Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma Garden Party, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma is celebrating Kiwanis International’s 100th Anniversary with a Garden Party! The setting is in the beautiful Casa Loma Gardens where Bruce Scott, the head gardener, will conduct a garden tour and Paul Zammit, TBG Horticulture Director, will design a container arrangement which will be one of the prizes for a lucky guest! The Glass Pavilion with its chandeliers is where we will be enjoying our delicious BBQ buffet dinner and the stunning view of the garden! The Brent Miller Live trio will provide music, take requests and make sure you have a great time! There will be a cash bar.
In support of Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project, to eliminate a preventable disease, maternal and neonatal tetanus, there will be great prizes for our fundraising raffle. The President of Kiwanis International will be there.
There is free parking in the East parking lot where you will find the entrance to the garden. We are very lucky to have the support of Liberty Entertainment Group to hold this event at Casa Loma.
Please click on the Eventbrite link for more information and for you to purchase tickets for the event. If you would like to share this event with friends or relatives, you can forward the link to them.
Click here for the Event Brite Link.

Organic Master Gardening Course - Fall 2015


Nobleton & King City Garden Tour - July 12, 2015


Schomberg Garden Tour - June 28, 2015


Worm Share - 11 June, 2015


Quebec Garden Tour - July 10, 2015

Presented by Heatherington & Associates, featuring Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Metis) 

In support of:
This seven day/six night tour departs from the Royal Botanical Gardens on July 10th and includes tours of:
  •  Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Metis)
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens
  • Domaine Joly de Lotbiniere
  • Parc Marie Victorin
  • Jardin de Francois
  • Route des Gerbes d’Angelica
  • Jardin Michel Corbeil
  • Jardin des Curiositie
Your tour package includes:
Transportation and 6 nights accommodation (including 2 nights in old Quebec City).
All tours stated above plus TEN meals.
Priced at $ 1,349.pp/dble +HST
For more information, please 

Toronto Island Garden Tour - June 6 and 7, 2015

Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th - 12 to 5 pm

Please join us as island gardens are blooming. Every 2 years, for several years, we’ve had many visitors. Some return regularly to see the changes and exchange garden fact and lore. It is an amazing 10 minutes from the ‘big smoke’.

Enjoy touring artists’ and plant lovers’ private gardens. Creatively expressive, they showcase an inspiring diversity of garden styles and plant life. Our Cottonwood Trees are an unusual example. New additions to the island landscape are highlighted.

Willow Square and the Victorian Landing Station transform the space at the WIA on Ward’s Island. Fronting the path that takes thousands of visitors to the boardwalk and beach, they create and connect us to our island history.

Take the Ward’s Island ferry departing from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay. Check ferry times and ticket prices at:

Garden tour tickets and maps will be available in the white gazebo at arrival on Ward’s Island. Ticket prices are: adults $10, seniors $8, children $2. Funds raised are used for public landscaping projects in the community. Volunteers are responsible for the event.

For more information please contact: or or 


Jolly June Meeting - June 1, 2015

Since we knew we’d be busy with the Plant Fair in May, we are having our MAY meeting in JUNE. The location will be at St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm. 


  • The Garden: Enjoy a stroll in St. George’s garden and admire the newly planted hanging baskets.
  • Tea, Coffee and Biscuits: refreshments in the kitchen as usual.
  • Raffle: Prizes aplenty include a $25 Fiesta Gardens gift certificate, books, a framed summer-theme signed print, garden fertilizers and herbicides, a garden sprinkler, tools and a gift basket generously donated by Fiesta Gardens, Diana Baxter, Sara Katz, Ann Crichton-Harris, Lillian Brown and Dorothea Cook. Purchase tickets at the meeting to win—$2 for one or $5 for three. 
  • Garden Gloves: purchase a pair of these reasonably priced, machine washable, durable and well-fitting gloves. 
  • Spring Flower Show: Bring your entry for Joni’s fun category, entitled Let’s Play Fair, or enjoy viewing the show entries. For this year’s Spring Flower Show, let’s create an arrangement whose graceful composition includes at least one trouvaille from a Hort Plant Fair, truly the cultural event of the season, after all! Be prepared to tell us about your finds when your bouquet wins the prize. 
  • Talks: An earthy presentation on Composting and Vermiculture by Hort members Terri Dixon and Vanessa Barnes. The previously reported talk by Jonathan Silver on ‘Zoo Poo’, will not take place at this time due to other commitments. Instead, there will be slide shows by Maria Nunes and Mary Mosser.
  • Trivia Quiz: Back by popular demand—give the right answer to some unusual horticultural questions and receive a prize. There is something for everyone!
  • Home Baking: If you wish to donate cookies or other treats to be sold at this meeting, please bring them wrapped or in zip-lock bags suitable for people to take home if desired. 
  • Garden Publications: Garden History journals, donated by Ann Crichton-Harris, may be taken in exchange for a donation of your choice. 

ALSO: If you couldn’t get to the Hort Plant Fair and there are still gaps in your borders or containers we have a number of really good plants remaining which will be available for sale at the meeting. These are well-potted and well-tended specimens. Quantities are limited.

Grasses: Hakonechloa macra ‘Albostriata’ (variegated Japanese forest grass); Molinia arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’ (purple moor grass); Calamagrostis brachytricha (feather reed grass); Carex muskingumensis (variegated palm sedge); Zea mays japonica (ornamental corn); Miscanthus zebrinus; Miscanthus purpurea. Some of these divisions are in very large pots and will be available for pickup from Mary Mosser’s yard.

Ferns, perennials, annuals: Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern); Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern); geranium ‘Ann Folkard’; rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’; native Rudbeckia lanciniata; native Ratibida pinnata; native Boltonia asteroides; various colours of coleus and sweet potato vines. 


Annual Plant Fair, Saturday May 23, 2015

The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto are having their annual Plant Fair on Saturday May 23, from 10am - 1:30pm, at Parkdale Public School, 78 Seaforth Ave. Click here for details, and click here to download a poster for the Plant Fair.


OHA Convention 2015