Thursday, 21 March 2013

April Meeting: Edible Flowers and Herbs in the Garden

Gardens are a feast for the eyes.  But why not a feast for the taste buds too?  Glen Brunetti will be at the April meeting to tell us all about Edible Flowers and Herbs in the Garden.  

Chives have delightful blooms in spring.
They can be harvested all summer long for use
in salads and other dishes.

April is also the first Flower Show of the year.  Snowdrops have already started to appear and that means the crocus and iris won't be far behind.  Get ready to show us your best spring flowering bulbs.  The April Show is also known for the exceptional houseplants on display.  Drop by and breathe in deeply around the pelargoniums grown for scent.  The fragrance is unforgettable.  All Flower Show details are in your 2013 Show Guide.

April Meeting
Topic: Edible Flowers and Herbs in the Garden
Speaker: Glen Brunetti
Tuesday April 9, 2013
Munchies 7:30pm
Meeting begins at 8pm
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East at Leslie
Admission is free.  A $2 donation is suggested for refreshments.

Everyone is welcome as a guest.  We hope you enjoy the presentation and consider
joining the North Toronto Horticultural Society as a member.

Until next time, happy gardening.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Goodbye Winter: March Meeting

It is quite fitting that during our final meeting before spring kicks into high gear a spectacular image of  winter took the spotlight.

Photo by: Mary Audia

The Annual North Toronto Photo Show Night is always a popular event that showcases the many talents and interests of our members.  This year was no exception and, in fact, it produced a "first." Mary Audia's photo of a magical winter morning is the first picture at a North Toronto Photo Show to win first place in its section while winning both "Best in Show" and "Judge's Choice." Congratulations Mary and thank you to everyone who submitted entries.  It was a feast for the eyes.

A special thank you goes out to our guest speaker Trish Symons who yet again wowed us with her presentation.   In her talk "Mae Wests of the Garden," Trish gave us all some great advice on selecting plants that have presence, charisma and confidence, just like the American movie star and sex symbol.  Be sure to check out Trish's website for fabulous photos and garden advice.

With spring just days away and the first snow drops and crocus starting to appear, this is an exciting time of year.  As you turn your attention to your garden, remember that the first flower show of the year is coming up in April. Get those blooms ready. Glenn Brunetti will be joining us to speak about Edible Flowers and Herbs in the Garden. More details will be posted on the blog soon.

Until next time, happy gardening.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

March Meeting: Mae Wests of the Garden

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful"

"All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else."

"It is better to be looked over than overlooked."

"Love they neighbour, and if he happens to be tall, debonair 
and devastating, it will be that much easier."
Mae West

Mae West really had a way with words.  But how might the words of the American movie icon, playwright and sex symbol apply to your garden? Trish Symons fills us in with "Mae Wests of the Garden." This talk will focus on creating high impact areas in your garden. Some of Mae West's well-known quotes will be interspersed throughout the presentation.  Trish has wowed North Toronto before with "Gardens that Glow," an inspiring talk on the plants and accessories that will transform your garden a magical place.  Be ready to take some notes; Trish will send you home with a lot of great ideas.

Tuesday March 12, 2013
Mae Wests of the Garden
Speaker Trish Symons
Photo Show Night:  Show us your best Snaps!
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East (at Leslie)
7:30pm Munchies.  8pm Presentation.
Everyone Welcome!

A special thank you to NTHS Member Myint Gillespie whose February presentation "Chasing Spring" left members laughing and jotting down notes for garden travel excursions during our cold Canadian winters. Members knew early on they were in for a treat when a caricature of Myint and some talking garden flowers (at left) kicked off the presentation.  In case you missed it, here's where Myint gets her flower fix as she waits for spring.

December: California (Rose Bowl Parade)
January and February: Hawaii and the Caribbean
March: Toronto (Canada Blooms and Allan Gardens)
April: Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York (get your fill of cherry blossoms!)
April: The Netherlands (Keukenhof pictured at right)
April: Burma (maybe you'll be lucky to see Burma's national flower Pterocarpus Macrocarpus in bloom. It flowers only once a year.)
May: Pennsylvania (Longwood Garden)
May: Central Canada (Edwards Gardens, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto Island, Royal Botanical Garden, Casa Loma)
May: Western Canada (Butchart Gardens)
May: Easter Canada (Les Quatre Vents, Reford Gardens)

Start planning those travels!

Congratulations to NTHS member Julie Forbes. She participated at the Successful Gardening Show on February 21-24. Out of 60 entries all but eight placed with four best in shows, numerous firsts, seconds and thirds. Where does she put all her ribbons? Please join North Toronto in congratulating Julie on her success. Here are some photos of her winning entries courtesy member Andy McCraw.

That's a lot of prize ribbons!  Way to go Julie.

Finally, some events members might "dig"
(for information purposes only, please do your own research to confirm dates and prices before checking out one of these events)

The OHA District 5 AGM is fast approaching. It will be held on Saturday April 27th between 9am and 3pm at the Latvian Cultural Club at 4 Credit Union Drive in Toronto. This year it is hosted by the Scarborough Garden and Horticultural Society. The March meeting is your last chance to sign up. Cost is $30/person. Space is limited so please hurry. Click on the links below for more information on this great day for gardeners.

Includes tours to the Chelsea and Tuileries Garden Shows

So much to look forward to.  See you at the March meeting.  Until then, happy gardening.