Flamborough Horticultural Society is on the move

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Horticultural Society (FHS) is setting down roots in a new location this spring.

Previously the group, which hosts monthly sessions that feature speakers and member flower shows, held its meetings at Strabane United Church. Starting in April, they will be transplanted to a new home at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Centre Road in Waterdown.

“We are looking forward to moving to Waterdown with the group,” said FHS president Arie Vanspronsen, noting that the location will make their events more accessible to a wider array of people.

The FHS, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014, currently has about 55 active members. Vanspronsen hopes to boost that number through a variety of initiatives. He has been busy networking at recent meetings hosted locally by Conservation Halton, and the group has a new Facebook page that features tips and information on upcoming events. As well, Vanspronsen says, people will see signs popping up in the community where members have volunteered their time and expertise.

“We will work with (St. Thomas) church to do some things on the property there, and we are working with the BIA to do the parkette on the corner of John Street,” he said. “We want to do more visible things, and we will put a little sign up so people know.”

The FHS held its March meeting last Wednesday at Flamborough Baptist Church, which is kicking off the second year of its Community Garden Project. About 85 people turned out to hear Connie Byl of Wm. Dam Seeds talk about techniques for planting early, both indoors and outdoors. She addressed issues such as timing, seed depth, types of fertilizer and watering methods, types of lighting and transplanting techniques.

“We all enjoyed it,” noted Community Garden co-ordinator Nicole Vandenberg, adding that both groups had approached the Hwy. 8 seed company about speaking and decided to co-host the session. “It made sense to team up and we look forward to doing more things together.”

Like the FHS, the Community Garden is gearing up for a busy season. Vandenberg said the 5th Concession E. church property will again accommodate 45 plots, some of which are still available.

As well, they will continue to raise crops specifically for charity. Last year, the garden was able to sponsor two downtown agencies, Living Rock and 541 Eatery, as well as Cambridge-based Ontario Gleaners.

The Community Garden Committee has also launched the new program for its education series, which runs once a month. Vandenberg said April will feature a presentation on square-foot gardening, May will be dedicated to opening the gardens and June will focus on bees and butterflies.

Spring is also a busy time at the FHS. The group is hosting a special “Plant Your Own Tomatoes” session for children age 8-12 at the Waterdown Library on Sat., April 2, followed by the first meeting at St. Thomas Church which takes place Thurs., April 21 at 7:30 p.m. (After that, the schedule will revert to the regular schedule of the third Wednesday of each month.) The community is also invited to check out one of the FHS’s main fundraisers of the year, the spring plant sale, which coincides with the opening of the BIA Farmers’ Market at the Waterdown legion on Sat., May 28.

For more information about the Flamborough Horticultural Society, visit their page on Facebook, email www.flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905-689-6722. Memberships are available for $15.

Information about the Flamborough Baptist Community Garden is found at www.flambc.org or by emailing flambcgarden@gmail.com. Community plots are available for $20 (4’x16’) or $15 (4’x12’).

Flamborough Horticultural Society is on the move

Busy season coming up for local gardeners

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Horticultural Society (FHS) is setting down roots in a new location this spring.

Previously the group, which hosts monthly sessions that feature speakers and member flower shows, held its meetings at Strabane United Church. Starting in April, they will be transplanted to a new home at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Centre Road in Waterdown.

“We are looking forward to moving to Waterdown with the group,” said FHS president Arie Vanspronsen, noting that the location will make their events more accessible to a wider array of people.

The FHS, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014, currently has about 55 active members. Vanspronsen hopes to boost that number through a variety of initiatives. He has been busy networking at recent meetings hosted locally by Conservation Halton, and the group has a new Facebook page that features tips and information on upcoming events. As well, Vanspronsen says, people will see signs popping up in the community where members have volunteered their time and expertise.

“We will work with (St. Thomas) church to do some things on the property there, and we are working with the BIA to do the parkette on the corner of John Street,” he said. “We want to do more visible things, and we will put a little sign up so people know.”

The FHS held its March meeting last Wednesday at Flamborough Baptist Church, which is kicking off the second year of its Community Garden Project. About 85 people turned out to hear Connie Byl of Wm. Dam Seeds talk about techniques for planting early, both indoors and outdoors. She addressed issues such as timing, seed depth, types of fertilizer and watering methods, types of lighting and transplanting techniques.

“We all enjoyed it,” noted Community Garden co-ordinator Nicole Vandenberg, adding that both groups had approached the Hwy. 8 seed company about speaking and decided to co-host the session. “It made sense to team up and we look forward to doing more things together.”

Like the FHS, the Community Garden is gearing up for a busy season. Vandenberg said the 5th Concession E. church property will again accommodate 45 plots, some of which are still available.

As well, they will continue to raise crops specifically for charity. Last year, the garden was able to sponsor two downtown agencies, Living Rock and 541 Eatery, as well as Cambridge-based Ontario Gleaners.

The Community Garden Committee has also launched the new program for its education series, which runs once a month. Vandenberg said April will feature a presentation on square-foot gardening, May will be dedicated to opening the gardens and June will focus on bees and butterflies.

Spring is also a busy time at the FHS. The group is hosting a special “Plant Your Own Tomatoes” session for children age 8-12 at the Waterdown Library on Sat., April 2, followed by the first meeting at St. Thomas Church which takes place Thurs., April 21 at 7:30 p.m. (After that, the schedule will revert to the regular schedule of the third Wednesday of each month.) The community is also invited to check out one of the FHS’s main fundraisers of the year, the spring plant sale, which coincides with the opening of the BIA Farmers’ Market at the Waterdown legion on Sat., May 28.

For more information about the Flamborough Horticultural Society, visit their page on Facebook, email www.flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905-689-6722. Memberships are available for $15.

Information about the Flamborough Baptist Community Garden is found at www.flambc.org or by emailing flambcgarden@gmail.com. Community plots are available for $20 (4’x16’) or $15 (4’x12’).

Flamborough Horticultural Society is on the move

Busy season coming up for local gardeners

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Horticultural Society (FHS) is setting down roots in a new location this spring.

Previously the group, which hosts monthly sessions that feature speakers and member flower shows, held its meetings at Strabane United Church. Starting in April, they will be transplanted to a new home at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Centre Road in Waterdown.

“We are looking forward to moving to Waterdown with the group,” said FHS president Arie Vanspronsen, noting that the location will make their events more accessible to a wider array of people.

The FHS, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014, currently has about 55 active members. Vanspronsen hopes to boost that number through a variety of initiatives. He has been busy networking at recent meetings hosted locally by Conservation Halton, and the group has a new Facebook page that features tips and information on upcoming events. As well, Vanspronsen says, people will see signs popping up in the community where members have volunteered their time and expertise.

“We will work with (St. Thomas) church to do some things on the property there, and we are working with the BIA to do the parkette on the corner of John Street,” he said. “We want to do more visible things, and we will put a little sign up so people know.”

The FHS held its March meeting last Wednesday at Flamborough Baptist Church, which is kicking off the second year of its Community Garden Project. About 85 people turned out to hear Connie Byl of Wm. Dam Seeds talk about techniques for planting early, both indoors and outdoors. She addressed issues such as timing, seed depth, types of fertilizer and watering methods, types of lighting and transplanting techniques.

“We all enjoyed it,” noted Community Garden co-ordinator Nicole Vandenberg, adding that both groups had approached the Hwy. 8 seed company about speaking and decided to co-host the session. “It made sense to team up and we look forward to doing more things together.”

Like the FHS, the Community Garden is gearing up for a busy season. Vandenberg said the 5th Concession E. church property will again accommodate 45 plots, some of which are still available.

As well, they will continue to raise crops specifically for charity. Last year, the garden was able to sponsor two downtown agencies, Living Rock and 541 Eatery, as well as Cambridge-based Ontario Gleaners.

The Community Garden Committee has also launched the new program for its education series, which runs once a month. Vandenberg said April will feature a presentation on square-foot gardening, May will be dedicated to opening the gardens and June will focus on bees and butterflies.

Spring is also a busy time at the FHS. The group is hosting a special “Plant Your Own Tomatoes” session for children age 8-12 at the Waterdown Library on Sat., April 2, followed by the first meeting at St. Thomas Church which takes place Thurs., April 21 at 7:30 p.m. (After that, the schedule will revert to the regular schedule of the third Wednesday of each month.) The community is also invited to check out one of the FHS’s main fundraisers of the year, the spring plant sale, which coincides with the opening of the BIA Farmers’ Market at the Waterdown legion on Sat., May 28.

For more information about the Flamborough Horticultural Society, visit their page on Facebook, email www.flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905-689-6722. Memberships are available for $15.

Information about the Flamborough Baptist Community Garden is found at www.flambc.org or by emailing flambcgarden@gmail.com. Community plots are available for $20 (4’x16’) or $15 (4’x12’).