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Ripley Horticultural Society prepares for outdoor holiday decorating

November 20, 2023

With shorter days and colder temperatures, thoughts turn to preparations for the Christmas season.

The social room at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre was packed Wednesday after with members of the Ripley and District Horticultural Society and guests eager to learn how to make beautiful bows and put together evergreen arrangements to beautify their homes for the festive season.

Resident floral expert Gail Vander Hoek demonstrated how to make a large bow using wired ribbon. She invited members to try their hand at bow-making while she supervised and provided a selection of colourful, ready-made bows for purchase by donation.

Christine Roberts brought freshly-cut boughs and an assortment of decorative materials to show how to assemble an outdoor evergreen display. A draw was made for the completed project and Cathy Lobraico was the lucky recipient.

This being the last regular meeting of the 2023 program, time was devoted during the business portion to plan for 2024, including the annual general meeting Jan. 17, and solicitation of volunteers to act as hostesses and conveners, and to provide refreshments in the new season.

The society will meet for the final time this year, Dec. 6, at the Ripley-Huron Legion for a catered Christmas luncheon and some enjoyable social time.

The Ripley and District Horticultural Society is a volunteer social organization for people interested in promoting horticultural education, activities, beautification of home and community, and preservation of the natural environment.

New members are always welcome and may direct inquiries to the society’s Facebook page: @Ripleyhorticulture or find contact information on the Garden Ontario website:

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