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Over 100 people attend Central District Garden Club Meeting

Parrsboro Garden Club president Bruce Graham addresses the crowd during the Central District Garden Club Meeting this past Saturday at the Ottawa-House By-The-Sea Museum. "It's great for the club and great for Parrsboro," said Graham about the 100 talented gardeners who attended the Central District Garden Club Meeting. Those present were scheduled to visit a unique garden up on Phiadelphia Avenue following the conclusion of the meeting.

PARRSBORO-Over 100 gardeners from Cumberland, Colchester and beyond gathered like peas in a pod this past Saturday at the Central District Meeting.

Following introductory remarks by Parrsboro Garden Club president Bruce Graham, representatives from each North and South Central garden club provided reports. Reporting clubs included the Parrsboro and River Hebert garden clubs.

Highlights of the twelve member Parrsboro Garden club’s report included information about its founding, as well as guest speakers and activities: Guest speakers included Kathleen Spicer of Advocate (butterflies); Terry Francis (steeped tea); Phil Canning (roses); Mary McPhee (protecting gardens from pests/animals) and Parrsboro Floral Design’s Teri-Lynn Yorke led a workshop on Christmas centrepieces. The club also made its annual pilgrimage to A.C. in Truro.

As for the River Hebert Garden Club, it held its third annual Grow-A-Row Program, which distributed over 100 organic, heirloom seed packets to local elementary school classes. “This program encourages local children and youth to plant a veggie to eat at home, or to give away to the local food bank,” stated River Hebert Garden Club member Andrew Hinners. “Last year, five large planter boxes were also installed at The River Hebert Villa in order to provide access to fresh produce for the residents, the majority of whom are seniors,” stated Hinners. “This year, the gardening program expanded to include three in-the-ground garden beds.”

Other club highlights included the Children's Learning Garden at the Joggins Fossil Centre this past summer; the Native Pollinator Project, the ongoing third annual Food Security Workshop series as well as several area community tree plantings.

Coming up, the River Hebert Garden Club is making plans for its role in the community-wide third Annual Pumpkin People Festival on Saturday, October 19.

“We have many talented gardeners here today,” stated Graham. One of these gardeners was Su Morin of the River Hebert Garden Club. Morin pinch-hit for scheduled guest speaker Greg Osowski. Morin spoke about Edible Flowers.

“I think it is important to support your own small businesses and economy,” stated Morin. “It wasn’t that long ago when gardeners traded crops with each other. But the sad truth is now that most of our seeds and crops come from out-of-province.”

Organizations: River Hebert Garden Club, Central District Meeting, Parrsboro Garden Club Joggins Fossil Centre

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Colchester, River Hebert Truro

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