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April 2017 Greenleaf


I would like to extend a warm welcome and a Happy Spring to our members!

It is the membership that drives the Oshawa Garden Club. Like many non-profit organizations, there are a number of volunteers who work to make each meeting, event, and community involvement a success. Thank you to the volunteers for organizing the following events!

We want to make it easy for you to participate, as we have several outings planned over the next few months. There will be a SIGN-UP table at the meeting. Bring your calendar! Bring your cheque book! 

Please join us!

April 11, 2017 with rain date April 13, 2017
FREE Pruning Workshop
Durham Master Gardeners are teaching a Pruning Workshop for members of the Oshawa Garden Club. This workshop will be held outdoors at Hearth Place cancer Support Centre, 86 Colborne Street West, Oshawa at 7:00 pm. Please carpool if possible and park on the surrounding streets. Dress for the weather. Please sign-up.

April 25, 2017
FREE Greenhouse Tour for Oshawa Garden Club members at 6:00 pm
City of Oshawa Greenhouses. 919 Farewell Street (on the south side at the back) Please sign-up.

June 12, 2017
Oshawa Garden Club GardenOntario Week Event
FREE Strawberry Social
Doors open at 6:00 pm, strawberries served at 6:30 pm, followed by our
June meeting at 7:30 pm. We are looking forward to dynamic speaker Paul Zammit from the Toronto Botanical Garden. This Garden Club Event will be free, but tickets must be signed for ahead of time, to assist the Committee in planning for food and set-up. Guest are welcome and charged $5.00. If you can spare a small amount of time to assist with the berry-prep or the clean-up, please see Cathy or Monika or any Board member.

June 22, 2017
Oshawa Garden Club Bus Tour
Members $50.00 and guests $70.00 (insurance reasons)
Join us on a bus trip that will include a tour of the Field- to-Fork facility at Durham College, a visit to Hockley Meadow Farm with Trish Symons, a tour of Pathways to Perennials and possibly a tour of Marion Jarvie's Garden. Please bring a bag lunch to save time, as our agenda is packed. 
Sign-up with your cheque, made out to Oshawa Garden Club ASAP, as bus seating is limited to 56 people. The Tour begins at Durham College Whitby Campus and parking passes will be issued to use their lot for the day.

Date to be announced 
Garden Crawl Photo Workshop. 
Come out with your camera and tour some City of Oshawa Gardens with Debi and Merle. Take the winning shot for our 2018 Bookmark!

Club Fundraiser
Support the push to Protect Pollinators and buy a Pollinator Nest. Cost $20.00.

This is such an exciting time of year for gardeners! I hope that we can add some fun and excitement to your day at The Oshawa Garden Club!
See you at the meeting! Robin 


April 23 - 29, 2017
Thank you to all members who volunteer their time and effort to this Club and to this Community.

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author Unknown

Growing Roots Oshawa Wide - Come Meet Our Partners
South Oshawa Community Centre / GL Roberts CVI
1455 Cedar Street South, Oshawa

May 27, 2017 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Look for bargains on perennials, annuals, garden art, herbs, dahlias, clematis and more. 

  • We are looking for people to donate plants.
  • If you require help digging or dividing plants, please contact us at
  • We need 4" or larger pots for transplanting. Square pots are preferred, but all are welcome. It would be greatly appreciated if you could wash them in warm soapy water with a little bleach, so that we do not pass on any fungus, disease, or pests.
  • We need volunteers to help pot up plants. Times and locations will be announced.
  • We need volunteers on the day of the sale. There will be two shifts. Shift 1 will be from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon and shift 2 will be from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm.
  • Pick up a How to Divide Perennials Tip Sheet at the sign-in desk.
  • Garry has worked tirelessly for many years potting up plants for our sale and he needs your help to make 2017 a success!
Speak to Monika, Nadia, Gloria for information

Cathy, Nadia, Gloria, Marion

Some of you may remember Marion Neven, a former member and secretary of the Oshawa Garden Club. She was instrumental in starting the Oshawa Garden Club Scholarship. Marion is now a resident of Sharbot Lake, where she continues her passion for gardening and photography. Villages Beautiful, Central Frontenac and the Festival of Trees benefit from her photography skills. We reconnected with Marion in Portugal and enjoyed much laughter as we shared our interests in Mediterranean gardening, photography, and Portuguese wine! Hopefully we will meet up again next year.
Check out Marion’s website at
Cathy, Nadia, and Gloria

Climate change is a complex and massive subject. We often read conflicting reports, but we do not have the time or expertise to find out what is true. D. Suzuki and I. Hanington are releasing a new book on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The title is Just Cool It!
D. Suzuki also recommends the following websites for facts.
There will be a march to safeguard and support the Scientific Community in Washington DC on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Satellite marches will take place in London, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Toronto.

Alexandra's Bounty Neighbourhood Garden is a new Community Garden on Lakeridge Health Property. Some land, north of the hospital on Simcoe Street has been transformed into a fruit and vegetable garden which will provide free food for local residents. Also, the mental health/addiction program looks forward to this space, as a place of recovery and well-being for their clients. See the gofundme page if you would like to donate to this local

In gardening terms, a perennial is any plant with the potential to live for three or more years when grown in the right conditions. A herbaceous perennial is one with a permanently soft, fleshy stem as opposed to a woody stem, which a shrub or tree has. Check the plant hardiness zone on the tag when shopping, as cold tolerance dictates the lifespan of a perennial. Plants that always complete their life cycle -- sprouting, flowering, setting seed and dying -- in a single growing season are called true annuals.

Our lobby greeter tonight is Past President Debi


Nancy Lawrence is talking to us about The Greenhouse Project at Parkwood Estates

Robert Bell takes many excellent photographs at our meetings and shares them with the Greenleaf



Faye will have houseplants at her table, along with The Big-Give-Away tonight. This is a free exchange, to recycle garden related items and hopefully keep them out of land fill. We kindly ask you to take your items home, if they are not picked up in the exchange, as we have no storage or other means of disposal.

April Theme

Celebrate a special occasion or holiday in April
May Theme
May's Imagination Station challenge is to create an arrangement with plant material to commemorate Queen Victoria's Birthday. It might look like a birthday cake. It may have black lace as an accent. It might be a small German Christmas tree. Remember that vegetables and fruits are plant material and can also be used. No restrictions.
We are no longer voting for our favourite entry. Every participant will receive points for entering a design. Submit as many creations as you wish. Every evening, we will draw the name of one of the participants and he or she will receive a bonus point.
Cheers, Vida


St. Patrick's Day at Hillsdale Estates

If you would like to volunteer from 09:45 to 11:30 on any 4th Thursday of the month from January to November, please contact Ann at 905-725-1015 or or speak with Ann at the meeting.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben will be discussed on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Toronto Botanical Garden Library.

Check out your local artists at their annual sale at Camp Samac, on the weekend of April 28, 29, 30, 2017 from 10 am - 5 pm. This event is free and it is best to enter from Conlin Road. 
Also this year, they are celebrating their 50th Anniversary with an Art Exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery April 6 to 23. Anne Labelle-Johnson is in the photo below and she is a past president of the Oshawa Art Association. She is a member of the Oshawa Garden Club and you can see her work at our November Craft Sale.

Paul Zammit says that the invasive plant goutweed, aegopodium podagraria is edible. Steam it and eat it!  The new growth, eaten before the plant flowers, tastes best.

Hans Paats is the treasurer and past president of the Brooklin Horticultural Society. He has created a website with information on the District17 Clubs, the District17 executive, native plant resources, an event calendar and more.

Mark Cullen's Spring Garden

Region of Durham FREE Compost Pick-Up Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017. 8 am - noon
Each Spring, the Region of Durham offers FREE compost to area residents at the Lakeview Park parking lot, Kluane Avenue, Oshawa. 

Best practice...amend your soil...add compost!

It is best not to step in the garden until the ground dries up, as compacting the soil is hard on your plants. While you are patiently waiting, here are some random thoughts to help you kick-start your To-Do List. Sharpen pruners. Shop for container soil, gardening gloves, a new trowel, slow release fertilizer pellets, worm castings or ?. Keep your tetanus immunization up to date. Some perennials, such as ferns, wake up late, therefore be careful early in the season not to mistakenly dig into them. Start feeding hummingbirds mid-April. (These tiny birds need the food after their long flight. The sugar to water ratio is 1:4. Do not add colour. Keep everything clean and replace your solution regularly.) Try to keep on top of the weeds and invasive species by hoeing the seedlings as they start to grow, before they build their strength.To receive your 10% member discount, make sure you have your membership card handy when shopping and show it before the cashier rings up your purchases.

July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Theme: GREEN From Shore To Shore
Sheraton Parkway North Hotel, Richmond Hill
Early registration is due by June 27, 2017. Cost $140.00
Registration is done by mail
See all convention information here:


May 13, 2017
North American Native Plant Sale
Markham Civic Centre from noon - 3:00 pm
101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, hwy #7 and Warden

May 13, 2017
Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre Plant Sale
86 Colborne Street West, Oshawa, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

May 13, 2017
Oshawa Curling Club Plant Sale
226 Bond Street East, Oshawa, 8:00 am until sold out

May 12,13, 14, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden Plant Sale

777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Master Gardeners will be on hand for gardening advice and St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre will be selling uncommon and high impact native plants. St. William's Nursery and Ecology Centre is the largest source-identified native plant nursery in the province. This is your chance to shop when they are a little closer to us, as the Centre is located in the Simcoe area.
Fri 10 - 8, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 10 - 5


Ajax Garden Club no info

May 13, 2017
Beaverton Horticultural Society Plant Auction
St. Paul's Anglican Church, 383 Osborne Street, Beaverton
registration and viewing 9 am - 10 am

Auction begins at 10:00 am

May 6, 2017
Bowmanville Horticultural Society Plant Sale 
at the downtown 4 corners during Maple Fest.
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

May 27, 2017
Brooklin Horticultural Society Plant Sale
Grass Park, Cassels Road East, Brooklin

9:00 am until sold out

May 6, 2017
Cannington Horticultural Society Plant Sale
Nourish and Develop Community Food Hub, 16 York St, Cannington
10:00 - 2:00 pm

May 8, 2017
Georgina Brock Garden Club Plant Auction
Wilfrid Community Hall, Wilfrid, just east of the flashing light on Durham Road 23, east of Pefferlaw
registration and viewing 6:30 pm 
Auction begins at 7:30 pm
a huge sale of perennials and annuals with Auctioneer Kevin McGuckin

May 13, 2017
Newcastle Horticultural Society Plant Sale
Newcastle Community Hall Parking Lot, 9:00 am - noon

May 6, 2017
Orono Horticultural Society Perennial Plant Sale
61 Irwin Road, a member driveway
8:30 - noon

May 27, 2017
Growing Roots Oshawa Wide - Come Meet Our Partners
South Oshawa Community Centre / GL Roberts CVI
1455 Cedar Street South, Oshawa
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Look for bargains on perennials, annuals, garden art, herbs, dahlias, clematis and more.

May 13, 2017
Pickering Horticultural Society Plant Sale
The Gazebo in Esplanade Park, Pickering. 8:00 am -11:00 am

May 20, 2017
Pine Ridge Garden Club Spring Plant, Bake, and Yard Sale
Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 hwy#7A, Nestleton 
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

May 27, 2017
Uxbridge Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale
In Uxbridge, at the Parkette on Brock Street, next to Coffee Time
9:00 am - noon

Plant Hardiness Zone Oshawa 5b
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The next newsletter deadline is May 1, 2017
The next meeting is May 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm