Green Thumbs gather in SG
What happens but once every eight years took place on Saturday, when 120 gardeners gathered at St. Mary’s Centre in Williamstown to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Horticultural Association.
The elegant and beautifully decorated affair was hosted by the Williamstown Green Thumb Horticultural Society who invited two engaging speakers, Alan Kruszel, Chairman of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, and our own professor emeritus and researcher on any subject that captures his interest, David Anderson of Williamstown.
Mr. Kruszel, who is well known to the Green Thumbs, presented one of his reliably fascinating and humorous talks on a subject that has shaped his career as a soil researcher and certified crop advisor: no- till, cover- crop gardening and farming.
During lunch break, guests visited an exhibition room with a mini flower show, competitions, and displays from the eight societies of District 1.
The room, with its beautiful horticultural exhibits, was a taste of spring in full bloom. And to the delight of the Green Thumbs, the weather outside for the day- long event was sunny and warm -- our first true taste of spring in Glengarry.
After lunch, David Anderson presented a spirited talk entitled, “Water -- The Fourth Essence.”
Mr. Anderson deciphered an amazing array of clues that reveal some little- known facts about soil science and the many ways that water, together with certain plants, can work to help heal and improve soil.
Mr. Anderson is not only an engaging speaker but he always brings startling new information to light looking at what both ancient wisdom and modern science have to say about the subject.
There was a definite energy in St. Mary’s banquet room on Saturday, and the many door prizes and raffle draws added to the festiveness.
The continental breakfast was delicious and the dessert committee created desserts fit for a queen’s high tea.
Not to be forgotten are the four volunteer students from Char-Lan District High School who greeted the guests and served as ushers and helpers for the day.
Finally, as people were leaving, a table of potted spruce saplings greeted them for the taking.
The Horticultural Society is always welcoming new members. Guests are welcome to attend meetings on the last Monday of each month at 6 p. m. at the Char- Lan Recreation Centre.
WARM ENERGY: Green Thumbs co-presidents Susan Ramsay, left, and Raylene Goulder and the other dedicated members of the Williamstown Horticultural Society succeeded in hosting what everyone agrees was an outstanding AGM for District 1 of the Ontario...