Mount Hamilton member keynote speaker at horticultural convention

Community Jun 25, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Gardeners from far and wide will be coming to Hamilton during the first weekend of July.

The 109th Ontario Horticultural Convention is being held over three days at Redeemer University College.

Lizzie Matheson of the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society is one of the speakers. She will talk about — and give a demonstration of — floral art and design. Her theme is “Conversation Pieces.”

Matheson and her husband moved from Scotland to upper Stoney Creek in 2010 after retiring. She was a floral teacher and accredited judge back home.

The gardening season in the UK is much longer — March through November — so it has challenging to adjust to the seasons in Canada, she said.

“It’s much longer because we don’t have the severe winter,” said Matheson.

Matheson speaks during the banquet July 4.

The convention’s theme is “Summer in the Southern Tier,” because this is the first convention in many years in the Hamilton area. Opening ceremonies begin July 3 at 9 a.m. A 20-foot red oak will be the star of the convention, with a tree planting at 3 p.m. by Jeff Blackadar, horticultural association president.

More than 150 local volunteers from the horticultural society’s Carolinian District Six — which covers Brant, Halton, Norfolk, Wentworth and Hamilton — have been preparing for the convention for months.

While most of the delegates are from the 282 horticultural societies across Ontario, the public is invited to register and take part as gardeners give interactive seminars and workshops. As well, there will be  geocaching, live entertainment with Sterling and bus trips to Dundurn Castle, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Whistling Gardens.

For more information, see gardenontario.org.

Mount Hamilton member keynote speaker at horticultural convention

109th Ontario Horticultural Convention at Redeemer University College July 3-5

Community Jun 25, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Gardeners from far and wide will be coming to Hamilton during the first weekend of July.

The 109th Ontario Horticultural Convention is being held over three days at Redeemer University College.

Lizzie Matheson of the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society is one of the speakers. She will talk about — and give a demonstration of — floral art and design. Her theme is “Conversation Pieces.”

Matheson and her husband moved from Scotland to upper Stoney Creek in 2010 after retiring. She was a floral teacher and accredited judge back home.

The gardening season in the UK is much longer — March through November — so it has challenging to adjust to the seasons in Canada, she said.

“It’s much longer because we don’t have the severe winter,” said Matheson.

Matheson speaks during the banquet July 4.

The convention’s theme is “Summer in the Southern Tier,” because this is the first convention in many years in the Hamilton area. Opening ceremonies begin July 3 at 9 a.m. A 20-foot red oak will be the star of the convention, with a tree planting at 3 p.m. by Jeff Blackadar, horticultural association president.

More than 150 local volunteers from the horticultural society’s Carolinian District Six — which covers Brant, Halton, Norfolk, Wentworth and Hamilton — have been preparing for the convention for months.

While most of the delegates are from the 282 horticultural societies across Ontario, the public is invited to register and take part as gardeners give interactive seminars and workshops. As well, there will be  geocaching, live entertainment with Sterling and bus trips to Dundurn Castle, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Whistling Gardens.

For more information, see gardenontario.org.

Mount Hamilton member keynote speaker at horticultural convention

109th Ontario Horticultural Convention at Redeemer University College July 3-5

Community Jun 25, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Gardeners from far and wide will be coming to Hamilton during the first weekend of July.

The 109th Ontario Horticultural Convention is being held over three days at Redeemer University College.

Lizzie Matheson of the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society is one of the speakers. She will talk about — and give a demonstration of — floral art and design. Her theme is “Conversation Pieces.”

Matheson and her husband moved from Scotland to upper Stoney Creek in 2010 after retiring. She was a floral teacher and accredited judge back home.

The gardening season in the UK is much longer — March through November — so it has challenging to adjust to the seasons in Canada, she said.

“It’s much longer because we don’t have the severe winter,” said Matheson.

Matheson speaks during the banquet July 4.

The convention’s theme is “Summer in the Southern Tier,” because this is the first convention in many years in the Hamilton area. Opening ceremonies begin July 3 at 9 a.m. A 20-foot red oak will be the star of the convention, with a tree planting at 3 p.m. by Jeff Blackadar, horticultural association president.

More than 150 local volunteers from the horticultural society’s Carolinian District Six — which covers Brant, Halton, Norfolk, Wentworth and Hamilton — have been preparing for the convention for months.

While most of the delegates are from the 282 horticultural societies across Ontario, the public is invited to register and take part as gardeners give interactive seminars and workshops. As well, there will be  geocaching, live entertainment with Sterling and bus trips to Dundurn Castle, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Whistling Gardens.

For more information, see gardenontario.org.