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February 2018 Greenleaf


One of the benefits of gardening, in our part of Canada, is that we have the ideal weather in the winter months to stay indoors pondering and planning our garden spaces for the new season. I use this time to think about what I would like to do differently, as I research my options, and start to put a plan into place. Gardening websites, Pinterest, YouTube and magazines are all great gardening resources with ideas, design lessons, seed-starting tips, planting guides, garden art and other suggestions. I must admit that I could (and sometimes do) spend hours on Pinterest and YouTube. Check out the Garden Answer videos on YouTube or The Fabulous Gardener blog or the Garden Journal on our website...when you have TIME!

This season, I plan to start vegetables from seed, divide plants from my cottage garden for donation to our Plant Sale, participate in more garden tours (Artist in the Garden and our own OGC Sharing Gardens Tour) and volunteer at the Peony Festival.

I look forward to attending the District 17 meeting and the Ontario Horticultural Association Convention in Kingston. These meetings are an opportunity to see what other clubs are doing, network with other gardeners, find resources and vendors, and learn from the experts. What are your gardening plans for 2018? Would you like to attend these events? See the Greenleaf for details and use this email to contact me:

I hope to see you Monday! Robin 


Enjoy these planters courtesy of the fourth-floor residents and the volunteers of the Oshawa Garden Club Therapeutic Gardening Project
Therapeutic Gardening at Hillsdale Estates is expanding and continuing for another year! The staff requested that we triple our original numbers and increase the project to include 15 participants.
When: 4th Thursday morning of the month from Jan to Nov.
Time: 9:45 am to approximately 11:00 am.
Your time commitment can be for some or all of the sessions. You are welcome to join us and see what we do at Hillsdale and decide if you would like to volunteer for this valuable program.
Contact Ann at or 905-725-1015.

Thank you to Ann Sewell for taking on Membership
Thank You to Judy Jager for taking on OGC Publicity
Thank you to Judy Jager for taking on Plant Sale Publicity
Thank you to Jill Snape for taking on Sharing Garden Tours  
Thank you to Jill Snape for taking on Hearth Place Garden upkeep

Join the Plant Sale Committee, event May 26
Join the Hearth Place Garden upkeep team
Join the Strawberry Social Committee, event June 11
Shadow Robin if you are interested in booking our Speakers
Sharing Gardens Tour is held every other year, but we need gardens to visit. This is a low-key, member-only, fun summer day out, and we are not looking for perfect gardens, we are looking for member-loved gardens.


February 24, 2018, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Cannington. Three horticultural societies, Beaverton, Cannington and Georgina-Brock, have partnered to organize this free, family-friendly event. There will be a seed swap, seed vendors, speakers and more.

GM Oshawa donated $10,000 to this worthy cause and planted 155 trees

April 21, 2018, at Faith United Church in Courtice. Hospitality 8:30 am, meeting starts at 9:30 am. Plan to attend this interesting gardening day out hosted by the Bowmanville Horticultural Society. Pass your registration fee $30.00 to Monika tonight or at our next meeting March 12. Make your cheque out to the Oshawa Garden Club. You may still attend at the last minute and pay at the door $35.00. The theme for the photo contest is Echoes of Winter and the deadline to enter is March 23, 2018. Past President Debi will help you with any tips or information and President Robin has the registration forms.
The D17 poster can be found here:

LEE VALLEY TOOLS is offering a BEE HOUSE WORKSHOP. This involves putting together a pre-cut, 5-sided wooden bee house, using a drill and other tools to complete your project. The cost $10.00. Two members, from each of the twelve Garden Clubs in District 17, will be admitted, as participants are limited. If you are interested, pass your name to Monika at the registration desk and two names will be drawn at the March meeting.

March 9 - 18, 2018
Held at the Enercare Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto
This year, you will see one of the largest and most ambitious gardens, created in a decade, The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute Garden.


Thank you to Cathy Brown

Welcome to Kate Seaver and her theme is Sweetheart Arrangements

See Nadia for any garden club or volunteer information and make sure you pick up a Bookmark 2018

Membership is at 177. Remember to welcome new members, who can be identified by a name tag with a sticker. Board members wear green name tags

Jim has made it very easy for website visitors to join our Club. Just a click on the banner on the main page and the visitor will be welcomed to the Oshawa Garden Club. Amazing!


See Janice to support our fundraiser


Robin donated her December 50/50 winnings to Simcoe Hall. Gloria and Cathy, savvy shoppers, were able to take advantage of a sale at Shoppers Drug Mart and they turned $300.00 into more than $500.00 worth of personal care products, much needed by Simcoe Hall. 
Thanks for making Oshawa Garden Club members PROUD!

Participation is what it is all about!
We will repeat January's theme: Cold Weather.
Use any plant material including vegetables, herbs, and accessories.

A lucky member will win a $25.00 gift certificate from Kingsway Gardens.

The Roots of My Obsession: 30 Great Gardener's Reveal Why They Garden by Thomas C. Cooper

Thank you to Monica for preparing the coffee and offering us tastes of exotic teas. Thank you to Janey and the Bakers...the treats are always delicious!

This is an online marketplace for growers of vegetables to connect with vegetable eaters in their neighbourhood. You will want this information in August, check it out now.
Jim has posted an excellent article, Master Gardeners In A Class of Their Own, from the Toronto Star, written by Mark and Ben Cullen. Click on the Garden Journal on the main page and scroll down.
Oshawa Garden Club Facebook
For information on the Cobourg Master Gardeners' Speaker Series, see our Facebook page.
Read the Durham Integrated Growers, Winter2018 newsletter, for excellent tips and information about seeds. Click resources on the main page.
For information about the Ontario Horticultural Association's Annual Convention held July 27, 28, 29, 2018 at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre in Kingston, near the train station and the 401.

Where: Brooklin United Church
19 Cassels Road East, Brooklin at 7:30 pm
Admission is free with a donation to the food bank
Pre-register at
March 28 Charlie Dobbin, The Good The Bad and The Ugly
April 25 Denis Flanagan, Shrubs and Trees for the Urban Gardener
May 23 Lizzie Matheson, Floral Design Tips and Tricks


Contact Sherry:
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Contact President Robin:
Contact a Board member:

The next newsletter deadline is March 5, 2018
The next meeting is March 12, 2018, at 7:30 pm