Flowers in bloom for County Blooms

IN FULL BLOOM- The colours were sensational at the annual County Blooms Flower and Garden Show at the Wellington Town Hall on Saturday. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)




The weather held off long enough Saturday for the vendors and attendees at this years County Blooms Garden and Flower show

Scores of people who love a perfectly timed bloom and well grown greenery came to the event held at the Wellington Town Hall.

The show featured a huge plant sale with over a dozen heritage tomato varieties, herbs and much more, an amazing flower show,  a garden bistro, book sale with plenty of gardening books and vintage Harrowsmith magazines, silent auction and kids activities like painting rocks to help identify ground nesting bees and protect them, if possible.

“We had a garden bistro with homemade quiche, salad and desserts and that was really popular this year,” said Lise Bois, Horticultural Society president and coordinator for the event. “In the past we’ve hosted a Victorian tea with sandwiches and all that so we thought we would change it up and modernize it a bit.”

Tree the County was at the event,  ‘adopting’ out seedlings to help increase PEC’s tree canopy.

“Tree the County has become an important part of the County Blooms show,” Bois stated. “They are trying to talk about climate change, the importance of trees and making sure that people understand that planting trees is one of the big factors that’s going to help us with climate change.”

The Horticultural Society have been organizing and hosting the County Blooms show at the Wellington Town Hall for three years and organizers plan on continuing this event next year and the years to come at the same venue.

Bois has been a part of the coordinating team since they moved their venue from the Crystal Palace to the Wellington Town Hall.

“I get the satisfaction of seeing a community come together,” expressed Bois. “Enjoying gardening and planting and asking questions and exchanging ideas about gardening and planting, that’s what I get out of it.”

If your interested in an economic learning experience about gardening, the Horticultural Society hosts monthly meetings where members can learn from others and listen to guest speakers for only $15 annually, or for non-members, it’s $5 at the door.

Except for Jan., July and Dec. Meetings are held on the last Wed. Of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Picton Town Hall

There is no experience required, just a need to have an interest in growing a green thumb.

“It’s just the joy of sharing the information about gardening and showing off some of the products in their gardens and encouraging people to do more of it,” Bois added.

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