Upcoming events

    • 2024-04-29
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2R9


    • We will be meeting IN PERSON at Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, just South of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30 PM for refreshments and socializing, the meeting starts at 7:30PM.
    • We will also be holding the meeting ONLINE through Zoom. Members will be sent the link in the newsletter in the week leading up to the meeting.
    • Non-Hort members are welcome to attend in-person for a suggested donation of $5 or Pay-What-You-Can. To join the meeting online, please contact


    From 2010 to 2014, Prof. Lionel Smith studied how to create a flowering lawn free of grasses for his Ph.D. He named them "tapestry lawns" and received the RHS Chelsea Silver Flora Medal in 2013. In 2019 he published "Tapestry Lawns. Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers." His work has been featured from scholarly journals to Martha Stewart. Clement has been corresponding with Prof. Smith and will show how Prof. Smith's tapestries enormously enrich the ecosystems of pollinators in a lawn. His lawns are adapted to England, but Clement will look at options for Ontario gardeners. Work is going on here to create tapestry lawn mixes adapted to the city or the cottage - Clement will feature a few of the people involved in this and their progress so far.

    ("solstice2015", CC-by-SA 4.0)

    CLEMENT KENT is a gardener, re-greener, scientist and plant lover. He will grow almost anything for fun, his core interest is using gardens, parks, and other public spaces to re-green the ecoloyg of where we live. Clement is the author of How to Make a Pollinator Garden (2011), and practice what he preaches. He has helped create many pollinator gardens in front yards, city parks, and roadsides. He has been on the Advisory Board of the City of Toronto's Pollinator Protection Program, and continues to host workshops with groups wanting to create green oases in their neighbourhoods.

    Clement studies insects scientifically their behaviour, their genetics, and the "big-data" area called genomics. Among the insects, bees are a special focus. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists ("honeybee professionals") and received the Canadian Pollinator Advocate award in 2011 from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

    Clement is an adjunct professor at York University and Vice-President of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto. Clement helped found the Parkdale society in 1987 and Project Swallowtail in 2019.

    • 2024-05-25
    • 10:00 - 12:00
    • Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

    Saturday May 25, 2024 10AM - 12PM

    Our annual Plant fait is our biggest fundraiser,  sustaining our support for garden projects in the community.  We will be ordering in choice and interesting plants from select nurseries for resale, as well having divisions contributed from members gardens (specially prepared to mitigate the spread of Jumping Worms). Additionally there will be vegetable seedlings, herbs and houseplants, and our the very popular Garden-related jumble sale.

    We'd love your help - with volunteering, plant donations and garden-related supplies and accessories you no longer need. Please click here to find out more.

    Questions? Please email

Past events

2024-04-01 Apply for Garden Project Funding by April 1, 2024
2024-03-25 March Meeting: Gordon Fitch - Food As Medicine -- For Bees?
2024-03-16 2024 Parkdale Seedy Saturday & Eco Fair
2024-02-26 February Meeting: Ginkgo Sustainability - On Green Roofs and Green Walls
2024-01-29 January Meeting: Guinevere Kern - To Make Whole: An Exploration of Health, Healing Gardens, and Horticultural Therapy
2023-11-27 November Meeting & AGM - Ellen Schwartzel - Adding Nature to Toronto's Urban Fabric
2023-10-30 October Meeting - Paul Gellatly - Tropical Treasures
2023-09-25 September Meeting - Dr. Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh - Do Plants Think?
2023-09-16 Etobicoke Master Gardeners’ 2023 FALL PLANT SALE
2023-05-29 Merry May Meeting - Hort Garden Projects
2023-05-27 Plant Fair 2023
2023-04-24 April Meeting - Melanie Sifton - Restoring Urban Soils, Parks, and Green Roofs
2023-03-27 March Meeting - Jane Hayes - How to impact “Earth Care'' in the City
2023-03-18 Parkdale Seedy Saturday & Eco Fair
2023-02-27 February Meeting - Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau - Growing Marijuana High
2023-01-30 January meeting - Dr. Gil Penalosa - Toronto for Everyone: Affordable • Equitable • Sustainable
2022-11-28 Short AGM followed by speaker Helen Battersby - Gardening in a Changing World
2022-10-24 October Meeting - Anna Leggatt - Gardening Today, During Climate Change, Reducing Our Garden Foodprint and Promoting Biodiversity
2022-09-27 September Meeting - Clement Kent - My Wall Garden
2022-05-30 Merry May Meeting - Member's Slide Show
2022-05-21 Mini Plant Fair
2022-04-25 Lorraine Johnson - Gardens for Pollinating Insects: Friends not Foes

Copyright © The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software