Posts tagged Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society
Dirt-Free Gardening

Submitted by Marina Hodson

It would not be spring if I did not write at least once about gardening, but what about those of you who don’t have a green thumb or simply are unable to get out and get dirty? Don’t despair, gardening is still for you.

Whether you lack the interest, aptitude, or option to actually garden, it can still be a way to get outside and get involved. This time of year, options for gardening-related activities abound. Why not attend one of the many local plant sales, for example? Even if you have no intention to buy, similar to attending a yard sale, plant sales can simply be a fun morning out and a way to make some new acquaintances. Many of the plant sales are run by the volunteers of your local Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and going to check out some of their meetings can be sociable and informative regardless of whether you choose to put your new knowledge into action. 

Looking for something on a bigger scale? While you have missed your opportunity for this year, why not check out Canada Blooms in 2020? Hosted in Toronto early each year, it is Canada’s largest garden and flower show and sure to put you in the mood for spring.  Of course, if you don’t want to wait until next year, you can always opt for one of Ontario’s Botanical Gardens or experience the splendour of Ottawa’s tulip festival, one of the largest displays of tulips in the world.

So whether you like to get dirty or not, take the time to stop and smell the roses. There is more to gardening than meets the eye.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Featured Event - What is a Pollinator Garden?

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society invites you to their upcoming info session, What is a Pollinator Garden? with Susan Blayney on Monday, March 25th, at 6:30 pm. This is the first meeting of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society’s 100th year -an amazing achievement- and they will be hosting a potluck dinner to start. You’re invited to bring a dish to share to help celebrate and feel free to bring a friend too. After dinner, Susan will host her talk, covering topics like what it means to be a Bee City. All are welcome.

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Thanks for the Meal

Submitted by Judy Kennedy

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Over the past summer, several groups in our community grew and donated fresh produce to the Salvation Army’s local food bank. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following groups: the Maryboro Lodge museum’s “Victory Garden” which was created and managed by members of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society, students from Langton Public School’s “Green Team,” and students from Fenelon Falls Secondary School led by teacher Colleen Carew, as well as many individual members of our community contributed to this bounty of fresh produce for our food bank.

We asked the recipients of the fresh produce from the food bank to jot down their comments about how much they enjoyed the fresh veggies, and here’s what some of them wrote: 

So, to all of you who helped with donations of funding for building supplies to build the gardens, seeds and plants, and your labour to harvest the produce that helped put food on the tables of those who needed a helping hand to feed their families, a huge “Thank You.” Your work and your donations were gratefully received and appreciated by those less fortunate, who enjoyed the fruits of your labour. 

For some, hunger is a constant problem and there are some simple ways that you can help. Then next time you go to the grocery store, buy a few extra items and either drop them into the food bank barrel as you leave the store, or take them to your local food bank. 

When you are planting your veggie garden next spring, why not plant and grow an extra row of veggies to give to the food bank. I know that on many occasions, I tend to plant more than I need and it all seems to mature at the same time, which allows me to share some of my garden abundance with those who need and will enjoy it. 

You, or someone you know, may also have one or more fruit trees, or a big patch of rhubarb that produces far more than you or they can possibly eat or freeze. Please don’t let it go to waste. Our local food bank would be a great place to share it with.


Merry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous, caring and sharing New Year. Be kind to one another.

Sincerely,

Judy Kennedy 

On behalf of the Salvation Army Food Bank, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and Maryboro Lodge, Fenelon Falls Museum

A Year of Art in Fenelon

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

It has truly been a year of art! I was sent an email the other day and asked to highlight some of the changes that Fenelon Falls has seen this year and so many of those changes have an artistic flair!

Most recently we saw the Fenelon Marquee turn its lights on; a wonderful restoration project that will light our way down Water street and the Trent Severn Waterway.

Earlier this year we saw the addition of decorative metal banners by Christina Handley on the bridge, welcoming visitors into town, and we also saw a lot of art programming happen this year in Fenelon: the Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival kicked off its first year with lineups to get in and is happening again this year; in addition to their robust new programs and events this summer, Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum opened its new play space where kids can play with toys and sketch to their heart's content.

The Colborne Street Gallery opened and exhibited ‘Cottages’ by Joan Horsfall Young, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail maps and signs popped up at many places throughout town showing tourists what culture in the Kawartha lakes is. This year, the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show doubled attendance from the previous year, and for the first time included artist studios for 10 artists to showcase their work.

The Horticultural Society added a new rain garden to their mix of gardens throughout town and the colorful and fun splash pad opened at Garnet Graham Park to much fanfare. You may have also noticed the large triangular stones which have been erected in several spots about town - these stones will soon bear etchings with directional information, to help visitors find their way around.

It's been a great year for Fenelon Falls that has also included the addition of several new businesses helping to fill some empty storefronts, and a new "bike-share" system at Lock 34 that you can use to get around town.

I’m looking forward to next year where we will see the continued expansion of natural gas into Fenelon Falls by Enbridge, the introduction of a walking tour to downtown Fenelon Falls by Maryboro Lodge, and the 30th Anniversary of the Kawartha Arts Festival amongst many other exciting things to come.

With the election happening as I write this I’m reminded that we all get to cast our vote on who helps us continue to move forward and show our greatest side. We’re so thankful to the creativity we all bring to this wonderful town and the great businesses and volunteers who help make it the vibrant place it is.

Green Scene — Get Outside, Get Involved

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

This week we want to provide you with some options to get outside, get involved, and maybe learn a little more about nature... here are some awesome options right near us!

The Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

There is free yoga in the park on Mondays at 9:00 am, knitting on the veranda on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, on Wednesdays at 11:00 am there are outdoor sketching classes and the Afternoon Tea from 1:30 until 4:00 pm (the Afternoon Tea is the only thing that is not free, only $5.00 for tea and 2 scones), Thursdays at 10:00 am is Outdoor Activities, and on Saturday there is the Settler’s School in the one-room schoolhouse beginning at noon. You can also help harvest the Community Garden and learn more about gardening on Mondays at 10:00 am. The garden is a great and relaxing place to spend time outside!

For more information go to www.maryboro.ca

Gaaming Nature Centre

Located just outside of Bobcaygeon is another amazing option so close to home! "Gaaming" is Ojibwa meaning “at the shore.” At this center, there are hiking trails, bird watching, wetlands conservation projects, a Native species nursery, and a discovery shack to explore and discover nature. There are also summer day camps for kids and new this year is a Forest School opening in September. So COOL!

For more information go to www.gamiing.org

Ken Reid Park / Kawartha Conservation Area

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Ken Reid park is between Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. On this area of 272 acres of land, there are maintained trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. There is bird watching and even a floating boardwalk winding through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland. There are picnic shelters, a playground structure, and an off-leash dog park. Kawartha Conservation also runs environmental programs for all grade levels for schools. There is a Parent and Tot Exploring Nature Program on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am on August 16, 23 and 30th. For kids aged four and up there are day camps, too!

For more information go to www.kawarthaconservation.com

There are lots of ways to be active and get outside! Let’s not forget the amazing rail trail. Our family walks, runs, and bikes to town on the trail all the time! There are lots of ways to get involved and be part of our outdoor and environmentally active community. Some volunteer options include: the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society who plant and maintain many of the beautiful gardens around town including the community garden at the museum, and the Garnet Graham Park “goose poo crew” also needs help to keep the beach open to enjoy the water. Contact brianandgay@hotmail.com if you have a few hours to spare once a week to help keep our beach clean.

It takes all of us to make Fenelon great! Let’s all get outside, learn something every day and volunteer our time to make a difference!

Zoë and Edie