Green Thumbs gather in SG

The Glengarry News - - Straight Talk - BY MARGARET CALDBICK News Staff

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.

MARGARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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...

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