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March 2021

Cloverleaf – Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a more productive, weather-resistant, pest-free vegetable garden, by Niki Jabbour

March 17 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Join award-winning author Niki Jabbour as she shares her secrets to growing more food, reducing pest problems, and dealing with unpredictable weather in her vegetable garden. She’ll spotlight a wide variety of season extenders like shade cloth, row cover, cold frames, and polytunnels, as well as show you how to use garden covers to prevent damage from deer, flea beetles, and cabbageworms. Put Niki’s techniques to work in your garden so you can enjoy a year-round harvest in any sized space. Niki…

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Pakenham Hort Society Mar Meeting – Zoom

March 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sylvia Van Oort (Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals), “Growing and Cutting Fresh and Dried flowers—the Easy Way” Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals is a flower farm and florist that began as a small plot in a vegetable garden and now grows annual cut flowers, perennial cut flowers, as well as woody plants for cutting, on over three acres of cultivated land. Sylvia will share her secrets and expertise. All meetings start at 7:30 pm. This year’s programs will be presented virtually by…

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Fergus & District – March Members’ Meeting

March 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker - Anna Leggatt “Now I’ve got it, Where do I put it?”  This talk addresses the challenge we all face after a trip to the local garden centre when we come home with something absolutely irresistible.  It speaks to the choices we face in adding new plants to our gardens to get the best results, and the need for a good garden design. Anna is a Toronto Master Gardener, a former High School teacher in Botany and Chemistry,…

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Schomberg Horticultural Society Virtual Event – The Busy Gardener by Denise Hodgins

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Denise Hodgins is a former college instructor, who continues to enjoy the opportunity to teach through being a Garden Coach. Many homeowners are eager to learn more about their own gardens and how to care for them as well as how to take them to the next level. As a Garden Coach and Designer, Denise has over 30 years of design experience and has worked in many areas within the horticultural industry from Historical Landscaper, to Head Gardener at Rosebank…

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April 2021

Pakenham Hort Society Apr Meeting – Zoom

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rob Lyle (greenhaus inc.) “Growing with Hydroponics” Rob’s second career, greenshaus inc., was founded in 2018 for the purpose of promoting innovative sustainable agricultural practices through the use of technically innovative, low carbon footprint, passive solar commercial greenhouses. His 2,000-square-foot high-tech greenhouse on the north side of March Road east of Almonte, is currently producing 500-700 heads of lettuce a week.  All meetings start at 7:30 pm. This year’s programs will be presented virtually by Zoom. Members will be sent…

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Cloverleaf – Garden Myths, by Larry Hodgson

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Every gardener knows that you can keep slugs at bay by surrounding plants with ground eggshells. That sand will lighten heavy clay soil. That newly planted trees need to be staked. Except that… none of that is true. Learn the truth about many useless and wasteful garden practices and save yourself time, effort and money. Larry Hodgson is a freelance garden writer living in Quebec City. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, speaks frequently to horticultural groups…

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Fergus & District – April Members’ Meeting

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Julia Dimakos Successful Vegetable Gardening In this presentation, Julia will discuss all the steps that she took in building her 2000 square foot, raised bed, kitchen garden on a rural property in Mono, Ontario. This includes grading a section of the field, installing a deer fence, building raised beds, fertilizing, and proper watering techniques, not to mention transplanting tips, sowing and planting techniques, trellising, crop rotation and so on. These are the steps that she currently follows in…

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Schomberg Horticultural Society Virtual Meeting – “The Ground gets lower” – Tips and Tools for the Mature Gardener

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Ground gets lower - Tips and Tools for the Mature Gardener by Catherine McGill Catherine is a Horticultural and Design Judge, an OHA District Director, past Society President, renowned Speaker and, interestingly, was a Chef for 20+ years. She currently does garden maintenance locally. Her motto is: "Humour runs through all I do and my theory in life is if you can’t see the fun, why are you doing it?" A meeting link will be sent to all members. Sing in is at…

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May 2021

Pakenham Hort Society May Meeting – Zoom

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mary Ann Van Berlo, Master Gardener “Design Basics & Plant Selection” Mary Ann will guide us through the elements and principles of design.  She’ll also discuss how plants fit into the design principles and share some advice on plant selection.  There will be many tips and pointers that we can use in our own gardens.

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Cloverleaf – The Basics of Pruning: Keeping Plants in Order, by Anna Leggatt

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In this presentation with lots of visuals and a short video, Anna will share why to prune; when to prune; tools needed; how to prune and when not to prune. Using lots of examples from her own garden, Anna will help us make the right cut! Anna Leggatt, a Toronto Master Gardener, is a former High School teacher in Botany, Chemistry and she worked for 30 years at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. She is the Past Chair of the…

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Fergus & District – May Members’ Meeting

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Robert Pavlis Tackling Shade  What do you do in a shady spot?  What about a dry shady spot under maples?  What will grow under walnut trees?  This presentation provides ideas for shade gardening, while presenting some lesser-known shade plants. Robert Pavlis lives in southern Ontario, in hardiness zone 5. He has been gardening for more than 30 years (he stopped counting at 30). He is a Master Gardener and speaks about gardening at many local gardening events and…

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Schomberg Horticultural Society “Small Gardens” by Sharon and John Bowler

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Small Gardens by Sharon and John Bowler. Sharon Bowler shares a passion for gardening with her husband John. They are both members of the Grimsby Garden Club and their home garden has been included in the club’s Garden Tour. Their garden is an example of a small accessible landscape that surprises visitors with its display of over fifty varieties of Winter Hardy Cactus. Sharon holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto, is an author, historian, and teacher.…

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June 2021

Pakenham Hort Society June Meeting – Zoom

June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rebecca Last, Master Gardener, “Thugs Bullies and Sneaks” This talk addresses the issue of selecting the right plant for the right location. It offers a review of plants to be wary of – those that have thuggish tendencies or other unfortunate outcomes when improperly sited. All meetings start at 7:30 pm. This year’s programs will be presented virtually by Zoom. Members will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. Non-members can email pakenhamhort@gmail to receive the link. All are…

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Cloverleaf: Garden of Regrets, by Helen Battersby

June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In this info- and image-packed presentation you’ll meet the plants you’d wish you'd never planted – and learn how to avoid them (before you do) or to live with them and, perhaps, even love them (if you must). For 30+ years in her small city garden, Helen Battersby has battled one of a gardener’s toughest challenges – dry shade, on sandy soil under giant Norway maples. This has, unfortunately, caused her to make many a regretful plant choice, and she…

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Fergus & District – June Members’ Meeting

June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Christine Gilhuly "Lazy Gardening” Christine Gilhuly has been interested in gardening since childhood, but became a keen gardener when her and her husband purchased their first home.  Christine has been a member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners since January 2007, happily volunteering her time to help people learn more about gardening. She gives gardening talks locally, including at the Lee Valley store in Waterloo where she also works, and offers gardening advice at events such as Canada Blooms.…

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June General Meeting: Guest Speaker TBA

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Our June speaker has not yet been booked.

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Schomberg Horticultural Society “Thugs, Bullies and Sneaks” – Rebecca Last

June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thugs, Bullies and Sneaks by Rebecca Last Rebecca Last has been gardening on and off since age 8, and has been a member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton since 2005. Her small suburban garden is certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as wildlife habitat. Rebecca grows a dozen or more varieties of heritage tomatoes every year. Her garden design includes elements of permaculture and she has recently begun experimenting with biodynamic gardening techniques. Rebecca has been honoured by the Ottawa…

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September 2021

Cloverleaf – Gardening Tricks, by Robert Pavlis

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There is no such thing as a maintenance free garden, but there are many tricks that reduce the effort needed to maintain a garden. This presentation will present a number of ideas that will make garden maintenance easier. Topics include things like edging a bed, keeping your twine from getting tangled, what to do with rocks, propagation drainage and eliminating stakes. Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker, and educator with over 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of…

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September General Meeting: Guest Speaker TBA

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Our September speaker has not yet been booked.

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October 2021

October General Meeting: Guest Speaker TBA

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The speaker for our October meeting has not yet been booked.

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Cloverleaf: Backyard Urban Farming, by Jill Bishop

October 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about the many benefits, (and of course some challenges) of growing food in an urban setting, including an abundance of fresh hyper local food and the opportunity to build relationships within your community while you grow! Jillian Bishop is a long-term urban farmer/ seed saver. She is a Community Food Cultivator with the Nourish project where she helps support communities in coming together to start and grow community gardens. She operates urbantomato, a local heirloom seed business, and organizes…

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November 2021

Cloverleaf – Rogue Gardens and the Weed Police, by Lorraine Johnson

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In this light-hearted and unconventional look at how and why we garden, author Lorraine Johnson challenges us to consider the role of gardens in an era of ecological and social change. Highlighting examples of gardeners who push against neighbourhood norms—and who are often subject to bylaws and other forms of social sanction—this talk encourages us to celebrate landscape diversity and the gardeners who challenge deeply held notions of garden convention. Lorraine Johnson is the author of 10+ books (Green Future:…

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