Annual Garden Tour of the 5 acres donated by the Cuddy Family to Fanshawe College is a bargain. Only $5 for a tour of the gardens and to walk at your own pace after the tour.
The only downfall is that this is the only weekend that the gardens are open to the public to view. Many of the flowers are either past their bloom (tulips, narcissus) or not yet blooming (Rose Garden).
At the end of the tour there were 2 greenhouses filled with plants for sale at excellent prices.
Be curious, not judgmental.
~Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 -March 26, 1892)
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
~Alfred Austin (May 30, 1835 – June 2, 1913)
A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late.
He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
~ Arnold Bennett (May 27, 1867 – March 27, 1931)
In my previous life as a Project Manager one of my biggest pet peeves was that some people thought they were so important they would show up late to every meeting.
- Traffic will always be bad, so allow for the extra time. Plan the trip.
- Make sure to include time to “sharpen the axe” so you can be more productive.
- Get enough sleep so you can be alert.
- Invest in your relationships so you will have relationships.
- Plant a garden so you can enjoy flowers and eat fresh tomatoes.
- Take walks to keep your muscles strong enough to walk.
I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists
as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
~ Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901)
Still celebrated, Queen Victoria is now recorded as the 2nd longest reigning Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest). Canadians look forward to the Victoria Day long weekend in May.
Often referred to as the “May 24 Weekend” or the unofficial start of summer. Gardeners rejoice as it is deemed to be the “safe” time to plant tender annuals as the risk of frost is past in Southern Ontario. Campers usually celebrate in one of the Provincial or National Parks. Families embrace the time together with BBQ’s and picnics.
And as my mother used to say:
The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday
if you don’t give us a holiday
we’ll all run away.