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May COVID Update

All OGC membership meetings and activities remain suspended. That now includes our annual Plant Sale, scheduled for May 30th. Times certainly are changing, and we appreciate your patience as we adapt to these new realities. However, there are things happening with the club: OGC members continue to receive substantial discounts at local garden centres, the club is supporting local gardening initiatives and will be involved in the Virtual Peony Festival.

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Oshawa Area Nurseries Operating Schedules

Area Nurseries Operating During COVID Restrictions (as at April 27, 2020)

April COVID Update

April 2020

You will be aware by now that all OGC meetings and activities are suspended until further notice. That now includes our annual Plant Sale, scheduled for May 30th. We’ve also decided to suspend OGC Board Meetings, including virtual meetings, as it is our feeling that we cannot expect our volunteer board members to dedicate their time and energy on OGC business at the expense of their own family responsibilities.

Our main focus is on you, our members, and anything that we can do to support you as valued members, especially those who may be facing significant challenges in shopping, obtaining essentials and staying safe and healthy during this crisis. We urge you to reach out to us if you are in need. We will assist if we can or do our best to see that you get the help that you need from our community.

Many of us are fortunate to be in a good place and mainly in need of things to do to keep us sane and engaged and motivated as we hope for a sunnier future, and soon! We will do our best to source information for you to help you with your gardening pursuits as a wonderful way to rest in place, stay safe and stay active. (Check out our Facebook page). We are fortunate to have our gardens and steadily improving weather to help in that regard. Some will venture more into growing vegetables and for others, it will be the joy of growing plants on a sunny window sill.

Yours in Gardening,
Merle Cole, OGC President

Message from the OGC President

Membership Update, March 29, 2020

Thank you for visiting our Website. The Oshawa Garden Club is still alive and well and operating in the shadow of COVID-19. While it is impossible to meet publicly and to do work in our community to run horticultural events and activities until further notice, we are using this downtime to think of ways that we can get back to doing all of those garden-related things that we all love.

Stay tuned for updates and visit our Friends of Oshawa Garden Club Facebook Page for immediate updates, ideas on gardening, to share our ideas, pictures and videos to feed our interest in things horticultural and to stay connected as a gardening community. By all means get out into your own gardens and the fresh air, but do it away from direct contact with others and WASH YOUR HANDs when finished. We will also try to provide updates on Facebook on where you can still get gardening supplies. Many suppliers are providing curb service for phone and internet orders. Again, stay safe and keep separated.

To our members, we will do our best to keep you posted on what will be happening by email and phone if needed. Please be patient as we all work through these difficult times and please consider all Oshawa Garden Club non-virtual activities to be suspended until further notice.

Will we have our annual Plant Sale? Good question as I know that many of you look forward to that every year. It is still scheduled for May 30th, but it is unlikely that it will happen as planned. We will wait until the end of April to cancel it officially so do keep in mind that we may still need your plant donations at some point in the future.

Watch this site too, for information on what garden centres are still open for curb service or pre-order pickups as we are contacting many of them to get that information for you. After all, Gardening is an essential activity.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and take good care of each other. Stay in touch with gardening friends and remember that gardening feeds the soul! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you might have. Above all, Stay Calm and Garden On!

Yours in Gardening,
Merle Cole

Canada Blooms 2020

Canada Blooms 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Canada Blooms 2020

District 17 AGM 2020

Show cancelled due to COVID-19

Show Schedule

Registration Form

D17 AGM 2020

Special Greenleaf Conference Report

Greenleaf Special Conference Edition

Oshawa Peony Festival


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A Guide to Bloom Time in the Oshawa Garden

Oshawa Bee City

Oshawa - 22nd Canadian Bee City and 17th in Ontario

Located on the eastern edge of the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, the City of Oshawa has joined the growing list of municipalities committing to taking actions to help pollinators! The City maintains several formal pollinator and community gardens. It has also amended its boulevard by-law to encourage planting for pollinators and is working to reduce mowing and increase naturalization in parks and areas adjacent to water.

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Membership Year & Online Registration

Notice to all members:

The membership year for renewals is now from January 1 to December 31.

Therefore, you’ll renew in December of 2019 for the 2020 membership year.

Coming very soon: Online registration and payment. You’ll be able to renew online. No more lines. Convenience plus.

Watch your membership page for updates.

OGC Spring Plant Sale

Spring Sale 2019
See our 2019 Plant Sale Video

Date: Saturday May 25th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Location: South Oshawa Community Centre - 1455 Cedar Street South, Oshawa, Ontario (see map)

Our annual plant sale offers great plants at bargain prices. Locally grown and cared for, we offer perennials, herbs, geraniums, dahlias and so much more.

Durham Master Gardeners and our members are available for help in choosing the right plant for your garden. Our partners include G.L. Roberts CVI Horticultural Program , Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee, Robert Young (Dahlias).

Take advantage of free mini-demonstrations and planting activity for kids (must be accompanied by a parent). Cash sales only. Free parking. Student volunteers to assist with carrying plants.

Resilient Communities, Regenerative Landscapes


Seedy Saturday - Feb 23rd

2019 D17 AGM Show Schedule


Hosted by: Georgina-Brock Garden Club
Udora Community Hall, 24 Victoria Road, Udora, ON L0C 1L0 (
see map)

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2019 D17 AGM Invitation

2019 District 17 AGM Invitation

2019 D17 AGM Photo Competition


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

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.

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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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".

Vote for Canada's National Flower

3 flowers plus banner

Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Z9WDW9

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Z9WDW9

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

Club Logo Contest Winner



Congratulations to Debi for receiving the most votes and winning our New Logo Contest. The peony celebrates our partnership with the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens and their annual, award winning Peony Festival. This free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens and is one of Canada's largest contemporary peony collections. Watch for the new digitized logo here on our website.

Great work, Debi!

Blooming Oshawa Photography Contest

“Blooming Oshawa” for the Bookmark!

There are amazing public gardens throughout the City of Oshawa. Oshawa Garden Club members are invited to submit their favourite photograph of or from an Oshawa public garden to grace the front of the 2018 Bookmark that lists our programs for the year.

We will accept one 4” x 6” photograph per participant, so choose your best shot! Photographs should be taken within the April 2016 to September 2017 time period. The photograph is to be mounted on a 5” x 7” piece of white cardstock or Bristol board with the photographer’s name and phone number printed on the back centre top. Every entrant will be required to sign the release form below, giving the Oshawa Garden Club permission to use the photo for club publications and/or on the website.

Photographs are to be submitted to Debi by September 30, 2017. The photographs will be displayed at the October 16, 2017 meeting for all members in attendance to vote for their favourite. The top choice will be printed on the 2018 Bookmark.

We look forward to seeing all your amazing entries!

release form (.docx form)

Pickering Horticultural Society Welcome to the D17 AGM


“Still Growing and Blooming”

Hosted by Pickering Horticultural Society

Saturday, April 22, 2017

4 Seasons Country Club, 1900 Concession 8, Claremont, Ontario (see map)

Doors Open: 8:00am
Hospitality: 8:30am
Entries Close: 9:00am

SPEAKERS: Lizzie Matheson and Malcom Geast

As you will see cost is $30 per person with a preregistration deadline of April 14th and then $35 at the door.


Show Schedule

Pinterest Brings Us Ideas: Powerpoint on How to Use


Pinterest is a place to share ideas, photos, links and how-to’s.

Member Merle Cole is currently administering the OGC Pinterest account and has put together a fabulous primer on how to use the OGC Pinterest.

Go here to the Pinterest How-to to learn about it.

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2016 OGC Annual Report

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President’s Report – The Year in Review

It has been my pleasure to fill this role for this past year (and the prior two years that I held the position). It has provided me the opportunity to challenge myself, pushing that wee bit beyond my comfort zone. That is a good thing because I believe that it has helped me blossom in new ways. It has allowed me to get to know more of the garden club members and other people from related community organizations, growing friendships along the way.

It has been a busy year for the club. The Therapeutic Gardening group headed by Ann Couch worked with more residents at Hillsdale Estates, nineteen members came out to tend the gardens at Hearth Place throughout the summer, we helped over 130 children plant seeds at the Rose of Durham Picnic and we held a successful Plant Sale. Kaitlin Lawrence was our third scholarship recipient for her achievements in the Horticulture Technician program at Durham College. Our members were entertained with excellent speakers, a garden tour of members and neighbours gardens, organized by Jill and Nadia, a Christmas Social and a Strawberry Social.

Along with the fun, there was business to be attended to. Eighteen of our members attended the District 17 Annual General meeting in Whitby graciously hosted by the Brooklin Horticultural Society. The Ontario Horticultural Association’s Annual Meeting was held in Kitchener during July. Attending this meeting allows us to remain informed about what is new and exciting at our overseeing body. I was very glad to have 4 of the Executive members join me.

I was so pleased to be able to welcome back Jim Cook as our webmaster. He jumped back in without missing a beat and the website is “amazing” again. I am also excited to announce that there will be new board members providing direction to the club. They have interesting gardening and personal experiences and I look forward to their input and ideas.

Sadly we have said good-bye to members too. In May, life member Mildred Field passed away. Her daughter described how much enjoyment sharing our newsletter brought to them over the past few years. Directors Penny Tracy and Barb North have moved away from Oshawa, while Heather Miller is stepping down. They were very active members and their warm smiles and helping hands will be greatly missed.

Our members are ambassadors for the club. They contribute to many activities throughout the community. Within the club, the following are a few of the many who help to make the club such a success. Bob Kerr helps set up the audio visual equipment so you can hear the speakers and see their presentations. Maria’s and Faye’s work at the plant table provided unique, bargain priced plants and seeds to our members. The bakers organized by Margaret Woolsey and Marilyn Bilsky provided goodies to munch while drinking coffee and tea made by Diene Oegema and Penny Tracy. Pat Aasen sent out the eblasts to let you know about all these different events. Sherry Shrives has provided us with interesting articles and gardening information in the Greenleaf which is also posted on the website. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine Hilge our Secretary, Iris Lucas the club’s Treasurer and our two financial reviewers Bev Kilburn and Luba Samochin for all their help and support throughout the year. The Directors have been absolutely amazing to work with over the past year. They have been extremely supportive and incredibly hard working. It has been a true pleasure to have been able to work with such thoughtful and generous people. They are a major reason the club has been so successful.

A huge thank you to everyone!

Debi Foster

see the full 2016 Annual Report

D17 AGM Show Schedule

ONTARIO HORTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION - District 17 Annual General Meeting

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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Annual General Meeting Information

Our Annual General Meeting is a short year-end business meeting, held at the November 14, 2016 meeting. Read More…

Plant Hunting in China - Sept 14th

Don't miss Bill McNamara at Brooklin Horticultural September 14th. Read More…

OGC Club Logo Contest

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2017 District 17 AGM Photo Competition Classes

List of classes for the District 17 2017 AGM Photographic Competition (.pdf)

2017 OHA Convention Photo Competition Classes

List of classes for the 2017 OHA Convention Photographic Competition (.pdf)

Ted's Garden - Prairie Dock

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Brock Botanical Garden Tour


Cannington Horticultural Flower Show

On Monday, June 27/16 our Strawberries and Roses Horticultural Meeting is on. Entries for the Flower Show need to be in for judging before 7:00 p.m. Our meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

One of the most dynamic speakers, whose life is based upon Botanical interest and knowledge will be the keynote speaker. Be ready to hear Paul Zammit from Toronto Botanical Gardens sited at Edwards Gardens.

The Flower Show will feature roses so we welcome Shirley Park back to be our judge and honour the rose winner with the silver chalice. Many other perennial choices for Show are open as well.

Lion's Hall, 24 Laidlaw Street South, Cannington (see map)

2016-2017 Club Membership Form

The new club membership form is available for download…

2016-2017 Membership Form

Summer OHA Trillium

Don't miss the summer 2016 edition of the OHA Trillium…

Summer Trillium

Plant Sale May 28, 2016


CLOCA Earth Day Tree Planting

Volunteers Needed For RBC Earth Day Is Every Day Tree Planting

Date: Sat, April 23, 2016
Time: 9:00am to Noon
Where: Enniskillen Conservation Area, Clarington

The public is invited to give nature a helping hand at Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s annual Earth Day is Every Day tree planting event in partnership with RBC being held at the Carruthers Tract, a part of the Enniskillen Conservation Area in the Municipality of Clarington. The event is FREE and will run rain or shine, on Saturday April 23 from 9:00am until noon. All wishing to participate are asked to register online or call 905-579-0411, ext. 142.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to plant 2,016 native trees that will eventually grow into 2 acres mixed forest habitat. The public is asked to dress for the weather, bring a hat, sunscreen, boots, gloves and good digging shovels. Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s (CLOCA) Earth Day is Every Day event is a great opportunity for families, scout and guide groups, churches, businesses and students to assist and enjoy nature.

Directions: From the intersection of Regional Rd. 57 and Taunton Road in Clarington, travel north to Concession Rd 7. Turn left onto Con. Rd. 7 and travel to Holt Rd. Turn right and travel to the Enniskillen Conservation Area’s main entrance and follow signs. Google Map

RBC logo“The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), through the RBC Blue Water Project fosters a culture of water stewardship,” says Travis Capes, Regional Vice President, Durham Region. “This is our fourth year sponsoring this event as tree planting supports RBC’s overall goal to create access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water now and in the future.”

The property receiving the trees this year is located in the Greenbelt and the Oak Ridges Moraine and provides significant groundwater resources, open meadows, mature forests and wetland features in the headwaters of Clarington’s Bowmanville Creek. It is a major migratory corridor for wildlife and offers a thriving cold water fishery. “This tree planting like the others, will begin transforming a regenerating meadow into forest habitat for wildlife and enhance water quality,” says Capes. “One of the many benefits of these trees, as they grow and mature, is they will reduce topsoil erosion by catching precipitation with their leaf canopies. This lessens the force of storms and slows down water runoff which in turn ensures that groundwater supplies are continually being replenished.”

For more information please contact Gord Geissberger at the Authority office (905) 579-0411, ext. 142, email gord@cloca.com.

Healthy watersheds for today and tomorrow.

Garden Days - June 17 to 19

Garden Days is Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.

This three-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden.

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Recycle Batteries Responsibly

The OEAC (Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee) will be at our Plant Sale collecting used batteries. For every 3 kg of batteries collected the City will plant a tree. Support this environmental project and bring your used batteries to the Plant Sale. We will also accept batteries at the April and May meetings.

Durham Region has a curb side battery collection twice a year. The next collection will be the week of April 18 - 22, 2016. DO NOT dispose of batteries in the garbage. Keep mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals out of our environment.

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Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program

What is the number one threat to the survival of newly planted trees? What tree species are best for clay soils? How can you help the tree canopy in your community? Just a few questions you’ll be equipped to answer after graduating from the Tree Tenders Training Program!

This multi-day course will give you a solid understanding of how trees function and what they need to survive and thrive. You’ll learn about the benefits of urban trees and the challenges they face. Our expert instructors deliver engaging indoor and outdoor sessions that will give you skills you can apply immediately in your own yard and/or neighbourhood. You will even plant a tree!

Eligible for International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Continuing Education Units. May also qualify for credits through other continuing education programs.

Class Dates and Times:

Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $80 + HST - includes all classes and course manual

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OGC President's Message on Pollinators

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Whitby In Bloom Speaker Series

Don’t miss the Whitby In Bloom Speaker Series.

March 23, April 27, May 25…

Lecture Series information

Ted's Garden

by member Ted Brown

Hi Folks, I wanted to talk about where I’m at chronologically as it relates to my garden. How my garden is still evolving. A lot of you have seen my gardens and you’ll realize that I have a penchant for big showy plants , even flowers. Instead of a nice rudbeckia fulgida goldsturm or midsized blackeyed susan, why not a seven foot tall Rudbeckia nitida herbstsonne ‘Autumn Sun’ or cut leaf rudbeckia. Especially if it puts on a show and hides an area you want hidden. I use mine to hide the openings in a fence that has vertical alternating boards. And my yards are full of big showy flowers and shrubs, let’s not forget the roses. I spent a lot of years planting roses, all shrub or climber, and tons of small shrubs, some dwarf cultivars. So I thought. Well let me tell you, those dwarfs and other small shrubs get bigger than you assumed they would. That was the key word obviously. Those big plants take a lot of work to maintain. And more work as I get older doesn’t thrill me a whole lot so, time to start trimming. I know the plants that I like best after all these years and the ones that need the most upkeep.

So, time to start taking out a whole lot of those roses and shrubs. I’m down to eight rose bushes out of 31. I still have 27 shrubs and many of those big flowers are gone. I am down to three clumps of the cutleaf rudbeckia . And what have I been replacing them with to save me a lot of hard work. Instead of taking three or four days cutting most of it down every fall, other than the grasses and odd plants that I keep for the birds. What is my savior? Well, it’s daylilies, hostas and phlox paniculata. I don’t know of a better late blooming perennial that provides a lot of colour, fragrance and is also an easy plant to take care of than phlox . Neither does it require very much of anything to make it happy. While mildew used to be a big problem with the plant, no longer. It would still be wise not to crowd them. Make sure that the plant has some breathing room to control the moisture. And there are so many great colours. As for the hostas and daylilies, they’re perfect just about. They bloom for a decent amount of time, put on a superb show and also come in many great colours. More important in my opinion is that they both cover ground, the foliage provides shade to shade loving smaller plants but also blocks sunlight to a lot of weed seedlings. Should the odd weed survive and grow, it’s easily recognizable amongst the hostas and daylilies so easily picked and controlled. So they’re great ground cover, weed suppressors. And I love ground covers, things like deadnettle or lamium maculatum are excellent in many applications . I really like it around shrubs plus plenty of other places.

So, as you can see, my garden is still evolving, probably always will. It’s become much easier to take care of. With hostas and daylilies, you can just let the foliage die back and start deteriorating over the winter and clean it up in the spring before the new heads start popping through the ground. Meaning early spring while the ground is still a bit frozen. It's easier to take down the scapes too when the foliage has died back. No more days of cutting back big bulky plants. Very little fall cleanup at all other that the phlox and a few I’ll never part with plants. The shrubs that I have kept are special ones that serve many purposes and do not require yearly care unless truly warranted. My absolute favourite shrub for putting on a spring show is beauty bush, Kolkwitzia amabalis Pink Cloud although I’m looking for an even better cultivar called Dream Catcher because it puts on great fall colour which Pink Cloud does not. It might require minimal trimming. I have plenty of other great shrubs but I always try to look for three possibly four season interest. There actually are plenty. No less than two though, some twos are still keepers. That being said, I still have changes that I plan on making, always a game plan. I don’t want to take all of the tasks away, some of them are quite pleasurable. Don’t you enjoy a bright sunny day in the garden in the spring. Fresh air and sunshine in the garden at any time of year is something I always enjoy but I also believe that I’ll be pushing up daisies one day so there is more to think about in my case. While my wife might enjoy taking fresh cut flowers to the gym and picking fresh fruit and vegetables from the gardens, she is not a gardener per se. So, time to start thinking with both your brain and your heart, right? When in fact I succumb to destiny , she would be lost as to how she would maintain my gardens. Which means paying a fair amount of money to somebody that would maintain it. And would they even have any clue about some of the plants in my gardens. Improper techniques might not have an everlasting detrimental effect on most plants but it might on some or it might simply affect next year’s bloom. And that meant really analyzing the garden and doing whatever it took to minimize the amount of time and work that it took to maintain it all. Not the amount of time you spend in the garden though. Now we should have time to sit back and smell the roses. If you chose the right species and cultivars.

Happy Gardening Folks,


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