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May2017Greenleaf


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

No matter where I go in the Gardening World, I am pleased to meet, chat and share with other gardeners. We are such a happy and enthusiastic group of people, at this time of year, as we anticipate our plants crowning through the earth, trees budding, and all our green garden plans are starting to unfold.

This is a busy time for your Oshawa Garden Club and we hope you will join us for the following garden events. We will be planting over 240 varieties of Day Lilies in the New Day Lily Garden at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. Don't miss our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 27, as it is the Club’s largest fundraiser and we are counting on you to make this a successful event. Come early to the June meeting and enjoy our Strawberry Social. We will have a few tickets for the Bus Tour available at the May meeting. We also have two great Speakers planned for you with Vegetable Gardening Guru Steven Biggs at our May meeting and the effervescent Paul Zammit for our June meeting.

I look forward to seeing you Monday! Robin

JUNE: RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP MONTH



The Oshawa Garden Club membership year runs from September until June. It is helpful for Nadia to have an up to date list of members before the September meeting, so that she can have the membership cards, name tags, data base, meeting requirements, and more organized before the busy fall season.
www.oshawagardenclub.ca/resources/Membership-form-2016-2017.pdf 
  • Pick up a Membership Form at the Sign-In table and return it in June
  • Print your own Form from the website and return it in June
  • Mail in your Form to the address listed at the bottom of the page
  • Make your cheque payable to the Oshawa Garden Club
Membership is still a low $20.00 for a single membership and $30.00 for a couple.  Please read the Benefits of Membership on the Home page of the website to take advantage of all your Club has to offer.

NATIVE BEE NESTS





  • bats and birds can pollinate flowers, but insects are our major pollinators
  • bees are the most important pollinators and need protection now
  • social bees live in a colony with at least two females and workers that tend and defend the nest.
  • social bees such as bumble bees, honey bees, yellowjackets, and hornets sting to defend their nests, but not when they are out foraging.
  • the European honey bee is important to agriculture, but it is not native to North America. This is the only bee that leaves a stinger behind and if you are stung, you should remove it as quickly as possible.
  • there are 4000 species of native bees in North America and more than 90% of these native bees lead solitary, rather than social, lives.
  • solitary bees emerge from the nest in early spring and after mating, the female bee builds and tends her nest without any help
  • some common solitary bee names are plasterer, leafcutter, mason, digger, carpenter. The name comes from the way they build their nest.
  • Killer bees (Africanised honey bees) are not native and were introduced to Brazil in 1955. They are very defensive of their colonies and will sting intruders en masse. Their range will not include Canada, as they cannot tolerate our winters.
  • Mason bees are peaceful, smaller than a honey bee, and incredible pollinators. These bees are vulnerable to loss of habitat, predators and weather, and this is why we see Nesting Houses for sale at most Garden Centres. 
  • http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/mason-bees/
Oshawa Garden Club still has a few Pollinator Nests left for sale $20.00.

CLUB EVENTS IN MAY!

OSHAWA GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE

May 27, 2017
Growing Roots Oshawa Wide
Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
South Oshawa Community Centre / GLRoberts CVI
1455 Cedar Street South, Oshawa

Come out and speak with a Master Gardener, chat with Peter Keeping, a renowned expert on clematis, see unique garden art, chat with Robert Young a dahlia specialist, chat with Bill Grainger about geraniums, and pick up plants at bargain prices.
  • Past President Gloria is the chair of this committee and can answer any questions at the May meeting
  • if you have plants to donate, please drop them off at 8:00 am on the day of the sale 
  • if Saturday won't work for you, then call Garry to make arrangements to leave your plants in his driveway. 905-668-6368  
  • the committee has put up posters around town, but if you have a spot to advertise our sale, please pick up a poster at the May meeting
  • pick up a lawn sign at the close of the May meeting and put it on your property the Sunday before the sale 
  • bring your friends and relatives to the sale and shop until you drop! Come early for the best selection. This is a rain or shine event.
THE DAY LILY GARDEN PROJECT
OSHAWA VALLEY BOTANICAL GARDENS: abbreviation OVBG
Children's Arena, 155 Arena Street, Oshawa
May 11, 2017 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Daylily Garden is a new addition to the OVBG and has been designed by Oshawa City Staff. A local Daylily business donated a collection of plants last year and they have been on hold over the winter.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO DIG THEM IN ON THURSDAY, MAY 11.(rain date Friday) City staff and Garden Club members will be there to give you directions. The bulbs are being planted in swaths of colour and volunteers are needed to plant or carry water or other. Please dress for the weather and bring a shovel, gloves, watering can, and your lunch. Washrooms are available in the Children's Arena.

Please register at the Sign-In table.

SHOULD YOU DEADHEAD LILIES Hemerocallis?


Generally, deadheading encourages new flowers to bloom, but this is not the case for lilies. Once a stem has finished blooming, that is it. Cutting off the spent blooms will not make new buds. Deadheading is still a good idea though, as it will improve the appearance of the plant and it will direct the energy away from seed pods and back into the bulb for next year's blooms. Once the flower has faded, break it off with your fingers or snip it with your secateurs...using caution with purple flowers, as they will stain your fingers and clothes. Do not remove any leaves, as they are taking in energy for next year. It is common for some of the foliage to die back and you can pull this yellow foliage off by hand. Stella d'Oro daylilies are an exception and will re-bloom again later in the season. This hardy plant scoffs at hot dry conditions.

THE ONTARIO DAYLILY SOCIETY

If you love daylilies, you can find information about membership on their website. Their Annual CanAm Classic Convention will be held May 5, 6, 2017.
www.ontariodaylily.on.ca

SHOP FOR SPECIALTY DAYLILIES HERE

We're In The Hayfield Now 
owned by Janet Taylor and Simon Gill
4704 Pollard Road, Orono
open Thursday to Sunday 9:30 - 4:30
They hold an Annual Day Lily Festival at the farm July 21, 22, 23, 2017
www.hayfield.ca/

David's Garden

Unique lilies, plants and more
673 County Road 28, Millbrook, ON
http://www.davidsgarden.ca/

TrueNorth Daylilies at Hobbs Hollow

owned by Tim Hobbs
59 Hutchison Road, Warkworth
open 9:00 am-5:00 pm for the month of July
www.truenorthdaylilies.com

CLUB EVENTS IN JUNE!


THE OSHAWA PEONY FESTIVAL
OSHAWA VALLEY BOTANICAL GARDENS
June 10 and 11, 2017



Rose Mary Mason will be at our May meeting to offer information and to give members an opportunity to volunteer for a few hours at the Peony Festival. Speak with Rose Mary at the meeting or call 905-438-3146.


JUNE MEETING AND STRAWBERRY SOCIAL
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sign-up for this free event.
Oshawa Garden Club GardenOntario Week Event
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Strawberries served at 6:30 pm 
June meeting at 7:30 pm 
We are looking forward to dynamic speaker Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at 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. John Windatt has donated an ELECTRIC Wheel Barrow for our raffle. If you would like to donate to the raffle table or if you can spare a small amount of time to assist with the berry-prep or the clean-up, please give your name at the Sing-In Table. Speak to Cathy or Monika or any Board member with a green name tag for more information.


OSHAWA GARDEN CLUB JUNE BUS TOUR
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:30 am SHARP

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 a tour of Marion Jarvie's garden. Please bring a bag lunch to save time, as our agenda is packed.
The Tour begins at Durham College Whitby Campus and parking passes will be issued to use their lot for the day. We have 15 seats remaining. To reserve your seat, please sign-up with your cheque, made out to Oshawa Garden Club, at the Sign-In table.

GARDEN CRAWL - GET DOWN AND DIRTY!
Blooming Oshawa Photography Competition

Garden Club members are invited to a photography workshop with Merle.
The plan is to visit some of the amazing public gardens throughout the City of Oshawa and pick up some winning tips. Club members are invited to submit their best photograph, of an Oshawa public garden, for the front of the 2018 Bookmark to Debi by September 30, 2017. Vote for your favourite photograph, displayed at the meeting on October 16, 2017. We look forward to seeing your amazing entries!
Please register for the workshop at the Sign-In table.
Competition rules can be found on our website.

VOLUNTEER FOR OUR YOUTH EVENT

Tuesday June 13, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

During GardenOntario Week, we are looking for 4-5 volunteers to assist Debi, as she runs a Pollinator Workshop for 25 school age children. The children will make a simple house for solitary bees.
Register at the Sign-In table.
Location: Simcoe Hall Settlement House.


VOLUNTEER FOR SUMMER GARDENING 





Register at the Sign-In table to volunteer a few summer hours to tidy up the Hearth Place gardens. The gardens are maintained by a service, but they need a little upkeep over the summer. The dates and times vary and you will receive an email before each get together. Come when you are able. Dress for the weather and bring your choice weeding tool. Bags are supplied.


REPORT: DISTRICT 17 AGM

Rick Causton is our District 17 Director
Elaine Davidson and Kathy Allam are Assistant Directors
Don Wick received a parting gift, as he has moved to a new District
www.ohadistrict17.ca

134 members from District 17, including 20 members from the Oshawa Garden Club attended the Annual General Meeting at the 4 Seasons Golf Club in Claremont. District 4 Director, Dianne Westlake represented GardenOntario. Dianne asked members to consider working at the District level, as Elaine Davidson plans to retire in the Spring 2018 and her position will be open. It was a full day with delicious treats and lunch. The tables were decorated with a delightful arrangement of tulips and Jan Kerr was a lucky winner. Anne Sewell won one of Lizzie Matheson's amazing floral designs and she also placed in the Flower Show competition. Debi Foster placed in the Photography competition.Thank you to our hosts, the Pickering Horticultural Society, for starting off the gardening season with this inspirational day. The flower show was excellent.
Greenleaf Sherry


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MERLE'S FAB PHOTOS 

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DISTRICT 17 JUDGING SCHOOL
Many Garden Clubs hold Horticulture and Floral Design Shows and qualified Judges are necessary for a successful show. Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards is the rule book for exhibitors and Ontario Horticultural Association Judges.
The following is an example of a floral design competition coming up at the OHA Convention.  HILLARY HOUSE: Hillary House National Historic Site is a gothic revival house built in 1862 that is open to the public with a museum of early Ontario medicine. A handtied bouquet of herbs and other flowers in a clear glass container. Staged on tables with cream coloured cloths. Space allotted: 38 cm (15”) W x 38 cm D, height unlimited. 
Pretend you are the Judge: did the exhibitor follow the rule in the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards that states when designing with herbs, you need 5 or more cut specimens in one container? Did the exhibitor use a clear glass container? Did the exhibitor 's handtie fit with 1862?
If this interests you, please watch the Greenleaf for further information on a District 17 Judging School or leave your name at the Sing-In table.

REPORT: OSHAWA GREENHOUSE TOUR
15 members attended the City of Oshawa Green House Tour. Scott and Noelle provided us with a plethora of details about the Greenhouses and the City Gardens. Planning for the gardens begins in late August - early September for the next year.  The designs are finished in the fall to allow for ordering and preparing the plant materials.  The 8000 plants required for the gardens are generated by seeding, propagating cuttings or divisions.  Seeding begins in January with the bulk being completed in February and March.  Transplanting into the gardens, occurs within a one week period and staff need speed for this job - one plant per second! The staff puts together 70 hanging baskets for different areas around the city.  There are three full-time gardeners and a full complement of part-time gardeners and a few students to round out the numbers. We hope to run this tour again in the future. Do not forget to visit the City of Oshawa Gardens this summer and be sure to see the Canada150 tribute at City Hall. #proudofourcommunity!
Delving in the Dirt Debi

REPORT: THE PRUNING WORKSHOP

The skies managed to clear, just long enough, for Durham Master Gardeners Ingrid, Melissa and Karen to provide 10 Oshawa Garden Club members with their expertise on pruning shrubs. Many of the members, who came out to the demonstration, regularly help out in the gardens at Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. Ingrid provided an overview of different shrubs and the general tips for pruning. We then broke into three groups and were able to have some hands on practice with guidance. It was a great confidence builder for everyone in attendance. In just over an hour, we managed to clean up many of the shrubs. All in all, it was a successful evening and with any luck we can make it an annual event.
Delving in the Dirt Debi

UNITED NATIONS DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY 2010 - 2020

Biodiversity is important. The United Nations has declared 2010-2020 the International Decade of Biodiversity. They have put out a call to action, stating that governments and individuals have an obligation to protect and enhance biodiversity under international law. 
www.stwilliamsnursery.com

MAY MEETING

                                  ...19 sleeps until our Plant Sale May 27, 2017



PEONY BUTTONS

Thank you to Robert Bell for this donated gift to our members

GREETER
Thank you to tonight's greeter Jill

SPEAKER

No Guff Vegetable Gardening with Steven Biggs.www.stevenbiggs.ca

JUNE IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH


SIGN-IN TABLE  Nadia

Membership payments, general information and volunteer inquiries here

SPRING BASKET TICKETS  Jan K

This is your last chance to buy a ticket and support the Oshawa Garden Club. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the May meeting. Tickets are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00. Good luck!

50/50 TICKETS Jan


PLANT TABLE

Thank you to the members that have brought plants, bulbs, seeds, books and more to the Plant table over this past season. Faye depends on your generosity to keep the Plant table a source for house plants and you have done a great job.
There will NOT be a Plant table at the June meeting

IMAGINATION STATION Vida

Take the Challenge!
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.
Create your Own!
Create your own theme and submit a floral design.
Participate! 
Enter a design and receive points for participation. Submit as many creations as you wish. At each meeting, we will draw the name of one of the participants and he or she will receive a bonus point.
There will NOT be an Imagination Station table at the June meeting

INVITATION TO THE CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
December 4, 2017
You are invited to Lviv Hall to enjoy a Ukrainian Dinner. Cost is $20.00. Mark your December calendar and enjoy a friendly night out with your Garden Club friends. Guests are also Welcome.

LUG-A-MUG

Thank you to Monica H and the Bakers!

MEMORY TREE DEDICATED
A Maple Tree has been planted in the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens in honour of Ron Bilsky, a Past President and Life Member of our Club. He was a strong supporter of this Club and also the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.

HOSTA LOVER OUTING
Ontario Hosta Society Spring Sale
May 28, 2017
Speaker: Stacey Hickman of Natural Insect Control 10:00 am - 11:30 am.
Parking Lot Hosta Sale: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Nassagaweya Community Centre, Brookville Hall
2005 Cameron Drive, Campbellville. (part of the town of Milton)
This is a new event and Ontario's top hosta retailers are coming together for this one-time sale.
www.natural-insect-control.com

CONVENTION

ONTARIO HORTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION/GARDENONTARIO 
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Theme: GREEN from Shore To Shore
Hosted by District 5

Registration is open to anyone interested in gardening. The Convention includes wonderful speakers, interesting bus tours, amazing floral competitions, vendors, and fun activities. The best part is being surrounded by gardeners from novice to expert. Early registration is $140.00. A single day rate is $90.00. All information can be found at www.gardenontario.org.

SUMMER GARDEN TOURS

OTTAWA'S CANADIAN TULIP FESTIVAL
May 12 - 22, 2017
www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/canadian-tulip-festival/

WARKWORTH LILAC FESTIVAL
May 25 &26, 2017
The last weekend in May is the opening weekend of the 30 days of lilacs! The town will be filled with Lilac related festivities
www.warkworthlilacfestival.ca

TORONTO ISLAND GARDEN TOUR
June 3 and 4, 2017 from noon until 5:00 pm.
Please join us. Every other year, a much anticipated garden tour showcases our gardens after an amazing ferry ride from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Garden tour tickets and maps are available in the white gazebo on Ward’s Island. Ticket prices are $10.00, cash only. All funds are used for community landscaping projects. Volunteers are responsible for the event. Check ferry times and ticket prices on the website. www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm

OSHAWA PEONY FESTIVAL
June 10 & 11, 2017
Children's Arena, 155 Arena St, Oshawa
10:oo am - 4:00 pm
The City of Oshawa is proud to present the Peony Festival. Located in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, this free event displays 500 types of Peonies in the gardens. There is a flower show inside the Children's Arena. Artisans, live music, food, gardening seminars, community displays and more are all part of this remarkable flower festival.
www.oshawa.ca/peony

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE
June 10 & 11, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden Tour in North Rosedale and Moore Park
This is a self-guided tour of 30 beautiful private gardens
Headquarters: Chorley Park, 245 Douglas Drive, Toronto
1-day pass $45.00. 2-day pass $65.00.
Tickets are limited, best to purchase in advance.
http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/events/

ARTISTS IN THE GARDEN
June 17, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is an important fundraiser for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa. Cost $ 20.00
Call 905-579-4833 for tickets or for other information or to volunteer your garden for the 2018 tour.
http://hearthplace.org/event/

GARDENS OF UXBRIDGE
June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
View 8 lovely gardens and enjoy lunch at one of Uxbridge's restaurants. This is a fundraiser for The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario, the new sponsor of this garden tour. For information and tickets call Barb 905-852-3517 or Carole 905-852-1291
www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca

GARDENFEST
July 8 and 9, 2017 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plant Paradise Country Gardens
16258 Humber Station Road, Caledon
Admission is free. Stroll around this botanical garden and view an array of unique perennials. Plants can be purchased at their Garden Centre.
www.plantparadisecountrygardens.ca

WHITBY IN BLOOM GARDEN TOUR
July 15, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whitby In Bloom is a civic beautification program that promotes environmental responsibility and civic pride and is organized by volunteers and Whitby residents. This is a FREE garden tour, but participants are asked to leave a donation for the food bank. There will be a drop off site in each garden.
register at www.whitby.ca

ANNUAL HAYFIELD DAYLILY FESTIVAL & OPEN GARDENS
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Hayfield Farm
4704 Pollard Road, Orono.
music, local vendors, food, and of course sales on beautiful Daylilies
FARM -TABLE DINNER at HAYFIELD FARM
They host a local food event at the farm
September 9, 2017 from 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
buy your ticket $75.00/plate at www.hayfield.ca

MERLE'S FAB PHOTOS

APRIL MEETING


GREENLEAF
Plant Hardiness Zone Oshawa 5b
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Communications: Thank You Susan
E-blast: Thank You Pat
The next newsletter deadline is June 5, 2017
The next meeting is June 12, 2017