What’s Growing On This May (Apr. 2016)

new benches, guest speakers, a plant sale and more!

Fenelon Falls’ very own Horticultural Society is at it again, back in full swing with another year of exciting programming, community garden planning and local garden care-taking…. and what’s this about butterfly benches?

Plant Sale 2016 FlyerBeautiful new benches are coming to the Fenelon Island park in downtown Fenelon Falls. Drop by Sweet Bottoms Coffee to see the first completed sculpted bench on display, done up in Parks Canada’s special shade of green. A smaller version has also been commissioned in red. The FF Hort. Society is pleased to help bring these works of art to Fenelon’s core. (To learn more about the community lead initiative to shape the island and showcase our falls, visit with Friends of Lock 34 at Sweet Bottoms Cafe on May 4th from 5 – 8pm.)

It’s time again for the annual FF Hort. Society Plant Sale, this year held on May 28 beginning at 9 am and running until noon. We’ll be back at the Salvation Army Citadel on Bond Street West. Be sure to drop by and see what local plants and hot tips are available for your garden this year.

Tony Spencer

Our next general meeting, held on May 30th, will feature Tony Spencer, a 2016 presenter at Canada Blooms and a teacher of workshops at the Toronto Botanical Garden. He has been inspired by the work of the influential Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf of the “New Perennial” movement which emphasizes combining plants naturalistically. His talk will feature photos of his former garden at Sturgeon Point (pictured at left).

Explains Tony, “this not-so-cottage garden is my homegrown Canadian version of something known as New Perennial Planting, a design movement with roots originating in Northern Europe, which looks to nature to express a more free-flowing, intermingled, and open-minded approach to the making of gardens. It’s now becoming far better known in the public sphere with a stream of marquee public projects like the High Line in NYC, the Lurie Gardens in Chicago, RHS Wisley in England.”

If you are curious for more, check out Tony’s former Kawartha garden here: http://www.thenewperennialist.com/the-uncottage-garden/

The Fenelon Falls Country Living Show is coming up April 29 to May 1 and the FF Hort. Society is pleased to once again have a booth. Drop by and say hello while you enjoy the show!

For more information, including the full 2016 program, please visit www.backyardbuzz.ca

May 2016 FFHS Mtg Flyer

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