Plant Fair

For beginning and sophisticated gardeners: choice plants, the “Green Elephant” sale, herbs and hard-to-get perennials from select GTA nurseries and member’s own gardens—all at the best prices in town! Bring your questions, we’ll bring our experts!

Plant Fair, Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:30am - 1:30pm

The Plant Fair is held at the Parkdale Public School and Community Centre (in the gym), located at  78 Seaforth Avenue.


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Some of the new features and old highlights of the Plant Fair are:

  • Membership Information.
  • Plants: Divisions from member’s own gardens, and houseplants—all at the best prices in town!
  • Nursery selections from Connon and Humber Nurseries—interesting annuals, grasses, natives, and hard-to-get perennials; and from Urban Harvest—a selection of herbs, heirloom vegetables and perennials.
  • Displays about our Hort sponsored gardens, Composting from Foodshare with a demonstration of vermiculture composting, the Monarch Butterfly Crusader, Carol Pasternak, will be bringing caterpillars for us to see and her beautiful butterfly cards for sale and Urban Forest Care from Leaf will have information on post-ice-storm tree care.
  • Arts and Crafts Sale: Botanical Artists Elizabeth Tudor-Mulroney, and Jean Johnson will be showing their work. Eileen Kwan of Garden Exuberance, designer and embroidery artist, will offer her work and her cards. Clare Scott-Taggart of Rusty Girl has been designing and making practical and pretty plant supports, birdbaths, obelisks and trellises for the past twenty years in her west-end studio and will bring some of these to the sale. Special for the Plant Fair, Barbara Japp brings her glass flower-patterned beadwork, Mostly Millifiori. Christine Moore of Lavender Stuff, will be selling dried lavender and her books.
  • Green Elephants: A garden flea market of White Elephants. Lots of interesting items turn up here. Please contact us prior to the Plant Fair if you have items to donate. 
  • Refreshments: The Hort Café offers hot coffee tea, and tasty home baked treats.
  • Plant Park: If your arms are full ‘park’ your plants with our plant minders and continue to browse.
  • Gardening Experts: Ask your questions because they have the answers.
  • Praying Mantis: Hatch the egg cases to raise mantids that will eat the bad bugs in your garden. To order, ($12 per egg case) email sales@parkdaletorontohort.com before May 9th. Pick up at the Plant Fair on May 31st.
  • Gloves: These durable, well-fitting gloves are very popular with our members.

If you have questions please email plantfair@parkdaletorontohort.com

The perennial divisions contributed by members are the core of our fundraising success. Without your spadework and generosity we can’t do it. Please label your divisions thoroughly and include photos if you can. It makes for a guaranteed sale if you show the plant at its best. Simple labels can be made by cutting large yogurt containers into strips and writing on them with black markers, or pick up ready-cut labels from the Hort meeting. To read about how to make divisions, click here. If you need help digging up divisions please email plantfair@parkdaletorontohort.com
Please label all divisions and take them to one of the drop off locations before Friday May 30:
  • Mary Mosser, 24 Abbott Avenue, near Bloor W. and Dundas (416-769-0436) 
  • Lillian Brown, 97 Fermanagh at Roncesvalles, (416-534-4043).

OR bring them to the Parkdale School gym on Friday May 30 between 6:30 and 8:00pm.

Volunteers are needed. If you can do any of the following, please send an email to plantfair@parkdaletorontohort.com
  • Set-up on Friday evening, May 30, 6-9pm, and for the fair itself on Saturday.
  • Post-fair volunteers are especially appreciated. Put your name down for cleanup from 1:30–4pm on Saturday.
  • Help dig plants in members’ gardens.
  • Pick up plants in your car from members and deliver them to a drop-off location between May 10 and May 30.
  • Pick up plants in your car from a drop-off location; deliver them to the community centre on Friday evening May 30.
  • Do you have Green Elephants to donate and would you like them picked up?
  • Will you bake some treats for the Refreshment table?
—Mary Mosser & Barbara Japp (Plant Fair co-ordinators)