Friday, 23 March 2012

Show Us Your Garden

One of the great things about having a garden is sharing it with others. The North Toronto Horticultural Society wants to give you the opportunity to do just that. Our Annual Members' Garden Tour is coming up on Tuesday July 10th, 2012 and we want to see your garden.

Diane Wells' garden in the 2010 Tour

All types of gardens are welcome on the tour:  big backyards packed with trees and shrubs, perennial beds bursting with blooms, balcony container gardens, raised veggie beds filled with edibles, and even gardens that specialize in roses or clematis. If you are growing it, North Toronto members would love to see it.

Annuals and perennials mix in Irena Hrzina's garden

Being a part of the NTHS Annual Members' Garden Tour is easier than growing goutweed. Here's what you need to do:

  • Set aside a few hours on the afternoon of July 10th.
  • Welcome members to your garden as they arrive.  
  • Show them around or let them wander through your garden. 
  • Answer any questions they might have.  
  • Pluck wayward weeds when no one is looking.  
  • Bask in the "oohs" and "aahhs" as you show off your little piece of paradise. 
  • Once the tour is done, wrap up the day by heading over to our Annual Potluck Picnic. 

That's all there is to it. Members who have participated in the past have always been thrilled to see the excitement generated by their green thumbs.  It is also a wonderful way to get to know garden club members.

Anyone interested in sharing their garden with North Toronto members should contact Programme Director Diane Wells as soon as possible or drop us a line at

Our April Meeting and Flower Show is coming up fast.  Join us on Tuesday April 10th at 7:30pm at the Toronto Botanical Garden.  Eloise Crabtree Carmichael will be speaking about Sissinghurst Garden, one of the world's most admired English gardens.  Check back soon for more details.

Until next time, happy gardening.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Creating a Perennial Garden of Continuous Bloom: March Meeting

Lorraine Roberts
If these spring-like days of March didn't already have you dreaming about the garden, Lorraine Roberts' presentation "Creating a Perennial Garden of Continuous Bloom" probably did the trick. Members scribbled notes continuously as Lorraine wowed us with selection after selection of outstanding, long-blooming perennials.

If you were thrilled by the likes of Helleborus Winter Jewel "Double Painted," Anemone Pumina, and Geum "Fire Storm" surf on over to the Plant Paradise Country Gardens website.  Many of the pictures in Lorraine's presentation can be seen here.  You can also plan a visit to one of Lorraine's springtime Saturday morning workshops  or a special event such as Delphinium Day.

The March meeting was also the night for our first show of the year.  It was a record-breaking affair with 147 entries, the most ever at a North Toronto Photo Night competition.

Congratulations to all the participants.  Our shows are a success thanks to you.  A special congratulations to Best in Show Winner Anna Leggatt for her entry in the "Fall" category and Judges' Choice Winner Andy McCraw for his entry in the "Winter" category.  Members should remember to keep snapping:  the next Photo Night is just one year away.

Check back soon for more details on North Toronto's April Meeting.  Eloise Crabtree Carmichael will share her adventures in one of the world's most famous and admired gardens:  Sissinghurst.  April is also the first flower show of the year.  Categories are available in your Show Guide (every member was sent a guide via email.) They will also be posted on the blog soon.  So get out in the garden and start thinking about your entry.

Until next time, Happy Gardening.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

March Meeting: Creating a Perennial Garden of Continuous Bloom

First Snowdrop
March Meeting
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Photo Competition Night
Topic: Creating a Perennial Garden of Continuous Bloom
Speaker:  Lorraine Roberts

Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave East (at Leslie)
Everyone Welcome!
Please Invite a Friend to Explore our Garden Club
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The first snowdrops have made an appearance and that means it's time to really start thinking about the gardening year ahead. Check out our March meeting to learn how to create a perennial garden of continuous bloom from garden expert Lorraine Roberts, author of “A Recipe for Continuous Bloom.”  Lorraine and her husband are the owners of Plant Paradise Country Gardens, a unique organic perennial nursery and garden centre located in Caledon.  It features extensive perennial display gardens of continuous bloom including many rare and unusual plants they grow and sell.  For more information visit:

March also means it is time for one of our favourite and most-anticipated shows of the year:  the Annual Photography Night Competition.  Share your garden and travel adventures both at home and abroad with NTHS members. Here are this year's categories and the show rules.

1 Spring:  Same Season – Different Year Spring
2 Summer:  Same Season – Different Year Summer
3 Fall:  Same Season – Different Year Fall
4 Winter:  Same Season – Different Year  Winter

5 Travel:  Of somewhere we can all recognize
6 On the Beach:  Be nice about this, we don’t want to censor you.
7 Reflection:  In the water, on a window, in a mirror, in someone’s eye, etc.
8 Construction Site:  House, subway, shed, condo, highway, etc.
9 Imagine Something:  Surprise Me!  Something that doesn’t fit any of the other stuff

10 Close Up:  Really close-up of an object: pencil, pen, cup & saucer etc. (No Insects!)
11 A Horse: a horse of course, unless of course the horse is Mr. Ed or any of his relatives.
12 An Old Tool:  …and don't even think about taking a photo of me!

13 Any Subject:  So long as it is Black & White & not Gray & Dull & bland.

14 An Insect:  Doing nasty stuff to your plant or just hanging round doing insecty things.
15 A Veggie:  Growing, not sitting in your salad. 
16 Really White:  The whitest flower/plant that you can spot.
17 A Tree:  Big or small, even if you didn't hear it fall
18 A Weed:  My favourite growing thing.  I now have an affinity after yanking so many.

1 Exhibitors may submit ONE entry in each class.
2 Print may be 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" max OR any size in between. 
3 Prints must be UNMOUNTED (No Frames! )
4 All photographs must have been taken by the exhibitor and may not have been entered
in our previous shows.
5 Entries will be judged on overall aesthetic quality, composition & ADHERENCE TO THE DESIGNATED CLASS SUBJECT DEFINITION!

See you in March as we spring into spring!