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. 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.

Enter the church hall through the arched door the arrow is pointing to.

Meeting and Event Schedule

 

September 30, 2019 - POLLINATOR GARDENS AND CORRIDORS: REWILDING TORONTO

Presented by guest speaker Clement Kent

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.

 

October 28, 2019 - THE SUCCULENT GARDEN

Presented by guest speaker Barry Parker

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

 

November 25, 2019- UNSETTLING THE GARDEN — A NON-INDIGENOUS GARDENER’S REFLECTIONS

Presented by guest speaker Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine will share her thoughts on the connections between reconciliation and the garden, and offer reflections on native plants in the context of reconciliation. She will also explore some of the ways that gardening is tied to settler-colonialism, and present a number of projects that point to paths forward.

 

January 27, 2020 - CREATING SPACES THAT RESONATE

Presented by guest speaker Wolfe Bonham

Have you ever noticed that some garden spaces just feel right, even if they aren’t the nicest looking gardens? While others that are immaculate, well designed, and downright spectacular just don’t feel right? Wolfegang Bonham of Peace, Love, and Landscaping will help us understand why some garden spaces truly resonate with our souls, and how to make sure the new ones we create do.

 

February 24, 2020 - PERMACULTURE FOR THE PEOPLE

Presented by guest speaker Becky Ellis

Permaculture can be an important tool for the creation of socially-just and ecologically regenerative urban commons. In this talk, Becky Ellis will explore the transformational possibilities of urban permaculture with a focus on several exciting projects in Toronto and London, ON, including the Dunn St. Food Forest in Parkdale.

 

March 30, 2020 - CHOOSING SHRUBS FOR A SMALL CITY GARDEN

Presented by guest speaker David Leeman

Looking for just the right shrub for your small oasis? Let David Leeman show you what the nurseries offer, what he has discovered, where to place your new purchase in combination with what you have and finally what pruning tips you need to keep your new shrub looking its best.

 

April 27, 2020 - GARDENS — SINGAPORE STYLE

Presented by guest speaker Sara Katz

Singapore, the Lion City of Southeast Asia, is also called the Garden City for a very good reason. From Changi airport to the Botanic Garden to Gardens-by-the-Bay it is a paradise for gardeners. Join me for a tour of the most fascinating gardens in the world.

 

May 25, 2020 - THE MERRY MAY MEETING

Presented by us all!

The perfect end to our Horticultural Society’s year. This special meeting is an informal gathering that celebrates the growing season and leads us into our summer break. It often includes various presentations by special guests and members alike, plus gifts, prizes, special refreshments, and more!