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100th Anniversary of Horticultural Society

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” - unknown 

There must be some truth to this quote because 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society. On August 26th, the FFHS gathered to rejoice in this very significant milestone. There were speeches and presentations from MPP Laurie Scott, CKL Mayor Andy Letham, and Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie. MP Jamie Schmale sent his congratulations but was unable to attend. The honoured guests presented official certificates to commemorate the anniversary. The party concluded with Kawartha Dairy ice cream donated by Slices N’ Scoops and cupcakes donated by Maryboro Lodge. 

Taken by Dan Burnie. Click to view larger.

Current FFHS President Kathy Armstrong summed up the society’s 100th year, in part, with these comments; 

This has been a tremendous year. We started our 100-year celebration with a return to the Santa Day parade … and were second place winners. In May, the Spring into Gardening Plant sale was a huge success even with the rain. In July, we had a delightful public garden tour. Plus, our regularly monthly meetings have been very interesting. 

We have undertaken new gardening projects. The Rain Garden near the museum is doing its job of filtering runoff plus looking very colourful with native plants and grasses in bloom. The Terrace Garden now has new stairs and railings. 

The club has had its ups and downs over the years but still carries on. Membership is now over 100. We are wrapping up our anniversary year by hosting all 17 societies in our district of the Ontario Horticultural Association … and Paul Zammit from the Toronto Botanical Gardens will be the keynote speaker. 

As part of the year long celebrations, Janet Scott, a FFHS member spent countless hours researching and writing a history of the club: how the members and activities are woven through the fabric of Fenelon Falls itself. Over the past 10 decades the village of Fenelon Falls and its gardeners have faced the challenges of war, unemployment, and drought, but through it all they found solace in their gardens. Their love of gardening extended well beyond their own patch of soil and into their beloved village. During difficult times they sought to bring joy and hope through the simple beauty of plants, trees and flowers. Throughout the village you’ll find numerous flower beds and installations that have been years in the making. So, next time you walk downtown, along the locks, to the museum or the beach park take time to stop and enjoy this 100 year labour of love. 

Thank you to the many past and current FFHS members who don’t mind getting a little dirty, giving of their time, talents and energy to make Fenelon Falls a picturesque place to live.

Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society Garden Tour

Submitted by Gail Henderson

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is dedicated to the beautification of all community gardens within the Village of Fenelon Falls. We feature knowledgeable guest speakers at our monthly meetings, and provide a venue for home gardeners to share ideas and solutions.

This year, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary – a huge achievement!  In honour of this anniversary, we have planned a number of special events throughout the year. 

On July 6th, we will be hosting an expansive Garden Tour. The tour runs from 10 am to 4 pm, is fully open to the public, and is self-guided. You can choose which of 11 private gardens you would like to visit; 5 of are located within Fenelon Falls, 3 are North-East of Fenelon, and 3 are West of Fenelon. You will also have an opportunity to visit all 9 of our beautiful community gardens.

SAVE THE DATE – This is a great chance to see what others are doing to create native and locally sustainable gardens, and to get some new ideas for yourself.

Passports are $15.00 per person, and include a light lunch, being served at St. James Anglican Church, 19 Bond Street East, Fenelon Falls. Passports will be available at St. James on the morning and early afternoon of July 6. They are currently available at The Book Lady, 24 Market Street, Fenelon Falls. You can call 705-887-3136 for further details, or to purchase a passport.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable day.

Hort Society Garden Tour: Tickets Now Available

The Horticultural Society’s Garden Tour is now just one month away: Saturday July 6th, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Celebrating their centennial year, the Horticultural Society invites you to “enjoy the splendour of 11 unique gardens in Fenelon Falls and the surrounding area.

Tickets are $15 each, and the price includes a light lunch at St. James Anglican Church. Get your tickets and tour maps in advance at The Book Lady, located at 24 Market Street in Fenelon.

Thanks to the Horticultural Society, we also have plenty of beautiful gardens to enjoy right here in town as well, so be sure to stop and smell the flowers this spring!

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Starting to Look Like Spring...

It was a rainy Tuesday this week, but Fenelon is a little more cheerful now that the hanging baskets, bridge baskets and planters are out. Thank you to the enthusiastic Horticultural Society volunteers, CKL Parks & Rec Staff, and Chamber team for working so hard in the rain to help bring a splash of colour to town.

Featured Event - Spring into Gardening Plant Sale

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society invites you to their Spring into Gardening Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The sale is being hosted Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum at 50 Oak Street. Highlights include local plants, gardening books, heirloom tomato seedlings, food vendors, tool sharpening, glass flowers, garden themed arts, crafts, and more! All are welcome.

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Spring into Gardening

Submitted by Darlene Young

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is “Springing into Gardening” this year at the Maryboro Lodge museum with our annual plant sale May 25 th 2019. Gardeners have been harvesting plants and preparing seedlings to sell at the event. This year in celebration of our Centennial Anniversary we have invited other vendors to join us. We are very proud that the following booths will be at this event: Bee City, artist Irene Keesmaat, Dyment maple & honey products, Sherry’s baked goods, Nar’s Spice Bazaar, Garden Flower wall signs, Metal Art by Christina Handley, Glass Flowers by Diane Hunt, Rustic Revival Garden Art, Square Peg Woodworking, Conceptual Artist and Lead Designer: Julie Moore, and Sylvia Keesmaat’s Heirloom tomatoes.

Come, join us and pick up locally harvested hardy plants from 10 am to 4 pm May 25th 2019!

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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.


Judy Kennedy 

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