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March2018Greenleaf

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE












I am looking forward to enjoying longer days filled with sunshine, as we are just a few weeks away from the arrival of spring and the beginning of daylight savings time. The changes have begun in my garden and I am anxious to get out for a spring cleaning being mindful of leaving some leaves and branches for the protection of my backyard insects, birds and critters.

I recently had the pleasure of representing the Oshawa Garden Club at the Durham College Student Scholarship presentation. The OGC has been providing a $500 Scholarship to a second-year student in the Horticulture Technician Program since its' inception. Our 2017/2018 winner is Steve Mahant. Steve hails from Markham and is a BSc graduate with a major in Biology. I am hopeful that Steve and some of his classmates will be able to join us at one of our meetings.

Is there something garden related you want to learn? Is there a topic or a speaker you would like to hear? Is there a  committee you would like to join? Please let me know. We strive to educate, inspire and connect with you at each and every meeting and event. I am currently approaching Speakers for 2019 and based on your input I hope to have everything in place by the summer. And yes, Paul Zammit is booked to return in 2019!

Our March speaker, Ingrid Janssen will be speaking on Making your Garden Bee-utiful, a  presentation on pollinators with an emphasis on Bees. We are well aware of the plight of our smallest pollinators and Ingrid will provide us with tips to maintain a pollinator-friendly garden. We have a few Pollinator Nests left for sale at $20 each. 


Please feel free to dress in your Bee-inspired attire, as there will be games and prizes. We encourage all members to enter a plant arrangement, with a bee or a yellow/black theme, at the Imagination Station.


I hope to see you Monday! Robin, Your Queen Bee

contact me at president@oshawagardenclub.ca



ANTICIPATION! MAY 26, 2018

OSHAWA GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
Growing Roots Oshawa Wide
South Oshawa Community Centre
1455 Cedar Street South, Oshawa
9:00 am until sold out.




The Planning Committee is getting ready for our 2018 Plant Sale and we are pleased to continue partnering with G.L. Roberts Collegiate/Environmental Science Program, Peter Keeping (Clematis), Robert Young (Dahlias) and the Durham Master Gardeners. 
HOW CAN I HELP, YOU SAY?
We ask you to keep us in mind and pass along any plant donations that you may have, as you open up your garden this spring. Pick up an instruction sheet at the Sign-in table, if you are new to this. If you grow your own veggie plants (tomatoes, peppers, radishes, onions etc.) please consider donating some to the sale. If you can help the committee with potting up the week prior or the set-up or the take-down or a sign for your lawn, leave your name at the Sign-in table. We hope all members will gather up their friends and neighbours and come shopping!


YOUNG GARDENERS🙋
Past President Debi is our faithful volunteer who introduces Horticulture to young people. If you enjoy working with children, please see Debi for details on these workshops.
Rose of Durham Community Picnic  May 26, 2018
Spend an hour or two assisting Debi, as she teaches children how to plant seeds.
GardenOntario Week Youth Workshop, June 9 - 17, 2018
Spend an hour or two assisting Debi, as she teaches children how to make a mason bee house. Time will be after school and date will be announced.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO PLANT A TREE?

Maple Leaves Forever promotes the planting of native Canadian maple trees and their website contains useful information. Spring is the best time to make a plan.

www.mapleleavesforever.com










SPRING IS HERE MARCH 20 - HOORAY!


LOBBY GREETINGS
Thank you to secretary Catherine for welcoming us to the meeting tonight

SPEAKER

Creating a Bee-utiful Garden. Ingrid Janssen will give us the good news and the bad news on our Pollinators and she will give us simple tips to support these garden friends. Ms Janssen is a very knowledgeable master gardener, bring your questions.

TOMMY'S BEES

Our member Linda will have a table showcasing local Honey tonight.

SIGN-IN TABLE

Say hello to Ann who is sitting in for Nadia tonight. She is learning the ropes to manage Membership and the Sign-in table.

REGISTRATION TABLE
Tonight is the deadline to pre-register for the District 17 Annual General Meeting. Pass your cheque for $30.00 to Monika, made out to the Oshawa Garden Club.
Further information is on the poster here www.oshawagardenclub.ca
If you would like to attend the LEE VALLEY BEE HOUSE WORKSHOP leave your name with Monika for the draw. Space is limited and we will draw names for 2 members, eligible to attend. The materials fee is $10.00

WE đź’šNEW MEMBERS
Shawn Sowten
Jane Havens
Marie and Tom Hodgson

50/50 TICKETS
Support our little fundraiser and buy a ticket from Janice

PLANT TABLE  
Welcome back to Faye and Sharon, our Plant table volunteers. You can come with questions or you can donate any houseplants here or you can give a plant a new home for a nominal fee. If you have any seeds to exchange, place them in a sealed and labelled container and share them with other members here.

NEED A SEED, LEAVE A SEED
This is a spring event hosted by the Oshawa Public Libraries. Their hand out is available online and copies can be picked up at the Plant table.      www.oshlib.ca/sites/all/pdf/NeedASeed/InformationalSheet.pdf

IMAGINATION STATION - PARTICIPATE!
Vida encourages all members to bring in an arrangement of plant material to display at her table. Tonight you could be creative with a pollinator/bee or yellow/black theme. Stop by to see what other members have created and see if this is a hobby you could enjoy. This is for beginners and experts alike and you receive points for participation. Talk to Vida if this is new to you.

LUG-A-MUG
Once again we are very grateful for the snacks provided by our volunteers. The refreshment table is a popular spot to hang out and exchange friendly greetings. Thank you, volunteers, for making our evening more enjoyable.

CANADENSIS
Canadensis is a New Latin term meaning of Canada, used in taxonomy to denote species indigenous to or strongly associated with Canada. Examples are Castor canadensis - Canadian beaver, Branta canadensis - Canada goose, Xercis canadensis - eastern redbud and Anemone canadensis - Canadian anemone.

SUBSCRIBE TO A GARDEN NEWSLETTER EMAIL
If I could only subscribe to one gardening email, it would be Jennifer Arnott's, The Fabulous Garden. She has excellent articles and how-to photos on a variety of topics. She has an interesting article on the latest research on feeding birds and she has an article on tuberous begonias, dahlias and more. She gardens in zone 6 in Toronto.
www.thefabulousgarden.com

PLACES TO GO

CANADA BLOOMS continues until March 18 at the Enercare Centre 

THE PETERBOROUGH GARDEN SHOW 
Come Grow With Us
April 13,14,15, 2018
www.peterboroughgardenshow.com

Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough.
Speakers, workshops, and vendors, this show has it all. If you have never attended this show, try to find time this year, as it is an exceptional garden show.





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
Communications: Thank you, Susan
Publicity: Thank you, Judy
E-blast: Thank you, Robin
The next newsletter deadline is April 2, 2018
The next meeting is April 9, 2018, at 7:30 pm