Our new fee structure means savings for families and overseas members. Just $25. Join!

Three free tours have been organized for members and their guests. Full details in May and June newsletters.

At our meeting on September 8. Details

"Patagonia: Best Plants of the Andes and the Steppe".  Free to ORG&HPS members. Details in What's New.

Learn more about this unusual corydalis appreciated for its foliage. Details


We'll be having 3 tours this summer: June 9 for rock gardens, July 21 for a variety of gardens and August 25 to show gardens that thrive despite our summer weather. To take the self-driving tour, you MUST be a member. Details and general maps are provided in the ORG&HPS newsletter. Click here to join.

What's New!

  • Posted on March 29, 2019

    Get Marjorie's "take" on gardening in her senior years. Details

  • Posted on March 19, 2019

    ORG&HPS program co-ordinators, Barbara Cooper and Bella Seiden, were instrumental in bringing Marcela Ferreyra to Toronto. Our members will be admitted without charge to this presentation hosted by TBG on June 6 at 7:30 pm. It's one you don't want to miss!

    Marcela Ferreyra has been living in Patagonia since 1984. She is a Biology Sciences Professor: University of Río Cuarto, Córdoba (1982), National University of Comahue (1995). She is a guide for international groups interested in Patagonian Flora (1990) and a Bach Flower Practitioner graduated in Bach Foundation (2010).

    Marcela has worked in the High Andean region in Patagonia. Her ground-breaking research has led to the publication of “High Mountain Flowers of the Patagonian Andes” - English and Spanish-(2006) and "High Mountain Flowers in Patagonia" -Spanish- (2018). Marcela collaborated on “The Laws of the High Mountains” -Spanish- (2010); published several papers and articles about this flora; worked for National Park Administration surveying Flora and Vegetation in National Parks in Patagonia. In addition, Marcela published “Flowers of the Patagonian Steppe” -English and Spanish- (2012). Recently she published a book about the Valdivian Forest: "Flowers of Puerto Blest -Valdivian Forest" -Spanish- (2018). Currently Marcela is working on: "Flowers of the Forest in Patagonia" and "Flowers of the Austral Monte", both in Spanish. All of these publications feature her excellent photography.

    Between 2005 and 2009 Marcela worked in a nursery trying to understand the cultivation of High Andean and Steppe Flowers and produce some protocol of cultivation. She helped in the establishment of a little nursery in the steppe, in the rural community of Pilcaniyeu. She also headed a project to recover the vegetation in a high mountain trail in Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz. Between 2010 and 2017 she lead a group of students that constructed a small Botanic Garden at the Educational Institute.

    Marcela has worked as an educator at all levels between 1982 until her retirement in 2018. She continues to teach wherever she travels.

  • Posted on December 14, 2018

    photo: Fine Gardening Magazine

    Members, Linda and Chen Choo, have a real gem of a garden in Milton, Ontario. Read excerpts from the article in Fine Gardening and review the plant identifications provided with the article.

  • Posted on November 21, 2018

    What better gift for a gardener or seedaholic? Gabriela Costea now sells gift cards in denominations of $15, $20 and $25. Details. 

  • Posted on November 21, 2018

    This rock garden was built in the 1920s by the Superintendent for Calgary Parks, William Roland Reader. In 2006 it was restored using the original plans and plant lists and is now a National Historic Site. We are pleased to have Daniel Walker, its head gardener, as one of our members. Details about the garden and its plants.

Upcoming Speakers

North American Cordillera Plants for the Canadian Garden

Jay Akerley

Jay Akerley is a rock and alpine gardening enthusiast with gardens in both Greater Vancouver and high on the Thompson Plateau in BC's Interior. His degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University and subsequent training at the Pacific Horticulture...

Orchids for Dry and Wet Places in the Garden

Inge Poot

As she describes it, Inge Poot has been gardening all her life. Since her marriage 55 years ago to Peter, her life has revolved around orchids. Inge has a B.Sc.and a Master's degree in mycology. She began her working career as a math and science...

Plant of the Month for May, 2019

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General Information:

Corydalis ophiocarpa is an unusual corydalis that is evergreen all year. Its blue-green ferny leaves make a nice display in spring. It flowers in late spring and becomes more upright in growth to form a very airy plant.

Corydalis ophiocarpa : photo by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis ophiocarpa summer growth:photo by Robert Pavlis

Flowers are interesting, produced in abundance, but are...