Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual sale kicks off gardening season

Community May 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Three things are certain this weekend: It contains a holiday, it’s going to be a lot warmer than last weekend and you are sure to find something for your garden at Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale.

Each year, members of the Mountain garden group bring some of their best plants, seedlings and unique garden treasures that they donate for the event, which is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

It runs until noon, and there are some bargains as the sale winds down, but most people are in line before the prompt 9 a.m. start.

“You’ll want to be there early,” advises Brian Hathaway, a member of the society’s executive.

“That’s when you’ll get the best selection.”

Two of the most popular features of the sale are the connoisseur table, where you can pick up hard-to-find plants at very reasonable prices, and the unusual treasures. The offerings are different each year, from ornaments to wind chimes and obelisks to statues — it all depends on what members are willing to part with from their own garden.

The society uses profits from the sale to fund its outreach programs, which include 10 subscriptions to Canadian Gardening for the Hamilton Public Library system, maintaining gardens at Chedoke Presbyterian, sponsoring a street median flower bed and Jason’s House, a March of Dimes home. The society also donates to the Green Angels program at Royal Botanical Gardens, which teaches children about gardening.

Hathaway, a society member for the last seven years, has been working on the gardens at his upper Stoney Creek home for 25 years. Starting from mostly lawn save for a half-dozen skyrocket junipers and euonymus bushes, he’s added several beds and a wide variety of plants.

For Saturday’s sale, Hathaway plans to donate lamb’s ears, hostas and anemones from his yard.

“Whatever is in need of dividing,” he says.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society meets the third Friday of every month (except July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. at Chedoke Presbyterian. New members are always welcome. For information, see the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society on Facebook.

Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual sale kicks off gardening season

Get summer started Saturday morning

Community May 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Three things are certain this weekend: It contains a holiday, it’s going to be a lot warmer than last weekend and you are sure to find something for your garden at Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale.

Each year, members of the Mountain garden group bring some of their best plants, seedlings and unique garden treasures that they donate for the event, which is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

It runs until noon, and there are some bargains as the sale winds down, but most people are in line before the prompt 9 a.m. start.

“You’ll want to be there early,” advises Brian Hathaway, a member of the society’s executive.

“That’s when you’ll get the best selection.”

Two of the most popular features of the sale are the connoisseur table, where you can pick up hard-to-find plants at very reasonable prices, and the unusual treasures. The offerings are different each year, from ornaments to wind chimes and obelisks to statues — it all depends on what members are willing to part with from their own garden.

The society uses profits from the sale to fund its outreach programs, which include 10 subscriptions to Canadian Gardening for the Hamilton Public Library system, maintaining gardens at Chedoke Presbyterian, sponsoring a street median flower bed and Jason’s House, a March of Dimes home. The society also donates to the Green Angels program at Royal Botanical Gardens, which teaches children about gardening.

Hathaway, a society member for the last seven years, has been working on the gardens at his upper Stoney Creek home for 25 years. Starting from mostly lawn save for a half-dozen skyrocket junipers and euonymus bushes, he’s added several beds and a wide variety of plants.

For Saturday’s sale, Hathaway plans to donate lamb’s ears, hostas and anemones from his yard.

“Whatever is in need of dividing,” he says.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society meets the third Friday of every month (except July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. at Chedoke Presbyterian. New members are always welcome. For information, see the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society on Facebook.

Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual sale kicks off gardening season

Get summer started Saturday morning

Community May 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Three things are certain this weekend: It contains a holiday, it’s going to be a lot warmer than last weekend and you are sure to find something for your garden at Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale.

Each year, members of the Mountain garden group bring some of their best plants, seedlings and unique garden treasures that they donate for the event, which is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

It runs until noon, and there are some bargains as the sale winds down, but most people are in line before the prompt 9 a.m. start.

“You’ll want to be there early,” advises Brian Hathaway, a member of the society’s executive.

“That’s when you’ll get the best selection.”

Two of the most popular features of the sale are the connoisseur table, where you can pick up hard-to-find plants at very reasonable prices, and the unusual treasures. The offerings are different each year, from ornaments to wind chimes and obelisks to statues — it all depends on what members are willing to part with from their own garden.

The society uses profits from the sale to fund its outreach programs, which include 10 subscriptions to Canadian Gardening for the Hamilton Public Library system, maintaining gardens at Chedoke Presbyterian, sponsoring a street median flower bed and Jason’s House, a March of Dimes home. The society also donates to the Green Angels program at Royal Botanical Gardens, which teaches children about gardening.

Hathaway, a society member for the last seven years, has been working on the gardens at his upper Stoney Creek home for 25 years. Starting from mostly lawn save for a half-dozen skyrocket junipers and euonymus bushes, he’s added several beds and a wide variety of plants.

For Saturday’s sale, Hathaway plans to donate lamb’s ears, hostas and anemones from his yard.

“Whatever is in need of dividing,” he says.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society meets the third Friday of every month (except July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. at Chedoke Presbyterian. New members are always welcome. For information, see the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society on Facebook.