Exhibition: Karla Pratt
Garden Chairperson: Linda Wall
Communications: Linda Rudachek
M.H.A. Area Rep: Linda Wall
Past President: Brenda Lucas
PRESENTATION BY SANDRA VENTON
Sandra will be doing a zoom presentation "Making the Most of Shade" February 15th at 7pm. If you wish to attend please email email@example.com to request an invitation. Mark it on your calendar! You don't want to miss this one!
THE ST. JAMES FLOWER ARRANGERS
Thanks Sharon for your inspiring Russian Duo from Moscow. Instead of the Xmas visions of sugar plum fairies, we now have visions of ballerinas dancing in our heads! What a breathtaking duo arrangement.
Thanks also to those who forwarded pictures of your Mardi Gras arrangements. These sparkly, beaded creations really put us in the party mood! The storm certainly played havoc with us this month. I will forward pictures of any additional arrangements that are sent my way as they arrive. I know some folks couldn't get out to purchase flowers. In the meantime, enjoy the photos I have attached.
Stay warm and stay safe everybody.
WORKSHOP: NEW ORLEANS
An arrangement of your choice depicting the Mardi Gras Festival with beads/glitter. Material from any source.
A duo arrangement featuring the famous Moscow ballet.
The Year of the Garden 2022 is the Centennial Celebration of Canada’s horticulture sector marked with the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. From January 1 toDecember 31, 2022, we will commemorate and celebrate Canada’s rich garden heritage, celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture, and create legacies for a sustainable future.
Planning is underway for a year of exciting activities, celebrations, special events and promotions that will take place in communities, schools, businesses, public gardens, and backyard gardens in all parts of Canada.
Join the Celebration and Proclaim 2022 as the Year of the Garden in Your Municipality
Join Canada’s Garden-Family – thousands of plant growers, product manufacturers, retailers, landscape service providers, public gardens and garden experience providers, garden clubs and societies, and affiliated businesses – which will be sharing their knowledge and offering events to help Canadians Live the Garden Life.
The Year of the Garden 2022 is a unique opportunity for your municipality to highlight and have a positive impact on priorities, such as:
- Post COVID Recovery
- Quality of Life
- Healthy Citizens
- Environmental Climate Action
- Economic Growth
- Enhance Cultural Vibrancy
- Reconciliation and Inclusivity
- Garden Tourism Destination positioning
The Year of the Garden 2022 campaign will reach and inspire the public to learn about the connections gardens and gardening have with many important community quality of life benefits including:
- Integration of more plants into city life: tree canopy, community gardens, public parks, green roofs, green infrastructure
- More plants and more gardens produce more oxygen, sequester more carbon, mitigate heat island effect in urban areas
- Engaging Canadians in the Federal government’s commitment to plant 2 billion trees, and commitment to fight Climate Change
- Contribute to attaining sustainable development goals
- Gardens and gardening generate economic activity for the garden family sector of your municipality
- Impact of public garden visitation, a demonstrated major tourism draw
- Generate economic development, attracting residents, businesses, and visitors in communities across the country - Enhancing quality of life favours economic stability for your municipality and its residents
Health and Wellness Benefits
- The relation between improved health and gardening is well documented
- Active living for all ages
- Contribute to healthier citizens and reduced health costs
- Engage your with Canada’s healthy eating strategy
- Better understanding of the role gardens and gardening play in the development of communities and our country - contribute to the reconciliation with the First Nations who live in harmony with nature and plants
- Contribute to Canada’s inclusivity agenda since “in the garden there are no differences”, just plants, and people of all ages and cultures who love them and care for them
- support the integration of a garden culture in schools and community gardens
Our Invitation to All Municipalities:
Communities in Bloom and the Canadian Garden Council invite municipalities to proclaim 2022 the Year of the Garden for their citizens to acknowledge all the benefits that Gardens and Gardening provide.
By joining Canada’s celebration of the Year of the Garden 2022 you will demonstrate leadership and inspire and engage your citizens using evidence-based information and actions to contribute to the sustainability of your municipality.
- Proclamation of 2022 as the Year of the Garden in your municipality (see attached Proclamation Template)
- Commitment to be a Garden Friendly City
- Recognize National Garden Day in your municipality, Saturday before Fathers Day
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. Should you move forward with a proclamation, please send us copy of your proclamation.
By Iris Ingram
3rd Season (Coming Up) St. James Community Gardener
Chop and Drop to Build Soil
Two years ago I had the opportunity to Garden at the St. James 100 year old community garden. I was so excited. Excitement faded almost immediately as my plot was covered with quackgrass, lambs quarter, and other weeds. But most notably the soil was "hard as rock”. I was told - it’s a high clay content.
As we tackled the weeds and planted with enthusiasm, the hard soil was worrisome. So as I met neighbouring gardeners, I began to learn from their experience. My neighbour Gardener D taught me to chop and drop. What is that? Drop your carrot tops, beet leaves, tomato prunings, etc. right on top of the soil as you prune and harvest.
0ooh. I thought (and Gardener D warned me)….”This is Messy.” Being used to my mom’s and grandmother’s black soil garden, I chopped, but dug a trench and covered to keep the bare black soil to keep things tidy.
From Gardener B I learned to use pruning shears, to chop sunflower stocks, corn, potatoes into small 2 inch pieces and leave on top of the soil at the end of the year. These were later tilled during in the fall till.
From Gardener C I learn to use a knife on a board to chop up end of season beans, herbs, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and spinach.
I’ve learned “chop and drop” to build soil!
Though this was new to me, I did not have pigs to take away my greens as my mother and grandmother did. Then they brought back composted manure to the garden.
At St. James community garden we put our greens on the pile.
Because most of us have not learned the benefit of leaving plant matter on our garden to build back nutrients, carbon, and biomass into the soil for microorganisms to feed on and to help our soil because less rock like, more lifelike, and store more water.
Try it! So easy! Let me hear your chopped and drop story.
Chop and Drop How To’s:
Chop plants off at ground level leaving roots and soil to feed the microorganisms and provide carbon.
Use a 5 gallon pail for chopping into smaller pieces with garden shears.
Use tree pruners to chop up thick stocks such as a tomato, broccoli, sunflower or corn.
The finer the chop, the quicker the garden micro organisms can use it.
In our climate a 1 to 5 cm thick layer is suitable.
Do not chop weeds with seeds but other weeds that are green are fine.
Do not chop portulaca weeds they love to regrow from a single leaf; remove these from the garden.
Do use a lawnmower to chop at end of year.
Chop and drop any time of the year!
Happy Soil Building
Please view more images
on our website (link above) from our member gardens and plants
YOUR TOO CAN VIEW IMAGES OF YOUR GARDEN AND PLANTS ON THE ST. JAMES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY WEBSITE!
If you are a member and would like to see your garden and plants featured on the website please send photos and pertinent information to: