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What to see and do in the community of Lovely Lambeth


Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the
third Monday of the month (with the odd exception)
Lambeth United Church
4268 Colonel Talbot Rd. London, ON
but due to the Covid 19 pandemic,
meetings will be held via zoom
All members will receive an invitation via email.

Next Zoom Meeting: MONDAY NOVEMBER 15 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Julie Read, Supervisor, Community Education (Fanshawe) Upper Thames Conservation Authority
Topic: The Moon, it’s cycles and the local astronomical events coming up this fall and winter.
If sufficient time, she will also offer information about Native Plants in the fall.




Annual Plant Sale

***Unfortunately, and again, due to Covid-19 and it’s variants,
our Plant Sale planned for on

Take care and be safe!

Annual Plant Sale

Lambeth United Church Parking Lot
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
* 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

Flower Arrangers Workshop

Cancelled due to Covid 19: will be rescheduled

X Saturday May 2, 2020 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm X
Location: Lambeth United Church
Morning Session: Water-viewing and
Afternoon Session: Underwater Designs
Instructor: Linda Hawker of the London Garden Club
Cost: $20.00
Coffee and Muffins available at 9 am
Lunch: Bring your own Lunch and Mug
Limited registration
Call Cheryl 519-857-9484 or
Register at the March or April meeting.

Spring Bus Trip 2020

Bus Trip
We are really hoping we can have a bus trip in June 2021.
All our venues from June 2020’s cancelled trip are hoping
June 2021 will be a “go” and we can have a fantastic enjoyable busy day!
Return here for further updates.

CNACELLED> Thursday, June 25, 2020
The bus trip committee has planned a full, exciting, interesting day for all.
We will leave Lambeth United Church at 9:00 am and travel to the S.A.M.Y. Alpaca Farm, where we will experience an Alpaca Walk and Talk, learn the history of the farm as well as stories of the alpacas and llamas. There is a little shop on site to purchase alpaca products.
From there, we will head to Forest Glen Herb Farm, where we will be captivated by the beauty and peace of this herbal garden and property. We will be given a demonstration and time to wander the gardens, relax and enjoy our lunch. Bring your own lunch!!
Herbs will be available to purchase. Our hostess will provide a refreshing herbal fruit tea.
Next we travel to the Bluewater Anglers Fish Culture Station, where we will learn the life cycles of the Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
From there, we will venture to a private garden that will certainly inspire and amaze us all. This garden has it all – water gardens, gardens, flagstone stepping, hedges to form an informal gateway to the back gardens, in ground pool,  a putting green and so much more.
To finish off our trip, we will travel to Wagg’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant; where we will enjoy an absolutely delicious dinner *Choice of English Cut Prime Rib/Chicken Cordon Bleu/Atlantic Salmon or Egg Plant Parm. Of course, with all the trimmings (Salad to start, Dinner Rolls, Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables) Ending dinner with coffee/tea and ½ Ice Cream Crepe!!!!
Returning back to the Lambeth United Church at 9:00 pm
Members Fee $95. Non-Members Fee $110.
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
Payments due by Monday June 3.

Local Events of Interest

Saturday, March 6 –  9 am – 1 pm – SEEDY SATURDAY, Spring Gardening Festival – 3 speakers & Virtual Marketplace. Presented by the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. register.


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!

Something you want to sell?

Let us know and we will put it up on the website!




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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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

January 15, 2018:
Note: please bring any used or unwanted pairs of socks to the meeting to be donated to the Salvation Army.
Come join us for a meeting that will offer you something new and different!
Defy those winter chills and feel the warmth as we sit at tables and taste test various coffees and teas while learning about their origin and history.
Speakers: Fire Roasted Coffee Co. and The Tea Lounge

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.

June 18, 2018
Speaker: Shelley MacKenzie
(St. Thomas Horticultural Society)
Topic: “Elevated Park and Walkway with a Stumpery Garden”
Design Class: “June Bugs” a small design

October 16, 2017
Speaker: Suzanne Steed of Steed and Company Lavender
Topic: All things Lavender (growing, benefits and uses of lavender).
Design: Autumn Joy – a design to include wood

January 21, 2019
Speaker: Andrew Barber
Andrew is an organic farmer who has taken an interest in Buckfast bees.
He currently has ten hives on his property and is interested in different hive styles.  Our meeting will be Cafe style. Coffee and tea will be served with honey samples.  Design Class: No design class, but please bring a photo of your favourite part of your 2018 Garden to share with your fellow members.  Photo’s will not be judged.

February 18, 2019
We will see the movie “Highgrove House”, one of England’s most important contemporary gardens.  Meet the best Royal Gardener in history – Prince Charles.   “Theatre” snacks will be provided.
Design Class: Interpretive with a single red rose.

March 18, 2019
Speaker: Dave Bilyea from the University of Guelph (Ridgetown Campus)Topic: “Spring Tune Up and Lawn Care” – general tips for maintaining a healthy lawn, problems that can occur and why they happen.
Design Class: Emerald and Aquamarine – A Satellite Design

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
Mini Flower & Vegetable Show: View Schedule here> Mini FlowerSep2019
SPEAKER: Margaret Dudley (President of the Belle River Hort Society and knowledgeable speaker).  TOPIC: Bulbs for All Seasons
DESIGN: “Summer Twilight” – a modern mass design

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
MEET AND GREET 5:30 – 6:30 pm  DINNER at 6:30 pm
Sprigs of greenery will be available for all to create a festive design/arrangement to adorn your home for the Christmas season.
Bring your container (or a small tuna/salmon can) and have fun creating!  If you have extra ribbon or decorative items to share with other members, please bring them.
JANUARY 20, 2020
SPEAKER: ‘Full of Beans’ Kim Dietrich – will talk about her business, how it started and the new family life style change with beans in it. This change also gave her an opportunity to promote beans and share their products with consumers.Our meeting will be set up cafe style. DESIGN: Fragrant Memories – Small Dried Arrangement
SPEAKER: Darren Heimbecker TOPIC: Whistling Gardens. Daren will walk with us through the bright sun filled colourful gardens in the middle of winter and share with us the updates, the new plants and the future for Whistling Gardens. DESIGN: “Storms and Blizzards” an inerpretive design. PLEASE CONTACT HELEN PETERNEL if you wish to show your creation during the meeting. No judging.
SPEAKER: Dr. Youbin Zheng
TOPIC: Learning about Cannabis. Dr. Zheng works at the University of Guelph and one of his current research projects is on Indoor Medical Cannabis Production. An interesting complex topic indeed!
DESIGN: “Lasting Treasures” – a small design (use the flowers that you dried last fall). PLEASE CONTACT HELEN PETERNEL if you wish to show your creation during the meeting. No judging.
SPEAKER: Dr. Jeremy McNeilTOPIC: TBA. Dr. McNeil is a distinguished professor at UWO and has spoken to us several times before. He is an extremely knowledgeable man who brings interest and entertainment to his every presentation.
DESIGN: “TOP O’THE MORNING” – an all green design.
PLEASE CONTACT HELEN PETERNEL is you wish to show your creation during the meeting. No judging.

SPEAKER: Robin Pero – owner of Grow & Bloom
TOPIC: HOUSE PLANTS: Growing trends and growing house plants for our well being.
Design Idea – “Spring Has Almost Sprung” – A Parallel Design

TOPIC: “Tick and Lyme Disease”.  Dr. Peregrine is a veterinarian and clinical parasitologist at the University of Guelph.  How to identify the tick responsible for Lyme disease and how to reduce the risk of infection in both dogs and people.
Design Idea – “Refreshing” – a Water viewing Design.
JUNE 21, 2021 – 7:30 pm – MEETING VIA ZOOM
SPEAKER: David T. Chapman – The Storm Chaser
TOPIC: Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather

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