Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts and members of the St. James Horticultural Society. We hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
We still, are not able to hold our regular meetings however we would have been off for the the summer in any case. It remains to be seen what will be happening in the fall but hopefully things will be returning back to normal. It certainly would be nice to return to regular meetings. Of course as soon as there is any news to pass along it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.
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"Really, though, it is a coup that the Metro has Brenda on the cover and on the inside page as well and features St. James Hort garden."
by Linda W.
Thanks to all, as we struggle through another summer of Covid, and social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing masks. Please continue to adhere to all Provincial and local protocols.
Oh the difference a couple of months make!
Gardens will be judged during the week following the August long weekend so folks have time to get their gardens in tip top condition.
It has been a long hot dry go, and it can be discouraging. A number of you have found some innovative ways for water retention, and moisture conservation. Congratulations. We do need to remind folks that if you're using materials that won't break down, they must be removed at the end of the season. Wood Chips should not be placed onto the paths or in your gardens unless you intend to remove them as you do with anything "foreign" that you bring to your garden.
Suitable things include clean weed free wheat straw (NO FLAX STRAW, it does not break down and like wood chips can get dragged into other gardens), coir waste from mushroom farms and coffee husks to name a few are good options. If in doubt, shoot an email to us.
The gardens for the most part are looking great, despite the drought; however, we do need to remind you that you MUST keep the paths weed free - work with your gardening neighbours to share the load! Make sure those paths are clean for the Garden judging.
Weeds cannot be let go to seed and twitch grass roots need to be dug out and put on the compost piles.
Water taps. As you would at home, please ensure the tap is OFF when you finish filling your pail. NO one except the designated people will remove hoses from the taps and no one is to use their own longer hoses. Anyone caught doing so, will lose their garden privileges.
Gardens, despite the drought are looking green and rich!
We are looking to put together a work crew. We are all volunteers and we need help with a group of folks to get those tasks done. We are going to do some improvements around the water taps, adding gravel and concrete pads to minimize the muddiness, mowing grass around the edges of the garden, and to help and encourage new/struggling gardeners.
Please give us a shout if you're able to give us a little of your time. Good luck in the Garden judging.
IMAGES OF ST. JAMES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDENS
YOUTH IN THE GARDEN
by Karla P.
St. James Horticultural Society Board Member and Gardener in Training
Gardening is a skill for all generations. The last few years have seen a rise in the number of young families that are now a part of our community garden.
The sense of wonder that can be seen and heard around the area when something finally sprouts from under the soil reminds me of the wonder we tend to quell as we age.
Having the youth taking part in gardening is instilling in them a respect for the food they eat, the hard work that goes into that food and a chance to experience community.
The youth of the garden remind us to take joy from the simple things. Take a page from their book and find some joy today.
THE ST. JAMES FLOWER ARRANGERS
The ST. JAMES FLOWER ARRANGERS regular meetings will begin again September 1st, most likely via zoom. Flower Arrangers will be notified of any changes.
WORKSHOP: GARDENING by Pam
A landscape design
Thanks to Pam for the detailed step by step instructions of the GARDENING demo.
SLIDESHOW OF DEMO ON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT PAGE
OF OUR WEBSITE
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: