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D17 AGM Invitation

2019 District 17 AGM Invitation

District 17 Annual General Meeting 2019


District 17 Annual General Meeting 2019


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Hosted by Georgina Brock Garden Club


  • Entries must be received no later than April 1, 2019; no late entries will be accepted.
  • Deliver or mail entries to:
  • Gail Spurr, 47 Johnston St, Pefferlaw, Ont. L0E 1N0 – 705-437-4529
Note: If mailing, please back entries with rigid material to prevent bending of photos.


Note: District 17 is not responsible for loss or damage sustained (mailing or otherwise) to any entries in Photographic Division.
  • The decision(s) of the AGM Show Chairs and Judges regarding exhibit placement is binding.
  • One entry per Class per exhibitor is permitted.
  • All photographs should incorporate some natural content.
  • Photographs may be colour or black and white.
  • Photographs may be digital or film in origin.
  • Actual prints (portion submitted on photographic paper) must be 4”x6”.
  • Prints must be mounted on a 5”x7” piece of white cardboard.
  • Discretion is advised regarding the inclusion of people and pets in photographs submitted for adjudication.
  • Attach your traditional entry tag to cardboard on the bottom right hand corner and complete with Class #, Title, Name of Exhibitor and Name of Club/Society. The information on the lower portion of the entry tag should be securely turned under so that the exhibitor’s name is not visible.

This competition is open to all paid up members of one or more of the OHA District 17 Clubs/Societies and paid registrants of District 17 AGM 2019.
  • Photos must have been taken by the exhibitor during the last 24 months (from date of entry deadline).
  • Prints may not have won at any previous District 17 AGM photographic competitions.
  • Discretion is advised regarding cropping.
  • Noticeable and/or excessive digital retouching will result in disqualification. Decision of the Judge is final.
  • Entries must be picked up at the end of the meeting. Unredeemed entries will not be returned to exhibitors.
  • Please read carefully the criteria and information provided and choose photographs that best interpret the class titles.
  • Photographs can be taken at any location of your choice.
  • Focus should be on Botanical and Nature-oriented content.

Ph 1 Rock On
Ph 2 Shadowplay
Ph 3 Barking Up a Tree
Ph 4 Through the Garden Gate
Ph 5 Winter Interest in the Garden
Ph 6 New Awakenings
Ph 7 Birds of a Feather
Ph 8 A Perfect Beauty
Ph 9 Autumn’s Brilliance
Ph 10 Splendour in the Grass
Ph 11 Still Life (indoor or outdoor)
Ph 12 Muddy Boots
Bookmark – club competition

Marking criteria for photographic classes: Total 50 points
  • Impact – choice of subject matter related to class title – 20 points
  • Composition – arrangement, point of interest, symmetry/balance – 20 points
  • Light & Colour – light/shadows, colour complementary to photo – 10 points

Fall Colour Plant List

From John Statham talk:

Fall Colour Plant List

Lorraine Johnson on Tending the Earth



Featuring Guest Speaker, Author & Avid Gardener


“Tending the Earth - How Our Gardens Can Change the World”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cost: $10

Note: Due to Limited Seating Registration is Required

Where: King Street Community Church, 611 King St. West, Oshawa, Ontario (see map)

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Information: Book Signing, Refreshments, Vendors, Displays and Door Prizes

Daylily Garden Collection blooming in Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

The City of Oshawa unveiled a plaque in July to commemorate the opening of the new Daylily Collection in the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (O.V.B.G.).

The one of a kind collection of locally hybridized daylilies addition to the already beautiful gardens was made possible by the generous donation from Henry Lorrain and the late Douglas Lycett, founders of We’re in the Hayfield Now. The City would like to thank the volunteers including the Oshawa Garden Club, Brooklin Horticulture Society and individual volunteers who dedicated their time to dig, transport, store and replant the daylilies to make this collection a reality.

The 265 daylily collection was established in 2017 and can be found on the east side of the Oshawa Creek directly across from the Peony Garden with access to the Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path. The daylily garden will join the Peony Garden, the Rockery Waterfall and the Memory Garden as a significant garden feature and continue to build on the success of O.V.B.G.

The daylily is a perennial plant of the genus Hemerocallls, which translates to 'beauty for a day'. Each blossom has only one day in which to reach perfection. However, since there are many flower buds on each stem, a mature daylily plant will bloom over a period of several weeks every July.

Spring Plant Sale

Join us for our Spring Plant Sale! Sales are cash only.


Peterborough Garden Show

2018 Peterborough Garden Show

2018 Plant Sale

The Oshawa Garden Club presents their 2018 Plant Sale in Oshawa on Saturday, May 26th. Lots of great plants at good prices plus lots of other garden-related displays.

Click here to see this year’s plant sale video with specific details courtesy member Merle Cole.

Community Clean Up

Clean Up Time

All hands on deck!

The Oshawa Garden Club is taking part in Oshawa’s Community Clean Up 2018. We’re cleaning up the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens on Thursday, April 26 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Come on out and lend a needed hand.

Making Your Gardens Bee-utiful Plant List

Creating a Bee-utiful Garden

Master Gardener Ingrid Janssen focused her talk on the plight of pollinators living here in Eastern Canada. She gave us the good news and the bad news and showed us the simple things that we can do in our gardens to encourage and support our native pollinators.

Making Your Gardens Bee-utiful Plant List

Southern Ontario Orchid Show

SOOS Poster 2018

2018 Bookmark Winner

We have a winner! Debi F. wins the photo contest held late 2017. Congratulations Debi!

OGC Winner

OHA District 17 Annual General Meeting 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hosted by Bowmanville Horticultural Society



2018 AGM District 17 Spring 2018final

Master Gardeners in a Class of Their Own

Master Gardener

by Mark and Ben Cullen - Toronto Star, November 11, 2017

When it comes to cultivating passion, energy and talent, Canada’s Master Gardeners are standouts.

Master Gardeners are dedicated to the art and science of gardening. And, with their generosity of knowledge and time — on public garden tours, at local horticulture societies, at small shows and big ones such as Canada Blooms and in various online forums — they help sustain a broader community of Canadian gardeners...

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Ornamental Gardens - How to handle the rainwater

Speaker Sean James gave a talk on rain gardens at the September 11 meeting. Click the link below for a .pdf of the presentation.

Ornamental Gardens - How to handle the rainwater

Canada's National Flower - Bunchberry

national flower winner

The votes are in! Canadians have spoken!

A nation-wide contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, sponsored by Master Gardeners of Ontario, has embraced the bunchberry, known as quatre–temps in French and kawiscowimin in Cree, as the winner.

Since the beginning of the National Flower Contest, the little white flower has held the lead with an average of 80 per cent of the on-line vote. Since it was announced in March, almost 10,000 Canadians took up the challenge to help select our national flower.

Master Gardeners of Ontario will submit an online petition to Parliament to have the winner declared Canada’s official National Flower, says Maureen Hulbert who spearheaded the project: "We all love to celebrate the wildness of Canada and its varied areas and having something that can actually grow in every part of the country pulls us together".

Earth, Fire, Water and Air: Dr. Andy Fyon

Dr-Andy-Fyon flyer (1)

Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIP's) - How-to

Steven Biggs, writer and speaker, gave a great talk at the Oshawa Garden Club about easy-to-make planters. Steven mentioned that one very important thing to remember, which is not visible in the photos, is to put a drainage hole at the level of the top of the reservoir. Included here are two pictures, one showing what’s at the bottom of the container, and then another afterwards, once he’s installed a bit of landscape fabric to keep out as much soil as possible. Thanks Steven.

Steve Biggs containersteve biggs container

No Guff Vegetable Gardening

by Steven Biggs

A fun garden is a rewarding garden. (What could be more rewarding than an enquiry about a Promethean plant?!) A practical garden fits into a hectic schedule. No Guff Vegetable Gardening is both fun and practical. Not sure where to start? Try something new (parsnip wine!) or fun—and don’t worry about failure.

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Vote for Canada's National Flower

3 flowers plus banner

Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link:

What’s the National Flower of Canada?

We have an official tree - the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower! Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one!

Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, came up with the following three choices for a pan-Canadian flower - one that appears in every province and territory but is not already a provincial or territorial emblem:

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)
· Unique spiraling flower spike marks this genus
· Found in open wet areas – meadows, bogs, marshes
· Fragrant flowers from July to Sept on 10 to 50 cm stems
· Food source for native bumblebees all through summer

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
· Delicate but tough! “borealis” – of the north
· Found in forests, wetlands all over Canada
· Reproduces mainly by spreading stolons
· Fragrant flowers on 15 cm stems for one week in June, attract native bees
· Winter forage for caribou

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
· Changes with the seasons - just like Canada!
· White flowers in spring, red berries in summer, great red-purple fall colour
· Very common in forests and wetlands all over Canada
· Creeping form, 10 to 20 cm tall, great as a native groundcover
· Pollinators include native bumblebees and solitary bees
· Berries are food source for small and large mammals, migratory birds
· Winter forage source for caribou, moose, elk, deer

Voting will close at midnight on June 30th, 2017

Vote now-it only takes a few seconds using this Survey Monkey link:

Plant Sale Video

Member Merle Cole has produced an intro video for the 2017 OGC Plant Sale to be held at the South Oshawa Community Centre (map), May 27th starting at 9am.

Hearth Place Plant Sale

Plant Sale Image

The Oshawa Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 27, 2017

South Oshawa Community Centre (map)

9:00 A.M.

Come one; come all to the Oshawa Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale. Once again we will have lots of hardy perennials, veggies, specialty Geraniums, clematis, dahlias and much more at reasonable prices. Representatives from the Master Gardener’s and experienced club members will be on hand to offer advice on plant choices.

OGC Plant Sale

Plant Sale Poster 2017

Sustainable Pickering Day

Sustainable Pickering Day