May 6, 2015: Spring plant circle in Stewiacke

Meet coltsfoot and other spring beauties at this plant circle in Stewiacke!

Wednesday, MAY 6
6:30-8:00 pm

Join fellow plant lovers for a plant walk and identification followed by a Demo –
How to make Coltsfoot honey cough syrup – and a cozy cup of herbal tea. Bring your own cup and chair if you like. 

Presented by the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia and hosted by the Stewiacke Garden Club. Meet at 720 Main St. West, Stewiacke, NS. Hope to see you there!

2015 NSAGC Convention


A warm welcome from the Western District of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs. This year our convention is in Yarmouth, NS at the Rodd Grand Hotel 417 Main St. on June 5th and 6th

Our area truly loves our gardens and is peacock proud of them. There will be self-guided tours of local gardens and directions to unique walking paths. The convention starts with a tea sponsored by Mayor Mood and the town of Yarmouth. It is to be in our historic Frost Park next to the Town Hall. We have entertainment and a ghost walk tour later on Friday.

Saturday is a full day of speakers, vendors, door prizes and is capped off with a lovely banquet at the Rodd’s Grand Hotel followed by our own award winning author Niki Jabbour as guest speaker. Niki gets the most out of a vegetable garden and is willing to share her secrets.

Other parts of our convention you might like are a photo contest, see NSAGC site for regulations and a floral design competition. Only one floral design per club, but you can certainly collaborate. Rules will be posted on the NSAGC site later.

We would truly like to show you our hospitality. Register today and enjoy some time with like-minded folks.

Vivian Kennedy
2015 NSAGC Convention Chair

Schedule & Registration Form
More info on the NSAGC site

Treasurer and Volunteers Needed

Your chance to volunteer or

Be Treasurer!

The Prospect Area Gardening club is something we all look forward to every month and it wouldn't be successful without its volunteers!

This year, we extend our sincere thanks to John Speagle for his years of dedication as he steps down from the treasurer position.

The club now needs a new treasurer for our next season.  This position involves collecting membership dues at our first few meetings, writing guest speaker cheques, paying our room fees in Sept. and Jan., reimbursing expenses and liaising with the club president.

If you are interested in this position or as a general volunteer, please email us at
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NSAGC Upcoming Events!

Hi Folks,

As our weather starts to warm up, it is time to start thinking spring again.

Just a few reminders of upcoming events:

Our District Meeting is scheduled for May 2, at the Waverly Legion and being hosted by the Fall River Garden Club.  The speakers are all in place and arrangements are done.

Convention is being  held in Yarmouth, June 5th and 6th at the Rodd and hosted by Western District. The theme is Gardening Then and Now. Registration forms and information are on our NSAGC Website under NSAGC Convention.

Pamela MacLean

District Meeting Info:

Hosted by Fall River Gardening Club

Hosted by
Fall River Garden Club

Waverley Legion, 2234 Rocky Lake Drive, Waverley
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Registration 9:00 – 9:30
Meeting Called to Order 9:30
Adjournment 3:00
$10 at the door

Tentative program:
9-930 registration
930-1015 mtg called to order, NSAGC Business, District Club Reports
1015-1100 Niki Jabbour. Amazing Edibles with some emphasis on fun new edibles being released in 2015
1100-1130. Coffee Break, Vendors, book sales
1130-1215. Dr. G. Chris Cutler Pest Management, biological controls and pollinators
1215-130pm Lunch, Vendors, Door Prizes
130-200 pm Sherry Chaisson Ferns
200-230pm Jenny Costello Living with Wildlife Certification
230-300pm Door Prizes, outstanding Members Awards
300pm Adjournment

Bee School


Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:45:03 -0400
Good day all,

We had our first Bee School the past weekend, with I believe it was 18 people crammed into the honey house.  Ruby did a great job making name tags for us and Johan did some slave labour.  Don’t tell the others but they made off with the door prizes.  The group was supposed to eat all the lasagna.  There is a whole pan left over that I’ll be eating for a week.  Oh wait now,  I’m looking for slave labour Tuesday, hmm, what to have for lunch.

The weather cooperated and we managed to head down the road to an apiary to open some hives up and have a look.  Just as everybody was gathering around, your truly did a classic rookie mistake and forgot the smoker.  Fortunately, I believe it was Luke, ran back and got it while the rest suited up.  The last time I forgot the smoker was about 10 years back, 50 km from home so I bought a package of Colt cigars.  It sounded like a good idea at the time, but being a non-smoker, both the bees and I were a little ill.  I certainly wasn’t very productive.

NSCC Course – I begged and pleaded and could not convince them to run it this spring. 

That said, I know there are at least seven of you wanting to do something more in depth than the informal Beginner Course that we do here.  Is there enough interest out there to do a formal “Scotian Bee, Beekeeping Experience.”  This is not the, “Joe is looking for labour,” it would be discussion in the morning and then physically doing what we discussed in the afternoon.  If there is enough interest, I will put together an OJT package over a period of 8 days here at Scotian Bee.   A minimum of eight pers with a maximum of 15 would be required.  The cost will be $425 per person.  Please respond by email if you are interested.

Nucs and Bee Hives.  With spring finally being sprung, for those who are expecting bees, you must be getting excited.  It is highly likely that dates will move to the right as it will take time for the remaining snow to melt, flowers to bloom and beehives to build.  I highly suspect that the blueberry bloom will be a little later than normal as well.

Please note that you must be a registered beekeeper in order to acquire bees.  There is no cost, please check the link below.  Don’t wait till the last minute to register.

Australian Bees – The bees will actually be coming out of Tasmania, which is still Australia and mite free.  The queens will be in the packages which is great news.  Morley is wrestling with Cathay Pacific to get cargo space, landing in Toronto 16-17 Aprilish and then trucked to the Maritimes.  I will email confirmation to those involved once the bees are in the air.

For those who are interested, the first picture is a pallet of bee packages that arrived by plane.  They actually shape the pallet so that it fits into the plane.  The white thing is a water bottle full of sugar syrup to feed the bees with some form of float to keep them from drowning.  The second picture is a close up of the packages.  You can see the strapping that keeps them spaced so heat can escape.  They come in “magazines” of five.  The top of the water bottle is visible.  The large white circle is the plastic cap.  To fill it, they put a funnel into the large hole and shake/pour the bees into the package which sits on a scale.  They then put the cap on.

More after the bees arrive.

Joe Goetz
Scotian Bee Honey and Gifts
34 Sangsters Bridge Rd
Windsor Forks NS B0N 2T0

Office 902 -798-5594

Wed. April 22
Marjorie Willison & Visitors!

We support our local food bank by collecting donations at each of our meetings!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Marjorie Willison & Visitors

The crocuses are up and we have two exciting meetings left this season!  

This month we are happy to welcome back the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club to enjoy our special guest Marjorie Willison with us!

7:00pm - 7:30pm 
We'll start with getting to know each other better with a few snacks and short guided activity!

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Guest speaker, Marjorie Willison, is going to share her wealth of knowledge about pruning our local plants and shrubs.  This is another great topic suggested by many of you!  The weather is finally in our favor, so come enjoy a green night out!

It promises to be interesting!!
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