The Columbine

Newsletter of Gardening Kingston

November 2022


President's Message

When I joined the Kingston Horticultural Society (now called Gardening Kingston) in 2011, I had no intention of joining the board. When I was invited to one meeting, I had no intention of continuing to attend. When I formally joined the board, it was to be temporary! And now, here I am writing my last president’s message after two years of working for you. Although it was not always easy, the challenges were surmountable and, in the process, I’ve made new friends, learned a lot and had some fun! Gardening is the thread that joins us, but as a board member, sometimes we do go a bit beyond our comfort zone. All it takes is a bit of time and creativity to develop programs and activities for this group to enjoy.

I do hope that you will consider volunteering. The small group of board members cannot do it all. Your assistance is most appreciated to help plan and organise events. We are all looking forward to flower shows, bus tours, plant sales, and garden tours, so let’s work together to make them happen.

The pandemic has certainly changed our lives, but hopefully we will be able to enjoy group activities again.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall!

Suzanne Maranda

Annual General Meeting

Thursday November 10, 2022

7:00 p.m.
Treats will be provided, please bring your own mug and drink.

7:30 p.m.
AGM Business Meeting
Read the agenda... click here 
The key documents to be approved at our AGM can be accessed by clicking on the green buttons below. Please read them. Paper copies of the documents will not be provided at the meeting.
8:30 p.m.

We all know to admire our gardens, to “smell the roses” and to touch the velvet of some leaves and flowers, but what about listening to our plants? Not just listening to the rain or the wind, really hearing music created by the plant’s inner movements. Curious? Please join us!
AGM 2021 Minutes
Financial Report 2021-22
President's Address
Our meeting location is the 2nd floor hall of Unitarian Place, located at 206 Concession Street, Kingston, between MacDonnell Street and Victoria Street. Parking is at the back of the building.

Learn. Grow. Share.

According to our by-laws we require a minimum of 15 members in order to conduct our AGM. 

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we can ensure sufficient numbers for a quorum.

We need your support in this process.

Please don't assume that we will have enough members without YOU. We promise to keep the business portion of the meeting as brief as we can.

Thank you!


Fall Garden Tip

I never would have considered my Shop-Vac as a garden tool, but this season it has been more useful outside than in. For years, a perennial fall task has been emptying and cleaning out the four rain barrels. It’s easy enough to drain off all the water above the spigot but getting rid of the remaining 50 litres can be a pain, not to mention dealing with the mucky sediment. Tipping the contents out runs the risk of cracking the barrel – they are not nearly as robust as they could be, especially below 0°C when they become more rigid. Then, once emptied, the sludge remains. The next step usually involves a pressure hose, drenched trousers, profanity, and water all over the place. It never occurred to me before to use a wet/dry vacuum to drain the barrels, and the great advantage is that you can suck up all the water and sludge, take it away to water the garden, and your barrel is clean enough for winter storage.
Water storage tank
Water feature
In previous years, this would have been the end of the story, but this year we also introduced two 300 gallon (1135 litre) holding tanks used for rain barrel overflow, and a water feature that needs to be drained. The tanks and the reservoir for the water feature both have access hatches, but you would never be able to effectively reach inside to clean them out by hand. The Shop-Vac should do the trick!

David Kelly
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We are volunteers with horticultural expertise who share a love of gardening, a desire for learning and a will to promote resilient gardening practices. We serve the geographic area of Frontenac County, including Kingston, Gananoque, Napanee, Brockville, Landsdown, Mallorytown, Rockport, Wolfe Island, Howe Island and the surrounding areas.
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