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2016 Meetings


St Andrews United Church in Pakenham

All meetings start at 7:30 pm

(with the exception of the May/June Flower Shows which start at 7:00pm)




February 17 - “The Art and Science of Pruning”: Arborist and trained horticulturist Joanna Kowalczyk of Singing Nettle Farm will help us “sharpen” our skills as well as our shears in readiness for this annual chore. Bring all those seeds you’ve been hording and exchange them for some new varieties at our seed exchange. There will also be as a short Floral Design Demonstration by one of our members.


March 16“Tour Switzerland’s Flore-Alpe Botanical Garden”: Club member and talented photographer Judy McGrath will take us on a virtual tour of this 6000 square metre site on Lake Champex in the snow-capped peaks of Les Combins. The garden features more than 3000 species of alpine plants from around the world. Bring a houseplant or rooted cutting for our plant exchange. There will also be a short Floral Design Demonstration by one of our members.


April 20“Dancing Dahlias”: Olly Chuchryk of Charing House Gardens in Nepean, an expert in all aspects of gardening with dahlias, will talk about dahlia varieties and the tricks of the trade when dealing with these beautiful plants. She will also have specimens to sell. Bring your old gardening books and exchange them for new titles at our book exchange. Also bring along any extra gardening tools that we can sell at our May plant sale.


May 18Spring Flower Show and presentation “Beauties of the Burnt Lands”: Plant explorer and story teller extraordinaire, Brian Carson, an authority on the Burnt Lands Alvar east of Almonte will introduce this special biological environment and the many unique plant species that inhabit it.


May 21 - Plant Sale at Five Span Feed and Seed 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


June 15Summer Flower Show and presentation “Those Pesky Parsnips!”: Founder and director of FarmForest Research, Dr. James Coupland is an entomologist, agricultural research scientist and ecologist with a passion for biodiversity protection and sustainable agriculture. He will give us the lowdown on the problem of Wild Parsnips and how to deal with this difficult plant.


July 20Picnic and tour of David Donaldson’s outstanding garden on Cedar Hill Road. Details to follow!


August 12/13 – Pakenham Fair and Fall Flower Show


September 21 – “Creating a Monarch Butterfly Habitat”: Sherryl and Bob Smith of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will take us on a tour of established butterfly gardens and give us tips on attracting and assisting the Monarch butterfly. Door prize raffle.


October 19Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner



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