Friday, May 22, 2009

Butterfly Garden Workshop

ButterflyHere at the Hillsdale House Inn we are creating a Butterfly Garden to assist in the cause to provide a protective environment for the “at risk” Monarch Butterfly. In doing so we have coordinated a workshop to take place on Saturday, June 6th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to give others the opportunity to learn why the establishment of these gardens is so important, as well as, what is required to set up a Butterfly Garden in your own yard.

In setting up the workshop we are partnering with the Mersey  Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) who oversee the Nova Scotia Species At Risk Program; Brennan Caverhill, MTRI Outreach Biologist; and Gilberte Doelle, owner of Wild Rose Organic farm in Gilbert’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Gilberte is a certified organic gardener who among many other things is growing plant materials that attract the Monarch butterfly.

If you are interested in more information about the workshop Click Here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Jammin' at the Hillsdale House Inn

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Wednesday was jam making day at the Hillsdale House Inn. Yes we do really make our own jam. Val called in the veteran, Marilyn, who retired from the Inn last season after too many years, to guide her through the process. She also recruited her Mom, Loretta, who is visiting from Calgary to lend a hand. If a whole lot of laughter mixed into the recipe makes the end product taste better our guests are in for a real treat this season.

The selection this year includes blueberry, strawberry rhubard and peach pineapple. The peaches actually came from our very own peach tree last year.Jam bottles

Can you imagine how good they are going to taste on our homemade brown bread toast? Thinking about it should make you want to reserve right now. If you would like to check availability just click here. We certainly hope that this will inspire you to come visit really soon.