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 24, 2018     John Bacher : TWO BILLION YEARS AND COUNTING

“Two Billion Years and Counting”, John Bacher’s book, details the legacy of Edmund Zavitz (1875–1968) who, in the early 1900s, rescued Ontario from the ravages of powerful floods, erosion, and deadly fires. Wastelands were taking over once-flourishing farmlands due to extensive deforestation. One man made a difference.

OCTOBER 29, 2018     Stefan Weber : ADVENTURES IN SEED CONSERVATION

Stefan Weber will share his passion for collecting wild seed and studying the re-assembly of prarie grasslands. A restoration biologist, he is Cofounder and Director at Ontario Plant Restoration and St. Williams Nursery & Ecological Centre.

NOVEMBER 26, 2018     ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Tony Spencer : SPLENDOR IN THE GRASSES

Take a trip with buzz blogger Tony Spencer of The New Perennialist to explore the frontiers of naturalistic planting design in Europe and the States: the peo- ple, the plants, the places. We’ll also catch up with how Tony is progressing with his wild-ish new perennial gardens at his cabin up in Mono.

LATE NOVEMBER 2018     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 28, 2018     Helen Battersby : GARDEN WALK BUFFALO 2019

Helen grew up with the Eye-Witness News version of Buffalo (Fire in North Tonawanda! News at 11). Her first visit to Garden Walk in 2010 opened her eyes. Let her show you a new side of our near neighbour–and dedicated garden city. Come see what you’ll miss if you don’t catch the 25th anniversary of North America’s biggest, free garden tour. Helen is a garden writer, photographer and, with her sister Sarah, a blogger at the award-winning TorontoGardens.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2018     Maria Nunes : AROUND TOWN—FRONT YARDS OF TORONTO

Toronto’s traditional Kentucky bluegrass lawns edged with cookie cutter foundation beds and the odd city-planted tree of yesteryear have given way to a myriad of interpretations of the all important front yard. From stalwart traditionalists to food growers, ‘naturalized’ to meticulously curated plantings,Toronto’s cosmopolitian status is reflected in its home gardens.

MARCH 8 - 17, 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 25, 2018     Sarah Nixon : MY LUSCIOUS BACKYARD

When Sarah Nixon’s Roncesvalles garden could no longer accomodate her growing demand for flowers, she set up gardening in her neighbour’s sunny yards! After 15 years her unique idea—delivering beautiful arrangements and offering workshops in growing and floral design—is thriving. See mylusciousbackyard.com

APRIL 29, 2018     David Leeman : KEW—SAVING THE WORLD’S PLANTS

A world heritage site founded in 1840, Kew Gardens houses the world’s largest and most diverse botanical and mycological (fungi) collections on its 300 acre site in SW London! David will take us behind the scenes to see what Kew is doing to save the world’s most endangered plants…one plant at a time!

MAY 11, 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! Check our website for the time and location. (www.parkdaletorontohort.com)

MAY 27, 2018     MERRY MAY MEETING

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.

Check the website later for more info.