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



Rain Barrels for Sale 2012

GN21 (Green neighbours Ward 21)  is selling high quality rain barrels at an amazing price.  Here is your chance to capture rain for your garden and save on water bills, take better care of the environment and support GN21’s Eco Fair.

Each of these 180 – 220 L (45 – 55 gallon) rain barrels comes fully equipped with a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adapter that permits multiple barrels to be connected in series, 1.2m of overflow hose and a spigot that attaches directly to a garden hose. They’re made of durable food-grade plastic – in fact the barrels themselves are re-purposed wholesale food containers. They come in 5 different colours!

GN21 is selling these barrels  for just $60 each – about half the cost of most commercial models of the same size. To order yours, just go online to between now and May 29. You can prepay online or just reserve them and pay cash on delivery.

They will have the barrels ready for you to pick up on Sunday, June 3 at Freddie’s No Frills parking lot, 243 Alberta Ave. (north of St. Clair), Toronto.


Merry May Meeting - May 28, 2012

(Note the location: the Merry May Meeting is held at St. George the Martyr Church197 John Street, between Beverley and McCaul, north of Queen Street West.)

This fun, informal meeting is the perfect end to the Horticultural Society year. It is held in the historic and charming yellow brick church of St. George the Martyr, set in Grange Park. Arrive anytime after 6:30pm. The meeting usually commences at 7:30pm. Help yourself to coffee and cookies; enjoy a stroll around the beautiful enclosed garden and admire the newly planted hanging moss baskets, two of the Hort Societies’ gardening projects. Activities for the evening include the Spring Flower Show; slide shows by members of their own or visited gardens; a chance to purchase Raffle tickets, Garden Tour tickets, pre-read garden magazines and Green Elephants (garden related white elephants); draws for the door prize and the annual Raffle prizes; and the popular Horticultural Trivia Quiz for which everyone receives a prize.



Barry Parker - Gardens of Wales and the Border Counties

Monday April 30, 2012, 7pm. Barry Parker will give us a personal tour of gardens on both sides of the border of Wales and England, with interesting side trips to Norman castles and the Abergyvenny Food Festival. It’s a journey involving the pleasurable enjoyment of gardens, history, and food.

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St. George Moss Baskets

I am calling for 15 enthusiastic volunteers who would like to assemble hanging moss baskets at St. George the Martyr Church on Sunday, May 20. I need one volunteer to come from 10am to noon to help with preparations, including lining the baskets with moss. The rest of the volunteers gather in the garden at 12 noon, rain or shine. If it rains, we shelter the tables under the generous eaves as we work. Do not worry if you are a novice and would like to learn how to do this; there is always someone experienced with whom you can team up. Over about 2 ½ hours, we assemble 11 hanging masterpieces, chat and laugh with our fellow creators, and afterward, linger in the garden to enjoy refreshments and admire the baskets as they are hung in their niches.

It is the long weekend, I know, but the following weekend is Doors Open Toronto and we would like the baskets to be beautiful and in their places when visitors come to view the Church and garden. Later in the summer you can take a stroll through the garden to admire how lush and full they grow. Wear clothes for the weather. Bring your garden gloves and a hat. I look forward to working with you. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Hort meeting on April 30. Or contact Kathy at to participate.

Kathy Andrachuk


Welcome to the new web site!

We’re working on making the web site more dynamic—a source for interesting articles, relevant news, and historical information about the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto.

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