Your Community Gardening Society

“Where Gardeners come to Bloom”  We meet at the Nestleton Hall the first Tuesday of every month, except for March which will be the second Tuesday, at 7:30pm. There are no meetings in January and February.

Membership is open to anyone who loves learning how to start a garden in any container or plot of land to any seasoned gardener who wishes to expand their knowledge, all in a warm and friendly environment.

For the low price of $15 single membership, $20 family (two adults at the same address) you will get far more out of the meetings with speakers, seasonal gardening tips and more.

Just click on the ”Membership” tab above for our form.

Learn about the Pine Ridge Garden Club – and the Year of the Garden…click below and then turn to page 37!

Did you get to the Garden Visits? Here are some of them!

Hard at work in the Pioneer Garden at Scugog Shores Museum

The Standard

Keep up on gardening tips written by Helen Nicolaou, in the Port Perry newspaper, The Standard.

The long days of spring have warmed the soil and given us ample hours to spend fussing in the garden shifting established perennials, making room for bright annuals, hot new perennials and adding the ever so wonderful flowering bushes. My newest addition is the lovely scented double mock orange covered in masses of pure white blossoms.

A break with cooler days and nights has been a welcome relief from the extreme early, hot and humid temperatures lately, extending the blooms of peonies. The Oshawa Peony Festival was in its glory filled with over 300 peonies this past weekend. All in attendance were in awe, marvelling at the collection of blooms. Many selfies were taken throughout the gardens featuring waterfalls and sculptures. Vendors were on site with unique items for sale and the show sponsor, Vandermeer’s Nursery was on hand with many perennials and a large selection of peonies to purchase ready for planting. There was a display of peonies available for viewing at the competition.

Our June meeting we enjoyed Jackie Morra’s presentation ‘Ultimate Backyard- Small Spaces-Big Impact’ as well as her selection of plantings that provided a variety of lovely views, privacy and key entertaining spaces located throughout her private garden. Thank you Jackie we will miss you here and we look forward to your ongoing garden transformations at your new home in British Columbia.

Congratulations to the winners from our Plant, Bake and Yard Sale Draw to Sandra Gould- Foodland Planter, Patti Bekker -Century Home Greenhouse Pot of Flowers, Ron Acheson- Vos Flower Planter and Ann McKeef -Otters Greenhouse Hanging basket. Also thank you to our two student helpers Jacob Moores and Avi Wright for moving plants and with your assistance all day.  

Ever wonder what the spit like substance was on your roses and other plants? There are over 20,000 species of spittlebugs that could be the pest causing this white foam located on the stem and leaf of your plant. Spittlebugs lay eggs on old plant debris to overwinter on, then hatch in spring attaching themselves on a host plant. The spittlebug nymph will then form a foamy substance to protect itself from predators and heat. A quick spray down with the hose will knock the odd spittlebugs off. But large infestations will weaken and stunt the growth of a plant and require an insecticidal soap containing  garlic and hot-based organic ingredients. You can either purchase or make a homemade solution to control and prevent further infestations.

Come on out to our next meeting Tuesday, July 5th at Nestleton Hall at 7:30. Members get crafty as anything garden related will be needed to make and  enter in our Best Fascinator Contest. Brenda Near will be presenting on “Another Layer of Garden Life: Attracting Bees and Insects with Native Plants.” Lots of classes to enter this month for our Flower and Vegetable Show. Check on Tips for Showing, Hardening and Conditioning in the Pine Ridge Garden Club Yearbook to help your entries look their best.

Hoping to see you all next month, Pine Ridge Garden Club “where gardeners come to bloom”

Visit the Ontario Horticultural Society’s Summer edition of Trillium, click below-

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