Message from our Presidents

Welcome to everyone in the Omemee and District Horticultural Society as we look back over and look forward to another great year of Gardening.

Our Executive and Directors have planned a wonderful year of exciting speakers, garden tours, flower, vegetable and photography shows as well as plant sales and exchanges, a silent auction and the opportunity to work as a team taking care of the village gardens and planters.

We owe an enormous thank you to all of you the leaders and volunteers who generously gave of their time and talent to help achieve so many goals in 2011 despite very challenging weather conditions.

A remarkable Memorial Garden was designed, developed and planted at the Omemee Legion to honour two young fallen soldiers who died in 2008. An emotional service of Remembrance and Dedication followed by a reception was hosted for the family and community members.

The Junior Garden Club celebrated 65 years (1946-2011) at the August Flower Show with 17 boys and girls bringing in 100 show entries. Special prizes and refreshments marked this milestone year for the Juniors.

Colourful new signs were handmade to advertise our gigantic May Plant Sale and identify the individual plant categories. The Sale was a huge success!

Our hard working volunteers maintained 9 Village gardens and 30 planters featuring spring then summer and finally winter designs.

We participated in the Communities in Bloom event by hosting the national judges for the 10th year and once again winning the 5 Bloom Award. For the third time in ten years the City of Kawartha Lakes won the National Community of Gardeners Award for volunteering. Thanks to you volunteers for helping us to accumulate 3848 hours in 2011.

We had enthusiastic members attending the District events at the April AGM, the June Celebration Luncheon, the OHA convention in Sudbury and the Fall seminar and walk with our Award winning float in the Santa Claus Parade.

In 1939, 74 years ago the charter members began to beautify this community and that mandate continues to motivate us in 2012.

We look forward to meeting, working, garden touring, plant shopping and socializing together. We have a thriving club and we always welcome new members to join us.

Please invite your friends and neighbours, whether they are beginners or experienced gardeners to come and join us at a meeting. We look forward to greeting you. Happy Gardening in 2012!

“Growing with our Community”!

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