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January2019Greenleaf

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE



Happy New Year, fellow Gardeners



Experiencing spring-like weather at the beginning of January is encouraging us to look ahead to spring planting and beautiful things to come. It is also a time to look back and to be thankful.

As your incoming President, I am thankful for Robin’s leadership that has helped to make the OGC strong. Her legacy continues with a wonderful line-up of Speakers for the coming year. Pick up a 2019 Bookmark, as a quick reference or go to www.oshawagardenclub.ca to see the Speaker bio's that webmaster Jim has creatively posted.

I am thankful for the wonderful volunteers that come forward every year to keep the Oshawa Garden Club strong. Over 3,000 volunteer hours have been recorded this past year and space will not allow me to list them all, but I would like to recognize our Board Members who continue to deliver an amazing experience for us all with their imagination, hard work, and progressive ideas. Add beverages and bakers to the mix and what is not to like! All volunteers please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated.

The vision of the Ontario Horticultural Association/GardenOntario is to inspire, grow, and share gardening in 2019 and our vision is for members to feel like our volunteer who said, I can’t (heart) the Garden Club enough!


Let's grow together!     Merle
 

BOOKMARK 2019
Patti Becker's winning Photo



NOVEMBER MEETING
Robert Bell captured all the happenings at our November meeting and his photos can be viewed on the Oshawa Garden Club Facebook page.

BOARD MEMBERS 2019


WINTER GREENERY DESIGN
Vida, Nadia, and Susan, our very own members, wowed us with their design demonstration. It was professional and inspiring and entertaining!
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DECEMBER DINNER AND SOCIAL MEETING
Seventy members and guests were welcomed by our new President Merle Cole. The hall was decorated with poinsettias and three beautiful floral arrangements were created by our very own Nadia Bilyk. The evening started with a game to help our guests get to know one another and Merle started a sing-along of the 12 Days of Christmas. The singing came with lots of up and down actions and we all worked up an appetite! We enjoyed a very good Ukrainian dinner and the Garden Club provided the dessert, coffee, tea, and punch. After dinner, Pat Aasen and Jan Kerr were in charge of reindeer games. It is always fun to watch the teamwork and competition! Tania Kerr was the lucky winner of the Winter Basket. The 50-50 draw was won by Debi Foster and she graciously donated her winnings $144.00 to Simcoe Hall. Thank you to our members and volunteers for making this a successful evening.
Monika Kachel, Committee Chair

OUR MEMBERS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Thank you to our volunteers who took the time to wrap gifts at the Oshawa Centre in support of Hearth Place, our local Cancer Support Centre. This significant fundraiser strengthens a valuable program.




VALUABLE VOLUNTEER TREASURER IRIS














A QUICK PEEK AT GARDENING 2019

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Perennial Plant of the Year: Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'
Hosta of the Year: Lakeside Paisley Print
Canada Blooms Plant of the Year: Electric Love Weigela
Pantone Colour of the Year: Living Coral



Frankie Flowers Garden Trends, posted by Judy on our Facebook page.
https://www.bttoronto.ca/videos/gardening-trends-of-2018/



Does cannabis grow like a weed? 
Enquiring minds want to know. Dr Deron Caplan is the first PhD in cannabis horticulture with a degree from the University of Guelph. Google him for answers. The legal limit to grow cannabis at home is 4 plants per residence (not per person) and it is not legal to grow your own plants in Manitoba or Quebec.

Is your New Year's Resolution to become a Master Gardener? 
Here is the website www.durhammastergardeners.ca or ask to be introduced to Tracy, a Master Gardener in our midst.

Start 2019 checking facts! 
www.gardenmyths.com
Robert Pavlis has a five-acre garden, called Aspen Grove Gardens, with more than 3,000 perennials, near Guelph. He challenges persistent gardening myths on this website.



Get the Jump on Spring, February 23
Toronto Botanical Garden Horticulture Open House
Canada Blooms, March 8 -17
District 17 Annual General Meeting, Georgina-Brock, April 27 Peterborough Garden Show, April 26, 27, 28
Oshawa Garden Club Plant Sale, May 25
Oshawa Peony Festival, 15th Anniversary, June 15,16,17
Oshawa Garden Club Bus Tour planned for a weekday in June
OHA/GardenOntario Convention in Windsor, July 19, 20, 21
OHA/GardenOntario Convention 2022, District 17 hosting
Oshawa Garden Club Sharing Gardens Tour





LOBBY GREETER
Say hi to Susan Crase


SPEAKER
Elaine Davidson, a Master Gardener, will speak on Houseplants

50-50 DRAW
Janice


MEMBERSHIP
Help grow the Oshawa Garden Club. Members will receive one FREE Guest Pass to be used in 2019. Invite a friend to attend a meeting at no cost.

PLANT TABLE
Closed for January and February. See you again on March 11
Faye and Sharon

SHOW AND TELL TABLE
Bring a floral design, a houseplant, a Pinterest-type project for our Show and Tell Table. Participate if this is your interest, as looking at this display is inspiring and cheerful for our members.
Vida

THERAPEUTIC GARDENING

Volunteer to assist with a planting activity and share the love of gardening with residents of Hillsdale Long Term Care, on one Thursday morning a month.
Ann Couch

VOLUNTEER TABLE
Drop by our Volunteer Table and chat with Judy. President Merle recommends volunteering as the best way to meet other garden club members and to feel connected and you will grow yourself in the process.
Judy Jager

BOOK NOOK

The Toronto Botanical Garden Book Club is reading: Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by Jennifer Cockrail-King

WINTER TRILLIUM
The Trillium is the newsletter of the Ontario Horticultural Association/GardenOntario. There is a Creative Writing Competition at the Annual Convention and last year's winning entry can be read here.
www.gardenontario.org/docs/trillium_news_2019-01_winter.pdf



GREENLEAF
www.oshawagardenclub.ca
Sherry: greenleaf@oshawagardenclub.ca
Webmaster Jim: webmaster@oshawagardenclub.ca
Board member: news@oshawagardenclub.ca
The next Greenleaf deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019
The next meeting is Monday, February 11, 2019
Oshawa is plant hardiness zone 5b or climate change?