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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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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2020 has been a year we’ll not likely forget. After our meetings in February and March all others have been cancelled due to Covid-19. We hope to duplicate the speakers list for 2021 but at this point no solid plans … Continue reading


Come to a meeting and check us out!

Are you interested in finding out more about the Lakefield Horticultural Society?  Why not come out to a meeting and see what we’re all about? Admission is free to most meetings, and you don’t have to be a member to … Continue reading

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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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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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March 8th-Canadian succulents 7pm

ZOOM March 8th:

Molly & Alex Shannon from Canadian Succulents in Uxbridge

  • indoor container gardening with a variety of succulents
  • growing hardy perennial succulents outdoors in Ontario
  • how to successfully propagate succulent plants
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February 8th, 2022, 7pm: Lynn Lavoie, Dazzling Hydrangeas – How to Get Them and Keep Them!

Lynn Lavoie is an ardent plant enthusiast, who owns and runs Monarch Garden Design. Her botanical zeal led to a late change in occupation. After a long career as a chemist, Lynn went back to school to study horticulture at the University of Guelph. During her time as a student, she thoroughly enjoyed working as a summer gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Since graduating, she has learned lots from staffingthe perennial and nursery sections of garden centres, working in landscaping and launching her garden design business.


Hydrangeas are among the most popular flowering shrubs and it’s easy to understand why. Hydrangeas are showy, versatile andadaptable. However, to get the best out of your hydrangeas there are a few factors to consider – most importantly, the variety that you are growing. We will discuss the main types and how to maintain them, for a recurring dazzling display!


Members  will receive a link to this Zoom talk prior to the meeting. It will also be posted on our Facebook page.

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Oct. 19: Matt & Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts-7pm

Oct. 19: Matt & Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts
We’ll meet virtually using Zoom.

(Watch for an email with login instructions.)

Trees..trees…trees!  Matt and Tracy are the tree experts! They’ll share with us their extensive knowledge of trees.  Tips on choosing the right tree for your property. Trees to attract wildlife. Trees for beautiful fall colour. Pest control. And tips on care and pruning.

Logan Tree Experts is a professional, full service tree care company offering tree planting, pruning, removal and more. They work with their clients to care for their trees in a safe, efficient and ethical manner while educating and raising awareness of proper tree care.

Proudly serving Peterborough and the Kawarthas!


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Walk-about – Anna’s perennials, Tuesday Sept. 14th, 6pm

Looking back at the list of “Walk-abouts” we had planned for this year ….we’ve not been able to successfully get out! Covid restrictions and bad weather have held us back.
Well we’re not giving up! We hope next Tuesday, Sept. 14th to visit Anna’s perennials. 6pm.
You must pre-register by contacting our president Dianne Tedford. () Members also have her phone number in the yearbook and would also have received an email with full contact info.
Anna is originally from Poland, and came to Canada in 1989. In Poland she spent 2 years at Horticultural College, and worked at the local Farmers Co-op. In her spare time she worked in local orchards, and grew and sold some of her own plants.
After moving to her “cottage” from the Toronto area with her new husband in 1994, her gardens were growing, and after two years, she started selling a few plants and seedlings out of that location .. thus Anna’s Perennials was started.
Anna’s European background, and formal schooling at College gives her a different perspective towards her style of planting, and incorporating many of the plants that are not popular here, but are in other parts of the world.
Anna is a mad gardener as she is always looking for a new plant, collecting seeds and trying to grow plants that others say aren’t possible in our area.
For several years, Anna has been giving talks/demonstrations to various horticultural groups in the area on many different topics, such as ‘winter hardy cactus and other succulents ,’ ‘perennial grasses’, my favorite plants’ .
We look forward to a personal tour of Anna’s gardens.
63 Shoreview Road, Lindsay.


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Virtual Plant Sale – May 2021 SOLD OUT

Please visit our plant sale page for information on our virtual plant sale.  Plant list is now available. Sales

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