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There is general acceptance and studies done on the fact that most seeds need to be kept at the ambient temperature after collecting and cleaning - at least for a few months. In some cases it even improves germination. It's called pre-conditioning. Placing seeds in the fridge early in the season will only induce them in second dormancy, or even worse. It is the natural way - fruits/seeds mature, fall on the ground and so on throughout the summer and early fall. They will only experience cold gradually from late fall to winter.


What's New!

  • Posted on June 14, 2017

    Paeonia peregrina

    Gabriela Costea's on-line seed company celebrates Canada's birthday with a seed sale of red and white flowers and species for which the epithet is 'canadensis'. ORG&HPS members, check your handbook for the discount code for additional savings. http://botanicallyinclined.org/canada-150-celebration-seeds-sale/

  • Posted on May 30, 2017

    "We're a Girl Scout troop from California and we just wanted to reach out and thank you for your wonderful page, onrockgarden.com/resources/links since it's been such a major help to us. My Junior Scouts have been working on their 'Gardener' badge. To further express our gratitude, we thought it would be nice send along a helpful resource that we came across. It's http://store.alansfactoryoutlet.com/Building-Your-Own-Home-Garden-s/1852.htm and it's a great guide to gardening with many resources. ... I'd love to show my troopers that their suggestion was up and running to help other gardeners out. We do our absolute best to follow the Girl Scout slogan of "Do a good turn daily."

  • Posted on March 17, 2017

    Red Lily Beetle

    The Big Bug Hunt is a new citizen science project collecting information about pest behaviour with the aim of notifying gardeners when pests are heading their way. Input from gardeners around the world will help beat garden pests more effectively and without resorting to chemicals. Report your observations through bigbughunt.com

  • Posted on February 20, 2017

    NARGS plans to create a feature to attract potential rock gardeners by posting on its website lists of plants that are easily grown and accessible. The list on NARGS will be linked to the ORG&HPS website, so that browsers can eventually become our new members. It is sometimes hard for a newbie to know where to begin: which plants are worth buying and trying to grow (with a reasonable expectation of success) and which plants are easy to find (either at local garden centers and nurseries, or online). For the plant lists to be optimally useful, users will need to be able to compare their own weather patterns and soils to those submitted by chapters around North America. Contribute your suggestions of 20 – or even more – plants along with whatever information you care to add about how you grow your plants by contacting Anna Leggatt or info [at] onrockgarden [dot] com (contact us).

  • Posted on February 16, 2017

    Crassula 'Springtime'

    Check out this updated website! You can now order succulents, begonias, pelargoniums and cannas on-line from ORG&HPS members, Derek and Jeff. www.masonhousegardens.com

Upcoming Speakers

Plant Highlights from My Travels Around the World

Anna Leggatt

Anna has a BSc. in Botany from London University, a Diploma in Nature Interpretation from Humber College and a Diploma in Horticulture from Guelph. She is currently employed as a part time Nature Interpreter at the Kortright Centre for Conservation...

My Accidental Scree Garden

Miriam Goldberger

Long before “Sustainable” became a powerful buzzword, Miriam Goldberger began growing wildflowers. A flower farmer since 1986, Miriam is an expert in organic and sustainable gardening. She is the founder and co-owner of Wildflower Farm, a wildflower...

Plant of the Month for July, 2017

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General Information:

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima is a great aroid that adds some excitement to the garden. Known as the dominatrix jack-in-the-pulpit it appears in late spring and is gone by late summer. Its special feature is a long, dark purple, whip-like spadix that can reach 45 cm long, in true dominatrix fashion.

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima by Robert Pavlis...