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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

March 17, 2014:
Design Class: “Spring has Sprung” – an underwater design.
Speaker: Jennifer Smout will share her experiences with the Chelsea Flower Show.Bloms Bulbs


April 21, 2014:
Design Class: Easter Parade – A Parallel Design
Speaker: Deb Benner of Heritage Line Herbs – “Preparing and Growing an Herb Garden”.

Special event in your life? Rent the Silver Birch Tearoom!


May 12, 2014:
Design: “Rainbow” – A small mass design
Speaker: Edith George – Advisor to the Ontario Urban Forest Council “Heritage Trees” – Preserving Our Natural Roots”


Bus Trip


Rose and Flower Show 2014

Poster R&F show 2014

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.

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 will 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


LEE VALLEY London- In-Store Seminars Starting January 2014:  Seminars

April 1 & April 8, 2014- 7:00 pm:  Botanista & Garden-Party present D.I.Y. Terrarium Workshop.  All materials and refreshments provided.  Additional materials available for purchase.  Downtown London Public Library Literacy Lounge 2nd floor 251 Dundas St., London, ON. $50.00 (non refundable).  Register: OR Email:

MASTER GARDENERS: From Seeds to Your Table course.
Tuesdays OR Wednesdays starting March 18 or 19, 2014. $100.00 for 8 classes.  Organic Gardening, Vegetables & Flowers, Pruning & Maintenance, Weeds & Insects, Pollinators, Composting, Harvesting & Preserving, and Garden Maintenance.  Make Cheque payable to London Middlesex Master Gardeners.
Mail to: Donna Slater, P.O. Box 42, Komoka, ON, N0L 1R0.
More info at

April 6, 2014: The Ontario Hosta Society‘s 4th Annual Hosta Forum , Silent Auction, & Live Auction. Lots of new varieties of hostas.  Speakers: Kathie Sisson, Carol Brashear & Olga Petryszyn. Non members: $60, Members $55 (includes coffee,tea, juice, muffins, pastries, fresh fruit). Location: Glencairn Golf Club, Milton, ON. Call Sandra 1-866-742-7155 or email:

Friday, April 11 (12-9 pm), Saturday, April 12 (10 am – 8 pm), and Sunday, April 13 (11 am – 5pm): The London Spring Home and Garden Show at the Agriplex, Western Fair District. The London Horticultural Society presents “Whether the Weather Be”Flower Show  Download the Schedule Here . . .   LondonHortFlowerShowApr2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014 (1-4pm): Greenhouse Tour and Open House presented by The Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex.
Theme this year is CONTAINER GARDENING”.14 Displays covering just about everything you can think of to plant in a container.  Free potted herb or tree seedling while quantities last.
Children may pot a seedling to take home.  Demonstration of soil varieties for use in containers.  Compost, Seeds and Plants for sale by the Friends LCGC.
Free admission.  Door Prizes.  Tea, Coffee, Cookies available.





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

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

*** LAMBETH UNITED CHURCH (4268 Colonel Talbot Rd.)

This is Lambeth Horticultural Societies biggest fund raiser.
You can help by:

  • Dividing any perennials as soon as the ground is workable.
  • Pot the divisions up and label them.
  • Bring any seedlings of annuals or perennials or tropical house plants  (label them too)
  • Small trees, shrubs and bushes are also welcome.
    Bring your contributions by 7:30 am on the day of the sale.

Good Quality COMPOST for sale.

Plant Sale

If you need assistance regarding the pick up of plants, please call Cheryl at 519-857-9484



Protect Our Streams & Rivers -plant a rain garden

A Rain garden is
a shallow, bowl-shaped bed (6 -12″ deep), planted near a building or paved surface. When it rains, water from downspouts is directed to the rain garden where it soaks into the ground over the following day or two and replenishes our precious drinking water aquifers.

Rain gardens soak up stormwater before it becomes a problem. Typically rain in urban areas runs off across paved surfaces, picking up pollutants like pet waste, fertilizer, cigarette butts, fuels and solvents and deposits them, untreated into the nearest lake or stream via the storm sewer. The result is often closed beaches, endangered aquatic life and compromised drinking source waters.
is an online gallery of beautiful rain gardens from across the province, country and hopefully, the world. By displaying images of rain gardens we hope to inspire viewers to do the same – build a rain garden and start soaking up stormwater and protecting our water! is a project of Green Communities Canada. For more information about Green Communities’ initiatives that are taking action to protect streams and rivers, visit 

Rose And Flower Shows of the past

2o13 Rose And Flower Show Awards

2012 Rose And Flower Show Awards

Garden Tour “THANK YOU”

The Lambeth Horticultural Society would like to thank all the hosts and hostess’ for opening up their gardens for our Garden tour.  We realize all the hard work involved in making your garden so beautiful.
Thank you also to all the people that came out to support our tour.  We hope you had an enjoyable day.

Sunday, July 8, 2012  1 – 5 pm  Rain or Shine

The Lambeth Horticultural Society will be hosting a Garden Tour at the following homes. This is a great opportunity for you to exchange tips and ideas with fellow gardeners.

Look for the OPEN GARDEN signs at the front yards on the day of the tour.

6816 Beattie Street (Lambeth)
What you might notice first upon arriving at this garden is the beautiful large flowering dogwood beside the walk.  Another feast for your eyes awaits you as you enter the back garden where one of the highlights is the display of massive hostas draped by a variety of clematis vines.  Don’t miss seeing the water reservoir behind the garage.

Enter this immaculate garden by strolling up the flagstone path and then beside the retaining wall to reach the focus of the landscape – the back yard.  Imagine yourself poolside gazing over to the large vegetable garden on the far side and then to the lovely display of roses.  Decorating the fence and dmeonstrating a touch of whimsey are brightly painted pails full of colourful annuals.  Relax and enjoy the view in all directions.

66 Bruce Street (London)
This front yard has a warm cottage atmosphere with beautiful perennials, shrubs and vines filling the entire front yard. The lovely shaded back yard and deck contain a great variety of perennials creating a soothing retreat.


344 Malcolm Street (London)

This backyard is filled with fantasy with numerous imaginative touches. If you have an interest in ponds, this is a must see.  The ponds were created by the homeowner and contain fish and plants.  There is a sophisticated rain barrel system that has also been engineered by the home owner.

344 Malcolm St.


60 Foster Avenue (London)
Lilies will greet you at the front, grasses will sweep you along and hosta’s will endear you at this creative and whimsical garden.

603 Cayley Drive (London)
It is quite apparent that there is a great deal of knowledge and experience behind this garden.  Interesting trees, shrubs, perennials, creative touches and the biggest rhubarb you have ever seen.  You will learn a great deal from this garden.


Flyers are available on Sunday from 12:45 to 4:00 pm at 2335 Main Street (Lambeth) London.
Corner of Main Street and Campbell Street in front of Greenhills Pharmacy.

For more information, please contact Carmen Branchflower 519-652-9638 or Rena Armstrong 519-439-5394
or email:

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