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With only a short foray into summer, Many of us have different experiences to relate.  Certainly we have had an overabundance of rain, forcing late plantings, or planting in pots, and even flooded gardens.  Others have been dealing with ravages of rabbits, snails & slugs, and other ongoing cultivation-related things.  Some of these are an every-year sort of thing, but for exhibition-related things, we always have something to suggest we will have below peak for the September shows.  I predict, though, that once that time comes around, most of the grousing will become pale, and we will see tables and tables full of spectacular blooms.

our 2017 public appearances

This will be our Annual Show - to be held at First Markham Mall, September 23, 2017.  Exhibitors will have until early morning to complete staging, then Judging will follow until approximately noon.  Public viewing will follow judging until approx 2:30pm, when all cut-flower exhibits will be grouped and put up for auction.  This is both great for photo opportunities and for getting wonderful blooms to take home.

A sidebar mention that many of our members participate in the Canadian National Exhibition in the end of August and early September.  There are several opportunities for showing, and beyond free entrance and parking at the CNE, the prizes won are much more lucrative than most Society shows.  Note that these shows have their own schedules, and do not follow the usual Chrysanthemum and American Dahlia Society classifications and rules.  Please contact the CNE for further information.

 

our next General meeting - Thursday, August 24, 2017- 7:30PM.

Back to the Toronto Botanical Gardens for this meeting.  The main topic will be how to stage blooms for exhibition.  Even if you do not intend to enter exhibitions, this information will help you with basic arranging to show how to choose quality blooms for your own arrangements.

 

We welcome you to our group

If Chrysanthemums or Dahlias have caught your attention (or if you already grow them), why not consider joining our society?  Our membership covers several provinces, even though our main member base is from the area in Ontario which stretches from Hamilton, to Aurora, to Keswick, to Cobourg.  We plan about 6 meetings per year, holding most in the Toronto Botanical Gardens site.  While not mandatory, we do encourage members who are close enough to the Exhibitions to show their best blooms, and/or participate in those shows.  Our first show is held in Markham, Ontario in early September, and our second show is held in Agincourt, a suburb of Toronto.  We also participate in the Hamilton Mum Show in the Gage Park Greenhouses in that city, in late October and early November.  Membership in our society also brings our newsletter Cuttings, which is full of timely advice on growing and showing, plus other newsworthy items

 For speaking engagements in the toronto area

We have people who are able to make quality presentations on chrysanthemums, dahlias, or both.  While most members grow one or the other, some have tried both.  Naturally, that means we are still learning our craft as well.  Most areas we have served thus far are somewhat close to Toronto, so travel costs can be somewhat mitigated.  Contact us for speaker fees, availability, and for proposed dates.  For e-mail info, click the 'About Us' tab.

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