Allan Halowski

Yards shine during Garden Tour, weather does not

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Despite some raindrops, the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society was able to showcase ten gardens around town.

Nine of the ten gardens this year were contained within the urban area of the town with one being in the rural area, on County Road 18 just east of Howard Ave. Garden owners and garden lovers who braved the weekend rain were able to swap stories, advice and helpful hints on how they can maintain, grow and expand their own gardens.

Dr. Allan Halowski, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society, thanked the homeowners on this year’s tour as he presented them with a membership to the society and an orchid on behalf of the board of directors. He said society members Marjan Drop and Paulette Drouillard helped find the gardens on this year’s tour.

“For things like this to happen, it takes a lot of time and effort,” stated Halowski.

Garden lovers get a tour of a Thorn Ridge Cr. backyard last Saturday as part of the 33rd annual Garden Tour.

The gardens were impressive, he believed, and gave other gardeners food for thought. He said it was “inspiring” to see the work of other garden owners.

“I thought the gardens this year were great in the sense that it showed the individual creativity of the yard owners we visited,” he said.

Halowski said that, in many cases, the yards took years to develop and he said they were “extremely appreciative” that the homeowners opened their yards and shared their efforts and lives with the public.

“Every year, I’m surprised by the quality of the yards we visit. They are phenomenal,” he said.

Ron and Karen Sinclair came from Chatham to take part in the Garden Tour. Karen said she saw it online when researching what to do in the region.

“So far, it’s pretty amazing,” Ron said, when asked in the Crown Ridge Blvd. stop on the tour. “Everything is pretty well perfect.”

Neighbours Dodie Pye and Veronica & Julian Kirk were part of the 2018 Garden Tour.

Karen said “everything is very well maintained” and said the white picket fence at the Bathurst St. home they visited reminded her husband of his grandmother’s property. She added she had been on the Garden Tour before, but not for a few years.

One of the things that caught Ron’s eye was the use of yard ornaments.

“Everybody has their own thing they like to do with the ornaments,” he said. “I’m impressed by that.”

A total of ten backyard treasures were discovered on last weekend’s Garden Tour, but weather weather literally damped the event.

It was the 33rd annual event and it ran both last Saturday and Sunday. Horticultural society board member Maxine Iler stated they sold 135 tickets, a drop from previous years due to weather, but added they were grateful to the people that did turn out as the weather wasn’t ideal.

Iler added there is not a Garden Tour planned for next year, as plans now call for it to run every other year.

Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society presents 32nd annual Garden Tour June 16-17

 

By Jolene Perron

 

The Amherstburg Horticultural Society, in cooperation with The House Youth Centre and the Town of Amherstburg, will host the 32nd Annual Garden Tour June 16-17.

Aligning with National Garden Days, this self-guided tour features 12 private gardens paired with artisans & musicians for a beautiful weekend in the ‘Burg!

“In a world of turmoil and hustle, getting lost in the beauty of Amherstburg is like a breath of fresh air.” adds Dr. Allan Halowski, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society.

(Photo by Danica Skakavac)

(Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Halowski said one of his goals since he became president of the AFMHS was to encourage young people to become involved in the society. The hope is that “it might spark interest with the youth and help them develop some new skill sets. Secondly many of our projects for the town of Amherstburg require man power and the youth again have the numbers. We also want to help the youth centre and that is why a percentage of the ticket sales will go directly to the House.”
Halowski added: “This will be our 32nd Garden Tour and it really is a testament to the pride the citizens of Amherstburg take in keeping their yards a most beautiful environment but then to share their masterpieces with all who would like to come and see.”
There were approximately 350 participants to the tour last year, he added.

“It would be great to have 450 plus go through the tour this year,” he said. “You may be aware that the money we raise goes back into the community. Last year, we contributed $3,500 to the town’s hanging basket program.”

AFMHS vice president Paulette Drouillard has scoured the community and convinced ten citizens to display their yards. Many of the homes will also have people who have related items for sale.

“Also, we will have a master gardener on the tour to answer questions for those wishing council or advice,” said Halowski.

(Photo by Danica Skakavac)

(Photo by Danica Skakavac)

“The Garden Tour is a well-respected event in our region, and our youth are honored and excited to help out”, says Rebecca Vander Vaart, activities co-ordinator at The House Youth Centre. “Here at The House, we put a huge emphasis on community involvement, and our students are on board anytime they get to work with another community group or event. The Garden Tour is such a respected event in Amherstburg, and our youth are honoured and excited to help out.”

Manager of tourism and culture Anne Rota said “garden tourism is alive and well in Amherstburg” and that the public gardens are worth a visit during the Garden Tour or during the summer.

“The Garden Tour is one of our premier events for the Town of Amherstburg. It draws visitors from all over Essex County but more importantly, the pride in the personal gardens and the beautiful beds that the Town of Amherstburg parks staff prepare for the tour are spectacular,” said Rota. “We are blessed with amazing temperatures in Amherstburg and our community is a garden of Eden for all to enjoy! We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated committee to coordinate the tour!”

The tour hours on June 16 are 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17. Tickets $12 per person with pre-sales at the Gordon House, 268 Dalhousie St.. Tickets will also be available on tour days at Toddy Jones Park.

 

Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society pleased with 31st annual Garden Tour

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The 31st annual Garden Tour is history and the organization that presented it is happy with the results.

The Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society (AFMHS) presented the tour Friday evening and all-day Saturday with 12 gardens being featured. Gardens ranged from yards in the urban core of Amherstburg to larger lots in the rural areas, stretching as far as River Canard and Walker Road.

Participants in the 31st annual Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society Garden Tour got a VIP tour of each garden Saturday night and enjoy one of them near River Canard.

Participants in the 31st annual Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society Garden Tour got a VIP tour of each garden Saturday night and enjoy one of them near River Canard.

A special “VIP tour” was conducted Saturday evening for garden owners with the tour also seeing Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and members of the horticultural society attend.

“It went well. We are very pleased,” said AFMHS president Dr. Allan Halowski. “We had a really good turnout.”
Halowski said the horticultural society estimated roughly 320 people went on this year’s tour.

“I think the comments we got back are very positive,” said Halowski. “There’s definitely a lot of hard work and planning that goes into events like this. These garden tours don’t just happen.”

While he thanked the entire organization and the volunteers and marshals that worked on the tour, he gave special thanks to members Maxine Iler and Paulette Drouillard.

“Those two really went the special mile,” said Halowski.

Gratitude was also shown to the home owners who volunteered their properties to be part of the tour. Halowski said the horticultural society was thrilled with all the work property owners did to get their gardens ready.

“This event definitely wouldn’t be successful without the homeowners,” Halowski stated.

Those who got the Garden Tour started 31 years ago were also praised, with Halowski saying they had the vision to see what the event could be.

Dr. Allan Halowski, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society, photographs one of the gardens June 18.

Dr. Allan Halowski, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society, photographs one of the gardens June 18.

The 2016 Garden Tour featured a photography contest with winners expected to be revealed with the society reconvenes in September. Artisans were at some of the homes as was master gardener Sandy Eleanor, the latter being stationed at one of the gardens.

Annette Zahaluk, the town’s manager of parks and naturalized areas, gave the first two of her six walking tours over the weekend. Halowski said that was separate from the Garden Tour itself, but noted the AFMHS has received tremendous support from the town of Amherstburg.

“The town has been very, very helpful,” he said.

Visitors were known to have come from all around Windsor-Essex County with some coming over from the United States.

“It’s an international event,” said Halowski.

Last year’s Garden Tour featured ten private gardens with it being increased this year due to homeowners wanting to become involved.

“We had a lot of people who wanted to be in it so we added the two (new gardens),” said Halowski, during a post-VIP tour reception at the Gibson Gallery.

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Horticultural society presenting annual Garden Tour June 17-18

The Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society in cooperation with the Town of Amherstburg will once again host the 31st annual Garden Tour on Friday, June 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aligning with National Garden Days, this self-guided show features 12 magnificent, private gardens.

A garden at the corner of Park St. and Sandwich St. South was enjoyed during the 2015 Garden Tour. This year's tour is June 17-18.

A garden at the corner of Park St. and Sandwich St. South was enjoyed during the 2015 Garden Tour. This year’s tour is June 17-18.

New this year, the tour also includes a photo contest and informative Garden Walking Tours of the Kings Navy Yard Park guided by Amherstburg’s very own Manager of Parks, Greenspaces and Naturalized Areas. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased on the day of the tours at Toddy Jones Park.
“Garden Tourism is alive and well in Amherstburg. The public gardens are stupendous and we are excited to offer the Garden Walking Tours during and beyond the show dates. The walking tours will focus on growing tips, species and more!” says Anne Rota, manager of tourism and culture.

“In a world of turmoil and hustle, getting lost in the beauty of Amherstburg is like a breath of fresh air.” adds Dr. Allan Halowski, president of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society.

Rotary welcome new member, thank Rib Fest volunteers

Rotary Club of Amherstburg President Lena Lazanja and President-Elect Laura Jurilj welcome Dr. Allan Halowski as the newest member of the Rotary Club on Oct. 7. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Rotary Club of Amherstburg President Lena Lazanja and President-Elect Laura Jurilj welcome Dr. Allan Halowski as the newest member of the Rotary Club on Oct. 7. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

It was a busy night for the Rotary Club of Amherstburg last Wednesday, as the organization met to thank volunteers for the 2015 Rib Fest and induct a brand new member.

A cheque for $750 was presented to the House of Shalom Youth Centre during the meeting for their volunteer efforts at the Rib Fest, which consisted of selling raffle tickets and performing other tasks throughout the weekend. The Rotary Club committed to donating the funds from liquor returns to the House as a show of gratitude for their help.

“They did help a tremendous amount throughout the whole weekend,” said Rotary President Lena Lazanja. “Anybody in the community who’s been to other events knows that the House is always a presence at events and helps out as much as they can.”

Lazanja went on to thank the remainder of the volunteers who helped make this year’s Rib Fest possible, saying that if it wasn’t for the committed and dedicated group of people she works with her job would be much more difficult.

“Everyone here’s been involved in Rib Fest, some of you since its inception. So you all realize how much work goes into not just the planning but the actual days of implementing it and then the follow up afterward,” said Lazanja.

Following the cheque presentation Rotary proceeded to welcome their newest member, Dr. Allan Halowski. Along with his wife Donna, Halowski has lived in Amherstburg for around one year and has served with a number of chiropractic associations and societies. Since moving to town Halowski said he has been impressed by Amherstburg’s beauty and the number of events that are held here.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Lena Lazanja (right) presents a cheque for $750 to House of Shalom Youth Centre member Rebecca Vander Vaart on Oct. 7. The Rotary Club donated the funds from the liquor returns from this year’s Rib Fest to the House as a show of appreciation for their volunteer efforts throughout the weekend. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Lena Lazanja (right) presents a cheque for $750 to House of Shalom Youth Centre member Rebecca Vander Vaart on Oct. 7. The Rotary Club donated the funds from the liquor returns from this year’s Rib Fest to the House as a show of appreciation for their volunteer efforts throughout the weekend. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

“These things don’t just magically happen. They happen because hundreds of people tithe their time to give back to this community,” Halowski said. “By these individuals doing that, things happen and it’s these things that happen that make this a great community to live in.”

In addition to the Rotary Club, Halowski has also joined the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society and the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce to give back to the community and ensure it can continue to be a beautiful, safe and fun place to call home.

“Amherstburg will be our home for a long time and I would like it to continue to be a special place, so I hope that by supporting it and encouraging others to do likewise that it will be.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Amherstburg, visit www.amherstburgrotary.com.