A horticultural extravaganza
The Town of Rosemère is launching the 2022 Rosemère in Bloom contest. Residents have until August 19 to submit their photographic entries. The summer will also see the addition of a new horticultural event open to the public, which is set to take place on July 10 at the Hamilton House gardens.
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“Ornamental gardening is an integral part of our way of life in Rosemère,” said Mayor Eric Westram. “I encourage as many residents as possible to join us as we celebrate the return of the Rosemère in Bloom contest and to come enjoy our new horticultural event on July 10. Making our community a beautiful place to live comes with a whole host of benefits for the environment, for the economy and for our overall quality of life. And we have the green thumb and the imagination of our home gardeners to thank for our status as a Community in Bloom.’’
Rosemère in Bloom contest
The Rosemère in Bloom contest, now well into its fourth decade, is open to anyone residing in Rosemère. There are no entry fees for any of the categories. The completed entry form and the accompanying photograph must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the contest deadline of August 19. The awards ceremony will be held in the fall. Winners will have the honour of seeing their photograph up on display at the town library for a month.
The contest categories are as follows: environmental action; efforts undertaken to protect the environment; benefit nature and promote good habits designed to improve the community; backyard; front in bloom — residential; front in bloom — commercial; vegetable garden; cosy corner.
New horticultural event on July 10
While the Rosemère in Bloom contest period is underway, a brand-new horticultural event will be held at the Hamilton House gardens on July 10, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The lineup promises to be as enjoyable as it is eye-opening for the whole family.
Among the featured activities will be a gardening bazaar, where attendees will be able to pick up a variety of perennials, annuals, edible plants and houseplants, tree saplings, and flowerpots and other accessories. Residents who wish to donate plants and gardening implements are welcome to drop them off at the Ecocentre. They will be taken to the event and put up for sale at reasonable prices. It’s a great way to give previously loved items a second life.
At 11 a.m., the Caring Committee, jointly with the Town, will officially unveil the new commemorative poetry garden that has recently been created on the Hamilton House grounds. Residents who wish to contribute to the finishing touches on the garden will be given the chance to do so.
On the day of the event, visitors will be able to stroll through the grounds to discover (or rediscover) the Hamilton House theme gardens and Bouthillier Marsh, both of which are ecological treasure troves showcasing the natural beauty of Rosemère.
The program will also feature a booth on the benefits of beekeeping, from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as a series of art displays, with local artists in attendance.
Secret Gardens Tour
The public is also invited to take part in the longstanding tradition that is the Secret Gardens Tour, a popular draw for locals and visitors alike. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Rosemère’s most striking and original private gardens. Tickets will be on sale for $10 at Hamilton House the day of the event. All proceeds from the horticultural event and the Secret Gardens Tour will go to Les Petits Plaisirs, a respite care organization.