keeping our community green

Spring Plant Sale

Join us for our Spring Plant Sale! Sales are cash only.


Peterborough Garden Show

2018 Peterborough Garden Show

2018 Plant Sale

The Oshawa Garden Club presents their 2018 Plant Sale in Oshawa on Saturday, May 26th. Lots of great plants at good prices plus lots of other garden-related displays.

Click here to see this year’s plant sale video with specific details courtesy member Merle Cole.

Community Clean Up

Clean Up Time

All hands on deck!

The Oshawa Garden Club is taking part in Oshawa’s Community Clean Up 2018. We’re cleaning up the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens on Thursday, April 26 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Come on out and lend a needed hand.

Making Your Gardens Bee-utiful Plant List

Creating a Bee-utiful Garden

Master Gardener Ingrid Janssen focused her talk on the plight of pollinators living here in Eastern Canada. She gave us the good news and the bad news and showed us the simple things that we can do in our gardens to encourage and support our native pollinators.

Making Your Gardens Bee-utiful Plant List

Southern Ontario Orchid Show

SOOS Poster 2018

2018 Bookmark Winner

We have a winner! Debi F. wins the photo contest held late 2017. Congratulations Debi!

OGC Winner

OHA District 17 Annual General Meeting 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hosted by Bowmanville Horticultural Society



2018 AGM District 17 Spring 2018final

Master Gardeners in a Class of Their Own

Master Gardener

by Mark and Ben Cullen - Toronto Star, November 11, 2017

When it comes to cultivating passion, energy and talent, Canada’s Master Gardeners are standouts.

Master Gardeners are dedicated to the art and science of gardening. And, with their generosity of knowledge and time — on public garden tours, at local horticulture societies, at small shows and big ones such as Canada Blooms and in various online forums — they help sustain a broader community of Canadian gardeners...

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Ornamental Gardens - How to handle the rainwater

Speaker Sean James gave a talk on rain gardens at the September 11 meeting. Click the link below for a .pdf of the presentation.

Ornamental Gardens - How to handle the rainwater

Canada's National Flower - Bunchberry

national flower winner

The votes are in! Canadians have spoken!

A nation-wide contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, sponsored by Master Gardeners of Ontario, has embraced the bunchberry, known as quatre–temps in French and kawiscowimin in Cree, as the winner.

Since the beginning of the National Flower Contest, the little white flower has held the lead with an average of 80 per cent of the on-line vote. Since it was announced in March, almost 10,000 Canadians took up the challenge to help select our national flower.

Master Gardeners of Ontario will submit an online petition to Parliament to have the winner declared Canada’s official National Flower, says Maureen Hulbert who spearheaded the project: "We all love to celebrate the wildness of Canada and its varied areas and having something that can actually grow in every part of the country pulls us together".

Earth, Fire, Water and Air: Dr. Andy Fyon

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Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIP's) - How-to

Steven Biggs, writer and speaker, gave a great talk at the Oshawa Garden Club about easy-to-make planters. Steven mentioned that one very important thing to remember, which is not visible in the photos, is to put a drainage hole at the level of the top of the reservoir. Included here are two pictures, one showing what’s at the bottom of the container, and then another afterwards, once he’s installed a bit of landscape fabric to keep out as much soil as possible. Thanks Steven.

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No Guff Vegetable Gardening

by Steven Biggs

A fun garden is a rewarding garden. (What could be more rewarding than an enquiry about a Promethean plant?!) A practical garden fits into a hectic schedule. No Guff Vegetable Gardening is both fun and practical. Not sure where to start? Try something new (parsnip wine!) or fun—and don’t worry about failure.

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Vote for Canada's National Flower

3 flowers plus banner

Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link:

What’s the National Flower of Canada?

We have an official tree - the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower! Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one!

Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, came up with the following three choices for a pan-Canadian flower - one that appears in every province and territory but is not already a provincial or territorial emblem:

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)
· Unique spiraling flower spike marks this genus
· Found in open wet areas – meadows, bogs, marshes
· Fragrant flowers from July to Sept on 10 to 50 cm stems
· Food source for native bumblebees all through summer

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
· Delicate but tough! “borealis” – of the north
· Found in forests, wetlands all over Canada
· Reproduces mainly by spreading stolons
· Fragrant flowers on 15 cm stems for one week in June, attract native bees
· Winter forage for caribou

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
· Changes with the seasons - just like Canada!
· White flowers in spring, red berries in summer, great red-purple fall colour
· Very common in forests and wetlands all over Canada
· Creeping form, 10 to 20 cm tall, great as a native groundcover
· Pollinators include native bumblebees and solitary bees
· Berries are food source for small and large mammals, migratory birds
· Winter forage source for caribou, moose, elk, deer

Voting will close at midnight on June 30th, 2017

Vote now-it only takes a few seconds using this Survey Monkey link:

Plant Sale Video

Member Merle Cole has produced an intro video for the 2017 OGC Plant Sale to be held at the South Oshawa Community Centre (map), May 27th starting at 9am.

Hearth Place Plant Sale

Plant Sale Image

The Oshawa Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 27, 2017

South Oshawa Community Centre (map)

9:00 A.M.

Come one; come all to the Oshawa Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale. Once again we will have lots of hardy perennials, veggies, specialty Geraniums, clematis, dahlias and much more at reasonable prices. Representatives from the Master Gardener’s and experienced club members will be on hand to offer advice on plant choices.

OGC Plant Sale

Plant Sale Poster 2017

Sustainable Pickering Day

Sustainable Pickering Day

Club Logo Contest Winner



Congratulations to Debi for receiving the most votes and winning our New Logo Contest. The peony celebrates our partnership with the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens and their annual, award winning Peony Festival. This free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens and is one of Canada's largest contemporary peony collections. Watch for the new digitized logo here on our website.

Great work, Debi!

Blooming Oshawa Photography Contest

“Blooming Oshawa” for the Bookmark!

There are amazing public gardens throughout the City of Oshawa. Oshawa Garden Club members are invited to submit their favourite photograph of or from an Oshawa public garden to grace the front of the 2018 Bookmark that lists our programs for the year.

We will accept one 4” x 6” photograph per participant, so choose your best shot! Photographs should be taken within the April 2016 to September 2017 time period. The photograph is to be mounted on a 5” x 7” piece of white cardstock or Bristol board with the photographer’s name and phone number printed on the back centre top. Every entrant will be required to sign the release form below, giving the Oshawa Garden Club permission to use the photo for club publications and/or on the website.

Photographs are to be submitted to Debi by September 30, 2017. The photographs will be displayed at the October 16, 2017 meeting for all members in attendance to vote for their favourite. The top choice will be printed on the 2018 Bookmark.

We look forward to seeing all your amazing entries!

release form (.docx form)

Pickering Horticultural Society Welcome to the D17 AGM


“Still Growing and Blooming”

Hosted by Pickering Horticultural Society

Saturday, April 22, 2017

4 Seasons Country Club, 1900 Concession 8, Claremont, Ontario (see map)

Doors Open: 8:00am
Hospitality: 8:30am
Entries Close: 9:00am

SPEAKERS: Lizzie Matheson and Malcom Geast

As you will see cost is $30 per person with a preregistration deadline of April 14th and then $35 at the door.


Show Schedule

2017 OGC Speaker List

2017 OGC Speaker List

Flowering Alliums Presentation

Flowering Alliums Tipsheet