Meetings

The Hort usually meets the last Monday of every month from September to May (except December). We are holding the meetings both in-person and through Zoom, unless there is a technical difficulty. If you are not a Hort member, but want to check out a meeting, either in person or online, you are most welcome to join us for a suggested donation of $5.  To get a link to our online meeting, send an email to treasurer@parkdaletorontohort.com to let us know you are interested. You'll be sent further instructions.

In-person meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church HALL, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30pm. Meetings start informally around 7:00pm and the speaker begins the presentation at 7:30pm. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy tea and cookies while you check things out, chat, and ask questions!


Enter the church hall via the arched door the arrow is pointing to.

Upcoming meetings

    • 2024-02-26
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2R9

    MEETING LOCATION:

    • 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 info@parkdaletorontohort.com.


    TALK & SPEAKERS


    The high-caliber team of Gingko Sustainability will discuss and demonstrate the pros and cons of green roof and wall systems, the affiliated maintenance regimens, and the obstacles with educating condo committees, building operators, and irrigation companies to name a few. They will introduce:

    • Various types of green roof systems
    • Various types of green wall systems
    • The beauty of grounds and planters and affiliated complications with do-it-yourselfers
    • The overall importance of biophilia to our communities

    The team will also be bringing models of various green wall and green roof types to show their components, and there will be tactile samples for Hort members to check out!

    Founded in 2010, Ginkgo Sustainability was born out of a love for the environment and a passion for sustainable business. It is driven by the mission to connect the living and built environments through the installation of living roofs and the installation and manufacture of living walls. Since its founding, the company has completed over 250 green roofing projects and has been developing its GingkoWalls division to establish a strong foothold in the living wall market.

    Gingko Sustainability generously donated soil mixes for last year's Annual Plant Fair and Garden Projects. 

    Read below for the team's Speaker bios: 





    • 2024-03-25
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2R9

    MEETING LOCATION:

    • 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 info@parkdaletorontohort.com.


    TALK & SPEAKER: 

    Plants produce a dizzying variety of so-called secondary metabolites. Many of these compounds play a defensive role, protecting plants against herbivores or disease. But humans have for millennia used these compounds as medicine. Recent research has shown that some of the compounds found in pollen and nectar can similarly have medicinal effects on multiple bee diseases. This is perhaps especially exciting given that disease – in combination with other stressors – is implicated as a significant driver of declining bee populations.

    In this talk, we will discuss recent research in looking at medicinal effects of pollen and nectar of some common native plants (and perhaps a few native to areas other than the GTA). Gordon will also present evidence that bees may actually be engaging in self-medication – that is, actively seeking out medicinal plants when they are infected with a pathogen – and discuss what all this might mean for bee-conscious garden enthusiasts.

    Gordon Fitch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and a member of the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (BEEc) at York University. 

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

    MEETING LOCATION:

    • 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 info@parkdaletorontohort.com.


    TALK & SPEAKER:


    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.


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