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June 2018 Greenleaf

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Gardening Season is in full bloom! It is a busy time, as we discover what has taken root from our past plantings and we work tirelessly to keep the weeds in check.  Finding space to add new plants can be a challenge, but a good gardener can always make room or add another container! 
Our Speaker, Peter Green comes to us from Greenhouse on the River in Lakefield with ideas and tips for your Summer Containers.
Special thanks go out to our Plant Sale Chairs Judy Jaeger and Garry Lucas. Under their guidance and direction, we experienced a very successful plant sale on May 26th. The committee, volunteers, plant donors and buyers were all key factors in this, our main fundraiser for the club. The proceeds go a long way to pay for speakers, supplies, programs and materials used throughout the year. It also helps keep our membership fees down. 
Our Membership year begins again in September and fees will remain at $20 per individual or $30 per family (at the same residence). We have an Early Bird Membership Draw for a $25 Kingsway Greenhouse Gift Certificate at our June meeting for all those that are prepaid by the end of the meeting.
Although the Club will not be meeting during the months of July and August our programs and activities continue through the summer. Ten Board Members will be attending the OHA Convention in Kingston, the Hearth Place gardens will continue to be tended, we will be nurturing young minds at the Boys and Girls Club of Durham Region with our Pollinator and Pollination Workshop and our Sharing Member's Gardens Tour is being planned for August 12. 
We will keep you informed through email and the website, so please check in whenever you have a chance. Also, ask questions, post your favourite gardening photos and connect to our Facebook page.
My parting wish is for you to enjoy your Summer with Good Health, Family and Friends!

Happy Gardening! Robin




RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Best practice is to pay your membership at the June meeting or mail it in during the summer. All information is on the Membership Form which can be picked up at the Sign-in table or printed at home from our website.



GARDEN CENTRE MEMBER DISCOUNT 10%
I visited Vandermeer Nursery several times and did not receive the discount. They assured me the discount is still offered. They have much new staff and even if they enter the club card into the computer they still have to do the discounting manually.  Ask the staff to discount regular priced items and if they look confused, ask them to call the manager.
Nadia         

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR






Congratulations to Debi Foster! She received her Award on Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 am at the Peony Festival, presented by the City of Oshawa. Of course, she was also volunteering at the Peony Festival!









GARDEN CLUB EVENTS
A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE...
to the donors of plants, potters and volunteers that made our Annual Spring Plant Sale a great success on Saturday, May 26th. You were awesome! The weather co-operated and plant seekers showed up early to find those special plants. An extra thank you to Vida Ycas-Abell for making sure the grass was trimmed before the customers arrived and to all members of the Plant Sale Committee for their extra flurry of activity prior to the sale. We are tallying up the proceeds, all of which go to support our Club. The Committee is already planning...or is that planting? for next year. If you have any ideas or suggestions or improvements, please let us know. We welcome all interested members to join the Plant Sale Committee team.
Looking forward to Plant Sale 2019! Judy J


STRAWBERRY SOCIAL
Don't forget to bring your ticket.
100 members are signed up for this event. The doors open at 6:00 pm and the strawberries will be served at 6:30. The meeting will start at 7:30.
Coffee, tea, and baking will also be available before the meeting. Cathy has rounded up some exciting prizes and tickets will be $5.00.
The Plant Table, the Imagination Station, and the 50-50 draw are cancelled for the June meeting.
HAPPY GARDENONTARIO WEEK!

OSHAWA VALLEY BOTANICAL GARDENS
The City of Oshawa would like to hold an Opening of the Daylily Garden, sometime during the week of July 16, 2018. As we receive more details, they will be sent to you by e-blast.

SHARING MEMBER'S GARDENS TOUR

Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm
All members of the Oshawa Garden Club are invited to an informal, afternoon out visiting member's gardens. Dress for the weather, as this is a rain (umbrella) or shine (hat and sunscreen) event. Light refreshments will be served at the last garden. Meeting place and further instruction will be sent to you by e-blast.

LET'S MAKE OUR 2019 BOOKMARK POP!

Oshawa Garden Club runs a summer evening Photo Crawl. This is an informal time to meet other members and improve your photo skills. All types of cameras and skill levels participate. Merle Cole is in the know and will give you some winning tips. There is also an ulterior motive here, as we would like to see you enter the Bookmark 2019 Contest. Make sure Merle or Nadia have your contact information, as final details will be emailed nearer the date. (usually August)

HAPPILY EVER AFTER


There has been a Royal Wedding since we last talked. Here is a rundown of the bride's bouquet. Seasonal plants from the UK were chosen; sweet pea, lily of the valley, myrtle, forget-me-not, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia. After the wedding, the bouquet was placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, a royal tradition since 1923.

WASN'T SHE AMAZING!















FLOWERS ON FIRE?!
Clarington Fire and Emergency Services state that they have received many calls for spontaneous fires originating in last year's peat and soil vessels, believe it or not! The recommendation is to clean up planters and to remove these derelict containers from wooden decks and nearby buildings.


VISITING OTTAWA?

Make sure to stop by the Fletcher Wildlife Garden and the Central Experimental Farm. The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is a public education garden and a long-term project of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. The Central Experimental Farm was established in 1886 as the central research station for the federal Department of Agriculture. Admission and parking, dawn to dusk, are FREE when you visit The Arboretum and 
Ornamental Gardens. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/plan-your-visit/


JUNE MEETING: I 💗 GARDENING


LOBBY GREETINGS Say hello to Judy


SPEAKER Peter Green will give us the latest on Summer Containers

TREAT Enjoy friends and strawberry shortcake and also, good luck on the draw prizes tonight!

HANDOUTS If you are focusing on a native/wildlife garden, pick up an application form to apply to be recognized by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. East York made this a goal to honour Canada150 last summer to certify 50 members with the CWF Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Wow. Read the article in the Spring Edition of the Trillium



GARDENING ADDS YEARS TO YOUR LIFE 
AND LIFE TO YOUR YEARS!
Best wishes for a safe and happy summer to all garden club members and may this quote from an unknown source be true for us all, as we enjoy gardening this summer of 2018.
We welcome you back on Monday, September 10, 2018.











GREENLEAF
Plant Hardiness Zone Oshawa 5b
Website: www.oshawagardenclub.ca
Contact Sherry: greenleaf@oshawagardenclub.ca
Contact Jim: webmaster@oshawagardenclub.ca
Contact a Board member: news@oshawagardenclub.ca
The next newsletter deadline is September 4, 2018
The next meeting is September 10, 2018