Horticulture enthusiasts gather for annual garden auction

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About 150-175 people attended the Tillsonburg's Horticultural Society's 12th annual Garden Auction Tuesday night at the Tillsonburg Community Centre, taking part in the live auction, bake sale, raffle prizes, and special bargain tables.

"It's our major fundraiser," said Christine Nagy, president of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society.

"We have over 90 businesses and artisans contributing as well as our members with all their divisions from their gardens, and we're getting more and more community support every year - it looks like it... it seems like we have more this year," she said, noting they had both more people Tuesday at the Lions Auditorium, and more items available for auction.

"A little bit more than last year, it seems to be bigger this year... bigger and bigger every year."

Plants were donated by area nurseries, from Aylmer and St. Thomas to Simcoe and Burgessville, and of the local garden centres, as well as Horticultural Society members, with trees, shrubs, garden decor and numerous garden plants available for auction, as well as a tomato and herb table, and perennials for $2 and $5.

Local businesses also donated non-gardening items, so there was "something for everyone." Tim Hortons provided free coffee and tea.

"They all donate," said Nagy.

Funds raised Tuesday will go toward Horticultural Society beautification projects, and Society operating costs which includes monthly speakers.

"We do six or seven gardens in town," she noted. "Plus we have a junior gardener program - we have 275 junior gardeners this year. If you count the junior gardeners, we have more than 500 members - not bad for Tillsonburg.

"It's a wonderful event," Nagy concluded with a smile. "Good time had by all." 

cabbott@postmedia.com

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