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”
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
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.
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
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
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”
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
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
Monday, March 21, 2016:
Speaker: DAVID SHERRY UWO Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biology and a member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Topic: CHICKADEES
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
Monday, January 18, 2016: Speaker: BECKY ELLIS Coordinator of Sprouts Children’s Garden Program (focusing on urban agriculture) Topic: GARDENING WITH WILDLIFE” 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 It’s MOVIE NIGHT! 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 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND POTLUCK MEET AND GREET 5:30 – 6:30 pm DINNER at 6:30 pm LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Country Versatiles 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
JANUARY 18, 2021 – MEETING VIA ZOOM 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.
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – MEETING VIA ZOOM 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.
MARCH 15, 2021 – MEETING VIA ZOOM 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.
APRIL 19, 2021 – MEETING VIA ZOOM 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
MAY 17, 2021 – MEETING VIA ZOOM SPEAKER: DR. ANDREW PEREGRINE 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 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 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 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.