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Wednesday
Jun132018

Schomberg Horticultural Society Garden Tour - June 24, 2018

Monday
May282018

Merry May Meeting - May 28, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Monday May 29, 2017 at St George the Martyr Church, 197 John St at Stephanie and John Streets. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE MERRY MAY MEETING?

Merry is the theme of this last meeting of the season.
- Arrive early and enjoy a stroll in St. George’s garden, which is one of the Hort-funded garden projects.
- Refreshments, as usual, will be available in the kitchen.
- Raffle tickets will be sold for your chance to win books, and gifts. Purchase tickets at the meeting to win—$2 for one or $5 for three
- The Spring Flower Show. Enter your design or simply enjoy the show.
- There will be two speakers; Aamar Khwaja and Clement Kent.
- The Hort’s popular Garden Gloves will be available to purchase in time for your summer gardening days.
- If you have divisions that never made it to the Plant Fair, bring them along.

THE FLOWER SHOW THEME: Floral Hope and Resilience

It was a drawn-out winter and a slow spring. Events happened around the world, in Canada, and in our own city that may have shaken you. Create a bouquet to present to someone you want to cheer up and give a sense of hope to. Your tribute will fittingly include plant material from your own garden that miraculously survived our bitter and prolonged winter. Yes, we are resilient and we will ultimately come through our sadness and loss.
Please have your composition ready by 6:30 pm for our admiration and judging. In the fall show we will return to my more frivolous approach, c’est promis.
—Joni Boyer
Monday
May212018

Evergreen Brickworks - Volunteers Wanted for Urban Ecology and Agriculture - Compost Crew

Letter to our Hort, sent May 17, 2018:

My name is Christopher Boyle and I am the Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement with Evergreen. I am reaching out to you from Evergreen Brick Works; an environmental charity located in the Don Valley (Toronto). We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Compost Crew to help support Evergreen’s onsite composting initiatives, and we wanted to share this opportunity with your group.

We are looking for community members who are interested in learning more about composting, waste management, community outreach, and urban agriculture. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two volunteer shifts per month from May -September 2018. If you were able to forward this information to your contacts/community members, it would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to copy and paste the information below:

Evergreen is looking for volunteers to join our Compost Crew at the Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) to help advance our waste management initiatives year round! Volunteers on this team will be supporting a variety of onsite compost initiatives including vermicomposting, compost systems maintenance, and engaging with the public as educators/ambassadors. The application deadline for this role is Monday, May 28th. For more information about this role and how to apply, click here: http://bttr.im/w9vl7

Thank you very much for your support and assistance in promoting this opportunity within your community. We greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at volunteer@evergreen.ca

Monday
May212018

Garden Days - June 16 - 24, 2018

GARDEN DAYS IS ABOUT TO BLOOM – REGISTER YOUR ACTIVITIES TODAY

With the middle of June fast approaching, the Canadian Garden Council invites the country’s gardens, garden centres, horticultural societies, garden clubs, schools, libraries, wineries, BIAs, individuals and garden experiences of all types to plan activities, or re-schedule existing events, to coincide with the dates Garden Days 2018.

What is Garden Days?

Starting on June 16 with National Garden Day, Garden Days is the annual, country-wide, nine-day celebration of everything to do with gardens and gardening.
Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to get outside in their own garden, enjoy a garden tour, visit their favourite public garden, stop in at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby garden destination to enjoy their favorite experience.
It’s simply about creating awareness of our cultural garden landscape and underscoring the importance of our public and private gardens. It’s also about celebrating and bringing awareness to what you do within, and for, your own community.
To view the email we received about Garden Days, please click here.
Check out the Garden Days website by clicking here.
Friday
May042018

Kathy's Memorial Grove and Pollinator Garden Planting

 

Wednesday
Apr112018

Paul LaPorte - Building Biodiversity With Native Plants

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

Living in the GTA’s Greenbelt, our April speaker Paul LaPorte has had the opportunity to steward and study numerous native plant communities. Being past president of The North American Native Plant Society he will bring tempting natives from his nursery, Ephemeral Ark, and tell us why and how to establish a native-plant garden.

PALEOECOLOGY FOR THE HOME GARDENER or Why It’s Good to Grow Native Plants

African violets are probably the species furthest from one’s mind when anticipating this month’s presentation. But it was in fact Paul LaPorte’s mother’s exotic house plants like Saintpaulia that first drew him into the vortex of the plant world. And, oh, how he’s been drawn in!

Initially plants were a welcome respite from his computer monitor. Paul is a graduate of the Sheridan computer animation program and has worked in that field and graphic arts for fifteen years. Although Paul had always been intrigued by plants in general, his first intense focus was on invasives, particularly dog-strangling-vine. Describing its winter form where it had completely colonized an area as a cobweb over the earth (a rightfully terrifying description), this plant “ignited a significant fire” in him.

Invasive species raised the dichotomy of desirable vs. undesirable plants, so Paul’s focus evolved in the direction of natives. In particular, his focus is on woodland native species of Southern Ontario. Through his nursery, Ephemeral Ark, he propagates the many plants that can be found in our untamed forests, from Hepatica to Bloodroot, Trillium to Wild Leek, providing plants that are not easily found in garden centres and can be very tricky to propagate through seeds.

Being an entrepreneur, and rather than abandon his animation career entirely for the nursery, he is slowly developing animations to bring his presentations to life. His study of plants continues to evolve, pulling him back out of the vortex of the plant world to explore paleoecology, the study of the interaction between organisms. Paul considers photos of plants without the insects that/which are such a crucial a part of their survival as somehow incomplete. He hopes this awareness of biodiversity will inspire us to garden with native plants.

Paul is more interested in disseminating what he’s learned than anything else. So come out to hear, see, and be infected with his passion for natives. And with your own passion sufficiently ignited, take home some of the plants Paul will have available for purchase.

Maria Nunes

Tuesday
Mar272018

North American Native Plant Sale - May 5 and May 27, 2018

Saturday
Mar102018

David Leeman - Private Gardens of Normandy

March 26, 2018 Meeting

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

Take a behind-the-scene tour of private homes and gardens in the coastal region of Normandy France: including Monet’s atellier inVarengeville-sur-Mer, an early Edward Lutyens designed home with a Gertrude Jekyll garden and Princess Sturdza’s exquisite forested gardens at Le Jardin duVasterival.

Tuesday
Mar062018

Canada Blooms March 9 - 18, 2018

Tuesday
Feb132018

Jeff Mason - Learning From the Great Gardens of England

February 26, 2018 Meeting

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

At our February meeting, Jeff Mason promises to share what he’s discovered (and re-discovered) on a garden tour to the fabled gardens of England. From a long wish list Jeff and his much-travelled mother, Marjorie, created an itinerary of gardens he’d only ever seen in books or online. He will share photos of what his eyes delighted in: the grandeur of the Sissinghurst Castle Garden; the exuberance of Great Dixter and the thoughtfulness of Beth Chatto’s Garden. What plants did he see? What did he learn about garden design? How is he incorporating these in the ever-changing Mason House Gardens — and how might we? Don’t miss this opportunity as you order seeds and plants for the coming gardening season and finalize your own garden plans!

—Maria Nunes