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The plant sale will start at 12:30 noon on Sept 13 at TBG and resume after the talk by Jiri Papousek. Everyone is welcome! Read more

Jiri Papousek is a leader in innovative design and construction. Free admission. Non-members welcome. Details.

Giagantic leaves, interesting flowers for a damp spot. Read more.

ORG&HPS OVER THE SUMMER

Now that gardening season has arrived, our group activities continue with garden tours, informal visits to one another's gardens and seed collecting for our next seed exchange. The next two newsletters will provide full details of the 2015 garden tours. Although there are no meetings over the summer, it's a good time to join ORG&HPS. Annual memberships taken out now will cover the balance of 2015 and all of 2016.

What's New!

  • Posted on April 10, 2015

    OPEN GARDENS

    Hildebrandt Perennials (4075 Victoria Rd. S., Puslinch): 9am - 5pm, May 16 & 17

    Jarvie Garden (Thornhill): 10am-4pm, April 25 & 26, May 30 & 31, July 11 & 12, September 26 & 27. Details

    Lilactree Farm (20km north of Orangeville): 10am-4pm, April 26, May 10 & 24, June 7 & 21. lilactreefarm [at] gmail [dot] com (E-mail for details.)

    Merlin's Hollow (181 Centre Street in Aurora): 10am - 5pm,  May 9, June 18, July 4 & 12.

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    Whistling Gardens (Wilsonville): 3rd Annual Garden Party "Painting Rainbows", 1 - 6 pm, July 25. Details. If you're touring by bike this summer, Whistling Gardens is located along the Waterford Heritage Trail, a section of the Trans Canada Trail. The Gardens have just joined this network of cycle friendly attractions.

    Plant Paradise Country Gardens (Caledon): Delphinium Festival, July 4 & 5. Details

    Blossom Hill Nursery (Peterborough): Peony Open Garden, June 14 and  Delphinium Open Garden, July 4. Details

    Fuller Native and Rare Plants (Belleville): Workshops - Mini Hypertufa Planter Garden, 9:30am, May 23,  Pollinator Garden  9:30am, June 6,  Details

  • Posted on April 4, 2015

    In her most recent newsletter, ORG&HPS member Marjorie Harris provides guidance on hiring a landscaper. Details.

  • Posted on March 3, 2015

             

    ORG&HPS members Marjorie Mason and Jeff Mason will lead tours this August. Jeff's goes to Philadelphia, Marjorie's to Scotland. Details. Closer to home, Frank Kershaw will lead day tours for TBG. Details.

  • Posted on February 28, 2015

    Members Trish Murphy and Michael Peterson will open their new nursery called Beaux Arbres in Bristol, Quebec this spring.     See their native seeds list and Trish's description of her winter sowing technique.

Upcoming Speakers

The Good, the Bad and the Struggling at South Coast Gardens

Kevin Kavanagh

Kevin Kavanagh is the owner of South Coast Gardens (2005) , a small specialty nursery and landscape design business in heart of Ontario’s ‘Carolinian zone’. Kevin’s has a longstanding interest in broad-leaved evergreens more commonly associated with...

High and Dry--25 Years on a Sand Dune

Jeff Mason

Jeff has spent a lifetime in the Horticulture industry. With over 30 years of experience, he has worked in virtually every aspect of the industry. He is owner of Mason House Gardens on Brock Rd in Coppins Corners, growing and supplying hardy...

Plant of the Month for May, 2015

 (pet-uh-SY-tees  juh-PON-ih-kus)

General Information:

A giant for the garden. Petasites japonicus is a spectacular plant that gets a lot of attention in the garden. Unfortunately, it spreads rapidly and is not suitable for all gardens unless you can contain it. I have had success doing this for several years by planting it in a large tree sized, bottomless, plastic pot which you can see in the picture of the flowers. The creeping rhizomes grow almost at soil level and do not get out of the pot.

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