MEETINGS

The Hort meets the last Monday of every month from September to May (except December). Most meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West; typically the May meeting is held at St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the speaker begins the presentation at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions! 

If you are not a Hort member, but want to check out what a meeting is like, you are most welcome to join us as a guest for no charge.

To download a pdf of the Hort’s 2017-18 programme, click here.

Meeting and Event Schedule

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017        Clement Kent : GOING UNDERGROUND: THE LIFE OF THE SOIL

We know good soil helps the garden, but did you know good gardens help the soil? We’ll talk about the mysterious lives of roots and their helpers, and how what you plant can capture CO2 from the air and improve the earth. 

OCTOBER 30, 2017     Sean James : ORNAMENTAL WAYS TO HANDLE RAINWATER

Sean has some beautiful, interesting and ecological ideas for handling the runoff from rainwater on your property. 

NOVEMBER 27, 2017     ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Helen Battersby : THE GARDEN OF REGRETS

Meet the plants you’ll wish you’d never planted – and learn how to avoid them (before you do) or live with them (if, sadly, you have). 

Helen is an award-winning graduate of Ryerson’s Landscape Design program and has spent over 12 years as a volunteer with the Toronto Master Gardeners. A member of the GWA (aka Association for Garden Communicators), Helen has been published in GardenMaking and Trellis and the UK digital magazine IntoGardens. With her sister Sarah, she writes the blog TorontoGardens.com, which won two Silver Medals in 2017 from the GWA. 

LATE NOVEMBER 2017     ANNUAL Wreath Making at Allan Gardens

The last Saturday or Sunday of November (in time for the Christmas Garden Show on the first Sunday of December). 

JANUARY 29, 2018     Donna Fenice : THE GARDENS OF SICILY

Sicily is a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Greek temples, Romans ruins, Arab-Norman cathedrals, baroque hilltop villages, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, charming fishing villages and spectacular landscapes. But it is also the island of Persephone, the gardener’s beloved Goddess of Spring, who weaves her magic in gardens across the island. Join Donna Fenice as she takes us to Sicily’s most beautiful and interesting gardens, from a private paradise in the shadow of Mt. Etna, to a small backyard garden on the north-west tip of the island, to the spectacular Botanical Gardens of Palermo. And maybe a quick stop or two along the way for fans of Montalbano.

FEBRUARY 26, 2018     To be confirmed : GARDENS AND NURSERIES IN ENGLAND 

There are some fantastic, historical and storied gardens and nurseries in England. Come and find out more. 

MARCH 9 - 18, 2018     Canada Blooms 

Part of the home show. Always some interesting show gardens and lots of vendors.

We volunteer time at the OHA booth, to promote the OHA and hort societies. Its also a great opportunity for us to promote our organization specifically AND to mention/advertise our upcoming Plant Fair, which is of interest to visitors that live in our local area.

MARCH 26, 2018     David Leeman : THE GARDENS OF NORMANDY

David visited some incredible gardens, and will show us his photos and discoveries. 

APRIL 30, 2017     Paul LaPorte : NATIVES AND THE EPHEMERAL ARC NURSERY

Paul LaPorte, owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery.

MAY 12, 2018     Annual Plant Fair

For beginning and sophisticated gardeners—choice plants, herbs and hard-to-get perennials from select GTA nurseries and members’ own gardens—all at the best prices in town! Bring your questions to our experts! Held at Roncesvalles United Church. Check our website for the time and information closer to the date. This is our main fundraising events, and an opportunity for outreach and to promote gardening and our organization.

MAY, 2018 (Date TBD)    Annual Hanging Basket Assembly at St George the Martyr Church

Come and learn and help make the lovely hanging baskets that the Hort creates each year for the courtyard at the historic St George the Martyr church in downtown Toronto.

MAY 28, 2018     Merry May Meeting at St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St

The perfect end to a Horticultural Society year. Enjoy the courtyard garden, enter the flower show, participate in the trivia quiz and share the beauty of your own or a visited garden with digital images in our members’ side-show. 

Garden Tour, Coach Tour, Community Garden Tour TBA

Check the website later for more info.