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Gardeners gather for 11th annual Charlotte County Blooms - May. 06, 2014


Barb Rayner/Courier
Master Gardener Lorraine Flanigan, who is editor of "Trellis", the Toronto Botanical Garden's membership magazine, talked about "13 ways to garden in small places" at the 11th annual Charlotte County Blooms held at Fundy High School Saturday.

Barb Rayner
St. George
Enthusiastic gardeners from around the county and beyond gathered at Fundy High School Saturday for the 11th annual Charlotte County Blooms.
This year’s event was hosted by the Granite Gardeners and presented by the county’s four gardening clubs – Charlotte Gardeners and The Social Gardeners in St. Stephen and Saint Andrews by the Sea Garden Club as well as the Granite Gardeners.
Joan Williams, vice-president of the Granite Gardeners, opened the event noting that she couldn’t believe the sun was shining and felt she should be working in her garden before introducing special guest speaker Lorraine Flanagan.
A master gardener, Flanagan has visited and written about gardens around the world. She works closely with the Toronto Botanical Garden as a volunteer and is editor of “Trellis” the garden’s membership magazine.
She is a member of the Garden Writers’ Association and is a regular contributor to “Garden Making” magazine. Her work has also appeared in “Canadian Gardening” magazine, where she was a consulting and web editor from 2004 to 2008, “Canadian Living” magazine, “My Ontario”, the “Globe and Mail” and “Independent Traveller.”
Her topic was “13 ways to garden large in small places” and she included a wealth of slides in her presentation taken during her travels.
Flanagan has been a guest of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre and Netherlands Tourism and has visited Malaysia’s botanical gardens at the invitation of the Malaysian Tourism authority as well as touring the gardens of Thailand as a guest of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
She recently completed a tour of Canada’s public gardens – including Kingsbrae Garden in Saint Andrews – and publishes a blog-a-zine at citygardeningonline.com. Gardeners can also follow Flanagan at Facebook/Citygardening and on Twitter@city.gardening
During the breaks in the seminar there was a chance for participants to take a look at the exhibitors’ and vendors’ tables set up in the lobby by the school cafeteria.
Among the vendors was Dianne Earl, a horticultural technician at Scotts Nursery in Lincoln, who was also a guest speaker providing information on trees, shrubs, gardening plants and water plants during a question and answer session.

barb@stcroixcourier.ca