“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.