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Saturday, October 14, 2017Lambeth Lions Club 12th Annual Fundraiser.
Cocktails – 5:00 pm (cash bar)
All you can eat Buffet Dinner – 6:00 pm
Entertainment: The Allen Family Reunion (Bluegrass & Country Artists)
Live and Silent Auctions
Tickets: Terry Lane 519-652-8116 or Dale Taylor 519-652-5856
Proceeds to support: Lambeth Lions community projects, Lambeth Lions Memory Box Program at Pediatric Critical Care Unit, Children’s Hospital, Neo Natal INtensive Care Unit, London Health Sciences Centre, Child & Parent Resource Institute.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 9 am to 3:30 pmThe London Middlesex Master Gardeners host a technical Update focusing on Native Plants.  Speakers: ‘Native Plant Guilds’ – Ben Porchuk (Ecologist, Carolinian Canada Coalition, Dir.Restorative Native Experiences), ‘Native Trees & Shrubs’ – Kyle Mcloughlin (Climbing & Consulting Arborist, Int’l Society of Arboriculture, Writer), ‘Using Native Plants to Transform Urban Landscape “In the Zone” – Michelle Kanter (Carolinian Canada Coalition – ED, Biologist). Early bird registration by Sept.15 – $50/ After Sept. 14 – $60.
Price includes morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, hot & cold beverages.
Location: 625 Springbank Dr. London, ON. Register online

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 pm – The local William Saunders Rose Society is gearing up to have their AGM in the Carnegie Room of the St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street, St. Thomas.
Plenty of parking as it’s right behind City Hall.
SPEAKERS: Anne Walker, will speak about her experiments she has made this year to battle blackspot.  There will be a small interlude for the AGM business, then a power point presentation by Harry McGee “Everything Roses”. Refreshments and book browsing after the meeting.


Bus Trip 2017

Bus Trip
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bus leaves Lambeth United Church at 8:30 am & travels to  PARKS BLUEBERRIES
Next stop is the JACK MINER BIRD SANCTUARY to view over 3000 migrating birds and to enjoy your own bagged lunch,
After this, we will travel to GREAT LAKES GREENHOUSE, the largest producer of hydroponic cucumbers in North America!
Then on to COLASANTIS TROPICAL GARDENS where we can enjoy their retail plants, home and garden decor, and petting zoo.
To finish off the trip, we will travel to South Buxton Church for dinner.
Here we will enjoy a delicious country style meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.
We will also receive a brief history of the church and the importance of the quilts during the Underground Railroad Times.
We plan to be back to the Lambeth United Church by 8:30 pm.

Members Fee $85   Non-Members Fee $97
Cost includes bus, all entry fees, dinner, taxes and gratuities

To reserve your seat call,
Cheryl 519-264-9484  or Rena 519-439-5394   or Helen 519-474-0189
Or Email:

Payments due by Friday October 6, 2017


Rose & Flower Show 2017 Results

Special Awards  41st Rose & Flower Show 2017

Best Rose in the Show The Maud Hill Silver Bowl Harry McGee
Best Large Flowered Rose Red Rose Tea Trophy Harry McGee
Best Clustered Flowered Rose The Margaret and Cecil Wright Trophy Sarah Kelly
Best Climbing Rose The Charlotte & Harold DeLagran Award Liz Taylor
Best Miniature Rose The Bob Whitlock Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Best Antique Rose The Harry McGee Award Harry McGee
Best Shrub Rose The Evelyn & Melvin Jenkinson Award Sarah Kelly
Best Overall in Design Classes The Reg & Ruth Dodson Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Highest Points in Design Classes The Joyce McGee Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Highest Points in Cut Flowers The Mary Galloway Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Highest Points in the Show The Lambeth Horticultural Society Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Highest Points for Roses by a Novice The Wm. Saunders Rose Society Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard
Peoples Choice Award Eva Norman-Vestergaard


Collection of Garden Flowers, min. of 3 kinds in exhibitors own container




Rose & Flower Show 2017

Victory Gardens Vancouver –
The Canadian Encyclopedia

This year, the Lambeth Horticultural Society welcomes everyone to their Biennial Rose and Flower Show on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017, 1 to 6 pm.
Our theme is “Canadian Gardening 150 years” and we hope you will enjoy the trip through Canada’s vast gardening history.  See the large number of judged floral entries, 22 classes of Cut Flowers, 46 classes of Cut Roses and 8 Design Classes.  A beautiful display to admire.  After viewing the flowers, you can shop at the vendors tables selling their wares – 2CLVR Designs (Paper Flowers), Shylex Alpaca (Wool Products), and KS Farm (Honey).
Finish off your visit, by relaxing in the Tea Room.  Enjoy a piece of “Happy Birthday Canada” cake and the many delicious home made goodies with your cup of tea or coffee.  All this included in your $5 ticket admission price (purchase at the door).

NOTE: You do not have to be a member to enter your flowers or designs.  See details in the schedule…

Click here to download Schedule2017



Annual Plant Sale

Annual Plant Sale
Saturday May 20, 2017
8:00 am – Noon
Annuals, Perennials, Grasses, Tomatoes, Lilies, Herbs, QUALITY COMPOST

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!!!!!

Plant Sale



Horticultural terminology

Alba – White
Alpina – Plant from the mountains
Canadensis – Native to Canada
Caerulea – Blue
Grandiflora – Big flowers
Japonica – Plant from Japan
Lutea – Yellow
Macrophylla – Plant has big leaves
Maculata – Spotted
Maritima – Plant from near the sea
Montana – Plant from the mountains
Nana – Dwarf
Occidentalis – Plant from the western hemisphere
Odorata – Scented
Officinalis – A plant used as a herb
Orientalis – Plant from the eastern hemisphere
Paniculata – Blooming in panicles
Purpurea – Purple
Reptans – Creeping
Rosea – Pink
Rubrum – Red
Rugosa – ridged, usually in reference to the leaves
Scandens – Climbing
Sinensis – Plant from China
Stricta – Upright
Sylvestris – Plant from the forest


For Sale!

Earthway Precision Seeder (as seen in the Vesey’s 2017 Catalogue Pg. 135)
Designed for the large home gardener. Opens the soil, spaces and plants the seed, firms the soil and marks the next row… all in one operation! Vesey’s sells 6 plates with the device @ $ 159.95 + taxes & courier.This brand new item has never been used and is selling for only $100.00 and has 8 plates.
Call Frances Kilbourne 519-264-2226






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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In Memoriam

Charlotte Isabel deLagran – January 25, 2017
Peacefully at home, Charlotte passed away in her 103rd year.
Charlotte was a founding member of the Lambeth Horticultural Society.
She has presented The Charlotte & Harold deLagran Award for the Best Climbing Rose every year.
Charlotte was a dedicated long time member of the Lambeth United Church and a devoted Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  She was famous for her impressive collection of hats. We will greatly miss her lively spirit and her positive influences to our Society.


Marian Elizabeth Weldon – January 12, 2017
Peacefully at her home with her loving family, Marian passed away at the age of 91. She was an amazing lady who was always lending a helping hand, showing up to help – just because.  She was a life member of Lambeth Hort, where she was President from 1989-1991, helped at the setting up and putting away of many Plant Sales, Rose Shows, November Pot Luck Dinners, and at the General Meetings. She was a master at calculating the points for awards and recipients at the Rose Shows.  Marian was also a captain for the Canadian Cancer Society, very involved in the Lambeth Historical Society, the Lambeth United Church and Lambeth Community activities.  Her beautiful smile and gentle demeanor will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.


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, 2014
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.



Speakers – Past Meetings

May 15, 2017

Design: “The Beauty of Spring” – a small design
Speaker: Jim Maybee – is a Horticultural and Design Judge and a very enthusiastic and energetic gardener on his 20 acre flower farm.  Jim will provide tips on preparing  flowers and designs for our upcoming Rose and Flower Show on June 21. (He spoke to us in 2006 about growing and caring for gladiolus).


April 17, 2017
Design: “Easter Parade” – a parallel design
Speaker: Trish Symons  – A passionate, enthusiastic and energetic gardener who spoke at the Lambeth Horticultural Society meeting back in October 2012. Our bus trip in June 2016 visited her home and gardens in the Shelburne area.
Topic: “There’s a Puppy in my Garden”
Heemans Strawberries



Monday, March 20, 2017
Speaker: Will Heeman – Heemans Garden Centre & Strawberry Farm “Strawberries and the History of the farm”.
Design: “Spring Board” – an interpretive Design
r_snowman-silhouette-holding-logo Monday, February 20, 2017
Speaker: Julian Bayley – Ice Culture, “The growth of Ice Culture and the making of their sculptures”.
Design: “Picture Perfect” – 4 x 6 photo of a Focal Point in your 2016 garden.
Screen Shot 2016-12-18 at 1.37.20 PM Monday, January 16, 2017
Speaker: Brenda Gallagher (Forestry Technician – Vegetation, Upper Thames Conservation Authority.  “Trees in Ontario”.
Design: Winter Solstice – a design incorporating winter greenery and 1 white flower.
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
img0004 Monday, September 19, 2016
Design: “Fall Festival” – A modern design.
Speaker: Robert Holland “Saving the Jesuit Pear Tree” ller standing in front of his ancient Jesuit Pear Tree
David Bilyea Monday, 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 1 Monday, 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
Image Monday, 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>DeniseHodginsFeb2016 
becky Monday, January 18, 2016:
Coordinator of Sprouts Children’s Garden Program
(focusing on urban agriculture)
Click here for a full review> BeckyEllisJan2016

September 18, 2017

Speaker: Kevin Kavanagh, owner of South Coast Gardens, a small specialty nursery and landscape design business located along the north shore of Lake Erie’s ‘Carolinian zone’. Topic: Magnolias, Rhodos, and Azaleas

Design: “Birthday Bash” – a red and white design to include vegetables.






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