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What's Happening Here

      We have two new additions to our Museum gardens this spring. In our front sidewalk arbour beds we installed two Lonicera "Dropmore Scarlet " (Honeysuckle). The beds on either side of the arbour were reshaped and new soil mixed with composted manure  added. The old arbour was cleaned and painted with paint donated by Benjamin Moore Leduc Wall Fashions.

     We chose the Dropmore Honeysuckle because it is purely Canadian and very hardy.  It was developed by Frank Skinner (1882-1967. Dr Skinner immigrated from Aberdeenshire Scotland in 1895 to Dropmore Manitoba.  As an adult he became a renouned plant breeder and Horticulturist. The University of Manitoba awarded him a Honorary Doctorate of Laws. In 1947 he established a nursery in Dropmore where he developed Canadian Roses, Flowering Crab, Pear, Lilac, Clematis and his acclaimed Scarlet Honeysuckle.  This Honeysuckle can be found all over North  America today.  Although the nursery is closed now, there remains the Frank Skinner Arboretum and Trail for the public to enjoy. 

     The scarlet blossoms of the Honeysuckle attract Hummingbirds and we hope that we will have these small visitors come to our Woods Museum Gardens.  Come visit yourself; sit, relax and enjoy this step back into history in the middle of the city.

                                                                                                          Gail Van Staveren




Warm weather welcomed here

       This past winter seemed  like it was never going to end.  Then suddenly it went from  winter one day to summer the next.

       Just as we were settling into summer; spring sprang into life.  Actually it sprang several times before it settled down.  We kept wondering each day warm coat or not.  I think the garden at the museum felt the same way.

     Lucky for us the plants are mostly  Alberta hardy.  I saw them peek out of the ground then decide the coast was clear and overnight grow two or three inches. As keeper of the grounds this year I have had the pleasure of talking to  lots of folks passing by.  Many inquire about the museum and often I can direct them in to take a tour.

     Everyone is welcome and admission is by donation.  Our summer hours as of June 1st are Tuesday thru Sunday, 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  After you tour that grand old house come stroll the gardens. Photos outside are allowed and welcome.

     To celebrate the warm weather  the ladies of the Historical Society put on their first High Tea of the season. On June 1st we served Flapper Pie and  either tea or coffee to 91 patrons in two and a half hours.  There was a charge of $5 for this event.  The beverage was served in traditional china cups and saucers.. Many folks came dressed for this event with hats.. The Flapper Pie was made by our crew of ladies - many who have been volunteering and cooking for the museum for up to 30 years.

     For two and a half days before the tea, in the tiny basement kitchen they worked to make 22 pies.  A Herculean undertaking.  The aroma wafts through the house and smells yummy.  The tables are set with lovely tablecloths, cream and sugar, tiny spoons and lovely flower arrangements from our own garden.  Tea and coffee was brewed, cream whipped and we were ready for our guests.

                                                                                                      Gail Van Staveren