Camissia and native columbine at Kathy’s Gove, Spring 2019



Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Public Consultations

There will be two public meetings to gain input for the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden initiative. The first one, a Community Consultation Workshop, will be held on October 23 at Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton School. The second meeting will be a Presentation of the Recommended Landscape Plan to the community, on November 22 at Fern School. You are invited to be part of these community consultations and help turn an ugly corner of Toronto in a beautiful space.

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Parkdale Village BIA / TD Green Streets - Ceremony and Garden Tour

On Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will celebrate its Urban Garden Development Project with the launch of its reinvigorated community gardens, historical plaques and a cheque presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of all six (6) gardens along Queen Street West within Parkdale Village.

The event will start Elm Grove Garden, located on the south west corner of Queen Street West and Elm Grove Avenue at 12pm. To go to the Facebook event page click here.

About TD Green Streets

TD Green Streets is a national program that supports innovative practices in municipal forestry. Through this unique program, communities across Canada are eligible to receive matching grants of up to $15,000 to support local forestry projects. TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information about TD Green Streets visit


Donna Fenice - The Gardens of Northern Italy

September 24, 2013 Meeting.

Donna Fenice, who has lived and travelled extensively throughout Italy, will take us to Northern Italy’s most beautiful gardens, providing insights along the way into the historical forces behind their creation and fascinating glimpses of the lives of the individuals who created them. Buon viaggio! To find out more click here.


Ash Borer Meeting

Councellor Sarah Doucette is hosting a town hall meeting about the emerald ash borer beetle in collaboration with Live Green Toronto and LEAF. The meeting will be held on August 13, 2012, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at the Swansea Town Hall 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto. All 860,000 ash trees in Toronto are at risk of dying from an infestation of the emerald ash borer that destroys healthy trees. Come and find out more information about the problem and what can be done at this meeting.

To view the official poster for the meeting please click here.

To see maps of our area that shows the location of ash trees, and how widespread and huge this problem is click on links below. Red dots are ash tree on city property. Trees on private property or in city parks are NOT shown.

Bloordale Ash Tree Map

Parkdale Ash Tree Map

Roncesvalles Ash Tree Map


Hort Coach Tour 2012 - Norfolk County

Saturday July 14 - Fletcher Coach Tour’s Elaine Melito, who organized last year’s excursion, has confirmed the date for Saturday, July 14, to Norfolk County, Ontario. We leave from the Keele subway station parking lot at 8am sharp, returning to Keele again around 6pm. The price of $66 per person includes: deluxe motor coach transportation; stops at all the below-mentioned venues; all taxes, service charges and HST.

Pat Mulroney is looking after the ticket sales. Please send your cheque, (made out to the Hort Societies of Parkdale & Toronto) along with your contact information to the address indicated below for receipt before July 10th. Also, please let Pat Mulroney ( know by email so we can keep track of the numbers.  If you have already registered your interest by signing up at the last meeting, Pat still needs to receive your information and your cheque. NOTE: You can bring your cheque and registration information to the Hort BBQ on June 28. This event is open to the public, so get your cheques in as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

If you are taking the subway, use the Indian Grove exit to the parking lot off Indian Road. If you are driving, parking there is free on Saturdays. BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH, WATER, SUN HAT, SUNSCREEN AND COMFORTABLE SHOES.


8:00am sharp:  Depart Keele St. subway station (Indian Grove side).

There will be a coffee stop en route to our first stop of the day.

10:15am–11:45am: Whistling Gardens  

Tour, shopping and browsing. Nearly 18 acres have been sculpted into 6 major gardens. This is the largest public collection of conifers in the world with over 2,200 species, hybrids and cultivars on site. There are dancing fountains, a full nursery and so much more to see. This stop is sure to be a highlight of the tour.

12–1:45pm: Bonnieheath Lavender Farm  

Lunch stop, tour and shopping. The day we have chosen coincides with their Lavender Festival! There will be a lot going on, including a short wagon tour of the lavender fields with commentary. A seating area makes this a lovely spot for us to enjoy our picnic lunches. There may not be food vendors here so do remember to bring your lunch! All that is Lavender will offer their products and possibly plants for sale.

2:15pm–3:00pm: South Coast Gardens

Exciting shopping! Kevin Kavanaugh’s nursery is a collection of the rare and unusual with display gardens and lots of shopping to be had. He will be there and will speak to the group. The unusual assortment of plants includes perennial palm trees that will grow here.

3:15pm–4:00pm: Burning Kiln Winery  

Tour and wine tasting. What better way to finish our day than with a little drop of the local wine! We will savour their wines and see their facility.

Please note that the driver’s tip is NOT included in the price. We do require 40 paid passengers to make this a go.

Send your $66 cheque made out to the Hort. Societies of Parkdale and Toronto, inculding your name, phone number, and email address to Pat Mulroney, 153 Westminster Ave, Toronto, M6R 1N8, before July 10th.


Does Your Garden Need A Lift?

Would you like garden advice at a bargain price?

This is your chance to get a garden consultation and plants at a good price. Thanks to Designs by the Yard on Annette St and Plant World on Eglinton, we are offering our members the opportunity to bid on a garden consultation (value $150) and gift certificate (value $25) – a total value of $175. Funds raised will support the Hort’s community garden projects.

How will it work?  This will be a blind silent auction in which the highest bid over $50 will receive the prize. If there are multiple bids at the same price it will become a draw. 

How to bid?  Email your bids to or telephone Diana Baxter at 416-653-1404. 

When you bid, please tell us: Your name, your bid amount (over $50) and your phone number.

If you send email, we will confirm your bid has been received.

Deadline:  Bids must be received by August 1, 2012


Garden Tour 2012 - Bloor West Village

June 10, 2012, 10am - 4pm. The Hort presents a self guided walking tour of 25 beautiful gardens in a charming pocket of Bloor West Village between Jane and Durie Streets, Bloor and Annette Streets. The area is convenient to reach, either by car or from the Jane subway station. It is flat terrain and the gardens are all close together for ease of walking and are rich with ideas to delight and inspire you. Tickets are $18 each and are available at: 

We are still looking for volunteers to be ‘garden sitters’. If you would like to do the morning or afternoon shift, or both, please contact Marjory at You will have the opportunity to have a preview of the gardens and be invited to the after-party.

For more information about the Garden Tour click here.

We hope to see you on Sunday!


Summer Kick Off Bazaar

Juen 11, 2012 at 11 am - Presented by the Parkdale Community Development Group is the Summer Kick Off Bazaar. Located at Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, it starts at 11am and runs until 6pm. There will be a Kids’s Art Zone and face painting while you shop at the 25+ local artisan and vintage vendors. The Parkdale Bazaars are held several times during the year. 

For more information click here. 


Annual St. Christopher House Barbeque 2012

  • Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Rain or Shine
  • St Christopher House Courtyard Garden
  • NW Corner of Dundas and Ossington

This is our 14th annual Garden Party to which every Hort member is invited. Extensive changes have been taking place since September of 2011 in the St. Chris courtyard, which is one of our Hort gardening projects. This will be an ideal time to see the dramatic new garden look while enjoying a meal in the company of Hort friends and gardeners in this convivial setting. Hort members and guests have been enjoying this event for years. Do come and join in the fun.

Please note that there will be a slight variation in the menu this year. The Hort will provide chicken, marinated and barbecued as usual by Bill Cheng, and there will also be corn on the cob roasted on the grill and melon for dessert. Please contribute by bringing your own choice of beverage. In addition, I would appreciate it if some of you would volunteer to make and bring ready-to-eat salads, vegetables or rolls and butter to round out the meal. Your help to make this a pleasant and enjoyable evening will be very welcome.

Mark the date on your calendar and RSVP to me at, at 416-703-2956, or sign up at the May meeting. It is important that you reply by June 22 at the latest, so we can confirm quantities for the grocery shopping list. If you plan to contribute to the menu it would be helpful to let me know in order to avoid duplication.

Kathy Andrachuk


How to Make a Pollinator Garden - a Talk by Clement Kent

  • Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7pm 
  • Freeman Real Estate Ltd, Brokerage, 988 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3G6.

“How to Make a Pollinator Garden” shows you in a step-by-step way how to create a beautiful garden of native plants that helps restore the ecology of urban Toronto, by helping our native pollinators. Learn how to attract birds, butterflies, and bees to your home or school garden! Presented by Clement Kent, President of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto and 2011 Pollinator Advocate of the Year for Canada.

Space is limited, so please contact to find out more.