Spring is a busy time for the Clifford and District Horticultural Society


CLIFFORD – Spring is a busy time for any gardener, but volunteers from the Clifford and District Horticultural Society (CDHS) have done double duty this spring.

In partnership with the City of Minto, CDHS hosted a free six-week introduction to gardening for students in grades 1-6.

About 40 students took part in the “Let it Grow” program, which started in April. Students participated in hands-on projects and parents provided comments on feedback forms indicating that their children were looking forward to working in their own gardens.

‘Let it grow’ – Paisley Forester, a participant in the Clifford and District Horticulture Society’s ‘Let it Grow’ program, learns how to build a bee house for her garden. Photos submitted

Students learned about water and soil, how to grow a garden, create new plants from cuttings and seedlings, and build bee houses and a place for butterflies to grow from. ‘a caterpillar.

Town of Minto Landscape Coordinator Paul Judge said the town is pleased to support the “Let it Grow” program and thanked the volunteers who shared their time and experience with these young green thumbs.

“This opportunity fits perfectly with the Canadian Council’s Year of the Garden 2022, which encourages all Canadians to participate in the act of gardening at any scale,” Judge said.

The CDHS held a very successful spring flower show with 143 registrations.

Clifford’s community hall was filled with a colorful display of tulips, daffodils and spring flowers.

There were also entries for crafts/hobby and photography. Judges awarded first, second and third prizes in 47 classes.

The “Best of Show” prize was awarded to Jean Yenssen for his begonia rex.

The City of Minto has sponsored a special “Year of the Garden 2022” award for any arrangement of spring flowers, foliage and stems in any red container.

First place went to Ethel Weber for a creative presentation of greens, vegetables (asparagus, corn, carrots), cantaloupe, allium and red carnations in a red bucket. Second place went to Eleanor Litt and third to Jean Yenssen.

CDHS volunteers also participated in Earth Day, cleaned up and planted public gardens, organized a recruitment drive and planted white spruce trees in Clifford Rotary Park.

“Thanks to CDHS, spring has definitely arrived in the Clifford community,” company officials say.

Community Cleanup – Clifford and District Horticultural Society volunteers Isabel and Don Senek braved the wet weather to clean up and plant in a public garden outside the Clifford Post Office.

-Sent by Susan Thurston


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