Presented by Heatherington & Associates, featuring Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Metis)
- Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Metis)
- Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Domaine Joly de Lotbiniere
- Parc Marie Victorin
- Jardin de Francois
- Route des Gerbes d’Angelica
- Jardin Michel Corbeil
- Jardin des Curiositie
Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th - 12 to 5 pm
Please join us as island gardens are blooming. Every 2 years, for several years, we’ve had many visitors. Some return regularly to see the changes and exchange garden fact and lore. It is an amazing 10 minutes from the ‘big smoke’.
Enjoy touring artists’ and plant lovers’ private gardens. Creatively expressive, they showcase an inspiring diversity of garden styles and plant life. Our Cottonwood Trees are an unusual example. New additions to the island landscape are highlighted.
Willow Square and the Victorian Landing Station transform the space at the WIA on Ward’s Island. Fronting the path that takes thousands of visitors to the boardwalk and beach, they create and connect us to our island history.
Take the Ward’s Island ferry departing from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay. Check ferry times and ticket prices at: www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm
Garden tour tickets and maps will be available in the white gazebo at arrival on Ward’s Island. Ticket prices are: adults $10, seniors $8, children $2. Funds raised are used for public landscaping projects in the community. Volunteers are responsible for the event.
Since we knew we’d be busy with the Plant Fair in May, we are having our MAY meeting in JUNE. The location will be at St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm.
- The Garden: Enjoy a stroll in St. George’s garden and admire the newly planted hanging baskets.
- Tea, Coffee and Biscuits: refreshments in the kitchen as usual.
- Raffle: Prizes aplenty include a $25 Fiesta Gardens gift certificate, books, a framed summer-theme signed print, garden fertilizers and herbicides, a garden sprinkler, tools and a gift basket generously donated by Fiesta Gardens, Diana Baxter, Sara Katz, Ann Crichton-Harris, Lillian Brown and Dorothea Cook. Purchase tickets at the meeting to win—$2 for one or $5 for three.
- Garden Gloves: purchase a pair of these reasonably priced, machine washable, durable and well-fitting gloves.
- Spring Flower Show: Bring your entry for Joni’s fun category, entitled Let’s Play Fair, or enjoy viewing the show entries. For this year’s Spring Flower Show, let’s create an arrangement whose graceful composition includes at least one trouvaille from a Hort Plant Fair, truly the cultural event of the season, after all! Be prepared to tell us about your finds when your bouquet wins the prize.
- Talks: An earthy presentation on Composting and Vermiculture by Hort members Terri Dixon and Vanessa Barnes. The previously reported talk by Jonathan Silver on ‘Zoo Poo’, will not take place at this time due to other commitments. Instead, there will be slide shows by Maria Nunes and Mary Mosser.
- Trivia Quiz: Back by popular demand—give the right answer to some unusual horticultural questions and receive a prize. There is something for everyone!
- Home Baking: If you wish to donate cookies or other treats to be sold at this meeting, please bring them wrapped or in zip-lock bags suitable for people to take home if desired.
- Garden Publications: Garden History journals, donated by Ann Crichton-Harris, may be taken in exchange for a donation of your choice.
ALSO: If you couldn’t get to the Hort Plant Fair and there are still gaps in your borders or containers we have a number of really good plants remaining which will be available for sale at the meeting. These are well-potted and well-tended specimens. Quantities are limited.
Grasses: Hakonechloa macra ‘Albostriata’ (variegated Japanese forest grass); Molinia arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’ (purple moor grass); Calamagrostis brachytricha (feather reed grass); Carex muskingumensis (variegated palm sedge); Zea mays japonica (ornamental corn); Miscanthus zebrinus; Miscanthus purpurea. Some of these divisions are in very large pots and will be available for pickup from Mary Mosser’s yard.
Ferns, perennials, annuals: Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern); Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern); geranium ‘Ann Folkard’; rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’; native Rudbeckia lanciniata; native Ratibida pinnata; native Boltonia asteroides; various colours of coleus and sweet potato vines.