AGM and speaker Tony Spencer - Splendor in the Grasses

November 26, 2018 Meeting - NOTE start time is 7PM

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you chat, and ask questions! The brief AGM starts at 7:00pm, followed by the speaker.

The Power to Shock Me Out Of Myself

Tony Spencer has hosted the award-winning “New Perennialist” blog exploring naturalistic planting design for over five years. But it’s been in the last three that he’s taken on the massive project of revisioning the landscape of his new country property in Mono on the Niagara Escarpment. He is creating a series of gardens there that reflect the many design ideas, plant materials, and experiential results he’s learned and written about after years of visiting famous gardens all over the world and learning from their creators. Among them, Piet Oudolf, with whom he consulted when planning the first of two gardens on this property. His goal? To create a wild-ish garden “for the experience of not only getting closer to nature, but climbing right insideSource courtesy of Tony’s blog The New Perennialist  it”.

The property has two very defined terrains and the first, the pond garden, was starting to come into its own this past summer, so that Tony was planning how and when to reveal it to the world. All those plans evaporated during a late August morning walk. As his blog tells it, he was spellbound as he entered the garden “suspended in a halo of fog”, “transported into another dimension” that made him “shiver with delight at the prospect of life in a garden with the power to shock me out of myself”.

Tony will share photos of his creation in the context of gardens he’s visited, been inspired by, and learned from. Over the last decade or more, attending lectures and symposia, visiting great gardens, and meeting renowned garden designers, he has built international relationships with kindred spirits in the New Perennial movement. He began the Facebook group “Dutch Dreams” in 2013 and through it has created a web of plant and gardening enthusiasts from all parts of the world. His transition from student to teacher is evidenced by the people who recognize and approach him at gatherings now.

And this month, after our Annual General Meeting, Tony Spencer will reveal the fruits of his learning and labour with our Hort. A night not to be missed to elaborate on the gobsmacking photos of “Fogbound: Inside the Veiled Garden”.

- Maria Nunes

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