Ancaster Horticultural Society Honors Top Gardens for 2022

From left, Steven and Kathy Burns won a Ruby Trillium for their Lloyminn Avenue garden, and Liz Randazzo also received a Ruby award for her Stadacona Avenue garden.

The Ancaster Horticultural Society celebrated this year’s floral favorites by handing out 125 trillium awards Aug. 16 at Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.

Nine special prizes were awarded to consecutive trill winners: one diamond trill for 15 years, six ruby ​​trills for 10 years and two gold trills for five years.

Trillium committee co-chair Carol Anne Howe said a team of 40 judges evaluated 265 front gardens in July to finalize the winners. Several gardens received perfect scores of 100. Judges visited each garden in teams of two.

“There are beautiful gardens in Ancaster,” said Howe, who is part of the four-person trillium committee, along with Marilyn Burjan, Carolyn Bonharenko and Kelley Gowland.

In addition to plant selection, the judging committee also evaluates pruning and weeding when selecting the best gardens.

“We’re also focusing on maintenance,” Howe added.

The 125 trill-winning gardens all received scores of 93 and above.

The Ancaster Horticultural Society turns 61 in 2022.

The group aims to beautify Ancaster by planting and maintaining various municipally owned gardens around the town, including the Fieldcote Landscape.

The society also provides horticultural advice and information at monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of the month, except in July, August and December.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Old Ancaster City Hall, with guest speaker Lorraine Roy, a textile artist. The topic of the meeting is: “The Imperfect Garden – Falling in love with our dots and spots.” Everyone is welcome.

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