About the Garden Club…
FOCUS OF THE GARDEN CLUB OF LONDON
- having FUN WITH FLOWERS and plants with an emphasis on education in the areas of design, horticulture and conservation
DESIGN has two divisions…
- flower arranging
- decorative applications
- both divisions involve the creative use of fresh and dried plant materials and found objects
- the cultivation of indoor and outdoor plants
- care of indoor and outdoor plants
- garden planning
- plant identification
- the practical use of plant materials, herbs, compost
- the preservation of natural areas
- the enhancement of public properties
- financial support for community project
Nature has proven to us once again, just what power she holds and she is not in a hurry to give up winter. This one has been long, cold and deep with snow, but it is wonderful to see the sunshine melting the mountains of dirty banks and starting to show some green in the grass and sprouts in the garden. The trees and underground streams will benefit greatly over the next few months from the slow melting of all the snow.
We participated in the Spring Home and Garden Show and there was a great deal of interest in the Club. Thank you to Marguerite Niemanis and her team for preparing a booth that was colourful and very attractive, as well as Olga and Art Bacon for continuing to support our booth at the show.
Seven of our members attended the Garden Clubs of Ontario Meeting in Waterloo on April 7, where we were treated to an amazing array of treats and listened to the reports from all of the Clubs, in which they listed their activities since our last meeting in November. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a program in which Del Gingrich, Manager of the Mennonite Story in St. Jacobs and a member of the New Order Mennonites, led us through the life of an Old Order Mennonite girl from birth to death, with all adventures and challenges that she would meet along the way. There was a question and answer period afterward. We were informed that the Old Order Mennonites do not participate in Government assisted health care; that seniors live with family, usually the eldest, all their lives; school is compulsory to age fourteen after which they work on the farm; church services last at least two hours; marriage is for life (with a rather complicated courting period which includes open buggies, as opposed to closed buggies); farming and canning helps them be self-sufficient; and many of the young men are finding employment outside of the farm as land has now become too expensive to purchase in large lots. We learned much more than this, but it would take a small booklet to report everything.
On April 22, many of the judges and judges-in-training will attend the biannual meeting of the Judges’ Council at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington to enjoy a session on judging houseplants with Michael Erdman; what the special exhibits of ‘Plants and Flowers’ and ‘Pot-et-Fleurs’ are and how to judge them – their differences and their similarities with Trudy Grantham and Joyce Johnson; and a skit to encourage the judges to judge wisely, fairly and with integrity, according to the guidelines performed by Helen Skinner and Donalda Kelk. This should reveal some of the mysteries that have presented themselves to judges in the past and improve our interpretation of the requirements of these classes along with the overall judging experience for both the judges and the exhibitors. As a result, we will then pass this information on to our members and others entering these classes to improve the quality of the exhibits through better understanding of what is required.
We continue to be very industrious, we have welcomed new members, completed beautiful items for the Boutique, started some new projects and still managed to continue with all of the previous commitments we have undertaken. It is a marvelous testament to the dedication of you, our members, that we accomplish so much from month to month and year to year. Congratulations to all of you.
Jeanne Anne Goldrick