Oh the laughs, memories made and advice shared. Here is a list of when our good times rolled in 2021 and we look forward to a brand new year!

January 2021

Please Welcome
Niki Jabbour
from Savvy Gardening

Niki will be speaking about her recently released (December 2020) book on more productive, weather-resistant, pest free vegetable garden. See our Facebook Event for more details, or look in our upcoming Greenleaf edition. Looking forward to seeing you there.

February 2021

Please Welcome
Sean James

Named by GardenMaking magazine as one of “20 Making a Difference” and by Landscape Ontario of 2020’s Garden Communicator of the year, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for almost 40 year. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and teacher, Sean focuses on eco-gardening techniques, which makes sense since he grew up surrounded by nature.Sean owns ‘Sean James Consulting & Design’ and instructs at Mohawk College.His presentation Bringing Back the Nearly Dead: Renovating an Existing Landscape will take us through step by step, dealing with a landscape afflicted with the usual challenges. Starting with a standard landscape, we will erase those challenges and redesign the situation of how to use the existing material & assets when upgrading an older landscape. Discussion will include design principles and construction priorities, winter interest, pruning and hardscaping.



March 2021

Please Welcome
Durham Master Gardener
Ingrid Janssen
Preparing Your Garden for Spring

April 2021

Please Welcome: Tara Nolan
Gardening Your Front Yard:
Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces
Looking for ideas to transform your front yard from a bland grass-scape to a vital living space? It’s hard to know where to start, but Tara Nolan’s new book provides inspiration as a jumping off point to various front yard concepts. Learn about topics ranging from sustainable ideas, like rain gardens and eco-friendly grass alternatives, to planting for pollinators and sneaking veggies into your front yard perennial garden. Tackle easy projects, like planting a sedum carpet on a driveway, building a side table for your front yard patio where you can grow lettuce, putting together a pollinator palace, and turning a window well into a raised bed. Start thinking about what you want to do now, and get ready to dig in.

May 2021

Sherry has completed the Horticulturist Certificate from the University of Guelph, and has been an active member with the Durham Master Gardeners since 2011. Sherry completed a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy in 2016. She is committed to gardening in harmony with nature, supporting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Her interests include native plants and creating therapeutic and sustainable landscapes.

May – June 2021

OGC Member Seminars:

Planting, Care & Maintenance 
Soil, Seeds & Plants
Planning your Garden
Containers & Planters

June 2021

Please Welcome
Paul Zammit

Container Gardening

Paul brings his knowledge of horticulture along with his passion and creativity to our members with his presentation on Container Gardening. With a background that includes a 20-year career in the horticulture retail sector, 10 years as the Director of Horticulture at Toronto Botanical Gardens, and most recently as a professor with Niagara College’s Environment division Paul is well known in the gardening world. His step by step guide to creating an eye-catching and lasting planter while outlining the principles and beyond the box thinking are sure to inspire our members 

September 2021 

Please Welcome
Dan Cooper

Gardening from a Hammock helps us get organized by assisting with choices of low-maintenance plants that keep working when we don’t. Talented gardeners tell us why they choose certain plants, how to work the soil, watering techniques, and how to get the maximum benefit from our choices.  Essentially, how to garden smart so it’s not work.”

Monday October 18, 2021

Please Welcome
Jim Charlier

Jim will be the first to tell you he is not a Gardener, Writer or Photographer but he likes to visit gardens, brings many of the ideas back to his own garden and travels to gardens around the world sharing his photographs and stories on his Art of Gardening blog and social media posts. His garden has also been featured in This Old House and on the Buffalo Garden Walk for many years, he co-wrote Buffalo-Style Gardens with Sally Cunningham (released in February 2019) and designed & produced a 120 page coffee table book, Buffalo’s Gardens with writer Elizabeth Licata and photographer Don Zinteck.  

In his presentation on Monday October 18th, Jim will bring Garden Walk Buffalo to us with a history of the walk, and pictures of the many original, creative and one-of-a-kind gardens. He will add insight to how it has become the leading Garden event in North America with (pre-covid)  over 60,000 visitors annually from all over the U.S., Canada, and abroad.



Nov 2021

AGM: Annual General Meeting
VIA Zoom!

Hi Everyone,

At this time with the COVID restrictions in place, this meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration will be necessary in order to attend. Instructions on how to register and the AGM package will be arriving to your inbox within the coming days.

See you there.

-OGC