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Over 1200 seeds are listed for 2016.  Members can order in December. Details

December 11. Non-members welcome. Free admission. Details

On January 8 at 1:30 p.m.  Non-members welcome. Free admission. Details

At TBG on February 12. Free admission. Non-members welcome. Details

This beauty will probably bloom from seed in 3 years. Read more.


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Seed Sowers:  We will be selling pots, trays, plastic plant labels and glassine envelopes in December and January.  Check the details of the meetings for prices.

NARGS Draw Wrap-up: A consolation prize of the current issue of the Rock Garden Quarterly, a CD of the “Beginners Handbook on Rock Gardening", and a gift card with a color illustration of the broad-leaf shooting star (Dodecatheon hendersonii) by Tanya Harvey will be awarded at an upcoming meeting to someone in attendance.


What's New!

  • Posted on November 29, 2016

    Sonia Day's recent column in the Toronto Star featured ORG&HPS member, Margaret Bennet- Alder, and the 25th anniversary of her journal. Margaret usually has copies of the journal for sale at winter meetings of our Society. A great gift idea!

  • Posted on November 28, 2016

    source: Toronto Gardens

    Helen and Sarah Battersby have a well illustrated posting about crevice gardens. Read their blog and check out February's talk on crevice gardens that do not require watering.

  • Posted on November 24, 2016

    Gabriela Costea's blog this week talks about the care of young bulbous plants after the seeds germinate. Great photos accompany Gabriela's blogs! Read more.

  • Posted on November 21, 2016

    female Rhodiola rosea with orange/red flowers 
    (Photo Wikimedia)

    male Rhodiola rosea with acid yellow flowers 
    (Photo Wikimedia)

    Lonely acid-yellow flowered male Rhodiola rosea seeks fecund female with orange/red flowers for long-term relationship and eventual seed production. Speak to my agent, Annie Brelih, at ORG&HPS meetings if you can provide a division of a female plant. She's willing to trade a male division for a lonely lady.

  • Posted on November 6, 2016
    For our members who are new to growing plants from seed, there will be a seed sowing workshop on Feb. 19 at Bev Sutton's. Watch your December newsletter for the details.

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 December, 2016

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General Information:

Paeonia rockii is a lovely tree peony that should be grown more. It can be difficult to find in a nursery, but those specializing in peonies will have it. The ones pictured here were grown from seed obtained from our Seedex program. The flowers are mostly white or light pink with dark maroon basal flares on the petals. There is some variation in flower form and coloration. One seedling from this group has red leaves in early summer.