All Things A Bloom in Pugwash

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DeLong headlines CIB gardening fair

 Author, freelancer, blogger, photographer and plant addict Jodi DeLong
answers a question from the audience during her "Portable Gardens To Go"
seminar on Saturday in Pugwash during the All Things Blooming Gardening Fair
held in conjunction with the Communities in Bloom Project

PUGWASH-Ever want to cultivate your own portable garden to go? According to author, freelancer, blogger, photographer and plant addict Jodi DeLong, you can.

DeLong, who does a substantial amount of work with nurseries (such as up keeping their Facebook pages), used a digital photo frame this past Saturday at the Pugwash Memorial United Baptist Church Hall during her interactive seminar.

While DeLong, a self-confessed plant addict, has a keen eye for plants and foliage alike, she cannot always remember where she saw a particular that caught her eye.

“I don’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone where I saw a certain plant that caught my attention three weeks ago,” stated DeLong.

During her seminar “Portable Gardens to Go,” Delong talked about such plants as the heliotropes, (Heliotropium), a genus of flowering plants in the borage family.

According to DeLong, in order to maximize your enjoyment of heliotropes, “the bee plant,” they should be placed in pots near walkways in order to smell them.

It is not just plants that DeLong is a fan of--foliage also fascinates her. “Obviously, I am a fan of foliage,” said DeLong. “Foliage is just as important as flowers.”

Other words of wisdom DeLong imparted included not eating one’s plants while using a two-litre, tipped up, held in place pop bottle as a means of watering them.

After breaking for lunch, DeLong teamed up with Elizabeth Peirce (“Grow Organic: Tips for the Growing Season”) and Jerry Draheim (“The Magic of the Honey Bee”) to participate in the seminar “Best Gardening Practices Q & A.”

Charles Hubbard (“Increase Crop Production & Quality through Bio-Dynamics”) and  Maureen Woodlock (“Worms at Work”) also led seminars Saturday during the Communities in Bloom (CIB) “All Things Blooming” Gardening Fair.

Other events that transpired included a plant and tree sale; a silent auction; a raffle; a soup lunch (which was held at the St. Thomas More Church Hall); a dry stone wall construction workshop (Helen MacLean and Ben Smith), notwithstanding the over forty vendors that sold their wares at the garden & farmers’ marketplace.

Organizations: Pugwash Memorial United Baptist Church Hall, Honey Bee, St. Thomas More Church Hall

Geographic location: Pugwash

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