Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shelburne Horticultural Society is on YouTube!

May 23rd is the date for this years annual plant sale. Details Here

Add some great perennials to your gardens from our members gardens.

Hear our president Wayne Hannon talk about the sale here:

Where do your seeds come from?

I think most people are aware of the issue of our declining bee population – but have you considered our seed situation?
When you purchase a packet of seeds have you considered where they come from?

Aabir Dey of the Bauta Family Initiative with Everdale Farms shared with us at our last meeting how much of a concern this is becoming.  Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada has been imported and because of this we are losing plants and seeds that are adapted to our area.  The other big concern is that many heirloom  varieties are becoming extinct because the seed companies are only focusing on the  popular varieties.

The Bauta Family Initiative is providing resources and bringing existing farmers and projects together across Canada to increase the production of regionally adapted seed suitable for organic growing.   They are working on building regional seed security in Canada.

Seed security = Food Security.  Without seed we cannot grow our own food.

They are focusing on four main areas – Training and Networking, Applied Research, Public Access to seed and a Seed Facilitation fund.
Check their website for some training videos.

Although you can request more varieties from seed banks such as much of the public is unaware that they can do this.  They are working to make it easier for the general public to have access to them.

Have you ever considered saving your own seeds?   The advantage of saving your seeds is that each year the plant adapts to your area and the seeds pass this information along in their plant line.

Hawthorn Seeds  has become part of a seed co-op (Seeds of Transition) where multiple organic market farms each commit to growing a different variety for seed.  Hawthorn then comes in and harvests the seed and makes it available to the public.  This allows the market farms to continue to do what they do best – grow produce – yet it also increases the seed available.

What can you do to support local grown seeds?

1) Attend a Seedy Saturday many of them are hosted in the spring
Check out for more seedy events, seed banks and Canadian Seed companies.

2)Purchase from farms that grow seed local to you.

Aabir mentioned these ones in his presentation
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds -
Urban Harvest -
Cottage Gardener -
Here are some others that I found as well -
Check your area for seed libraries.  There are some seeds at the Dufferin Museum.

3)  And last but not least learn how to save your own seed!!
Hear Aabir Dey on Youtube here:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meeting Tonight

Join us tonight at our meeting the topic is "Gardening From a Hammock" by Dan Cooper.

To find out dates and locations of all the meeting please Click Here

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Well - I think we all wondering if spring is actually going to come this year.

Our first meeting for 2014 will be Tuesday, March 18th.
7:30 p.m. Agricultural Community Centre
Speaker: Bev Stableforth-May
Topic: Herbs, All Things Herbal

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Fall Plant Sale
Date: Sept 7th
Time: 9am
Location: The parking lot of Dufferin Mutual Insurance, 712 Main St. East

There will be a selection of hardy perennials that are acclimatized to the Shelburne area.
Typical plants that you might find are: Hostas, Heuchera, Iris, Phlox, Day Lilies and ground cover.

Do you have some gardening questions?  Not sure where to start?
Come out and meet some of our members and get your questions answered.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Community Event

Looking for something to do this weekend?

There is a plant and bake sale at the Primrose United Church
May 11th at 9am
30th Side road, east side

Don't forget the Horticultural plant sale on May 25th as well.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Upcycle, recycle and add pieces of interest to your garden!

Looking to add some WOW to your garden?

Here are some ideas of how to upcycle, repurpse and reuse things you may already have sitting around to create some beautiful works of art for your garden.

All winter I have been searching the internet for great ideas to chase the winter blues away. Click on the link below the picture for more details and the original origin of the pictures.

2. These stepping stones were built without forms.
Create a pebble mosaic

Re-purpose old furniture to make these dragon flies

Mason Jar Lanterns

So many possibilities for a garden stake with color

A color wall with recycled glass bottles

Photo by Trish Symons
This is a glass "river" that Trish has is one of her gardens so simple yet so eye catching.

Photo by Trish Symons
This is a picture of her scree bed - lots of interesting things to look at a pump, wagon wheel, stones, and she sometimes adds food dye to the water in the glass jugs for extra colour.

Re-purpose old lamps into a unique bird bath

Create a unique garden mosaic with glass, ceramic, marbles and cement

Create a rain chain to replace an ugly down spout

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A cozy place to unwind

Heart made from Twigs

Bird feeder from a tea cup - gorgeous

Watering can fountain

Wrought Iron "window"

Add a fancy gate or trellis

Rustic country door as a gate to the garden

Paint pathway stones with glow in the dark paint.
Or if you don't want an entire walkway, paint random stones and place them throughout your beds.

Decorative Splash Block
Down spout update
You could easily make these with rhubarb leaves and cement.

And last but not least - for those of us who love to garden bare foot.
A foot washing station

Now all we need is for spring to officially arrive!