Port Dover’s public gardens planted by horticulturalists

Seen planting the garden at the Main and Walker St. intersection are (left to right) June McCabe, Georgia McCormick, Becky Storgaard and Diane Crothers.

Seen planting the garden at the Main and Walker St. intersection are (left to right) June McCabe, Georgia McCormick, Becky Storgaard and Diane Crothers.

Port Dover is blooming this spring, thanks to members of Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society. Last week two crews of volunteers pitched in to plant two public flower gardens.
One group is pictured above planting the familiar garden at the harbourfront intersection on Main and Walker Street, in front of The Arbor restaurant. Members of that crew were Diane Crothers, June McCabe, Georgia McCormick, Becky Storgaard. That garden was recreated earlier this spring following the reconstruction of Main Street in that area. It now has an attractive decorative stone enclosure complete with a water tap. Plantings this year include a large white Calla Lily in the centre, surrounded by pink Gaura and white Vinca … about 80 plants. The Society is appreciative of Norfolk County for filling the new garden with top soil.
Last Wednesday, a larger group of horticulturalists gathered at Memorial Park, at the gore of Main and St. Andrew Streets. That large circular garden is beautifully arranged with a large red grass plant in the centre and then within six divisions are plantings of coleus, marigolds and Dusty Miller.
Mrs. Crothers reported to The Maple Leaf that the only public garden remaining on their lengthy list of local gardens in Port Dover is in Heritage Park at the northern end of Main Street. It will be undertaken soon as the water supply is now available by the County.
The large garden on the Cockshutt Road entrance to Port Dover is planted but some finishing touches remain to be done. Each of the garden plots are worked up, top soil added if needed, as well as fertilizer and manure applied.
Mrs. Crothers and Anne Faulkner are co-chairs of the 2016 garden committee.
Current officers of Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society are: President Mary Ann Kleiner, Past President Bob Williams, First Vice-president Eleanor Chithalen, Second Vice-president Becky Storgaard, Secretary Marion Anstee, Treasurer Louise Hammond, Financial Examiners Donna Lindsay and Annie Mason.

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