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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The highlights will include: 

  • Connoisseur’s Table: offering plants aimed primarily at Hort members or experienced gardeners looking for the out-of-the-ordinary. 
  • Green Elephants: basically, White Elephants that are gardening related. Lots of interesting items turn up here. Please contact us prior to the Plant Fair if you have items to donate. 
  • Nursery Selections: from Connon and Humber—herbs, annuals, and hard-to-get perennials.
  • Divisions: plants from member’s own gardens—all at the best prices in town!
  • Refreshments: Hot coffee and tasty brownies or other home baked treats.
  • Plant Park: if your arms are full ‘park’ your plants with our plant minders and continue to browse.
  • Garden Tour: tickets for the June 9 tour in the Swansea area of Brûlé Gardens and Riverside Drive.
  • Ontario Master Gardeners: 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.
  • Membership and Hort Information
  • Gloves: these durable, well-fitting gloves are very popular with our members.
Vendors: in the small gym—these independent vendors sell beautiful specimens of plants and garden related items for the casual gardener and the discerning collector. Look for:
  • Urban Harvest: a selection of herbs, heirloom vegetables and perennials.
  • Botanical Artists of Canada: original, one-of-a-kind watercolour botanical paintings
Divide and Conquer with Your Garden Divisions 
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
Please label all divisions and take them to one of the drop off locations (that will be listed here shortly) before Friday, May 30, 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
  • 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)