October 28, 2013 meeting - click here to find out about our meeting time and location.
Dire circumstances often inspire the greatest creativity. So when Marion Jarvie was stranded at her daughter’s in Calgary during the flooding last June, she completed the presentation she had spent half of the winter putting together. This month, our Hort will be host to the world premiere of her latest talk, Architectural Elements in the Garden: Including Architectural Plants.
Marion’s world travels have opened her eyes to the many variations of gardens and the hardscape or architectural elements that form their backbone. But in her spare time she ponders these observations; she calls them “little reflections from whipping around the world”. They have led her to research what she’s seen, to developing understandings about what she’s seen, like plants that exist in nature in disparate parts of the world. But some observations are simply visually inspiring, like the view she caught recently in Vancouver, of the majestic Olympic flame sculpture through the Olympic rings—like the view of a garden treasure through an arbour.
Her presentation will illustrate the many styles of gardens and plants she has seen all over the world, their use of, inspiration from, and contribution to the architectural elements that invariably create the backbone of our gardens. She will take us through a history of gardening around the globe so we can “see what others have done with architecture and plants”.
September 30, 2013 meeting - click here to find out about our meeting time and location.
Despite being a man with a métier firmly rooted on terra firma, it’s not surprising that Paul Zammit spends a significant amount of time in the air. That’s because his knowledge is in demand far and wide. In the two weeks before presenting at our own Hort meeting on September 30th, he will have presented in Milton before immediately heading off to British Columbia to enlighten gardeners out there. He’s also presented talks in Europe and in the Caribbean. And he certainly has a lot to talk about!
Paul graduated from the University of Guelph’s Plant Agriculture program and immediately became a fixture at Etobicoke’s Plant World. While he specialized in perennials, Paul also developed quite a reputation as a container garden expert. Together with his wife and partner Uli, Paul has also created an award-winning garden at their west-end home. In fact, he admits that she deserves most of the credit. He also thinks she could give a great talk herself, although “she is really not a fan of public speaking …[which] is a real shame as she has many fantastic ideas, an amazing eye and great sense of design”.
Paul, on the other hand, seems quite comfortable speaking with people of all sorts, including very young gardeners (link to news story). He has a wonderful, youthful exuberance about plants and soil that he’s now putting to use in a new venue. Paul has moved on from Plant World, becoming the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden in 2009. And he’s also expanded from perennials and container gardens through the TBG’s important educational function, including its participation in the Ontario Greenbelt’s World Food Crops program.
His talk this month will focus on The Power of Horticulture, which will draw on his recent experience at the TBG as well as “years of travel visiting public and private gardens and many years of working at a retail garden centre”. That’s a lot of experience from which to glean the real power of horticulture. Don’t miss it!
Did you read Clement Kent’s letter about the Birds and the Bees? Many people are very concerned that the use of a type of pesticide is causing colony collapse disorder and the deaths of large numbers of bees. Please click here to go to the Ontario Bee Keepers Association website to link to the petition page and read more about this urgent issue.
The DRPG invites you to a public meeting to present the landscape design.
- Monday, September 23, 2013
- 6:30pm to 8pm
- Olga Korper Gallery
- 17 Morrow Avenue, Toronto
Mary Tremain of Plant Architect has been contracted by the City of Toronto and the Roncesvalles Village BIA to develop and coordinate all final plans for the DRPG. She will be presenting her schematic landscape designs at this meeting.
Plant Architect brings an exemplary set of skills and multi-disciplinary interests to this collaborative task. See www.branchplant.com and be inspired.
DRPG salutes the gracious interest of Olga Korper Gallery in hosting this public meeting. Olga Korper attracts a well-deserved reputation as one of the city’s leading promoters of Canadian and international art. Attendees are also treated to viewing John McEwen’s installation, “Snakes & Ladders”, in the large and beautiful gallery space. See www.olgakorpergallery.com
The Riverwood Conservancy is moving forward on a special Rhododendron garden project. A donor has made available 10-12 large Rhodos, ranging from 4-8’ wide to 4-7’ tall. A 1,000 square foot garden space adjacent to the back terrace garden, which our members have generously worked on for the last two years, has been prepared. The next step is to transplant the Rhodos from the donor’s garden in Clarkson to Riverwood, transporting them by way of a City truck and trailer. Digging, loading and transplanting must be done the same day. The work is scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd week of September but no definite date has been determined. There would be volunteer crews at the donor’s garden and ones at Riverwood. If you’d like to help, please contact Robin by email at email@example.com or call 905-279-5878.
LEAF will be conducting a four day Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Course this fall at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
This is a great opportunity for people to learn all about trees! The course trains people to be leaders in their communities to steward the urban forest and educate their neighbours. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, then Tree Tenders is for you!
Each session provides basic arboriculture training, includes a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction led by tree experts and professionals, and a group tree planting. The course is designed to give you the tree-related knowledge and skills you need to care for your own trees, educate others, or to start a community project of your own. The course also offers ISA Continuing Education Units (CEU).
The Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program is supported by Ontario Power Generation’s Biodiversity Program.
Cost: $50 + HST / $70 + HST with ISA Citizen Arborist Manual (recommended). Please note payment cannot be refunded or deferred to future classes.
Toronto Botanical Garden,777 Lawrence Ave E., Toronto.
- Tues, Sept 24, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Thurs, Sept 26, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Sun, Sept 29, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Tues, Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Tree biology, anatomy and functions
- Trees and soils
- Tree identification
- Identifying and managing tree stresses
- Tree planting and establishment
- Tree care and maintenance
- Municipal bylaws and policies
- How to get involved in urban forest issues
Please help us spread the word about this exciting course offering. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
Robyn Stewart, Education and Outreach Coordinator, LEAF - Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 253 - 601 Christie St. Toronto, ON M6G 4C7 416 413-9244 x 14
The Windsor Orchid Society (WOS) is pleased to announce its first American Orchid Society judged International Orchid Show at the Teutonia Club that will be held on October 26 and Oct 27, 2013.
This show is Windsor’s premiere floral event with many exhibits of live plants with hundreds of different orchids from around the world being displayed including an art gallery. It is the first, of what we hope will be an annual event.
The sales area includes orchid hybridizers offering a range of outstanding plants and supplies. This is a fantastic opportunity to appreciate a diverse selection of orchids all in one venue.
The WOS wishes to extend an invitation to your members to attend this premiere event – please find our poster and a discount coupon attached.