right downtown on Yonge Street. That was an education!

He says the best move he and his wife Astrid ever made was when they moved to Omemee in 2001. With all of the lakes and rivers and nature areas here, it is a great place to be. They love it here and even more so since they took up wildlife photography as a hobby in 2016. The wildlife that is all around us here is quite phenomenal, and they really enjoy being out in nature most days photographing it.

In 2018, Dave Ellis started writing a wildlife column with photos in the local newspaper Kawartha Lakes This Week. His column also gets published in other newspapers owned by Metro Media. His photos are also regularly published on PTBO News Canada, an online news website for the Peterborough area.

Dave Ellis enjoys sharing his photographs and the stories that go with them at presentations all around the Kawarthas.

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Nov. Meeting – Revised

Join us Nov. 20th at the Omemee Legion as Anna Mizyn creates a beautiful winter evergreen container that some lucky person will take home.

Our scheduled speaker had to cancel due to some health issues. Anna has graciously stepped in at the last minute.

Anna is originally from Poland and came to Canada in 1989. In Poland she spent 2 yrs. at Horticultural College and worked at the local Farmers Co-op. In her spare time, she worked in local orchards along with growing and selling some of her own plants. 

She now owns and works at Anna’s Perennials, a small, independent nursery with 4 acres of gardens located 10 minutes from Omemee.  

Right now, for 2 weeks, Anna has been selling evergreen boughs and making Christmas containers to order. 

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October Meeting: Stellmar Farms

Please note the special date & time.

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September Meeting: The Land Between

When: September 18th at 7:00 pm

Where: Omemee Legion

“The Land Between is synonymous with Cottage Country- but there is more to this landscape than one would guess! It is the last wilderness landscape in southern Ontario and a refuge for 59 Species at Risk. It is a meeting place for Raven and Crow, River Otter and Woodchuck, Jack Pine and White Oak…and for mosquito and black fly! It is a meeting place of hunter and vegan, of city and country, of Liberal and Conservative. The Land Between is also rich in cultural diversity and provides resilience to a changing climate and changing times. The Land Between is also the name of the charity that works to save this special place.”

Sarah Reed was raised on a small farm in rural Kawartha Lakes, & after years of working in environmental conservation & living across Canada, has returned to this precious part of the Land Between. Some of her current passions include rotational grazing, native plant landscaping, soil health & production. As well as working for the charity, Sarah is a gardener, shepherd & spinner. 

Included is a photo from the nesting season!

Some of the programs The Land Between charity is working on are Blue Lakes Health for the Future, Bird Buddies-Inspiring Caretakers, Rewilding Native Gardens, and Phrag Fighters-Managing Invasive Species.

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Fourth Annual Scarecrow Festival

Let us know about your scarecrow here:

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Revised Aug. Meeting: Blossom Hill Nursery!

Omemee Blooms Garden Club has been kindly invited to view the amazing meadows of owners Joe & Hazel Cook of Blossom Hill Nursery on Monday, August 21st, at 6:30 pm. Their address is 681 Fife’s Bay Road.

Their 12-acre field was planted with native tall grass & native wildflowers in the Autumn of 2019. Native trees & shrubs are planted along the sides. 

Please enter in the field south of their laneway & their neighbour’s laneway on the same side of the road. A sign reading MEADOW will be at the entrance.      

Some suggestions for items to bring or wear; walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, bug spray and a camera.

The Cook’s will arrange to have some of their AWARD-WINNING HONEY available for sale on-site.  It won top prize in the honey-tasting contest at the COBA (Central Ontario Beekeepers Association) summer meeting. Prices are $9 for a 500ml jar and $15 for a kilogram jar. Please bring Cash. 

Anyone wishing to purchase any of Hazel & Joe’s other perennials as shown on their website is asked to contact them ahead of time at (705) 742-9923.

Carpooling from the Omemee Firehall will be available. Please be prepared to leave the Hall at 6 pm SHARP. 

If you have any questions, please contact Joan Harding at 705-799-5378 or djharding2014[at] or Donna Hunter at 705-799-6656.

Anyone wishing to tour the Omemee Gardens at a later date can let us know & we will arrange for someone to take you on a tour. We also have self-guided tour outlines that we can send you.

Blossom Hill Nursery is celebrating 29 years in business

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