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Fall Bus Trip 2019


We are planning an overnight bus trip to the
Owen Sound and Surrounding Area
Our plan is to:
Tour a vineyard and enjoy a little taste of wine and cider
Visit a 1700 acre Potato Farm
Stop at an apple orchard
Experience many of the waterfalls along the Bruce Trail
Enjoy the fall colour that inspired Tom Thomson and
visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Tour some private gardens & find new ideas for our gardens back home
And of course, enjoy delicious food and meals and fabulous company along the way!

Planning is still in the works, no fees have been set yet.
We will let you know more details as soon as possible.



Preparing for the rose show-Checklist

One Month before the show:
Look for show worthy roses in your garden.If entering a single bloom on a stem (terminal bud), it must be disbudded – remove all side buds that form between the stem and the axil of the leaf.
Stake the cane using a bamboo stick and some twist ties. Be sure to keep the tip of the stake just under the bloom.
If entering a floribunda spray, remove the centre (largest) bud at the point of emergence from the stem. This allows the side buds to develop and fill in the hole where that first bloom would have been if allowed to develop.

Prepare a “grooming kit” – use the day of the show:
soft Clean Cloths (hotel shoe shine cloths for example)
a package of Q-tipsTweezers
Small sharp scissors
Small Camel-hair brush
Several Sheets of aluminum foil and/or plastic wrap
Entry Tags & elastic bands
The Ontario Judging &  Exhibiting Standards for Hotriculture and Floral Design BOOK

One Week Before the Show:
Protect your chosen show-worthy flowers that are starting to open, from night dew.
In the evening, cover with a plastic baggy and twist tie gently below the stem.
Remove before the shun shines on the bloom.

2-3 Days Before the Show:
Timing varies depending on the variety of the rose, the number of petals, the temperature and general weather conditions and your ability to store the cut roses.

Roses should be cut 1/4 to 1/3 open which allows them time to open more on the morning of the show.
Cut them early in the morning or late in the evening.
Cut the stem a little longer than the 7:1 ratio (the stem should be 7 times longer than the height of the bloom) to allow for recutting later.
Cut the stem on an angle with sharp, clean pruners and immediately take it to your preparation area.



Spring Bus Trip 2019

Bus Trip
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Bus leaves Lambeth United Church at 8:30 am
& travels to
McCully Hill Farm
St. Mary’s area, where we will experience farm fresh local food and products of the season.
From there we will head to Stratford, where we will enjoy the beauty and peace of a private garden

Bring Your Own Lunch!

Next, we travel to the Shakespearean Gardens
where we can have our lunch and marvel at the prize winning, colourful,
and magnificent gardens that surround the Avon River

From there, we will venture to another private garden that will certainly inspire and amaze us all.

Then on to Tom Eldon’s Landscape & Garden Centre
where we can wander through their 40 years of hard work and 3 acres of trees,
shrubs, perennials and annuals to find the perfect plants
that we need to complete our garden pans at home

to finish off the trip, we will travel to
Anna Mae’s Bakery & Restaurant
where we will enjoy an absolutely delicious country-style dinner of Beef and Chicken
and all the trimmings (Juice, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Cole Slaw, Dinner Rolls, Gravy).
Ending our meal with coffee or tea and Your Choice of 17 different Desserts!

We plan to be back to the Lambeth United Church by 8:00 pm.

Members Fee $90   Non-Members Fee $102
Cost includes bus, all entry fees,
dinner, taxes and gratuities

To reserve your seat call,
Cheryl 519-264-9484  or Rena 519-439-5394   or Helen 519-474-0189
Or Email:

Payments due by Monday, June 3, 2019