Maxine Iler

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 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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