Find inspiration and education at Creemore Hort Park
The Hort Park is constantly evolving as a place to educate and inspire visitors.
A vertical planter and green roof are additions people may have noticed last year. Well, there is still more to come.
Charlotte Vorstermans said her hope is that eventually the park will be like a tiny botanical garden, in the heart of Creemore.
The focus is on sustainable, insect friendly gardening practices, meaning no chemicals, leaving bare patches of soil and garden stalks for bees and seed heads for the birds to munch on in winter and early spring.
This year, a one-season straw bale vegetable garden will be added, with potatoes growing in the middle and the likes of tomatoes, beans and peas planted into the straw bale border. Vorstermans said she wanted to try it out, as something new. The idea is that people will be welcome to come and harvest the produce. It will be like a mini community garden.
They will also be adding a second vertical garden because the idea was quite popular.
“The kids really enjoyed planting it,” she said.
At opening day of the Creemore Farmers’ Market Saturday, Hort Society members will hold a wind chime contest. Members have been invited to construct wind chimes made solely out of recycled material – plastic, glass, metal, wood – and the winning creations will be hung in the Hort Park.
The Creemore Horticultural Society is an all-volunteer organization that takes care of the Hort Park and the gardens at the Creemore library. Most Saturdays during the market season members will be around to answer gardening questions and give advice. Donations are always welcome and appreciated. All of the plants and materials are paid for through fundraising.
Their biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual plant sale, which will be at Station on the Green from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 26. It is best to get there early, because everyone else does.