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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 19, 2016
Design: “Fall Festival” – A modern design.
Speaker: Robert Holland “Saving the Jesuit Pear Tree”

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Monday, October 17, 2016
Speaker: Roland Craig “A tour of the Harrogate Flower Show in North Yorkshire, U.K.
Design: “Natures Image” – A design using wood and/or rock

Monday, November 21, 2016
Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck – Light entertainment
No design this month.


















LIfe Membership Awards

Congratulations are sent out to Ruth Dodson and Evelyn Jenkinson for receiving their LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARDS with the Lambeth Horticultural Society.  These ladies, along with their husbands, Reg Dodson and Melvin Jenkinson, were with the society from our origin in 1975 when it changed from Lambeth Garden Club.  Ruth and Evelyn have been involved in every aspect of the Lambeth Society.  They were long time members of the Board of Directors, planned trips, arranged workshops, taught classes, printed the Hortigram, planted and cared for the flower beds in Lambeth.
All this, while raising their families and being involved in community volunteer work.  Ruth’s home is the meeting place for the Rose Show committee.  The annual Civic Planting group also meets there to pick up their plants. Evelyn is known by many as the “Geranium Queen” of the Society.  Each family has donated a trophy to the Rose & flower Show, trophies that display their areas of expertise!  Lambeth Hort would not be the successful society it is today without Ruth and Evelyn. With gratitude and affection, we thank you for all that you have done.

Evelyn Jenkinson

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Ruth Dodson




Lambeth Harvest Fest

Lambeth Harvest Fest September 8 – 11, 2016

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The Lambeth Horticultural Society is pleased to announce that they have bagged up packages of “Acorn Table Queen” squash seeds for the Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 2 and 3 students at Lambeth P.S. The students will take them home and grow them over the summer.  On Saturday Sept.10, they will have the opportunity to enter their squash into a judged competition at the Children’s Fun Fair.

Garden Tour 2016

The Lambeth Horticultural Society have their
Garden Tour every other year.
This year will be our 15th tour!
SUNDAY JULY 10, 2016, 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 5th to 9th

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

Get map here
or pick up a map on July 10 at 2335 Main St. from 12:45 to 4 pm

36  Stuyvesant Place (Front yard only)
At this garden you will learn all about Permaculture and Companion Planting.  Full of interesting edible and native plants, mixed in with hardy classic roses and clematis (to name only a few), this garden will inspire you to nurture the earth that we share.



42 Pitcarnie Crescent
A wide variety of perennials with annuals framing their beauty. Many different areas, each with their own theme. Wander along the paths to the water fall, pond and gazebo that over look the ravine. Breathtaking serenity – you won’t want to leave!



132 Lacey Crescent
The front yard has a gravel ground cover that sets off an impressive display of roses and other flowering plants.  The back yard has several cozy areas under pergolas with climbing wisteria vines, creating an oasis of calm. Flower beds include perennials, vegetables and potted flowering annuals and tropical plants.

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3505 Loyalist Crt.
Neat as a pin will first come to mind when visiting this garden. A large variety of perennials, vegetables, annuals with tropical and oriental accents.


60 Foster Avenue
This garden begins with a front yard packed with beautiful lilies, and a visit to the backyard will take you to an oasis filled with many varieties of hosta. Be prepared to spend lots of time strolling through the pathways.

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18 Quinella Drive
A smaller garden, beautifully appointed with vegetables tucked in among perennials and annuals.  Making the most of sun or shade, creative “rooms” welcome you to stay a while to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.



22 Quinella Place
This home owner has made the most of a usually difficult situation by transforming a hill at the back of their yard into a tranquil forest setting with a waterfall and pond, made lush with plantings of trees, flowers and shrubs.


Bus Trip June 22, 2016

Bus Trip
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8:00 am – Depart Lambeth United Church
(4268 Colonel Talbot Rd)

1st Stop: Trish Symon’s 3 acre garden at Hockley Meadows Farm

Bring your own lunch to enjoy in the picnic area
while viewing the magnificent view of the Niagara Escarpment.

2nd Stop: – Anna & Frank Talenti’s 2 acre property (featured in Gardens Central June 2014 magazine)

3rd Stop:Pathways to Perennials, Kettleby Ontario – 11 acres + of landscape displays and garden centre.


4th Stop: The Old Mill in Aberfoyle to enjoy a 3-course dinner.
Your choice of entree:
Atlantic Salmon w/argula pesto crust & red sauce or
Grilled Chicken Breast w/ wild mushroom & tarragon sauce or
Roasted Loin of Pork w/ Maple Dijon

Final Stop: Arrive back at the Lambeth United Church

Cost: $90.00 for members and $102.00 for non-members.
Includes bus, and all entry fees, Dinner,Taxes and Gratuities.
Payable by Friday, June 10 meeting.
To reserve a seat: click here

Annual Plant Sale

Annual Plant Sale:
Saturday May 21, 2016
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: 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!!!!!

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In Memoriam






132991Alois Lloyd Megerle – February 27, 2016
Lloyd passed away on February 27, 2016 at Victoria Hospital in his 88th year.  He has always been an avid gardener. After apprenticing in Germany, he moved to Canada and worked in one of the large Greenhouses in Niagara.  Later, he moved to London and worked for a greenhouse in Strathroy before retiring.


Jim_MarshallJim 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.

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.

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Speakers – Past Meetings

David BilyeaMonday, June 20, 2016
Design Class: “It’s Summer” – an interpretive design
Speaker: DAVID BILYEA is a graduate of Ridgetown College and now is employed there as a weed science technician involved with weed control studies.
Topic: “Viny weeds of Ontario”



Image 1Monday, May 16, 2016
Speaker: MARION JARVIE is a passionate gardener and has been gardening in Thornhill for 40 years.  She has been involved with both the Toronto and International gardening communities. Marion is an accomplished photographer and enthusiastic educator. She teaches regularly at the Toronto Botanical Garden and has lectured all over North America and in the U.K.
Topic: Gardening Highlights




ImageMonday, April 18, 2016
Speaker: ROB LEBROW from Sedum Master, a company 9 years young, grows 120 different varieties of sedum that they use to create sedum blankets and panels, green roofs, living walls and other projects.
Topic: Sedum




David Sherry

Monday, March 21, 2016:
UWO Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biology and a member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.


Monday, February 15, 2016:
Design: “Mini Garden Tour”
Bring 3, 5×7 photos showing highlights of your 2015 garden
Speaker: DENISE HODGINSOntario Diploma in Horticulture and writes for the London Free Press

Topic: The Monthly Garden To-Do List
Click here for a full review>



beckyMonday, January 18, 2016:
Coordinator of Sprouts Children’s Garden Program
(focusing on urban agriculture)
Click here for a full review> BeckyEllisJan2016

Local Events of Interest

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm – Clonal Gene Bank, “Open House” at the Harrow Research Centre. There will be greenhouse tours, laboratory tours, talks with Ag Cda scientists and much more.  Topics include Jesuit Pear Project and Clonal Gene Bank.  Lambeth Horticultural Societies September speaker Robert Holland will also be attending this Open House. Everyone is welcome. 2585 County Road 20, Harrow Ontario

Saturday September 24, 2016 11 am to 5 pm and
Sunday September 25, 2016 9 am to 5 pm: Central Ontario Orchid Society, ORCHID SHOW & SALE.
An oasis of shapes and colours. Presented at the Cambridge Hespeler Arena. 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON. Admission $6.00 (supervised children under 12, free.

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.
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