Изображения страниц

NAPANEE SOCIETY: Miss Jane E. Ham, Secretary.

For the year 1911 we have sixty-five members. The work principally done by the Society is the distribution of plants and bulbs to the members of the Society and the keeping up of a small park donated to the town by Mr. Harvey Warner, upon which we expend a considerable sum each year. We have also given to the churches and public buildings bulbs and vines for their beautification. Our Society has done good work in the town for a number of years.

STIRLING SOCIETY: G. G. Thrasher, Secretary.

Our Horticultural Society this year has done some very satisfactory work and made good progress.

Considerable work has been done in connection with the park, under the supervision of the Horticultural Society, by the building of cement steps, as it lies in an elevation, and keeping the grass cut.

Our Society also intends early next spring to place tables in the park to make the place more attractive. The members have received this year, in premiums, flowers and garden seeds, plants and bulbs, and copies of The Canadian Horticulturist.

At Stirling Annual Fair the members of our Society had a beautiful exhibit of plants and flowers that were much admired by the visitors at the Fair, and for which suitable prizes were given.

The good work of our Society is shown in the general interest taken by our people in beautifying their streets, lawns and home surroundings, for which our village is noted.

WHITBY SOCIETY: H. W. Willcox, Secretary.

We have made a beginning towards interesting the school children in the growing of flowers, and helped towards the cleaning up of the town, beside making a grant of floral plants to each of our members. We have aroused an interest in flower culture and beautifying of our surroundings.



As the representative of this Association for District No. 3, which covers about one-half of the Province, from Kenora and Thunder Bay on the north, to the counties of Ontario, York and Peel, on the south, any report I can make based on personal observation would not be very comprehensive.

Speaking generally for the district around Barrie, where your representative resides, and from information regarding Toronto gleaned from the press, horticulture is still holding its grip on the public, and the desire of so many people to know how and what to grow in the way of shrubs, plants and flowers indicates a longing for better things in the home surroundings.

Too much praise cannot be bestowed on gentlemen or ladies who are able and willing to impart to their fellow beings such information as was contained in Mr. MacKendrick's paper on Roses last year, and a paper on Pæonies read by our worthy President before the Ottawa Horticultural Society, such information being easily

[graphic][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][merged small][subsumed][subsumed]

digested by even a beginner, and if more of the same kind can be had regarding many other shrubs, plants and flowers, the work of the Association has not been in vain, and such information will continue to be looked for and appreciated by a large number of amateur horticulturists throughout the Province.


The year 1911 has seen great progress in the Toronto Horticultural Society. About 151 new members came in, advancing the membership to 1,005. Members of the Society have also been most liberal in subscriptions to the Prize List, Street Improvement Competition, Hospital Grounds Decoration and Publicity Department. This last has enabled the Society to make known its objects and aims in the daily papers. The City Parks Department and various professional gardeners have been of great help with lectures and exhibitions.

[ocr errors]

Lectures and papers were given at the meetings, as follows, on Cultivation of Apricots," "Rose Culture," "Culture of Hardy Perpetual and Hybrid Tea Roses," "Dahlias," "Impressions of an Enthusiast on Horticulture in the Old Land and the New," "How to Grow Vegetables," "Lawns and Border Beds," "Annuals," and "Autumn Work in the Garden."

Four Exhibitions were held at which there were 87 exhibitors and 299 exhibits in flowers, fruits and vegetables. 160 prizes, 12 silver medals and 6 bronze medals were awarded to the winners at these Exhibitions, as well as silver and bronze medals presented by the American Rose Society to the Toronto Horticultural Society for Rose Competition. So keen has become the competition at the Exhibitions and so high the quality of exhibits that the directors have recommended that more stringent rules for staging and judging be inserted in the Year Book for 1912.

The list of flowers required for the St. Catharines Cup Competition was kept. constantly before the members of the Society, and for the second time the Society won the Cup.

Through the Society's efforts the appearance of many streets has been greatly improved. This year twenty-three sections of the city were chosen where more attention to the appearance of the front lawns was necessary. Each householder in the districts chosen was visited and told that a competition was on in his district for the best front premises. Expert advice was also given to those who wished to make improvement but did not know how to do it. From time to time the Committee visited the districts, and at the close of the season gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded.

The Society and the city has sustained a great loss in the recent death of our ex-President and Commissioner of Parks, the late James Wilson.

In the matter of School Gardens, the Society obtained the co-operation of the Board of Education and sent printed instructions to each school for the preparation of soil and cultivation of plants and announcing a competition in one school in each of the seven wards. During the spring and early summer the children did good work, but during vacation most of the gardens went back pretty badly. Oneschool, however, carried the garden work through to a splendid finish, and held an exhibition that was largely attended. The society is not at all cast down by the small results obtained in the School Gardens Branch of its work, but has already placed the Garden Magazine in eight of the schools, that the children and teachers may read the School Garden articles. Much confidence is expressed that some of the mistakes made will be remedied next year. One suburban school that was given some help by the Society last year, but was not included in the competition this year, took up the work in Home Gardens and School Gardens for the children in its

neighbourhood independently. At the end of the season a fine exhibition was given by the children, which will no doubt have a most beneficial effect on the cause of horticulture in that district.

The Society also awarded a medal for the best kept plot in each of the three boys' farms supervised by the Boys' Brigade.

The work of instructing the children in the cultivation of Home Gardens has made progress. The results, although not very great in quantity, have been of the highest quality. The girl who won the silver medal had a row of Asters that could not be beaten for garden effect, while the boy who won the bronze medal had a splendid showing in all colours of Annual Larkspur.

[graphic][merged small][merged small]

At the annual meeting, recently held, a strong list of officers and directors has been elected, all workers, who will put forth every effort to make the Society a great power for good in the City of Toronto.

BRAMPTON SOCIETY: J. E. Cooper, Secretary.

We have an increase of membership from 158 to 200, which we consider very satisfactory indeed. No special work has been undertaken this year. The movement regarding taking down old fences and fixing up the fronts of the places, commenced

a few years ago by our Society, has gone ahead very successfully, and we believe. that our streets look quite as nice as, and much better than those of, many other towns of this size. We arranged with the Council so that their Inspector enforces the law concerning obnoxious weeds. We have a very good Board of Directors for 1912, and hope for a successful year's work. In the spring we distributed one thousand boxes of annuals, and this autumn about twelve thousand bulbs. Each member receives The Canadian Horticulturist.

SAULT STE. MARIE SOCIETY: N. B. Culbert, Secretary.

The work of our Society this year has been to follow up the campaign of systematic and uniform tree planting, which we started last year. The Corporation have been laying permanent walks throughout the town, and we have been following up this work and planting the trees under the supervision of the Town Engineer. The trees were supplied by the town on our application, and the work has been looked. after by one of our members, the Engineer giving the lines and distances for the work. In 1910 we put out four hundred trees, and with very few exceptions these are all alive at the present time. In 1911 we started out to put in one thousand trees, but, on account of the peculiarity of the season, we have only been able to set out six hundred. It is our intention to still follow on with this work next year.

We have also been encouraging the school children to take up Horticulture by distributing seeds, plants and bulbs to the schools and offering prizes for the best school grounds.

We are also getting our members and others interested in improving and beautifying their homes by improving their lawns by planting shrubs and flowers.

We hold an annual Floral Exhibition, which proves very successful. We have had a good attendance during the show, and we firmly believe that these will do good in creating interest in this class of work.



I have visited, as far as I was able, the Societies in this District, acted as judge in the St. Catharines Exhibition, and lectured to two other Societies.

St. Catharines occupies the position as banner Society of the District, having a membership of over 600, Hamilton being second, with a membership of 465.

The St. Catharines Society gave 1,500 packages of seeds and 1,000 gladiolus bulbs to the school children, making a nominal charge of five cents. Each child who returned bloom from the gladioli received four tulip bulbs. This Society held two exhibitions, one in June and one in September. These were a success as to exhibits and quality but, unfortunately, not as to finances.

The Hamilton Horticultural Society has increased its membership this year. It has done much work in the educational line; five lectures, at which the lecturers were experts, were held, and the public invited to attend. Besides this, there was one open-air meeting, which was so successful that another year more will be held. We gave to the school children 1,200 packages of aster seed, and in spite of the very unfavourable season, over four hundred entries were received at the exhibition held in September. Three prizes, consisting of narcissus bulbs, were given in each school and a prize to the three schools making the best exhibits. These last

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »