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On April 7, 12:30. Great plants and super bargains. Public is welcome. No admission charge. View details

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

At Toronto Botanical Garden. Free admission. The public is welcome. Click here for details.

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

A lovely spring bloomer, easily grown from seed. Details


We count on your donations for the success of our plant sales. There will be a small sale on April 7. The major sale happens on May 5. If you haven't had time to propagate plants for donation, divisions and volunteers from your spring clean-up will be welcome. Even a small clump of snowdrop or crocus bulbs, or some eranthis tubers, all 'in the green' with leaves still attached, will make our shoppers happy.

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 January 23, 2019

    Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Gala, May 17,18,19. 2019. Friday evening social time in the garden of Tony Reznicek's house at 6 pm for a welcome meet up and a plant sale. Visiting private gardens in the Ann Arbor area on Saturday and Sunday. Some gardens will have plants for sale, and they are trying to arrange for phytos. Saturday evening dinner with Vojtech Holubec from the Czech Republic as the speaker. Promises to be a fantastic weekend. Hotel can now be booked. Rooms $99.00 a night. 1-800-443-3050 Group code NARG2019. Please e-mail Arie if interested, to confirm how many will attend from ORG&HPS.

  • Posted on January 20, 2019

    Type NEW in the searchbox of www.gardensplus.ca to see the 2019 additions to their stock. Draws, bonuses and special pricing available now.

  • Posted on January 14, 2019

    Peter has supplied his list of clematis available this year.  View the plant list. No mail orders.p [dot] keeping [at] sympatico [dot] ca ( Contact Peter) to reserve your plants for pick-up at the Super Plant Sale.

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 April, 2019

 (doh-dek-ATH-ee-on  pul-KEL-um)

General Information:

Dodecatheon pulchellum has unusually shaped flowers that stand out nice in the garden. It is hard to find in nurseries but easy to raise from seed.

Dodecatheon pulchellum by Robert Pavlis

Dodecatheon pulchellum:photo by Robert Pavlis

The information in this post is for D. pulchellum, but I can’t be certain the pictures are of that species. The seed was obtained from the ORG&...