President’s Message

President’s Message

Happy Summer. I hope that you are enjoying your gardens and taking the time to enjoy the sunshine although at the time of writing this I am wishing we had some more rain. Not the 10 minute downpours but that nice gentle all day rain that our gardens so need.

I don’t want to rush things but want to remind you to Mark Your Calendars for Monday, September 12th. Doors open for registration and refreshments 7:00 pm. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

We will be having our first in person meeting since March 2020 so get ready to celebrate! We cannot wait to see everyone and meet old and new friends in person.

Our guest speaker is Ingrid Janssen speaking on the topic of Seed Collecting: Harvesting and Storing Seeds. A very timely topic for us and a great way to ensure you have your favourites again next year.
See Speaker Info for more details about Ingrid and the topic.

We really hope to see you at the meeting. We are planning lots of fun, surprises and celebrations so dress to party like gardeners can and see you there!

Meeting Speaker Info:
Seed Collecting: Harvesting and Storing Seeds – Seed collecting has always been a passion of mine and in this presentation, I will share with you some tricks and tips I have learned over the years of collecting seeds, how to know when they are ripe, and easy storage methods for most common seeds. We will also take a look at some unusual seeds I have collected and propagated.

Ingrid Janssen is a horticulturist, speaker, blogger and master gardener. She has been gardening for most of her life and is a passionate, some would say “crazy gardener”. How else to describe someone who plants bulbs despite 15cm. of snow! She is an inspirational speaker who has appeared on Rogers TV Durham and has spoken at Canada Blooms many times. She has both ornamental and food production gardens on her country property and has been a dedicated native plant gardener for over 30 years. Ingrid received her Horticulturist Diploma from the University of Guelph and is an active member of several horticultural and plant societies. She volunteers on many garden projects in her community, the most notable of which is the restoration of the perennial borders at the Parkwood National Historic Site in Oshawa.