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.


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 and Consulting, a small specialty nursery and landscape design business that he launched in 2005 in heart of Ontario’s ‘Carolinian zone’. Although an avid gardener for much of his life, Kevin spent most of his early career in the field of nature conservation working for national and international organizations including The Nature Conservancy of Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada. Kevin’s long standing interest in native plants was fully ignited while undertaking graduate field studies in the diverse eastern forests of the southern Great Lakes Region, the Appalachian Mountains and the U.S. southeast. He hoped one day to develop a garden in Ontario that could feature plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and magnolias among others that had graced the natural landscapes he had studied. That dream became a reality with the launch of South Coast Gardens. Today, Kevin gets great satisfaction from working with clients to design and install gardens, especially those that provide benefits to pollinators, birds and other wildlife.


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