Tuesday, 26 April 2011

OHA District 5 AGM

It's one of the most anticipated garden gatherings of the spring: the 2011 Ontario Horticultural Association District 5 Annual General Meeting.

It's happening on Saturday April 30th and will be hosted by the Newmarket Horticultural Society. This year's theme is "Grow With the Flow." The AGM will feature two fantastic speakers. Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, will talk about "Planning and Planting for all Seasons of Interest." Aileen Barclay of Water for Tomorrow will talk about "Xeriscaping Your Garden." There will be also be a flower show and lots of door prizes. The day is a great way to meet other gardeners and to stuff one's face with really delicious food.

This year's get together happens at Madsen's Gardens at 160 Bayview Parkway in Newmarket.  Click here to be connected to a map.  For a rundown of the day's events and another map click here.

The North Toronto Horticultural Society will have about a dozen members representing the club.  Have a great day.

Last year's OHA District 5 AGM was a huge success.  The Floral Hall
at the Toronto Botanical Garden was buzzing with excitement.
 This year's event is being held in Newmarket and
promises to be just as much fun.
Photo Courtesy: Andy McCraw

Remember to join us on May 10th for the Annual North Toronto Plant and Garage Sale.

Happy Gardening.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Annual Plant and Garage Sale: May Meeting

Wild Ginger was one of the great selections
available at the 2010 Plant Sale. 

May Meeting
Tuesday May 10, 2011
Annual Plant and Garage Sale
Topic: Fun with Flowers
Speaker: Shirley Binns

Mark May 10th on your calendars.  It's time for North Toronto's Annual Plant and Garage Sale. This event is a great way to share a piece of your garden with members and take home something new and unusual for your own garden.  It's also North Toronto's biggest fundraiser of the year.

Members are invited to divide and share perennials they can spare.  Getting involved is easy.  Bring in your divisions, cuttings and plants to the May meeting before 7:30pm.  Bring plants in individual containers.  Make sure they are labelled with their common and botanical name and include a colour picture if you can. Volunteers are needed to set up the tables, price and sell the plants.  If you have any questions, contact Plant Sale Coordinator Cathy Kuchynski.

Learn to arrange flowers like a pro.  Dorothy
Cartmell's arrangement won Best in Show
at the 2010 NTHS Annual Show.

The plant sale will kick off right after a flower arranging demo by speaker Shirley Binns.  Whether you are a novice or an experienced designer Shirley's presentation is sure to have something for all skill levels.

Join Us:
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East at Leslie
Studios 1, 2, & 3
Everyone Welcome

The North Toronto Horticultural Society provides this unofficial listing as a convenient reference. Sometimes details, venues and dates change and sometimes the blog administrator makes mistakes. Please confirm details with the organizations listed below before heading out to enjoy these wonderful garden events. 

Art Takes Root:  Flower Show 2011
Presented by Milne House Garden Club
Horticultural Exhibits, Floral Designs and Demos, Silent Auction and More!
Preview Party:
Tuesday May 3rd,  7pm-9pm
Admission: $15.00
Show Times:
Wednesday May 4th, 2011, 10am-5pm
Thursday May 5th, 2011, 10am-3pm
Admission: $10.00, Children Are Free
Toronto Botanical Garden,  777 Lawrence Ave. East
For Tickets:
416-292-4661 or 905-727-2722
Proceeds to The James Boyd Children's Centre at the TBG

Hardy Plant Sale
Presented by the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society
Choice shrubs, select perennials, alpine treasures
Sunday May 1, 2011 12-4pm
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East
For more info: Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society

Wildflower Sale
Presented by the North American Native Plant Society
Wildflowers, Shrubs, Trees, Ferns, Vines, Grasses, Sedges
Saturday May 7, 2011 10am-3pm
Markham Civic Centre, Atrium
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham
For more info: North American Native Plant Society

Toronto Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale 2011
A choice selection of natives, annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, and coveted plants from the TBG Gardens
Thursday, May 12 & Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Friends of the TBG: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
TBG Members: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
TBG Members Enjoy a 10% Discount!
777 Lawrence Ave. East at Leslie
For more info:TBG Annual Plant Sale 2011

11th Annual Lindsay Lilac Festival
May 24-May 31, 2011
Garden Tours, Lilac Sales
Logie Street Park, Lyndsay
Free Admission
For more info:  Lindsay Lilac Festival 2011

If you would like to have your garden event added to our listing send the information to northtorontohort@gmail.com.

Happy gardening.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

April Flower Show: Novice Designers Win Big

"The Tulip Festival"
designed by Mary Audia, one of North
Toronto's most experienced designers.
Judges' Choice

The North Toronto Horticultural Society has a long tradition of excellence in horticulture and floral design. Whether it is at our monthly meetings or at shows like Canada Blooms and Successful Gardening our members always do well with their beautiful and inspiring creations.

The April Flower Show, the first of the year, was especially exciting because several novice designers did very well.   Congratulations to all the participants and thank you for keeping the tradition of excellence alive at North Toronto Hort.

Congratulations to North Toronto's Novice Design Winners

Hasmik Samuelian with her design for
a "Spring Bride." Her hand-tied
 bouquet featuring creamy-white
lilies wrapped in white ribbon won
Best in Show.

The smile says it all.  Cheryl French
 is thrilled with second place for
her hand-tied bridal
bouquet featuring roses.
Ruth Gladstone's "April Showers" design exemplifies
the exuberance of spring.  Ruth's creation was
recognized as the Best Design in the Novice Class. 

North Toronto design powerhouse Pat Ware will be teaching a design workshop ahead of the June Flower Show.  It will be a great opportunity for new or would-be designers to get some hands-on experience.  It's also a great chance for experienced designers to find new inspiration.  Check back for details.  They will be posted on the blog shortly.

April Meeting: Bugs Need Love

Malcolm Geast loves bugs
Assassin Bugs! Jumping Spiders watching you with their eight eyes! Termite nests the size of a city block!  A praying mantis big enough to eat a bird (only in the tropics. What a relief!) Those were just some of the fascinating pictures and stories Malcom Geast shared with North Toronto members at the April meeting.

Malcolm, Assistant Director and Official Historian of the Ontario Horticultural Association, is fascinated with the creepy crawly creatures that live in his garden.  He loves them so much he's willing to suffer a bite just for the chance to get a picture of a mosquito.  He's almost willing to grow lilies just to attract the dreaded but beautiful lily beetle.  Lucky for him that his neighbours grow lilies.

Thanks Malcolm for showing us the good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes beautiful side of the bug world.

Imagine coming across the Goliath Beetle while out
gardening.  Eeek!  Among the world's largest beetles, this
Goliath came from Central Cameroon before finding its
way into Malcolm's collection.