Meeting started at 1:12 p.m. in the Carnegie Room of the St.Thomas Public Library.
1. Welcome to members and guests.
2. Speaker: Anita Rychlo on 'Vermicomposting and Worm Castings'.
Ms.Rychlo described the anatomy of a type of European warm-blooded worm called “red wigglers”(Eisenia foetida or Eisenia andrei). They are the only worm that is suitable for indoor composting. Ms.Rychlo talked about a suitable container, proper room temperature, and correct ph level. Worm castings rate 2-1-2 (nitrogen-phosphorous-potash) as fertiliser. They contain essential elements and micronutrients and are high in potash. The compost is active microbiologically with enzymes and hormones. It is claimed to control fungus and retain moisture. Worm casting “tea” costs $20.00 for 4l. to use in a 45l. rain barrel. Dr. Elain Fleming is doing research on the effects of worm castings on plants. The results can be seen on the Soil Food Network website. Ms.Rychlo will be attending Seedy Saturday at Shiloh Church in London.
3. Minutes of 7 November 2009 Annual Meeting.
Motion: To approve the minutes as distributed. Amendment: “Early Blooming Roses Show will be at Rosebank and if it rains, in the garage.” Moved: Richard Cartwright. Seconded: Harry McGee. Carried.
4. Treasurer's Report.
Balance 7 November 2009: $1,741.73
Receipts: Membership 10.00
Total Receipts: 10.00
Expenditures: Room Rental 20.00
Cheques Issued 141.20
Total Expenditures: 161.20
Balance 6 March 2010: $1,590.53
Motion: To approve the Treasurer's Report. Moved: Harry McGee. Seconded: Bill Lovelock. Carried.
Roland sent out 60 questionnaires, each with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to members from 2008 and 2009. Less than half were returned. Only 17 favoured a bus trip. A bus that would seat 17 was priced at $800.00 in 2008. Harry thanked Roland for the idea of a questionnaire. There may be a bus trip in 2011.
6. Spring and Fall Rose Shows.
The first Spring Show, which will feature Early Blooming Roses, will take place on 29 May at 1:00 p.m. in the garden of Harry McGee, 41 Outer Drive, London. Degroots Nursery has been confirmed by Bill Lovelock for the Fall Show. Steve Elkerton may speak about gardening in Japan.
7. Society Name.
Sophia suggested that the society name be changed. She said that it was unfamiliar to most people. The Board of Directors will discuss the issue.
8. Combined Rose List.
The latest edition mentions that 15,000 roses are now in commerce somewhere in the world.
A new rose society is being set up in Kamloops, British Columbia. It will be the 'Thompson River Rose Society'. The federation has published a new book, authored by Harry McGee, called 'The Rosemakers'. The book tells the story of late Canadian rose hybridisers between 1880 and 1990.
10. Canadian Rose Collection.
The results of the Canadian government's rose breeding programme are being moved from the Morden, Manitoba Research Station to Vineland, Ontario. The 'Navy Lady' rose is being sold this spring to commemorate the W.R.E.N.'s as a part of the Canadian Navy Centennial. It is the latest introduction from this programme. This rose is available locally from Heritage Gardens Nursery in Glanworth.
11. Rose and Flower Shows.
Lambeth Horticultural Society's 35th Annual Rose and Flower Show, Saturday, 19 June 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Lambeth United Church. Information: Audrey Wilson (519) 471-9751, Stan Campion-Smith (519) 680-3521.
St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society's 140th Anniversary, Saturday, 26 June 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.at the St.Thomas Community Christian School, 77 Fairview Avenue. Roses, Perennials, and Floral Designs. Information: Richard Cartwright (519) 633-3939.
12. Roland will be the next director of the Ontario Horticultural Association District 10.