South Frontenac 2nd Annual Garden Tour – Sunday, July 7

Southern Frontenac Community Services is organizing its 2nd Annual Garden Tour in South Frontenac Sunday, July 7th 9:30a.m. – 3:00p.m. It is a Fund Raiser for Southern Frontenac Community Services [Seniors programme]. There is a free ‘take and go” lunch at the Grace Centre in Sydenham. They hope to add 4/5 more new stops to the 8 stops from last year. South Frontenac is geographically a large area and this 4 year plan means they are now going to be having gardens in the east side of South Frontenac to northern our border area. Southern Frontenac Community Services services seniors north of the 401.Tickets will be available [$10] in local establishments and the website www.sfcsc.ca.

Water Garden Tour – Saturday, June 22

The Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society (GOWGHS) will host the 11th annual Water Garden Tour (WGT), which will take place on Saturday, June 22. This year’s Tour features another 10 beautiful water gardens during the day, with an 11th site being showcased in the evening. 

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Times: Day: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evening: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per person; children 12 and under are free

Tickets/Tour booklets for this self-guided tour are available after May 15th atwww.ottawawatergardens.com or at Ritchie Feed and Seed stores (1390 Windmill Lane, 2079 Carp Road, Stittsville, and 5091 Ottawa Street, Richmond), Big Al’s Aquarium (1900 Innes Road), Artistic Landscape Design (2079 Bank Place), Peter Knippel Garden Centre (4590 Bank Street), Budd Gardens (2832 Innes Road), KB Backyard Depot (1770 Manotick Station Road, Greely), Beyond the House (144 Craig Street, Russell), Rideau Woodland Ramble (7210 Burritt’s Rapids Road, Kemptville area), and Nesbitts Greenhouse (147 Eardley Road, Aylmer QC). (Cash only).

Each year, proceeds from the Water Garden Tour are directed towards a community project. Proceeds from previous years went towards the construction of water features at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata, in the Healing Garden at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and outside the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home.

Belleville & District Annual Garden Tour – Saturday, July 6

CFUW Belleville & District is holding its annual Garden Tour this year on Saturday, July 6th. Don’t miss this self-guided tour of eight beautiful gardens around the Bay of Quinte. Box lunch, beverage, and map included.  Raffle Table with great prizes. Rain or shine. Proceeds support scholarships for local high school graduates.

St. Thomas Anglican Church 
201 Church St., Belleville, ON 
Saturday, July 6, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine) doors open at 8:30 am
$30.00 at the door or in advance on-line at 

cfuwbelleville.com/garden-tour/

Hobbit Hill Studio Art Show & Sale – May 26

Building on last September’s show Hobbit Hill Studio is hosting another show of talented artisans on Hobbit Hill. Between now and the show they also be posting individual profiles of the various artisans on their Facebook page – you just need to “follow” or “like” the page to see these.  

Turtle Walks and Turtle Talks

Posted on behalf of the Turtle Guardians:

We are happy to announce 2019 as the year of Tartan Turtle! 

Turtles can live a very long time, but, for instance, it takes about 60 years for one snapping turtle to replace itself in the environment – and snapping turtles lay the most eggs! 

Therefore, turtle populations in Ontario, are plummeting due to road mortality and habitat loss. Why should you care about turtles? Because turtles are the best vacuum cleaners of our lakes and ponds. They remove harmful bacteria from water which benefits us and all other fish and animals that depend on fresh water. 

The walks are part of the Turtle Guardians program. Starting this week and through to mid-May, Turtle Guardians will be presenting in schools across the region, to promote the walks and turtle conservation too! Turtle talks will outline what threats are facing our native turtles and how to identify turtles. We will also be bringing live turtles into the schools. We hope to recruit kids and families to come out for walks, but more to become Turtle Guardians. Guardians are on-the-ground eyes that look out for turtles and report sightings. Becoming a Guardian is fun and is free! And starting May 1st, Guardians and the public in general can report sightings using our new user-friendly app!  Reporting a turtle sighting in just 4 clicks, helps biologist understand where to put crossing signs, install turtle tunnels and also helps scientists estimate population trends including which habitats need protection. Turtle Guardians is a collaborative program across south central Ontario, with 10 key partners. The aim of the program is to recover turtle populations and recruit next generations to get in touch with nature and become Citizen Scientists! The program is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Become a turtle guardian by registering online at www.turtleguardians.ca.

If you want to help, and easy and fun way to get involved is to take part in this year’s turtle walks! Walks are held during the highest nesting season for turtles and when they are most likely near roads- during the first weeks in June. Walks are to raise awareness, funding and hope too! They will be hosted on Saturday June 8th in Haliburton, Bancroft, Peterborough, and Orono; and on Saturday June 15ht in Fenelon Falls, Bracebridge, Lindsay, and Foxboro. Each year the walks have a theme, and this year we are honoring the highlands, as the year of the tartan turtle. Prizes for the best costume (turtle-y or tartan-y), best signs, for answering skill-testing questions at the walks, and for the best fundraisers are awarded. Crafts, live turtles, and in some areas bagpipers too, will be at the walks. The OPP and local police have generously agreed to chaperone the walks. Register for a walk at www.turtlewalk.ca.

Please help by adding the walk events to your listings or by passing this message along!

Thank you!

Turtle-on!

Leora Berman, COO, Turtle Guardians & The Land Between 

Kids and Communities helping turtles…in Ontario’s turtle country. 

A program of The Land Between and our collaborative partners

www.turtleguardians.ca

705-457-4838

Turtles@thelandbetween.ca