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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month
(with the odd exception)
at 7:30 pm
Lambeth United Church
4268 Colonel Talbot Rd. London, ON

Monday, September 21, 2015:

Speaker: Tara Nolan “Raised Beds and Combining Edibles and Ornaments”.

Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 10.34.40 AMBe sure to enter the Mini Flower & Vegetable Show
Design Class
: “Late Summer Bouquet” – An interpretive design (this idea came from our April 2015 speaker, Miriam Goldberger).
Class 1. Potatoes – three tubers, washing permitted
Class 2. Tomatoes – three specimens in each class – 2a Slicing  2b. Cherry  2c. Other variety
Class 3. Squash – 3a. Summer (including zucchini) – 2 specimens 3b. Winter – one specimen
Class 4. Onions – 3 specimens, any variety, trimmed but NOT peeled
Class 5. Carrots, 5 specimens
Class 6. Beets – 5 specimens
Class 7 – Cucumbers – 2 specimens, slicing varieties
Class 8 – A basket of mixed vegetables – at least 3 kinds. Presentation counts.
Class 9. Chrysanthemums – 1 spray
Class 10. Marigolds – 10a. 3 dwarf stems under 3:   10b. 3 tall stems over 3″
Class 11. Calendulas – 3 stems
Class 12. Roses – 12a. 1 bloom, any variety.  12b. 1 spray, any variety.
Class 13. Miniature Roses – 13b. 1 bloom, any variety.  13b 1 spray, any variety
Class 14. Gladiolus – 1 stalk
Class 15. Aster – 1 stem
Class 16 – Dahlia – 1 bloom – 16a. 1 bloom under 4″.  16b. 1 bloom over 4″
Class 17 – Zinnia – 1 stem
Class 18 – Cosmos – 3 blooms
Class 19 – Rudbeckia – 1 stem
Class 20 – Sunflower – miniature, 1 stalk
Class 21 – Sedum – 3 stems
Class 22 – Any annual or perennial bloom not listed above.
Prizes: Most points in show: Classes 1-7 and 9-22. 1st – 3 points, 2nd -= 2 points, 3rd – 1 point
Classes 8 & 23 – 1st five points; 2nd – 3 points,    3rd – 2 points


Monday, October 19, 2015:

NOTE: The United Church hall will be used as an election poll this day.
But we will still have our meeting, only it will be held in the church sanctuary.
Because of this, we have cancelled the Plant Exchange.
You may take any plant donations to the London Civic Garden Complex at 625 Springbank Dr. where they will be held over the winter for the spring p
For dcall 519-472-3553 or

Speaker: Alan Darlington of Nedlaw “Living Walls”

Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 10.56.40 AMDesign Class: “October Magic” – a design in a squash



Monday, November 16, 2015:

Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck (entertainment – to be announced)
No Design this month.

Monday, January 18, 2016:

Speaker: to be announced
Design: “Summer Memories” – A dried arrangement.

Monday, February 15, 2016:

Speaker: to be announced
Design: Bring 3, 5×7 photos showing highlights of your 2015 garden


Rose & Flower Show 2015

Winners List:

Best Rose in the Show (The Maud Hill Silver Bowl) Sarah Kelly
Best Large Flowered Rose (Red Rose Tea Trophy Sec. A) Sarah Kelly
Best Clustered Flowered Rose (The Margaret & Cecil Wright Trophy Sec. C) Sarah Kelly
Best Climbing Rose (The Charlotte & Harold DeLagran Award Sec. C) Sarah Kelly
Best Miniature Rose (The Bob Whitlock Award Sec D&E) Sarah Kelly
Best Antique Rose (The Harry McGee Award Sec. F) Harry McGee
Best Shrub Rose (The Evelyn & Melvin Jenkinson Award Sec. H) Sarah Kelly
Best Overall in Design Classes (The Reg & Ruth Dodson Award Sec. L) Irina Code (Class 70)
Highest Points in Design Classes (The Joyce McGee Award Sec. L) Crystal Trojek
Highest Points in Cut Flowers (The Mary Galloway Award Sec.K) Veronica Richards
Highest Points in the Show (The Lambeth Horticultural Society Award) Sarah Kelly
Peoples Choice Award  Sheila Shearing


Click on poster below if you wish to print it.

Poster R&F show 2015final






Milkweed – Good news for Monarchs!

Milkweed is to be removed from the Ontario Noxious Weed List


London Free Press March 11, 2014

Go ahead: plant a milkweed, save a monarch.

The milkweed plant soon will be yanked from the province’s “noxious weed” list that would ordinarily require it be destroyed on crop-land.

Taking its place on the bad-plant list will be the quirkily named dog-strangling vine.

That’s a double score for butterfly lovers, who say the mandatory destruction of milkweed and the invasion of dog-strangling vine have contributed to an alarming population drop the queen of the butterflies.

Milkweed “is very, very important to monarchs. Their caterpillars eat only milkweed,” says Ann White of London, who is the butterfly count co-ordinator for Nature London.

But the plant has been vanishing from farm fields, field fringes and pastures, assisted by a provincial weed law that encourages herbicide treatment to prevent its spread.

White and other vocal lepidopterists have been lobbying the Ontario Agriculture Ministry for the changes.

Ministry spokesperson Mark Cripps said the proposed move is also an effort to improve the Ontario’s biodiversity.

Farmers so far haven’t objected, although the province is still receiving public comments to its environmental registry until April 14.

The invasive dog-strangling vine – a perennial that can grow as high as two metres but, despite its name, poses no threat to dogs – crowds out other plant life and is a menace in its own right.

Monarchs often lay eggs on its leaves but their larvae can’t survive on the plant, Cripps said. “It interrupts the monarch life cycle,” Cripps said.

Monarchs breed in Canada and the U.S. but migrate to a small forest in a mountainous area of Mexico, where they over-winter. There, their habitat is also being destroyed and the over-wintering population last year was calculated as the smallest in 20 years.

Noxious weeds:

Defined as plants harmful to living things (crops, livestock) and injurious to health.

  • 23 plants in Ontario on the list. Milkweed has been included because it can reduce crop yield and can be poisonous to livestock. Usually controlled by herbicides.
  • On current list are: common barberry, European buckthorn, bull thistle, Canada thistle, wild carrot, Colt’s foot dodder, goat’s beard, Johnson grass, knapweed, milkweed, nodding thistle, poison hemlock, poison ivy, proso millet, ragweed, yellow rocket, Russian thistle, Scotch thistle, sow thistle, cypress spurge, leafy spurge, tuberous vetchling, giant hogweed.
  • Everyone who owns crop land must destroy noxious weeds on it.
  • Everyone who has land near enough to farmland that noxious weeds could affect crops must also rid the property of those weeds.

Garden Tour 2014

The Lambeth Horticultural Society have their
Garden Tour every other year.This year will be our 14th tour!
SUNDAY JULY 13, 2014, 1-5 pm
Join us for a relaxing afternoon visiting the lovely gardens.
You will also have the opportunity to exchange tips and ideas.
Look for the OPEN GARDEN sign in the front yard on the day of the tour.
Flyers will be available at the Lambeth Public Library, 7112 Beattie St. July 3 to 12

The Tour is F R E E! of charge and held Rain or Shine

Get map here
or pick up a map on July 13 at 2335 Main St. from 12:45 to 4 pm

383 Wharncliffe Road North – Map Number 6
A very large back yard filled with a large variety of plants and ornamental features. There is a pond, a stream, and sitting area’s to relax in.

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383 Wharncliffe Rd.N_B

60 Foster AvenueMap Number 5
A front yard packed with beautiful lilies greets you, and a visit to the backyard will take you to “hosta heaven”.

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60 Foser Ave

4 Novelle CourtMap Number 4
Snapdragons abound in this garden. You will love the imaginative whimsical vignettes throughout the garden.  Take a peek in the shed that does double duty as an art studio for the grandchildren.

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4 Novelle Court_A

520 Huntington PlaceMap Number 3
Between the beautiful roses and perennials, this garden contains a very large variety of edible plants and trees to admire, heal and nurture. Ask Sophia and she will teach you all about them

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520 Huntington Pl_B

3117 Morgan AvenueMap Number 2
It is hard to believe that this garden is only 2 years old with such a large variety of perennial plant material, all carefully chosen and placed.

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3117 Morgan Ave_A

5 Woods Edge CloseMap Number 1
Descend into this back yard and you will enter a dream world of shade loving plants and trees. Take the bridge over the dry river bed and meander through swaths of carefully placed plants and flowers adorned with many interesting sculptures and artifacts.

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5 Woods Edge Close_B


In Memoriam


Jim Marshall – August 3, 2015
Jim passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 at the age of 79.  He joined the Lambeth Horticultural Society in 2005 and became a very active member.  During his 10 years with us he was a director for 6 years and our treasurer for 2 years.  Jim actively participated in the Program, Plant Sale, Silent Auction, and Bus Trip, committees. Always willing to help, you would find him setting up and taking down the chairs, and last spring, handling the 50/50 draw tickets.  We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his wife Doreen and their families. He will be greatly missed.

Melvin JenkinsonMelvin (Mel) Jenkinson – 1924-2015
Melvin Jenkinson was well known to members of the Lambeth Horticultural Society because he was there to support the many things his wife Evelyn did for the Society.  They lived in Lambeth, reared a large family, and grew everything from sweet potato vines to roses.  He probably set up more chairs and tables than any other male because he lived to the age of 90.  Most significantly, he and Evelyn donated a trophy to the Society for the best shrub rose in its Annual Rose and Flower Show.  We send our sincere condolences to all his family.

Elmer JorgensenPictureElmer Jorgensen – January 28, 2015
Our dear friend and fellow gardener, Elmer passed in his 82nd year.
We remember Elmer as an avid Master Gardener who delighted us with his wisdom and his humour.  His horticultural knowledge and extensive experience were an inspiration to us all.  Whether it was growing garlic or heirloom tomatoes, Elmer worked diligently to attain the best results possible.  We will miss him dearly, and we know that he will be smiling as we plant our seeds, sprinkle our lime and dig in our compost.


John WatsonJohn B. Watson – January 12, 2015
Long time member John Watson passed in his 87th year. John really loved nature and gardening. He took pride in learning all he could to become very knowledgeable about anything that was important to him.  He enjoyed entering roses in the Rose & Flower show and participating in the bus trips where he could learn more about Ontario and gardening. The general meetings were special to him where he met so many wonderful people who shared the same interests as he did.

George Rae – Dec.21,1929 – May 21, 2014    
Born in Scotland, George immigrated to Canada in 1956, where he met and married his wife, Eva.  He was a charter member and Past President of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society which began in 1962 and serve don the board for over 30 years.  In 2010 he was honoured with a life membership.  In2009 he proudly received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.  As a avid showman in Gladiolus, Dahlias, and Roses, George soon made a name for himself in southwestern Ontario as a top competitor and garnered many championships for his prize winning entries.  Many of George’s prize winning roses will be donated to Sakura House in Woodstock for the creation of a rose garden in his memory.
George will be missed by his many friends in the William Saunders Rose Society, the Hamilton Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, many Horticultural Societies and the Canadian Gladiolus Council.

Ruth Kristoff - October 10, 1928 – March 20, 2014Ruth Kristoff
Ruth (86 years) was a wife, mother, grandmother and an avid rose gardener.  She and her husband, Fred, lived in Aylmer where they were active in community and gardening events.  Ruth was a frequent presenter in Lambeth’s Rose and Flower Show for many years, winning many awards for the lovely flower.  Our condolences go to the Kristoff family.

Bus Trip

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The Royal Winter Fair
Bus Trip
Thursday November 12
, 2015

So much to see and do! Royal Horse Show (free),
Sheep Show, Superdogs, Holstein Calf Show,
Sheridan Nurseries presents “Winter Gallery”, Market Place and more!

8:30 am – Depart Lambeth United Church
(4268 Colonel Talbot Rd)
10:30 am Arrive at the Fair
Bring your own lunch or buy at the Fair
4:30 pm – Depart the Fair & travel to the Canadiana Restaurant for dinner (salad, rolls, choice of prime rib, chicken, or salmon, potato, vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea or soft drink)
8:30 pm – Arrive back at the Lambeth United Church

Cost: $90.00 for members and $102.00 for non-members.
Includes bus, entry to the Royal Winter Fair, Dinner, all Taxes and all Gratuities.
Payable by the October 19th meeting.
To reserve a seat: click here



Rose and Flower Show 2014 – Awards list

Rose &  Flower Show “Downton Abbey Traditions”

June 18, 2014   Awards List

Award Winner
1. Best Rose in the show The Maud Hill Silver Bowl Sarah Kelly
2. Best Large Flowered Rose Red Rose Tea Trophy  (Sec. A) Michael Coleby
3. Best Clustered Flowered Rose The Margaret and Cecil Wright Trophy (Sec. B) Maureen Coleby
4. Best Climbing Rose The Charlotte & Harold DeLagran Award (Sec.C) John Obeda
5. Best Miniature Rose The Bob Whitlock Award (Sec D &E) Sarah Kelly
6. Best Antique Rose The Harry McGee Award (Sec.F) John Obeda
7. Best Shrub Rose The Evelyn & Melvin Jenkinson Award (Sec. H) Sarah Kelly
8. Best Overall in Design Classes The Reg & Ruth Dodson Award (Sec.L) Irina Code
9. Highest Points in Design Classes The Joyce McGee Award (Sec.L) Crystal Trojec
10. Highest Points in Cut Flowers The Mary Galloway Award (Sec.K) Veronica Richards
11. Highest Points in the Show The Lambeth Horticultural Society Award Sarah Kelly
12. Highest Points for Roses entered by a Novice The Wm. Saunders Rose Society Award Marg Holmes


Poster R&F show 2014


Pesticide allert


Pollinators are the animals that pollinate over 90% of all flowering plants, and primarily include bees, flies, buterlfies, moths, and other insects.  “These beneficial insects are under pressure from loss of habitat, loss of food sources, disease, and pesticides” Pollination Guelph
According to a recent study by the Friends of the Earth, most of the plants sold at garden centres are contaminated by pesticides called NEONICOTINOIDS.  Neonicotinoids are poisons that impair the nervous system of insects and are linked to the decline of pollinators.  Neonicotinoids permeate all parts of a plant including the nectar and pollen.  Unfortunately, pollinators collect this poisoned nectar and pollen to bring back to others in their hives and dwellings.
Grow bee-friendly plants, preferably native species, in your gardens.
Ask garden centres to sell neonicotinoid-free vegetable and bedding plants. Let the nursery know you will not buy plants grown with these pesticides.
More information at the Ontario Beekeepers Association.
Purchase organic vegetable and bedding plants or grow your plants from untreated seeds for your vegetable and flower gardens.
Buy organic food whenever possible.  Organic growing methods are much less harmful to pollinators.
A.C.E. (Advisory committee to the environment) has approached the City of London on providing more forage and habitat areas in park lands and the creation of habitat corridors between forage areas.

Local Events of Interest

September 5 to October 24, 2015, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm: Whistling Gardens Annual Fall Plant Sale.  

September 12, 2015, 9 am to 12 pm: Reforest London will be planting 140 native trees along a tributary of Dingman Creek.  Meet at Ashwood Manor, 79 David Street.  First 40 volunteers will receive a FREE (very snazzy) Million Tree Challenge water bottle.  See details at:

After planting, discover Lambeth at their Harvestfest in the afternoon (BBQ, Fun Fair, Book Sale).  The festival starts Sept 11 and runs until Sept. 13.  To see all the details of this fun filled event (Bike Rodeo, Softball Tournament, Beer Tent, Dance, Pancake Breakfast, Fear Factor, Children’s Fun Fair, Cuise-In Car Show, Rolling Video Games, Fireworks, Mystery Tour, Arts & Crafts Show, Parade ETC.!!!)  please visit



Saturday, September 19, 2015, (12:00 to 3:00 pm) : Annual Fall Sale presented by The Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive (just west of Wonderland Road).
Bulbs, Perennials, Pond plants, House Plants, Rummage Sale Table and Compost
Plant donations are needed (Perennials & House Plants). Please drop off at rear of Greenhouses Sept 8 to 15, 8 am to 2:30 pm.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 (11am to 5 pm) & Sunday, October 25 (11am to 4 pm),2015: ORCHID Show & Sale. Columbus Centre, 2401 Columbus Dr. Windsor, Ontario. Beautiful floral exhibits, art & photography, workshops & lectures. Special photography session on Sunday 9-11 am. or call Ed at 519-252-7342 or Deb 519-257-8009

Saturday, November 14 & Sunday November 15, (10 am to 4 pm): Essex County Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sale at Colassanti’s Tropical Gardens in Kingsville.  Exotic Orchids, Art & Photography on display.  Free Demos, Lectures, and Advice.  Vendors selling orchids and supplies. FREE ADMISSION (note: several wineries, B&B’s and Hotels within a mile to 5 mile radius of this event!).


November 26, 2014: London’s Fanshawe College held an Academic Awards Ceremony for the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design on Wednesday, November 26.  We congratulate Hilary Sivyer as the recipient of Lambeth Horticultural Society award.  This award goes to a graduating student in the Horticultrual programme, who deserves recognition.  Hilary is continuing in another course in the Horticultural programme, now focusing on Landscape Design.  President Jo-Anne Smith represented the Society at the ceremony.

October 2013: Congratulations to Justin Parsons, a recent graduate of Sir George Ross Secondary School.  At the school’s October Awards and Commencement program, Justin was the recipient of the Lambeth Horticultural Society Award.  This is presented to a graduating student who shows interest and skill in the Horticultural program.  Justin also received the Transportation award for the school.  We wish him well with his future endeavours.

January 21, 2013: Lambeth Horticultural Society member Marie Galloway was surprised with the presentation of the President’s Award at the January general meeting.  Marie recently retired as a Director after many years as the Registrar for the Society.
Using her secretarial experience and organizational skills developed as a secretary with the London School board, Marie streamlined the registration process.  Many members appreciated her personal touch in keeping them aware of activities.
Orchids are one of Marie’s area of expertise, her greenhouse is often “in bloom”.  She shows and helps at Orchid Show presentations.  While we will miss Marie on the Board of Directors we will continue to enjoy seeing her at monthly meetings and benefit from her experience with special events.
Thank you Marie for your devotion to the Lambeth Horticultural Society.

October 25, 2012: The 2012 Senior Awards and Commencement Program for Sir George Ross Secondary School was held on October 25.  The Lambeth Horticultural Society donates an award to a graduating student from the horticultural program.
this year, the recipient was Zachary Tait.  Congratulations to Zachary! May your future be filled with success and happiness.

November 23, 2011:  Congratulations to Charlie Briggs, a graduate of Fanshawe College in London.
Charlie is the recipient of the Lambeth Horticultural Society Award presented during the November 23rd commencement exercises.  This award is presented to a graduating student who deserves recognition for contributions to the Horticultural program at Fanshawe College.  Best Wishes to Charlie with his future endeavours in Thunder Bay.

October 20, 2011: Congratulations to Madeline Graham, a graduate of Sir George Ross Secondary School in London.
Madeline is the recipient of the Lambeth Horticultural Society Award presented during the October 20th commencement exercises.  This award is presented to a graduating student who deserves recognition for contributions to the Horticultural program at Sir George Ross Secondary.  Best wishes to Madeline with her future endeavours.

June 18, 2011: Congratulations to  Aaron Jarry, a graduate of Thames Secondary School.
Aaron is the recipient of the Lambeth Horticultural Society Award presented during the June 16th commencement exercises. This award is presented to a graduating student who deserves recognition for contributions to the Horticultural program at Thames Secondary. Best wishes to Aaron with his future endeavours.

Annual Plant Sale

Annual Plant Sale: MAY 16, 2015-  8:00 am – Noon

The plant sale is one of our biggest fund raisers.

How you can help:
* Divide any perennials you can (do this as soon as the ground is workable)
* Pot them up and label them
* Bring any seedlings of annuals or perennials (they are always welcome)
* Small Trees, shrubs, and bushes sell well also
* NEW attraction this year: Gardening Items for Sale (Gardening Tools, Books, Pots, Ornaments and Accessories).
Please bring the day of the Sale.

If you should need plants picked up call Cheryl 519-857-9484

Bring your contributions around 7:30 am the day of the sale.

Hope to see you there – IT’S A REALLY FUN DAY!!!!!

Plant Sale



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