GREEN THUMBS UNITE: 300 to attend horticulture weekend conference in city

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The organizers of the Ontario Horticultural Association’s Annual Conference.

CORNWALL, Ontario - More than 300 delegates from across Ontario will be visiting Cornwall this week to participate in the Ontario Horticultural Association’s Annual Conference.

The NAV CENTRE will serve as the host site for the conference, which runs Friday to Sunday.  The event has been organized by OHA District One consisting of seven local horticultural societies – Cornwall, Williamstown, Martintown, Maxville, Vankleek Hill, Alfred and Russell.

“We are pleased to host this provincial event,” said Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger. “It will give us an opportunity to showcase our beautiful community to gardening enthusiasts from across Ontario.”

Apart from participating in lectures, workshops and competitions, the attendees will also be touring in and around Cornwall during their visit.  

“Residents might see our delegates visiting our colourful gardens and unique boutiques or cruising on the St. Lawrence River,” said host district director Pat Stachon. “I would encourage our residents to extend a warm welcome to our visitors as they discover what our beautiful corner of the province has to offer.”

In honour of the conference, the City of Cornwall has planted a flower bed containing the floral emblems of each of the seven local horticultural societies that make up District One, the host of the event.

This is the first time that Cornwall plays host to the OHA Annual Conference. Each month throughout the province, gardeners from the 282 OHA Societies meet.  They listen to interesting speakers, hold plant sales, participate in day trips, and volunteer their time to work on projects to beautify their communities.

Organizations: Ontario Horticultural Association, NAV CENTRE, OHA Societies

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario, OHA District Martintown Vankleek Hill St. Lawrence River

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