This year’s Magnificent Magnolia Ride held on Saturday May 7, was truly a sight to behold. Not only were the Magnolia trees magnificent, but the number of people who came to ride was splendid as well.
Organized by the Guelph Hiking Club and advertised as a part of the weekend’s series of Jane’s Walks, the ride this year drew in 55 people, ranging in ages from 1 to 70 something. Participants rode through mainly quiet residential streets, admiring the 50+ Magnolia trees along the way. Organizer Ned Coates, inspired the riders with his love and knowledge of Magnolia trees. As well, Lise Burcher, from the school of environmental design and urban development at the University of Guelph landscape planning, gave a talk at her home, explaining that she actually chose to purchase the house she lives in partly because of the beautiful Magnolia tree adorning her front yard.
Another highlight was the garden party held at Bob and Anna’s on Arthur Street North. Riders enjoyed cucumber cream cheese sandwiches on pink and green bread, as well as tea and other treats. A great end to a great afternoon.
Prizes were awarded to Best Dressed, won by Ruth Tabata, Most Outlandish, won by Richelle Forsey, and best spring pants won by Victoria Coates. Thank you to Speed River Cycle, Goldie Sherman pottery and Wike for the great prizes.