January Meeting featuring Kevin Kavanagh of South Coast Nursery

Jan 10, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Members Showcase following the main speaker: The Best Plants I Grew from Seed and How I Did It

Bring your mug and a friend.

Pick up your Seedex order and those of neighbours to save postage.

It's time to renew your membership for 2016. To assist in the process, please bring us a completed membership renewal application and a written summary of any changes you would like to have made to your garden listing in the handbook.  This is the last call for changes to the printed version of the 2016 handbook.

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

Kevin Kavanagh
Demonstrated plant hardiness for many southern species and cultivars had been remarkably encouraging in the early years of the gardens. However, the arrival of the dreaded ‘Polar Vortex’ 2014, followed a year later by the coldest recorded temperature for Norfolk County since the mid 1800’s, provided the ultimate cold hardiness tests for the gardens! In light of these extreme weather events over the past two winters, Kevin will highlight some of the surprising stories of plant survival (the good), unexpected losses (the bad) and how others are attempting to recover (the struggling).


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 the deep south such as azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias and Franklinia among others. At South Coast Gardens the hardiness of many southern species is being assessed in the garden beds surrounding the nursery. Kevin will share with us the ups and downs of the past 10 years in his efforts to "push the zone".


Toronto Botanical Garden

777 Lawrence Ave. E
Toronto, ON