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 2016-17 programme, click here.

Meeting Schedule

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016        Dugald Cameron : BULBS FOR THE SMALL CITY GARDEN

Looking to find the most beautiful and unique flowering bulbs for his own garden, Dugald Cameron started Gardenimport. Now that it’s closed, he’s been travelling and enthusiastically photographing gardens. He’ll bring inspired suggestions for planting wonderful bulbs in your garden. 

OCTOBER 24, 2016     Gayla Trail : BACKYARD ETHNOBOTANY

Gayla, of YouGrowGirl.com, will take us through the unusual plants she grows and the myriad ways she makes use of them—growing and foraging plants in urban spaces to be used as edible and medicinal foods, natural dyes, tools for art making, distilled floral waters [aka hydrosols] and so much more. 

NOVEMBER 28, 2016     John Alexander & Peter Kaellgren : WEIRD, WILD & WONDERFUL PLANT CARNIVORES & PARASITES

In their quest to document wild orchids, John and Peter found many unusual and intriguing botanical curiosities. Peter (former ROM conservator) will share the plants’ characteristics and habitat, John (photographer, artist) the challenge to document and conserve them. 

JANUARY 30, 2017     Rusty Shteir : BOTANICAL WOMEN OF QUEBEC - IN THE 1820’s

Ann (Rusty) Shteir, Professor Emerita at York U., is researching the lives and friendships of three elite British women (Christian Broun Ramsay [Lady Dalhousie], Anne Mary Perceval, and Harriet Sheppard) for a botanical project about British North America. Their letters, plants, and plant lists give a rich picture of their work. 

FEBRUARY 27, 2017     Anna Leggatt : MONARCHS, MOUNTAINS AND MEXICO 

Toronto’s self proclaimed ‘mad gardener’, Anna Leggatt, had a dream to see the over-wintering monarchs. She will take us on her amazing adventure to a butterfly sanctuary atop a fir forested mountain in the central highlands of Mexico. 

MARCH 27, 2017     Marion Jarvie : A TOUR OF THE JARVIE GARDEN

Marion will open her reknowned private garden revealing this peaceful jewelbox as the seasons change and transform the fabulous combinations of shrubs, trees, perennials and her many new plants! 

APRIL 24, 2017     Lorraine Johnson : GARDENS, GOATS & GREENWAYS : AN UNCONVENTIONAL TOUR OF PARIS

Quelle surprise…with Lorraine Johnson leading our adventure we’ll visit Paris community gardens with chickens, goats doing lawn care at Jardin des Tuileries and a 17th century peach wall being lovingly restored. Also, her new edition of 100 Easy to Grow Native Plants will be available at the meeting. 

MAY 2017     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! Check our website for the time and location. (www.parkdaletorontohort.com)

MAY 29, 2017     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’ slideshow. 

Garden Tour, Coach Tour, Community Garden Tour TBA

Check the website later for more info.