Ripley Horticultural Society youth have busy fall season
By Tryntje Eisen

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The Ripley Horticultural Society youth during a tour of the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley; in the back, are leader Sandra MacDonald (L), food gardens president Lynne Taylor, leaders Tryntje Eisen and Isabelle Carter; middle row, Lucas Bronkhorst (L), Ben Voskamp; and front, Aurélie Bronkhorst, Jayden Maki and Burton Bronkhorst
photos courtesy of Tryntje Eisen

The Ripley Horticultural Society youth had a busy fall season.

In September, one of our members gave us a guided tour through their woods. We saw giant puff balls and made mini-pumpkin centrepieces from what we collected in the woods.

The weather didn't dampen our spirits as our October meeting saw us learn about growing pumpkins, from a friendly Amish
family in Holyrood. 

The orange fields were a sight to behold and so were we all covered in mud after harvesting our own giant pumpkin that we couldn't carry, but had to roll to our vehicles.

At the closing meeting of the year, we made Christmas wreaths from dried nature products, which turned out really well.

The first meeting in 2014 will be a planning meeting in which we will decide what to grow for the May 21 Ripley Horticultural Flower Show and the Ripley Fall Fair on Sept. 26-28.

Our theme of the year is "Growing Things".

We will also have an opportunity to enter the Ontario Horticultural Association poster contest, for the young  artists among us. This contest is open to non-members as well.

The theme of this year's youth poster competition is "Plant a garden, it's good for you." The contest is open to children age five, through to adult class.

  • Section 1: Children, Senior Kindergarten or Grade 1
  • Section 2: Children, Grade 2 or 3
  • Section 3: Children, Grade 4 or 5
  • Section 4: Children, Grade 6, 7 or 8
  • Section 5: Teens, Grade 9 up to age 19 
  • Section 6: 20-plus (New class in 2013)

Posters should be done on paper 30 cm x 45 cm (12” x 18”). Media: Any type of art media may be used; i.e. paints, crayons, pencil crayons, pastels, black and white, other. The theme must be visible on the front of the poster and is the only printing needed on the front.

Judging criteria:

  • Creativity, 20%
  • Lettering, 20%
  • Evidence of Theme, 20%
  • Quality of design, 20%
  • Balance, clarity and neatness, 20%

The artist’s name, phone number and grade must be printed in pencil on the back of the poster, along with which horticultural society the artist is from).

The top three posters in each section, from each Society, will advance to the District Competition.

Cash prizes awarded to 1st - $10 , 2nd - $8, and 3rd - $5; $2 for being part of the District Competition.

Call 519-396-6415 for more information. Poster deadline is March 18.
All youth, ages 6-17, are invited to join the Ripley Horticultural Society youth at the Ripley Library, Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to Noon. 

The cost of membership is $2 per year. 2014 meeting dates are : Feb. 15, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.
For information, call one of the youth leaders: Isabelle Carter at 519-395-2852;
Heather Newman at 519-395-5034; Mary Rose Walden at 519-395-0456 or Tryntje Eisen at 519-396-6415. 

Bob Duncan used his imagination for a Christmas wreath and the results were amazing

Lucas Bronkhorst (L) and Ben Voskamp harvest huge red beets at the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley

Burton Bronkhorst (L) holds up a German giant heirloom radish at the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, while his sister and brother look on


Chris McLarty shows his mini-pumpkin creation

Burton Bronkhorst has fun putting together his mini-pumpkin in the Voskamps' garage

Chris McLarty's professionally-arranged creation

Aurélie Bronkhorst with her lovely Christmas wreath

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