Garden Fair/Tour boasts record numbers


Story and Photos by Emily Lukas

Amherstburg’s Fort Malden Horticultural Society held their 27th annual garden tour and fair at the new United Communities Credit Union last weekend.

“As far as the fair goes this is probably our record year,” said Al Gignac, president of the Fort Malden Horticultural Society.

Gignac has been running the garden tours and fairs for four years and has been president of the Horticultural Society for two years.

The purpose of the Fort Malden Horticultural Society is to give advice and better homeowners gardening experience. The profits from this event give back into the community for beautification projects that provide funding for Amherstburg’s hanging baskets, street planters, trees and also provide funding for specialty projects and gardens such as the Kings Navy Yard Park.

“Everything we do is through volunteering,” said Gignac. “Nobody gets paid here and then we give back to the community, it’s fantastic.”

This year’s event had 91 vendors in comparison to last year which only had 63. The vendors offer products, services and ideas for home and garden as well. Some of the vendors offered garden art, jewellery, metal art, arts and crafts, roasted nuts and much more. Landscapers and Master Gardeners were also there to offer advice to homeowners.

On the tour eleven of Amherstburg’s community home owners offered to share their beautiful garden’s on the tour.

The first garden on the garden tour was sponsored by Baker Busch and is owned by Barry and Maureen Renaud.  Their garden has been featured in the tour for five years.

Barry has been working on his garden since 1987 and enjoys this hobby.

“We’re normally working on the garden during the spring and fall,” said Barry. “I like to keep my garden interesting.”

The advice Barry had to offer to gardeners was when buying evergreens smaller is better and it is worth it to buy them in one inch containers.

Some features this garden has is a weeping birch, Nootka, Tamarack, a small potted Amyre maple  and a beautiful pond mural painted on the side of their garage.

The Renauds are willing to share their garden with anyone at any time and are located at 452 Richmond Street.

The Fort Malden Horticultural Society has already begun to plan for next year’s tour and are always looking for volunteers. Al Gignac can be reached at 519-736-2825 or at if you are interested in volunteering or being a vendor next year.

Gignac would like to give special thanks to the media outlets in the Amherstburg area, The River Town Times and everyone who volunteered or took part in the event.

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