Garden Tour organizers pleased with variety, weather

 

Garden Tour1 Garden Tour2 Garden Tour3 Garden Tour4 Garden Tour5By Ron Giofu

 

Sunny, clear weather greeted the 29th annual Garden Tour and organizers were also happy with the variety of gardens people were able to visit in those conditions.

“I think there was a diversity of gardens,” said Marilyn Cadotte, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society (AFMHS).

Both Cadotte and Garden Tour co-ordinator Paulette Drouillard noted the ten gardens ranged from subdivisions to large lots and included everything from native plants to an array of colours along with trees native to the area. A total of 318 people toured the gardens over the weekend.

“We’re starting now to organize gardens for next year,” said Drouillard.

Gardens are chosen on the basis of such things as appeal and variety with gardens being anywhere within Amherstburg. This year, there were some in the Pointe West area as well as others in McGregor along with the gardens in the urban section of Amherstburg.

“We’re always looking for new gardens and homeowners who want to show them off,” said Cadotte.

Cadotte pointed out the Garden Tour is the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds traditionally being allocated to programs such as the town’s hanging basket program, the “Deck the Planters” program, planting in the town’s community gardens and scholarships for local students.

The AFMHS also raises funds in other ways, Cadotte added, including tulip sales that took place throughout the Garden Tour weekend.

The horticultural society also is taking part in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 through District 11 the Ontario Horticultural Society. A total of 100 red geraniums were planted around town with plants going into Navy Yard Park, community gardens on Victoria St. S. (at the Amherstburg Community Services office) and in a planter in front of Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Cadotte added the AFMHS is nearing a partnership with Seasons Amherstburg to assist seniors that reside there in planting gardens at that site.

“There are seniors there that are really anxious to garden,” said Cadotte.

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