Echeveria & Senecioserpens



Barry Parker - The Succulent Garden

October 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! Meeting starts at 7:30pm.

The adventurous gardener can enjoy succulent plants year ‘round and will find great rewards in easily propogating them and combining the infinite variety of unusual plants with exquisite pots. We will be offering an array of common and uncommon succulents.


VOLUNTEER CALL-OUT for Parkdale's Harvest Festival and Feast

Saturday, October 5th can you commit to two (or more) hours of FUN.  Yep - volunteering with the Parkdale Harvest Festival and Feast for the community is fun.  For the introverts, this is a great way to avoid having to mingle but still show up.  

Saturday October 5, 2019

Set up of activities 12:30, set up of Milky Way 2:30, Clean up 7 - 9 

Volunteer Form for Saturday, October 5

Friday October 4, 2019

FRIDAY HELP!!!  We had big plans with a lovely group of volunteers last Friday to clean up the Milky Way.  They were dedicated and hard working, but we have more to do. 

Specialized in digging soil?  9am - 12pm at Dunn Learning Garden

Specialized skills in drilling?  We have a shed to put up.  

Specialized skills in weeding?  Well - we have those too. 

Specialized skills in cooking?  We are making food for the feast!! 

Party (volunteer)  with us from 1 -5pm or anytime in between on the Friday 

Volunteer RSVP for Friday, October 4

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE with these skills?  Have them come!


Clement Kent - Pollinator Gardens And Corridors: Rewilding Toronto

September 30, 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! Meeting starts at 7:30pm.

Rewilding is an idea and a movement that aims to bring nature back into human-occupied lands.We’ve eliminated so much of nature it’s time to start bringing it back! But how can each of us help? Pollinators and their plants can be brought back by gardeners. In this talk we’ll see how we’ve been renovating and rewilding some of our parks and neighbourhoods and what the benefits are for people, pollinators, plants, and other wild cousins we don’t normally think about.


Jemima's Garden Secrets TOUR

September 21, 2019 Colborne Lodge High Park 1:30 PM

Please join us on Saturday, September 21st at 1:30 for a special guided tour of the grounds at Colborne Lodge and let the spirit of this wonderful place introduce you to Jemima’s Garden Secrets. Colborne Lodge is not just a building, it is the pivot point of a series of garden experiences and the canvas for the vines and shadows Mother Nature chooses to place there. The gardens are a mirror of Toronto, planted with natives as well as immigrants from faraway places. Of course someone has to plant and care for them and some of our volunteer gardeners, including those from the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto and the Swansea Horticultural Society will be there to let you in on what you need to know about growing calendula so you don’t find out the hard way!

The ninety minute tour led by Catherine Raven will engage both experienced gardeners and those who know nothing by revealing the secrets of a 19th century garden set in the 21st century. Each element will be laced with anecdotes from the time to those of our gardeners today and there will be lots of opportunities to interact with the group & guide. The tour is divided into three segments: one a stroll around the gardens on the West Lawn, followed by a chance to sit down (on chairs) on the South Lawn and take in the views and lastly, a ‘conversation’ in the Coach House about women in the 19th century garden while we enjoy 19th century refreshments. In the background a loop of images of the gardens through the seasons will play on the wall.

Tickets are $15 and they can be purchased on line at:

or go to the Colborne Lodge site: and scroll down to click on Exhibitions and Events which will take you to the Streamintickets site.

Reservations/Advance Tickets are required.


Free Pollinator Plants! 

In September and October, WWF-Canada, along with various local collaborators, is participating in a series of neighbourhood events to help communities restore wildlife habitat in parts of West Toronto.

You can help grow Canada’s biggest wildlife garden!

Turn your backyard, front yard or balcony into a beautiful
sanctuary for birds, bees and butterflies while helping to restore biodiversity in your community.

  • Free, locally-sourced native plants (first come, first served)

  • Advice from local experts on how to make your native-plant garden flourish

  • Meet neighbours and share native plant tips and tricks

  • Learn more about native plants and the pollinators and other wildlife they attract

Saturday Sept. 28th

 11:00-15:00 RONCESVALLES VILLAGE Location: Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles, M6R 1M3 (at Wright)  

Tuesday Sept. 24th

 17:30-19:30 DOVERCOURT NEIGHBOURHOOD Location: 268 Westmoreland Ave., M6H 3A5 (nr. Dovercourt-Dupont St.)

Thursday October 3rd

15:00-19:00 DUFFERIN GROVE Location: Farmers’ Market, 875 Dufferin St. (nr. Bloor-Dufferin St.)



Native Plant Sale, Sunday August 25, 2019


The Life Of A Dead Tree - Exhibition on until July 28, 2019

At the Museum of Contemporary Art this interesting exhibition by Mark Dion, with accompanying speaker talks, workshops and Dead Tree Walks was brought to our attention recently. Check the museum website for ticket information

Dead Trees for Biodiversity | High Park

With Scott MacIvor
Saturday, July 6

Meeting point: Outside the entrance of Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Dr, Toronto)

Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 member pricing

Deadwood is a source of decay and decomposition. These processes drive nutrient cycling and provide building blocks for biodiversity conservation. Deadwood is threatened, especially in cities, by removal as a result of aesthetic issues, human safety or biofuel collection. As a result, deadwood biodiversity—from birds to insects and frogs to fungi—are also under pressure. Come and appreciate deadwood as it rests in the rare oak savannah of High Park, and experience and discuss the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning it supports.


Kathy's Grove and Pollinator Garden commemoration

Saturday June 22, 2019 2 - 4pm

Join us at Kathy’s Grove and Pollinator Garden in Stanley Park on Saturday June 22, 2-4pm! Members of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto will be there to commemorate the garden and the benches we installed in memory of our past President, Kathy Andrachuk. Want to learn about native wildflowers which look great in your garden and help pollinators? We’ll have gardening experts to guide you.
Plus, people from the Pollinator Partnership will be there to show you how to identify pollinators, and help you learn about apps that can be used to record pollinators you find in the park. Become a citizen scientist with your mobile phone! Bird Studies Canada will be there to help with bird identifications and discuss how to improve habitat for birds. Kathy’s Garden is part of the “In The Zone” program run by World Wildlife Fund Canada and Carolinian Canada.  WWF members will show you how to put your garden In The Zone.
Kathy’s Garden is just across Adelaide Street West from Meegwetch Place. Come and see some of the native medicine plants growing in the garden. Corner of Adelaide West and Stanley Terrace. 
The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto - Beautifying Toronto by restoring habitat for native pollinators using native plants.

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. Start time 7pm, 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!

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.