The Nuttery : Volume 6 Number 4 December 1987

In this Issue...

The Winter Meeting

The Winter Meeting will be held on Wednesday Evening, 20 January 1988 in the meeting room of The Citizen Building on Baxter Road in Ottawa, near the Greenbank and the Queensway. Registration at 7:30 PM. Call Paul Bender, Ottawa 224-1102 for more info.

The Winter meetings of the Chapter, which are held in the evenings, have always been our most popular events of the year. This year should be no exception. As always, there will be a variety of activities.

Two speakers will highlight the evening with talks on their respective visits to places of interest last summer. Bob Scally will report on hardwood plantations in Tweed, and Alec Jones will report on the Newfoundland connection.

If your dues are payable for 1988, the treasurer, Art Read, will be prepared to collect. In years past, many nut recipes were tried and the results presented at the winter meeting - let's continue the tradition! See the chapter cookbook, "Recipes in a Nutshell", for ideas. If you do not have a copy of the cookbook, Call Polly Jones, Ottawa 233-5189. New recipes also welcome!

Other nut or nut tree devices or ideas are welcome. For example, bring and show any interesting nut crackers, nut woodenware, planting or pruning devices, etc.

Bring your family and friends. The meeting is open to all. See you all there!

Odell Park
Alec Jones

A rare treat is available, for free, to any of our members visiting Fredericton NB - a 388 acre sample of original, never cut, forest. And right in the city itself.

Two hundred years ago Rev. Jonathan Odell acquired this large piece of land just outside the then small town of Fredericton. He built a home on it and called the estate Rookwood. A man of many parts, physician and army surgeon, clergyman, poet and politician, he became the first Provincial Secretary of New Brunswick. But he was also a conservationist as were his descendants, and the family maintained their forest virtually untouched until they handed it over in 1954 to the city. Fredericton renamed it Odell Park.

Since then, with minimal impact on the forest, a 2.8 km long arboretum trail has been made, linking 44 sites with their outstanding tree specimens. Each site has an interpretive plaque. Some of the trees have been shown to be over 400 years old. As a bonus, and to commemorate the city's 200th anniversary as the capital of NB, which it became in 1785, a new arboretum was planted on the edge of the park housing a specimen of each of the 49 tree species native to the province. The park is open all year round.

A New Guide to the Dominion Arboretum

Agriculture Canada has published a new brochure/map to the arboretum in Ottawa to celebrate the department's Research Branch's centenary. The guide indexes and locates every tree. Many of our nut trees can be found in the arboretum, which is open year-round, so you can see how they look in the different seasons. The brochure is available from Ag Canada in the Sir John Carling building between the Driveway and Carling Avenue.

The Climates in your Garden

The Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology has published an updated hardiness map for eastern Ontario. The map shows the latest climate zone contours for this region. An extensive list of garden plants and their hardiest zones is given, grouped by trees, shrubs and evergreens, and by zone. An explanation of the practical meaning "hardiness" is also given. The map is available from the college by phoning 613-258-8310, or through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Fall Meeting

The fall meeting was held Saturday, October 3, 1987, beginning at the Baxter Nut Grove in the morning, and ending with a tour of the G.Howard Ferguson Forest Station.

During the morning, Milt Stewart, the Private Land Forestry Coordinator for Carleton Place District of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) explained the many programs offered by the ministry. Many relate to our members' interests including woodlot improvement, advisory services, windbreaks and taxes. Milt can be reached at the MNR offices at 10 Findlay Ave., Carleton Place, or phone 613-257-5735, 613-836-1237 (Ottawa), or 800-267-7901.

The tour of the forest station included something of its history, as well as the tour of the facilities. Though many of the attendees had seen the station before, we were able to see how some of the experimental work is carried out and relate some of it to nut growing.

The Annual General Meeting

The next AGM will be held at the Baxter Conservation Area's Interpretive Center on Saturday, March 19, 1988. See the next issue of the Nuttery, Vol 7 #1 for details, or call the chairman Bob Scally for more information.

Art Read Reports

In April 1985 I was present at the Baxter Nut Grove when the stratification pit was opened that year and the nuts distributed. I received 70 Black Walnut seeds. These I planted within a week in my garden which is situated in Lanark County on the north shore of Taylor Lake. I have forgotten the planting depth, but they were planted on 12" centers within a rectangle which I have kept weed free but given no winter protection to. The germination results were: 17 seeds (25%) in 1985; 18 seeds (25%) in 1986; and 29 (42%) in 1987. Perhaps the remaining six will germinate in 1988, or even later! With Black Walnut, one must be patient!

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