Speaker: Mike Kintgen. October 19  at 1:30 pm. Non-members welcome, free admission. Details

Here's an unusual native shrub for moist places. Read on...

Journal, Seedex, Speakers, Sales, Workshops and more -- Join!

The plant sale will start at 12:30 noon on Sept 14 at TBG and resume after the talk by John Massey. Everyone is welcome! Read more

John inspires every gardener. A very special presentation. Free admission. Public welcome. Details

The list of available species will be published early in December. Read more.

ORG&HPS GARDEN TOURS

Pending the resolution of an on-going problem with our Flickr galleries, you can still enjoy photos and descriptions of our 2014 garden tours. Chloe Philip highlights the June tour  John Beaulieu's blog describes the July tour. Peter Keeping's photos from the August tour can be found on our Facebook page.

What's New!

  • Posted on August 26, 2014

    There is a fascinating discussion on the Scottish Rock Garden Club's forum regarding the use of tea to hasten germination. Experiments are underway to test the effects on several genera. Robert Pavlis has undertaken one of these experiments and you may want to join in, too. Follow the discussion

  • Posted on August 12, 2014

    All plants are 30% off from Aug. 13 to 31. www.losthorizons.ca

  • Posted on August 6, 2014

    Gardenimport carries Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack', described on our Plant of the Month page.

  • Posted on July 31, 2014

    We can create our own Monarch Waystations from the ORG&HPS Seedex. Please donate these species which are recommended for Ontario: Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias syriaca, Asclepias incarnata, Gaillardia pulchella, Echinacea purpurea, Eupatorium purpureum, Salvia coccinea, Tithonia, Zinnia elegans. See monarchwatch.com

Upcoming Speakers

Plants to Fall in Love With

Marion Jarvie

Marion Jarvie is a renowned plantswoman who has been gardening in Thornhill for over 30 years. She is passionate about plants and gardening and has travelled extensively to see plants and where they grow. Marion has been involved with both the...

Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean

Oron Peri

Oron Peri was born in Jerusalem where he was fascinated from a tender age by the nature that surrounded his home, in particular the annual carpets of red Anemone coronaria and highly scented Narcissus. His main interests are bulbous plants...

Plant of the Month for August, 2014

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General Information:

Cephalanthus occidentalis, the buttonbush, is a very interesting shrub that is rarely seen in gardens. It’s flowers are so unique that it always attracts attention when in flower. Even the seed heads make a statement in the garden.

 Cephalanthus occidentalis; photo by Robert Pavlis

The buttonbush is native to most of North America and Mexico and is found in wet swampy areas. It’s fondness for water is one reason it is...

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