Thursday, 5 December 2013

2014 Programming Schedule

It will be some time yet before we get a chance to get back into our gardens and dig our fingers deep into the dirt.  We've already seen some snow and experienced the bite of chilling temperatures and it's not even winter yet.  Even so, there is much to look forward to starting in January when we kick off the  2014 North Toronto Horticultural Society programming year.

January 14       Houseplants
                             Ian McCallum from Woodhill Nursery

February 11     The Chelsea Garden Show
                              Joanne Blanchard and Daphne Wace

March 11           Native Plants
                             Paul Heydon

April 8               Garden Photography
                             Laura Mills

May 13              How to Garden in Containers: Thinking Outside the Planter Box
                             Diane and Gary Westlake

June 10              Waterwise Gardening: Drought Tolerant Plants
                              Aileen Barclay

October 14        Tips and Tricks for Cooking with Fresh Herbs
                               Yvonne Tremblay

Mark your calendars now so you don't miss any of these wonderful presentations.

Annual Awards Night, Dinner and Digital Show

The North Toronto Horticultural Society's annual awards night, dinner and digital show was another big success.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible with their donations of time, talent, food and prizes.

Congratulations to our 2013 Winners:

Monthly Shows:
Most Points Roses - Violet Keenan Award - Iris Hazen
Most Points Potted Plants - Jack Forster Award - Julie Forbes
Horticulture - Best in Show -April -Julie Forbes
Horticulture - Best in Show - October - Julie Forbes
Floral Design - Most Points - Dorothy Cartmell
Floral Design -Best in Show - April - Mary Audia
Floral Design - Best in Show - October - Lucie Frirdich

Annual Show
Horticulture - Most Points Cut Specimens - Diane Wells Award -- Myint Gillespie
Horticulture - Most Points Roses - Sheridan Nurseries Award - Iris Hazen
Horticulture - Most Points Potted Plants -  Sheridan Award - Julie Forbes
Horticulture - Best in Show Vegetables/Fruit - Mary Audia
Floral Design - Best in Show- Mary Mordy Award - Brandy Hermant
Floral Design - Most Points - Brandy Hermant

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Looking Ahead to the 2013 Annual Show

It's time once again for the biggest event on the North Toronto Horticultural Society's calendar. The Annual Show is an excellent opportunity for members to showcase all the beautiful plants they grow in their homes and gardens plus their flair for design. This is also the only event of the year where the public at large gets a chance to see what our club is all about. 

North Toronto Horticultural Society Annual Show
Sunday September 8th, 2013
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave E. (at Leslie)
Garden Hall
Everyone Welcome!

The Annual Show always brings out the best in our designers. Members have been busy brushing up on their skills. On Monday July 15th, NTHS member and floral designer extraordinaire Mary Audia conducted a design workshop for small and mass designs in preparation for the September Annual Show. Five NTHS members attended. Here are a few photos of the top caliber work that was produced. You can expect to see this kind of excellence at the Annual Show (thanks to Mary Audia and Andy McCraw for the photos.)

design by Eleanor Cosman

design by Joan Andreychuk

design by Joan Andreychuk

design by Mary McLean

design by Mary Audia

design by Pat Ware

design by Ruth Gladstone

Wow!  That's impressive.  Now it's your turn to get involved.

What you need to know about submissions:
Entries are to be submitted between 9AM and 10:45AM.
The show room doors will be closed promptly at 10:45AM.
Late entries will not be permitted.
There is free admission for the public between 1PM-4PM.
Entries are to be removed by exhibitors by 4PM.

This year's event will be held in the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Garden. More information, including all horticulture and design categories, is included your Annual Show Guide. If you have any questions about how to enter, rules or categories, contact Show Chair Ruth Gladstone.

Help make this event a success by entering the many horticulture and design categories. And be sure to invite your friends along on this wonderful day. As the saying goes, the more, the merrier.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

OHA District 5 Logo Competition

Your creativity is needed to design a new OHA District 5 logo. District 5 has rural societies, suburban societies, and deeply urban societies. Lakes form our northern and southern limits. With that in mind, the logo should makes a statement about what our District is all about.

Entries can be submitted on paper or as a digital file. Entries on paper must be no smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches (15.25 cm by 15.25 cm) and no larger than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches (21.5 cm by 28 cm). Digital entries must have minimum dimensions of 1800 pixels by 1800 pixels, with a file type of tiff, pdf, jpeg, png, psd (Photoshop), or ai (Illustrator). The logo can be either colour or monochrome. The design most likely to win over the hearts of judges, however, will be one that looks good both in colour and monochrome.

The contest is open to all members of District 5 Societies. Please include your name, society, and contact information on a separate page to enable blind judging. Entries must be received by November 2, 2013. District 5 Executive members will pick a winner. District 5 reserves the right to ask for minor modifications to the winning entry.

The winner will be revealed at the 2014 District 5 AGM. The winning designer will receive a gift certificate worth $100 at the nursery or garden centre of their choice.

Submit your entries to: 
Dawn McEachern
10 Dustan Crescent 
East York, Ontario M4J 4G5 
or via email at OHA District 5 Logo Submissions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dawn at the email above. 

Here are some sample logos from other districts for you to consider and draw inspiration from.

Good luck.

An Invitation From Leaside Garden Society

The Leaside Garden Society is touring Canada's newest botanical garden and you are invited.

Whistling Gardens
photo courtesy:

The club will visit Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, not far from Brantford on Wednesday September 25th. The tour guide will be garden founder Darren Heimbecker. 

Departure time is 9am from the Leaside Library. Return time is 4pm. Bring your own lunch; there are picnic areas and light snacks can be purchased. The cost is $50 for Leaside members and $55 for non-members.

Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

To learn more about Whistling Gardens and see a photo gallery, check out their website:

To reserve your spot, print and fill out the form at the link:

2013 Members Garden Tour and Potluck Picnic

Twenty one members and spouses attended the rescheduled Garden Tour and Pot Luck on Friday July 12th. It was such a beautiful evening it was hard to believe that just a few days earlier we were deluged with rain followed by a 40 degree Celsius humidex the next day. Thanks to garden owners Myint Gillespie, Don Cockburn, Mary McLean andcto Ruth Gladstone for hosting the pot luck dinner.   Here are some photos courtesy of Myint Gillespie and Don Beard.

Let's all cross our fingers that the rain and humidity stay away next year.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Garden Tour Rescheduled

The Annual North Toronto Members' Garden Tour and Potluck Picnic has been rescheduled to Friday July 12th.

After a week that brought severe weather, Friday promises to be a beautiful day.

The schedule remains the same.  Details were included in the July/August newsletter and subsequently sent out via email so check your inbox for details.

Hope to see you all on the tour.