A message from our President
The Milton & District Horticultural Society has been enjoying all things related to gardening for over 110 years and as we move into 2019 I am confident that we will continue to enjoy the many regular events and embrace some new ideas as they are brought to you by the many enthusiastic volunteers within the society.
The society has come a long way with many changes being made each year. New technology to communicate with you, new progressive ideas that speakers present, new plants being developed and of course some of the challenges of dealing with new invasive insects or plants. Some of you enjoy the changes, some would prefer no changes at all, but what remains constant is the enjoyment members get from meeting with each other on a monthly basis to socialize, to enjoy interesting speakers, learn new skills and contribute to our community by way of the gardens tended by members in various parts of Milton.
2018 was a special year for the society as one of the biggest projects embraced in many years was the new “from scratch” garden at Milton District Hospital. The original garden at the old Emergency entrance of the hospital had to be removed due to expansion in 2017, and 2018 saw a beautiful new garden emerge in the new location just west of the new emergency dept. doors.
It will be so exciting this Spring to watch the many plants and bulbs, all planted by members, come out of winter hibernation as the garden blooms for 2019. An official launch will be held in June – watch this website for details. Sponsorship and donations are still being sought for the garden and you are invited to participate – perhaps in memory of a special some-one. Contact me to learn more about this opportunity.
The traditional events—the Flower Shows, Plant Sale, Seedy Saturday, Workshops, the Garden Tour, Q & A sessions, and the Photo Contest were once again successes and will continue in 2019 – as well we hope with some new fundraising additions to the lineup. Ideas welcomed! Sunny Mount Community Garden ran at capacity last year, a new pollinator garden was planted to help our bees with their job of helping our plants grow.
As always thank you for renewing your membership once again, or for joining for the first time. I hope you have an enjoyable year and I hope you will become an active volunteer, get to know other members, make friends, have fun, and enjoy your Society. Never hesitate to talk with me, or another Board member with an idea or a concern, we welcome your input to assist the Board to lead a successful society.
– Anne Eadie, 2019 President