Month: May 2016

Gardeners Sale

Gardeners Sale

What a sight – on the site of the Chester Train Station (Tourist Bureau) –  as Chester Garden Club members and others gathered on Saturday May 28th for the Annual Gardeners Sale.

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Flowering crab-apple trees provided a colourful welcome.

Garden Club members had potted and donated many special plants, along with gardening books and tools, for the sale.  Muffins and coffee were also available and enjoyed by those volunteering, browsing and buying .

Each year those attending are treated to familiar and new vendors with a large variety of  plants and related treasures to take home.

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Jane C’s watchful eye …

The sale, as usual, proved to be a wonderful “meet and greet” occasion as well as an opportunity to pick up some real bargains. The organizers are very grateful to all the members who volunteered their time and efforts into making the sale such a success. The proceeds will provide the Club with funds to assist in the maintenance of two public garden spaces in the village.


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On May 16th Chester Garden Club members and guests learned that Ikebana is the art of space as Miyako Ballesteros quietly demonstrated the centuries old art of Japanese Flower arranging.


2016-05-16 19.27.18We learned that Miyako was born in Nagano, raised in Saitama, lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo before moving to Halifax in 2007. Miyako is a qualified instructor in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and has a Teacher’s Diploma 2nd grade JōninSanyo and is an active teaching member of the Sogetsu Teachers Association and a member-at-large of the Ikebana International.

Miyako told us one of the happier moments in her life is in that peaceful state of mind when she forms a bond with flowers, branches and leaves.

May 16th IMGP1787Ikebana art is based on the three main elements: first energy to Heaven , second human and then earth. The arrangement has one main focal point. We learned that spaces between flowers & branches form an essential part of the whole creation. Empty space is created not filled.

To begin creating her arrangement, Miyako chose three main branches, measuring and turning to chose the position , cutting under water and then placing her secateurs on a small towel to maintain the quiet . As Miyako worked gracefully in silence with skill and concentration the room had a gradual increased feeling of calm. As she placed the stems into the kenzan, the viewers watched closely in silence.

May 16th IMGP1818Later, when the arrangements were viewed, descriptions and comments included: beautiful, very peaceful, meditative, graceful, elegant and serene.

She and her husband, Ferdinand have a shop at 6417 Quinpool Road in Halifax where they are dedicated to the promotion of Ikebana in their adopted home.  They give lessons, demonstrations & workshops; have arrangement services; and operate a retail store.

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up

On Monday April 25th Club members donned garden gear.

Spring flowers in bloom!  It’s sheer joy wandering through the public gardens – The Cove and Parade Square, especially after a successful “clean-up” (+ lunch) last Monday –  thanks to Volunteers’ participation last Monday.  On behalf of Chester Garden Club, Carol + Sheila greatly appreciate your efforts and support with special thanks to Heather for hosting a delicious ‘soup and sandwich’ lunch in a glorious setting. (Thanks also to those ‘workers’ who weed as they walk through the gardens throughout the year.)

Sincerely, Sheila & Carol – Co-Chairs, The Cove Gardens, Chester Garden Club.

Thanks also goes to Joan C. and Sandy D. for taking the following pictures.

Decline of the Honey Bee

Decline of the Honey Bee

4 April 2016 IMGP1475At the Monday, April 18 th regular meeting of Chester Garden Club members and Guests paid close attention as Dave Adams, Bee keeper and educator talked to us about the decline of the Honey Bee. His presentation included a detailed history of honey bees in the world and how this has changed over the centuries. Dave suggested several ways we can make a difference in our own gardens to improve the life of honey bee.

Please check out the following links for more information:

Life in a Honey Bee Colony

Pollinators Need Our Help

Beyond the Veil: The Feeding of Bees

Beyond The Veil: The Uninvited Guest

Beyond the Veil: Harvesting Honey