Oct. 11th, 7pm: Marion Jean, Dahlias

Oakridge Dahlias is located in Port Hope. While they don’t sell from their property, they do offer sales through their website.

The remarkable variety and size of Dahlias make them ideal for any sunny, well-drained location. Dahlia flowers come in many forms and pretty much every colour but blue. Dahlia plants range in size from 12 inches to 6 feet. It is hard to have only a few.

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2022 plans

Plans are underway to hold a combination of Zoom presentations and Summer Garden Walk-Abouts. Since we’ve missed a few we’re going to attempt to have a meeting or garden visit every month except January and December.

We had hoped to hold some tours last summer but for a variety of reasons only one took place. We visited Anna’s Perennials in Lindsay. Wonderful!

Paul Zammit has committed to presenting again.  This will most likely be in May. If we are able to once again hold in person meetings, this will be at the Marshland centre, otherwise it will be by zoom.

We also have plans for other great speakers on topics such as Dahlia’s, Hydrangeas, Native Plants, Pollinators etc.  Stay tuned!


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Walk-abouts 2021!

Exciting news!!

This year instead of meeting together at the Marshland Centre we’ll be inviting members to tour various gardens and venues around the area.

The Walk-abouts will begin at 6pm and will be less than 2 hours.

The Walk-Abouts are now listed on the website with full instructions.

2021 Walk-abouts

These are for members only, and numbers will be limited to each event. So be sure to sign up early! Our president Dianne Tedford will take your registration. Her contact info will be available in our newsletter and can also be found in the back of your 2020 yearbook. No year book will be produced this year.

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Come to a meeting and check us out!

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We’re back!! Tuesday Sept. 13th, 7:00pm Vikki Whitney from Griffins Greenhouse

Tuesday September 13th will be our first in person meeting … well …in a long time.

We welcome you back!

Vikki from Griffins greenhouses will be our guest speaker.

“All Fall: Planting and Décor for a Transition into Autumn.”


  • Fall Planters
  • Perennial Planting in the Fall:  Dos and Don’ts
  • Fall Décor

 Vikki will also offer a door prize! 

Vikki always entertains no matter what she presents. So this will be a meeting you won’t want to miss.

There will be a few restrictions. We will not offer refreshments and this meeting will be for members only.

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Walkabout Tuesday August 9th, 6pm-Garden of David & Karen Hickey

Walkabout Tuesday August 9th, 6pm: David & Karen Hickey, Artists. Gardeners.

We invite you to stroll Karen & David’s ever evolving landscaped gardens where you will see a good variety of perennials and shrubs set amidst two acres of surrounding forest.


David’s metal garden art, cement bird baths and flowers enhance the gardens. His studio will also be open where you will find his current collection of paintings, metal sculpture and hand carved birds.


David’s wife Karen will also have on display her handmade appliquéd home and cottage pillows. Bring a friend and enjoy your visit. P.S Wear bug spray… available parking around the house and on the road.


Art can also be viewed at www.davidhickeyartist.com


Registration is not required. Tour will begin promptly at 6pm. Email our membership secretary for directions.

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Walkabout July 12th, 6pm: Vern Bastable-Trees of the Ecology Park 

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New location for June Walkabout: Gardens Plus, Donwood

Garden walkabout UPDATE!

For a variety of reasons we have had to change locations for our Garden Walkabout. Instead of going to Blossom Hill Nursery we”ll be going to Gardens Plus in Donwood. Www.gardensplus.ca

6pm Tuesday June 14th.

Dawn will offer some specials and also give us a guided tour and short demonstration on dividing Hostas.

Let’s support this local business by showing up at this special event!

Please register with Dianne Tedford.

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Garden Tour – July 9th

Joanne Anderson and Dianne Tedford are organizing the Garden Tour taking place on July 9th.

They are looking for volunteers to assist at gardens for half a day. Please call Joanne (705-652-8417) or Dianne (705-742-2561) if you can help.

Tickets ($20) will be on sale after June 6th from Avant-Garden Shop, Griffins Greenhouse, or by calling Joanne or Dianne.

All proceeds will go to the Lakefield Horticultural Society.

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Increase Biodiversity – Include Native Plants in Your Garden

Submitted by Lynn Lavoie

Last month, Sean James’ excellent  Zoom presentation on  “Blooms for Birds, Bees and Butterflies” identified the benefit to biodiversity by replacing non-native invasive plants in our gardens with natives. Invasive plants reduce populations of native plants and the insects that depend on them, permanently altering ecosystems.


When our gardens are filled with non-native plants, we have fewer insects and fewer birds that rely on them for food. So add some native plants to your garden to support our native wildlife at all stages of life, and transform your garden into a beautiful, dynamic space!  There’s a very informative online pamphlet titled “Grow Me instead” which every gardener should read before selecting their plants.

The site can be found at:



It’s worth taking a few minutes to read and if you replace only one invasive garden plant, it’s a step in the right direction! Sean James supplied a comprehensive list of native plant vendors. Many local nurseries also stock a number of native species.


Nurseries / Native Seed Sources

Grow Wild! http://grow-wild.com    near Omemee

North American Native Plant Society annual plant sale (in Markham this year) www.nanps.org

Ontario Native Plants https://www.onplants.ca/   – Mail Order

Not So Hollow Farm   http://www.notsohollowfarm.ca/

Eden in Season:  http://www.edeninseason.ca/

Fiddlehead Nursery:  http://fiddleheadnursery.ca/

General Seed Company https://www.generalseedcompany.ca/

Native plants in Clairmont   http://www.nativeplants.ca/

St. Williams Nursery   http://stwilliamsnursery.com

Hawthorn Farm: https://hawthornfarm.ca/  (focusing on organic open-pollinated seeds)

North American Native Plant Society annual plant sale  www.nanps.org

Verbinnen’s Nursery: www.verbinnens.com   wholesale nursery, in Dundas

Earthgen  http://www.earthgen.ca/  Dunville, ON

Stay Vigilant for Invasive Species this Season!

Spongy Moth – Last year, many of us saw the devastating effects of the recently renamed spongy moth upon our trees. Lymantria dispar dispar, formerly known as the gypsy moth, is an invasive species which, during severe outbreaks, can completely defoliate trees and shrubs over large areas. Despite the trees’ ability to produce a new crop of leaves over the summer, the damage causes substantial growth loss and susceptibility to secondary pests and drought.


According to the Ontario government’s website, in 2021 the Peterborough District had the largest area of moderate to severe defoliation of 374,268 hectares, an increase from 159,578 hectares in 2020.


Spongy-looking egg masses can be observed on the trunks and branches of infected trees. In spring, the eggs hatch and caterpillars ascend the trees and feed on the foliage. Mature caterpillars are 5 cm long, dark coloured, hairy, with a double row of five pairs of blue spots, followed by a double row of six pairs of red spots, down the back.


Control methods depend on the moth’s life stage and an excellent guide to identification and control can be found at:   https://www.ontario.ca/page/lymantria-dispar-dispar-ldd-moth


Jumping Worms – Invasive jumping worms are something to look out for this spring and summer. This group of invasive species is native to Asia and has recently popped up in Ontario. They are so named because they thrash around violently when they are disturbed. A key way to identify jumping worms is their clitellum is lighter coloured than a regular earthworm, closer to the head, and goes all the way around the worm’s body.

Jumping worms are destructive in forested areas. The worms chew on the leaf litter layer, breaking it down rapidly which can decrease a plant’s ability to tolerate drought. They also consume the top layer of organic material in soil — nature’s compost — which can negatively impact native plants and make the soil more susceptible to erosion. Currently there is nothing that can be done once they arrive. They are difficult to stop … so it is up to us to slow their spread!

Don’t buy or move soil, mulch, compost, nursery stock or potting mixtures from areas with established jumping worm infestations. If you discover jumping worms in horticultural material such as soil, dispose of the contaminated material in a plastic bag, which can be left out in the sun or frozen to kill any jumping worms it may contain. The most humane method to euthanize jumping worms is using isopropyl alcohol, which will kill them within seconds.

If you see jumping worms report the sighting to:

Report A Sighting


Dandelions – a Butterfly (and Bee) Foodbank!

One very good reason not to spray the dandelions in your garden is the fact that they are an important source of nectar for several butterfly (and bees) species including Spring Azure, Red Admiral , Painted Lady, Satyr Comma  and Woodland Skipper. To help the butterfly population, dandelions can be removed after flowering and before seed dispersal.

Another way to help butterflies is to provide a mud puddle near an outdoor tap or a large dish or saucer with mud and water. Butterflies can’t get all their required nutrients from nectar. They find muddy areas to drink water and suck up salts and minerals. Try giving them a dish of lightly salted water with a sponge in it to land on; sea salt is best because it contains additional micronutrients. Butterflies like rotting fruit so don’t throw away that overripe apple or banana, peel it, set it outside and make a butterfly happy!

Happy Gardening!!

May 2022-Part two

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LOCATION CHANGE: see new post. Walkabout June 14th, 6pm: Joe & Hazel Cook, Blossom Hill Nursery

Pre-Registration required. Contact information for President Dianne Tedford, will be available in your yearbook or in the monthly newsletter.

Joe and Hazel Cook are well known to the gardening community for their Peonies and Delphiniums.  Also beekeeping has been keeping them very busy. And in 2019-2020 they turned 14 acres of land into a wildflower meadow for birds and pollinators!  There will be lots of space for us to wander around and see Joe and Hazels many accomplishments.


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May 10th, 7pm: Paul Zammit-  The Power of Our Gardens

Members only and space will be limited for this IN-PERSON presentation
Pre-registration required. See May newsletter for further details.


The Garden can be a lifelong classroom, a source of physical exercise, our personal therapy and an opportunity for us to do our part to help support the precious planet.

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April 12th, 7pm Sean James by Zoom (Members only)

Zoom April 12th: Sean James-Blooms to attract birds and butterflies
“Named by Landscape Ontario as 2020 and 2021’s Garden Communicator of the Year, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for almost 40 years. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and teacher, Sean focuses on eco-gardening techniques, which makes sense since he grew up surrounded by nature near Crawford Lake in Campbellville. He has spoken from the Maritimes to Seattle and landscaped from Nova Scotia to California. Sean has had the honour to be part of creating the new Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide, the Grow-Me-Me-Instead guide, the Ontario Horticultural Apprenticeship Curriculum and the national Red Seal Occupational Standard, and the Master Gardeners Reference Manual. He has participated in chairing the Environmental Stewardship Committee for Landscape Ontario, the Environmental Committee for the Perennial Plant Association, moderating the Master Gardeners of Ontario Facebook page, judging the All-American Selections garden competition and Hamilton’s Monarch Awards. He has been the Ontario spokesperson for Garden Days Canada, He has appeared on many radio shows and on television. Sean owns ‘Sean James Consulting & Design’ and instructs at Mohawk College.”

This is a members only event. If you’d like to join our society, click on our membership link at the top of this page for contact info. Your membership will qualify you access to all of our meetings and garden tours for this year! We’ll worth it!

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