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Monday
May202019

The Merry May Meeting

May 27, 2019 Meeting

Our Merry May meeting has traditionally been held at St. George the Martyr, a church with which our Hort has had a long relationship. This year, however, we are trying something new — hosting it at our usual meeting place: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm, and if you can, please bring something for the pot-luck.

 

The May Meeting is a special, informal gathering that celebrates the growing season and leads us into our summer break (regular meetings start up again in late September 2019).

At this year’s Merry May, we will be:

  • Recognizing & Celebrating our Society’s Volunteers — NONE of what we do would be possible if it wasn’t for these individuals!
  • Marvelling at our Community Garden Projects & Personal Gardens— Through a colourful photo display, we will share, learn, and explore the beauty of the gardens that we have supported over the past year through countless hours of effort! Have photos that you’d like to contribute? Please bring them along with you on a USB memory stick.
  • Swapping Plants — This year’s late spring meant that some of us weren’t able to get at our plants in time for the Plant Fair since they simply hadn’t peeped out of the ground yet. But perhaps now they have! We are welcoming any members who now have plant divisions or extras that they’d like to swap (or sell, with proceeds donated to our Hort) to bring them to the Merry May. We know we all have the best plants, so let’s take advantage of this opportunity! 
  • Eating Well — Our usual meeting room will be transformed into a comfortable seating area with tables, where we can relax, connect, and enjoy one another’s food and company. All are invited to contribute to this community pot luck!
Monday
Apr292019

Weedless Gardening talk at High Park Library

May 22, 2019 6:45 p.m to 8 p.m.

228 Roncesvalles Avenue

- How to identify and define weeds in your garden
- Controlling the spread without pesticides
- Alternative non-invasive, native choices that benefit our environment
- Lawn maintenance and alternative groundcovers. Presented by Toronto Master Gardeners.

Click here to go to the Toronto Public Library website page about the talk.

Monday
Apr082019

David Leeman - Kew, Saving the World's Plants

April 29, 2019 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 chat, and ask questions!

A world heritage site founded in 1840, Kew Gardens houses the world’s largest and most diverse botanical and mycological (fungi) collections on its 300 acre site in SW London! David will take us behind the scenes to see what Kew is doing to save the world’s most endangered plants…one plant at a time! 

Friday
Mar082019

Sarah Nixon - My Luscious Backyard

March 25, 2019 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 chat, and ask questions!

When Sarah Nixon’s Roncesvalles garden could no longer accomodate her growing demand for flowers, she set up gardening in her neighbour’s sunny yards! After 15 years her unique idea—delivering beautiful arrangements and offering workshops in growing and floral design—is thriving. See mylusciousbackyard.com

Sunday
Feb032019

Maria Nunes - Around Town - Front Yards of Toronto

February 25, 2019 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 chat, and ask questions!

Toronto’s traditional Kentucky bluegrass lawns edged with cookie cutter foundation beds and the odd city-planted tree of yesteryear have given way to a myriad of interpretations of the all important front yard. From stalwart traditionalists to food growers, ‘naturalized’ to meticulously curated plantings,Toronto’s cosmopolitian status is reflected in its home gardens.

Wednesday
Jan022019

Helen Battersby - Garden Walk Buffalo 2019

YES, THE MEETING IS STILL ON DESPITE THE WEATHER!

January 28, 2019 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 chat, and ask questions!

Helen grew up with the Eye-Witness News version of Buffalo (Fire in North Tonawanda! News at 11). Her first visit to Garden Walk in 2010 opened her eyes. Let her show you a new side of our near neighbour—and dedicated garden city. Come see what you’ll miss if you don’t catch the 25th anniversary of North America’s biggest, free garden tour. Helen is a garden writer, photographer and, with her sister Sarah, a blogger at the award-winning TorontoGardens.com

Friday
Nov092018

AGM and speaker Tony Spencer - Splendor in the Grasses

November 26, 2018 Meeting - NOTE start time is 7PM

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 chat, and ask questions! The brief AGM starts at 7:00pm, followed by the speaker.

The Power to Shock Me Out Of Myself

Tony Spencer has hosted the award-winning “New Perennialist” blog exploring naturalistic planting design for over five years. But it’s been in the last three that he’s taken on the massive project of revisioning the landscape of his new country property in Mono on the Niagara Escarpment. He is creating a series of gardens there that reflect the many design ideas, plant materials, and experiential results he’s learned and written about after years of visiting famous gardens all over the world and learning from their creators. Among them, Piet Oudolf, with whom he consulted when planning the first of two gardens on this property. His goal? To create a wild-ish garden “for the experience of not only getting closer to nature, but climbing right insideSource courtesy of Tony’s blog The New Perennialist  it”.

The property has two very defined terrains and the first, the pond garden, was starting to come into its own this past summer, so that Tony was planning how and when to reveal it to the world. All those plans evaporated during a late August morning walk. As his blog tells it, he was spellbound as he entered the garden “suspended in a halo of fog”, “transported into another dimension” that made him “shiver with delight at the prospect of life in a garden with the power to shock me out of myself”.

Tony will share photos of his creation in the context of gardens he’s visited, been inspired by, and learned from. Over the last decade or more, attending lectures and symposia, visiting great gardens, and meeting renowned garden designers, he has built international relationships with kindred spirits in the New Perennial movement. He began the Facebook group “Dutch Dreams” in 2013 and through it has created a web of plant and gardening enthusiasts from all parts of the world. His transition from student to teacher is evidenced by the people who recognize and approach him at gatherings now.

And this month, after our Annual General Meeting, Tony Spencer will reveal the fruits of his learning and labour with our Hort. A night not to be missed to elaborate on the gobsmacking photos of “Fogbound: Inside the Veiled Garden”.

- Maria Nunes

Thursday
Oct042018

Stefan Weber - Adventures in Seed Conservation

October 29, 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! The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

AGM before the speaker at the November 26 Meeting

There will be a short AGM meeting before the speaker at the November meeting. The AGM will start at 7pm.

At our October 29 meeting, Stefan Weber will share his passion for collecting wild seed and studying the re-assembly of prairie grasslands. A restoration biologist, he is Cofounder and Director at Ontario Plant Restoration and St. Williams Nursery & Ecological Centre.

Gardening and horticulture might experience new highs with the legalisation of marijuana, but this month’s speaker got hooked through a different gateway plant: an orchid—” a magenta coloured Dendrobium”. A young Stefan Weber was drawn in by it at a Home Depot while shopping with his parents and promptly fell in love! The plant produced a craving for knowledge about plants and he joined his local Norfolk County Horticulture Society at the tender age of 14.

This love of horticulture led to the beginning of Horticulture studies at the University of Guelph. But when he found the plant most commonly discussed there, corn, wasn’t stimulating enough, Stefan switched his focus to a double major in Ecology and Geography, and later completed a Masters Degree in Evolutionary Biology!

He is currently working on a PhD at McMaster. His research is three-pronged, relating to using seed to recreate native meadows along “civic infrastructure corridors”, tailoring seed mixes to fight back against alien invasive species, and studying genetic diversity of native species vis-a-vis their ability to adapt locally. Whewh! But that’s not all!! He’s also still working at the St. Williams Nursery and is a co-founder of Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance (OPRA). 

Stefan has found time in his busy life to give us what I’m sure will be an inspirational talk on how to ensure the longevity of the native species we’ve come to love, and what the best way is to propagate them.

There will be non-mind altering cookies although the meeting is after October 17th

- Maria Nunes

Thursday
Sep272018

Monday October 1 - Unlocking the Power in Soil Microbial Life

Limited space! Click on the image to go to the Eventbrite page to reserve your space.

Thursday
Sep272018

Urban Ravine Symposium - November 2, 2018 

Urban Ravine Symposium: Explore, Restore and Celebrate      

At the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto.

Urban ravines provide us with a quick escape from the stresses of city-living. Shady trees, flood-protecting wetlands, colourful songbirds and bejeweled butterflies are just a few of the many natural treasures offered without cost. Ravines also provide numerous free recreational opportunities. However, decades of taking, and not giving back, have taken a toll on these treasured landscapes.

Urban ravines are experiencing erosion, invasive species, flooding and encroachment at unprecedented levels. These challenges and creative solutions to them will be discussed at TBG’s symposium. Learn how to restore wildlife habitat, discover how earthworms impact restoration, hear from experts on plant invasions and the lessons they provide us, and help the city celebrate ravines in a big way.

Through talks, displays, tours and networking, this event will contribute greatly to the growing enthusiasm and expertise for urban ravine restoration.

Toronto Botanical Urban Ravine Symposium