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Fall is here and I hope that you are enjoying every opportunity to be in your garden. I am finally planting a few things that I purchased over the summer and also some daffodil, tulip and narcissus bulbs. I know that by spring I will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of these colourful blooms. Cleaning up the garden for the end of the season has different meanings for each of us, but it usually involves putting away the lawn furniture, leaving seed heads for the birds, cleaning away rotting leaves to prevent disease, and adding protective mulch for delicate plants and roots. I hear the clock ticking and yet it is hard to let go of the few carefree moments left to enjoy my cup of tea and a book.

I am putting together the final details of our 2019 Speaker List and I am looking forward to sharing information and inspiration with you.

Have you renewed your membership?  Membership fees remain at $20 for a single or $30 for a family. Do you have a friend or neighbour interested in gardening? You can use your Free Guest Pass to bring a friend or guests pay $5.00, refunded if they join that evening. Our goal is to reach 200 members by our November year-end to receive our maximum OMAFRA grant. We offer a Free Garden Club Membership to the person who brings in the highest number of new members.

I look forward to seeing you Monday! Robin

The Ontario Horticultural Association is excited to share the GardenOntario Information Videos, created by Joanne Rachfalowski.  Joanne is our 2nd Vice-Prez and her goal is to share gardening on social capture the next generation of gardeners. Her videos can be found on the GardenOntario Facebook page and for those who do not have Facebook accounts, here is the GardenOntario YouTube link. Don't miss out, bookmark and visit the link often to see what Joanne is posting. 

The Oshawa Garden Club is excited to share our very own How To Divide a Large Hosta Video. It will be shown at the October Meeting and you will be impressed!


UKRAINIAN DINNER tickets are $20.00.
Come out and enjoy dinner with garden club friends on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 6:30 pm. Guests very welcome.
Convener Monika

Tickets are $3.00 each or two tickets for $5.00 and will be drawn on December 3, 2018
Thanks Jannie

50-50 tickets
Bring a twoonie or buy 3 tickets for $5.00
Thanks Janice
Winter Basket 2017

Drum Roll Please...
  • President Robin will introduce your 2019 President and Board members 
  • Rick Causten, our District 17 Director, will be our guest tonight
  • OGC 2018 Annual Report: Pick up a copy 
  • OGC 2019 Bookmark: VOTE for your favourite photo tonight
  • Craft Sale: Come early and shop for one-of-a-kind crafts
  • Winter Greenery: The meeting will inspire you with  winter creations
Rick Causten D17

Flower Shows are a mainstay of many gardening clubs, as members show off the fruits of their labour...a perfect horticultural specimen! If you look through the archives of the Oshawa Garden Club, you would see the many names and ribbons awarded for prize-winning specimens. Flower Shows need a Judge and we are proud of members Debi and Greg as they are attending Judges’ School. This course is a challenge and it takes a bit of time and money and it is not for the faint of heart! 
We hope interested members will bring in specimens for Debi and Greg to critique. This gives them the opportunity to practice what they are studying and gives members an opportunity to learn how to show plants for competition. The Board passed a motion to initiate Faux Flower Shows in the spring, to be organized by Debi and Greg. Watch the newsletter in the New Year to learn #tips for conditioning and showing flowers. 
Oshawa Garden Club supports photographers, possibly because gardens and photos are a natural fit. Photo shows are also judged at OHA competitions at the club, district, and provincial levels. 
If you are interested in entering a plant design or a photo, the requirements are posted on our website. 
Our annual Bookmark needs your photo
District 17 holds a flower and photo show at their annual spring meeting 
Oshawa Peony Festival would love to see your peony exhibits.
The Ontario Horticultural Association holds a flower, photo, poetry, and writing competition at their annual summer convention. 
A new edition of this booklet from the OHA is just now hot off the press. You will need this book of rules if you are interested in entering a flower show. Cost $10.00


Oscar Worthy
We start tonight's meeting watching a short video on How to Divide a Large Hosta with member Merle and member Jill

Lobby Greeter
Thank you to Board member Margaret

Table and Membership
Signing in with Anne S is a requirement for OHA insurance

Master Gardener Ingrid Janssen will present Preparing our Gardens for Winter. Bring your questions.

Bring and Brag Table
We encourage members to participate and show off Pinterest-type creations or floral fruit vegetable creations or plant materials with a seasonal theme or something that moves your creative spirit or...your idea here.
Thanks Vida

Plant Table
Tonight we have the Big-Give-Away and a Fall Seed Exchange and an assortment of houseplants.
Thanks Faye and Sharon

Seed Exchange

Volunteer Table
If you have done any volunteer work in our Club or any garden related volunteering outside the Club, you need to submit these hours to secretary Catherine. She will be at the Volunteer Table tonight with Forms and information.
Thanks Catherine

Lug-a-Mug to enjoy free coffee and specialty teas
Thanks Bakers

Hearth Place
The year-end garden tidy-up is Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm.
Thank you to Jill and team for supporting our local Cancer Support Centre. This green-therapy means a lot to patients, families and staff dealing with challenges.

Book Club
The Toronto Botanical Garden is reading Lab Girl: A Story of Trees, Science, and Love, written as a memoir by Hope Jahren.

Master Gardeners
Thank you to the Durham Master Gardeners for inviting us to an open meeting to hear Lorraine Johnson speak. Native Plants were sold, well-presented fruit/veg/baking was served and there was a full house to hear the Speaker. If Ms Johnson had to choose her #1 Native Plant? would be Culver's Root, veronicastrum virginicum.

Culver's Root

Master Gardener's Motto:  MEET ONE, BE ONE

District 17 

Georgina-Brock is hosting the 12 garden clubs in D17 at the Annual General Meeting and of course, we are all invited. Mark the date, Saturday, April 27, 2019, and think about entering the Flower/Photo Show. Look up themes and requirements on our website. For example, the deadline to enter Photos is April 1, 2019
In other District 17 news, Oshawa Garden Club is hosting the President's Meeting, November 3, 2018, from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. If you would like to help with tea/coffee/snack leave your name at the Volunteer Table

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The next Greenleaf deadline is Monday, November 5, 2018
The next meeting is Monday, November 12, 2018

Oshawa is plant hardiness zone 5b or ? climate change