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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 at 7:30 pm unless otherwise posted.

January & February meetings will be via Zoom

January 15, 2024
Speaker: Paul Gellatly – “The Tattooed Gardener”
Topic: “Daylilies – Beauty for a Day”.
Learn to appreciate the garden day by day, daylily by daylily.  An experience daylily hybridizer with 49 registrations to his name; Paul will share with you some of his hybridizing program and show you daylilies you didn’t know you needed! From Colour Changers to Giant Blooms, Toothy Wonders to Striped Beauties.  With over 90,000 registered daylilies, discover the passion, the beauty and ignite the love for a flower that only lasts one day!

February 19, 2024
Speaker: Catherine Kavassalis
Topic: “Fabulous Ferns”
Catherine is a passionate gardener and conservationist.  A former chemist and teacher, she did her master’s in environmental education from the University of Toronto.  Now she volunteers as an educator and inspirational speaker.  She is an active member of the Halton Region group of Master Gardeners of Ontario.  She was a former President of Oakville Horticultural Society and member of the Board of Directors for the Royal Botanical Gardens.  Catherine loves to garden and believes that caring for plants is critical for our well being and that of our planet.  Catherine enjoys learning and sharing knowledge and by doing so endeavors to stimulate interest and awe in the living world.

March 18, 2024
Speaker: Glen Smyth
Topic: Crabapples ‘The Forgotten Fruit’
Some of you may remember Glenn Smith of Appleflats.  He was our very first virtual speaker in November 2020 and he was an awesome speaker then!  When we meet Glen in person in March, he will share with us – more of Appleflats and taste his yummy crabapple jellies and sip the cocktail mixers.  This ‘Forgotten Fruit’ will be remembered and enjoyed !  Glen will also have his products available with him for sale.
Design: “Awakening of Spring” – an interpretive design.










Annual Plant Sale


Lambeth United Church Parking Lot
8:00 am – Noon
Annuals, Perennials, Grasses, Vegetables, Herbs, Native Plants

Children’s Table: We will show children hot to transplant and care for a plant.

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

Spring Bus Trip 2022

We will be heading to the Sarnia area to visit Bluewater Anglers Fish Farm,
SAMY’s alpaca farm, a private garden, a 3 acre garden centre, a native plant greenhouse, and dinner at Waggs Steak and Seafood Restaurant where we could enjoy English cut Prime Rib or Maple Glazed Salmon or Chicken Cordon Bleu or Eggplant Parm plus all the fixings – salad, dinner rolls, tea/coffee and crepes for dessert.

COST$115 per person (Non members $130/pp)
CONTACT: Cheryl Burr 519-857-9484 or email: inquire@lambethhort.com




Local Events of Interest


Saturday, APRIL 23, 2022 –  10 am – 4 pm – SEEDY SATURDAY,
New Location: Dundas Place (from Wellington to Ridout Streets – Dundas will be closed for the event)
Purchase tickets – $10 – in advance for speakers (at the Library Wolf Performance Hall)
Speakers: Emma Biggs 10 am (small spaces & containers), Rose Marie Szalich 12 pm (Therapeutic Gardening)
Dan Cooper 1:30 pm (Gardening tips for low maintenance gardening)


Sunday, APRIL 24, 2022 – 12 – 3 pm – 625 Springbank Drive – Free Admission
Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex Greenhouse Tour & Open House
Bagged Compost ($3) and Plants for sale (cash, cheque or Etransfer only)
Free potted Native Plant (while quantities last)  Children may plant a seedling to take home.

Grill’em Food Truck and the City of London Thirst Station on site

Displays: Ontario Growers, Garden Club of London, London Horticultural Society,
London Middlesex Master Gardeners, Lambeth Horticultural Society, Bumblebee Gardens,
Purdy Natural, Thames Talbot Land Trust, Reforest London, Thames Valley Trails Assoc./Hike Ontario

Note about PARKING: lot fills up quickly, ample parking available at the
Springbank Community Centre on Wonderland Rd.
Finch Hyundai Shuttle available to take you to the Civic Garden Complex.




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”
http://www.jesuitpear.com/Earl 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.   https://fireroastedcoffee.com/pages/visit-a-cafe and The Tea Lounge    http://www.beteas.com/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
Next Zoom Meeting: MONDAY JANUARY 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Speaker:  Ben Porchuk   Topic: Bringing Forests Home
If you recognize Ben’s name, you have a great memory! He spoke to us May 2012. 
Ben is a modern example of how one can take the simple step of bringing nature back to our yards, while turning the tables on climate change and
the continued loss of plant and animal species.  This talk will be sure to help you “Bring the Froest to Your Home.”
Zoom Meeting: MONDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2022 AT 7:30 pm
Speaker: Anna Leggatt   Topic: Around the World in 40 plants. 
Anna is a Toronto Master Gardener, past chair of the Ontario Rock Garden Society, Past Dir. of the N.A. Rock Garden Society and a nenber of the East York Garden Club. 
She is basically a mad gardener, gardening in a large shade garden in Toronto with visiting mink, deer, rabbits, and groundhogs. 
She loves rock gardens, wildflowers, working with stone.  She wants to grow vegetables.  However, the dder and groundhog would like them as well.

Zoom Meeting: MONDAY MARCH, 2022 21 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Jocelyn Molyneux   Topic: Soil Booster Worm Manure
Jocelyn, founder of Wastenot Farms Inc., developed Jocelyn’s Soil Booster Worm Manure as a healthy alternative to chemical fertilizer. 
She holds a master’s degree in applied environmental science and management.  It’s all about the microbes! 
Learn why Jocelyn’s Soil booster Worm Manure is a healthy alternative to chemical fertilizers and how regenerative growing
with microbe-rich worm castings feeds your soil, so you can fuel your family – and help fight climate change.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 – Speaker: Mike Prong
Topic: Fusion Landscaping “Low Water, Low Maintenance, Low Impact”
Mike will share ways this can be incorporated into any landscape and garden.
Mini Flower & Vegetable Show
OCTOBER 17, 2022 – Speaker: Pete Read
Topic: Backyard Birds
Pete is a retired teacher and long-time member of Nature London serving on their Board for many years including as President
and he kept the bird records for Middlesex County for over 30 years. 
He leads bird watching hikes at Point Pelee and McGregor Park each Spring. 
He is particularly interested in bird life, but will always stops to smell the roses.
January 16, 2023 – Meeting held via ZOOM – members will be sent a link via email
Speaker: Kerry Hackett
Topic: “Favourite Herbs and Homemade Remedies”
Kerry is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK), the Ontario Herbalist Assoc. (Past Pres.) and the Veterinary botanical Medicine Assoc.  She is also a certified Master Gardener.
February 20, 2023 – Meeting held via ZOOM – CANCELLED
Speaker: Mark Rinker
Topic: “Arva Flour Mills”
Mark Rinker, along with his wife Jo-elle, are co-owners of the Arva Flour Mill.  They purchased the Mill in October 2021.  Both are born and bred Londoners and graduates of Western Univ.
March 20, 2023 – In Person Meeting at the Lambeth United Church
Speaker: Santiago Ramirez
Topic: Microgreens
Santiago will share how he and his family began the journey of growing their own nutrient packed greens that could be consumed by both young and old – in simple ways!  They never use any pesticides, preservatives or harsh chemicals at any point during the growing process.  Their Microgreens are Straight Up Tasty.
Design: “Memories of 2022” A Small Dried Arrangement.
April 17, 2023
Speaker: Norimi Sakamoto and John Jacobs of Shogun Maitake Canada Co.
Topic: Learn about the Maitake Mushrooms aka “Dancing Mushrooms” that grow in the mountains of north eastern Japan and now, they are also grown just down the road! Their health benefits are incredible!
Design: “By the Meadow” – A Water-viewing Design
September 18, 2023
Speaker: Cheryl Losch
Topic: “Myths and Legends in the Garden”
Cheryl is a horticulturalist, graduating from Univerity of Guelph and has been involved with Horticultural Societies for 19 years.
Design: “Late Summer Bounty” – an interpretive design
October 16, 2023
Speaker: Dianne Wheler
Topic: “Preserving Your Harvest”
Dianne is a Master Gardener and will share some of the benefits of freezing and dehydrating her harvest and tips for preserving the harvest to enjoy throughout the seasons.
Design: “Autumn’s Harvest” – a design to include fruits and vegetables.
PLANT ADOPTION NIGHT – Bring a plant or 2 and adopt a plant or 2 (Perennials and Houseplants welcome).





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