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Articles from: January 2015

Speakers – Past Meetings

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

Local Events of Interest


Nature in the City
Every Tuesday from January 17 to February 21, 2017- Held at the London Central Library – Wolf Performance Hall (251 Dundas Street) 7 – 8:30 pm
Free Admission
February 7   Dr. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton  Do birds have posh or cockney accents?
February 14 Prof. Dr. Chris Smart   Save a little love for wetlands!
February 21 Dave Wake                     Magical Meadowlily: A four-season oasis

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 1:00 pm: Make a “herbivore Dinosaur Garden“. Presented by the Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, London, ON. All supplies provided (7″ diameter pot, soil, edible vegetable & herb seedlings, accessories). Minimum Age: 5 yrs. old and those who are young at heart).  $12.00/ pot.  Pre-Register, please no more than one adult per child.  519-472-3553.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Valentine’s Day Jazz Brunch at the Royal Botanical Centre, Burlington, Ontario.

Gardening in the City
At the London Central Library – Wolf Performance Hall (251 Dundas St.) 7 – 8:30 pm
February 27  Dr. Amy Turnbull  “What’s the Fuss” Heritage, GMO and Heirloom
March 6        Ron Rossini               Can’t Miss Successful Vegetable Gardening

February 12, 2017, 11 – 4 pm: Seedy Sunday, Stratford.  Local Community Food Centre, Stratford.
Entrance by donation

March 2 to 5, 2017 Stratford Garden Festival. “Earthly Delights”Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Rd.
Admission: $9.00. See website for times.

March 4, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm. London Middlesex Master Gardeners present Seedy Saturday. Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth St. London. Admission $5.00.

March 10 to 19, 2017 Canada Blooms. Enercare Centre, Exhibition Grounds, Toronto.

March 21, 2017The London Middlesex Master Gardeners is offering a basic vegetable gardening class.   It is geared to beginning and intermediate gardeners.  “From Seeds to Your Table” is an eight week course, held on Tuesdays, starting March 21 and ending May 9, 2017, 7 to 9 pm at the London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive.  Early Bird special price is $100.00. After March 1, $125.00.
Registration:  online   or by Mail: include name, address, phone & email address and send a cheque to: London Middlesex Master Gardeners, 625 Springbank Dr. London, ON, N6K 4T1.

March 23 to April 27, 2017 London Middlesex Master Gardeners “Budding Gardeners” Course for children 8 to 10.  Thursdays. 625 Springbank Dr. London ON.

April 8, 2017, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Carolinian Canada presents...”Go Wild, Grow Wild ”  “Get Active and Go Green” – Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District, London.