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Wednesday
Oct122016

Gayla Trail - Backyard Ethnobotany

October 24, 2016 Meeting

NOTE: Our meetings are normally on the last Monday of the month, however since Halloween falls on that Monday we are holding the meeting one week earlier.

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

Gayla, of YouGrowGirl.com, will take us through the unusual plants she grows and the muriad 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.

TRAIL BLAZER

This month’s speaker first addressed our Hort nearly a decade ago and already then, she was showing signs of interest in unusual plants. She told me about growing a pineapple in a corner of her bedroom—and it produced fruit! Since then, YouGrowGirl.com’s auteur, Gayla Trail, has kept as busy as the pollinators in her garden.

Gayla has now written four books and recently launched a kickstarter campaign for her fifth book; she’s traveled far and wide giving talks on gardening and the topics that flow from that. Her most recent book is Drinking the Summer Garden about the various and creative ways we can eat and imbibe the fruits of our gardening labour. Her writing and photography have taken her to gardens and natural landscapes that have piqued her interest in the many intersections that plants have with our lives—from their beauty to their deliciousness, to medicinal uses, to the way they help us dress ourselves with scents (hydrosols), as well as clothes (made with natural dyes) and other creative adornments.

Gayla’s journey through the world of plants and gardens has always been fueled by an interest in the unusual and she will also speak of the unusual in our urban surroundings—or rather, how to make what we think of as unusual a part of our lives.

Maria Nunes

Wednesday
Sep142016

Dugald Cameron - Bulbs For the Small City Garden

September 26, 2016 MEETING

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

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.

Wednesday
Aug312016

This Year's Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!

We’ve got some great speakers lined up for our monthly meetings this year. Check it out by clicking here to see the speaker list.

If you are a member please feel free to bring a friend to attend a meeting - we want to encourage newcomers and hopefully future membership.

If you are a non-member please come and attend a meeting to check us out.

Click here to download our meeting & event schedule.

 

Tuesday
Aug302016

Tulip Time Cruise - March 2017

To download the information sheet in pdf format for this cruise, please click here.

Friday
Aug052016

CNE Garden Show 2016

The CNE Garden Show is home to the largest flower and vegetable growing competition in Canada. In 2016 the CNE starts on August 19, and finishes on September 5. THe OHA has an information table there also.

For the show scehdule and entry form click here to go to the CNE garden show page.

Friday
Jun172016

Fall 2016 Organic Master Gardener Course

Organic Master Gardener Course – Toronto

Tuesdays, September 6 to December 6, 6:30-9:15

The Stop’s Green Barn Studio 181 601 Christie St. Toronto, ON

$720+HST Save $50 if you register by August 15 with Discount Code TorontoOMG

For more information and to register click here.

Tuesday
Jun072016

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Grand Opening

Friday
May272016

Spring Is In The Air

Green Thumbs, an organization whose mission it is to empower urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs, is holding an very intersting event that members from our Education and Outreach commitee will be at. Check out their Facebook Event Page for this. 

Tuesday
Apr262016

Merry May Meeting - May 30, 2016

The May meeting is held at St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John Street. (Just North of Queen, West of Beverley) Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you chat, and ask questions!

Please note that the meeting will be in the Fellowship Room rather than the Sanctuary. Enter by the French doors via the garden, or enter from the main doors and turn left down the hall. 

  • Enjoy a stroll in St. George’s garden.
  • Refreshments, will be available in the kitchen.
  • Raffle items include a print titled ‘Yellow Pear’; a book, Rosemary Verey’s ‘Making of a Garden’; a punch bowl and cups; and two $30 gift certificates donated by Fiesta gardens.
  • Enter your design in the Spring Flower Show titled ‘Purple Prose Styles’, in honour of the genius of Prince.
  • Clement Kent, Maria Nunes and Judy Whalen will present their photos for your enjoyment.
  • Enjoy our annual horticultural Trivia Quiz with prizes for everyone.
  • Purchase, and have it autographed, Lauretta Santarossa’s delightful new book, ‘Bring Flowers of the Fairest’.
  • There will be plants and garden gloves for sale.
  • Bring a few plant divisions that didn’t make it to the Plant fair.
  • Congratulate fellow Hort members as Awards are announced and presented.

 See you there!

Monday
Apr182016

Janet Davis - Beautiful Marriages : Matchmaking in the Garden

APRIL 25, 2016 MEETING

Janet sent us her notes and plant list from the evening. Click here to down load them.

Just in time to head to the nursery, Janet Davis will show you a selection of beautiful perennial couples, and the odd ménage a trois to keep things spicy.

WHAT A COLOURFUL LIFE!

Looking at Janet Davis’ current photo by-line, it’s not hard to imagine that she lives a ‘colourful’ life, what with her fiery orange hat. One need only read a bit of her blog to learn that it is indeed colourful—in more than the obvious way.

The headline graphic at the top of her blog, The Paintbox Garden, is like a swatch of flower photo quilt squares—from white to yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue—all sitting on a background of my favourite flavour of green. And if you go to the Colour Menu page, you’ll be delighted with more flower-photo quilts, from the multi-hued to the monochromatic. It is a dazzling testament to her thirty odd years of photographing plants, especially flowers.

Janet’s life is colourful in other ways, however, as the writing on her website will attest. Since her last presentation to our Hort, Janet has done quite a lot of travelling. That’s not unusual in and of itself, but the two trips she shares with her readers reveal a penchant and curiosity for adventure and knowledge that can only be attained through sometimes arduous and exhausting, not always comfortable, but truly rewarding discoveries.

From visiting South Africa’s well manicured gardens of the rich and famous in Johannesburg’s Gauteng province to rumbling through the countryside of Mpumalanga province, from highveld to lowveld, Janet set her lens upon the first protea she’d ever seen growing in the wild to monumental “slag heaps of open-pit mines”. She set eyes on everything from agricultural land to deeply water-cut sandstone canyons at the juncture of the Treur and Blyde rivers. All the while, feeling like she was exhausting her guide with her questions (he assured her she wasn’t).

That was in November 2014, shortly after her last talk. One year later, with a group of friends, Janet made another trip a little closer to home, but rather more exotic than the weekend of hiking in a “wild place in nature” that they would usually choose. They set off for an eco-tour in the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica’s southwest Pacific coast, staying at the El Remanso Lodge. From the luxuriant, environmentally friendly comfort of this home base, Janet and her friends discovered everything from the homeland of the common houseplant, the flame violet, to the strength of leafcutter ants. Her beautiful photographs and short videos document the lushness and vibrancy of the rainforest’s flowers, insects, birds, and monkeys, as well as the less showy reptiles that inhabit this humid forest.

There’s only one small hitch to her continued focus on the natural world, the competition derived from her two grandchildren. For now, however, Janet will ply us with suggestions for combining colours in our gardens based, no doubt, on all the wonders she has seen in these last two years.

Maria Nunes