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June 2017 Greenleaf


Gardening season is here!

There is so much to do and see!

The Plant Sale was an enormous success, even with a bit of rain.

Thanks to Gloria, Garry, and their committee, along with our members who donated their time, plants and lawns for Plant Sale signs. Garry has some plants for sale so be sure to watch for his van and trailer or ask him about his driveway sales.

I would like to thank Cathy and her Strawberry Social committee for all of their efforts in putting together this event to make our June meeting special.

My interest in other people’s spaces has not diminished and I am looking forward to our Bus Tour later this month as we visit the private gardens of Trish Symons and Marion Jarvie. As I write, we still have a few seats available. Please consider joining us.

I spend many hours, in the winter months, browsing websites such as pinterest for gardening ideas and inspiration. I am often wishful of those mornings when I can enjoy my morning tea on the patio or fit in a bit of gardening before work. I am happy to share that I have been able to do just that, these past few weeks, and I look forward to many more moments in my garden, as the summer season unfolds. While we will not be meeting in July or August, you can connect on our Oshawa Garden Club Facebook page and/or our Oshawa Garden Club website. Don't forget to walk through some City of Oshawa Gardens and enjoy the special sesquicentennial displays and see the new Daylily Garden at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. I wish you all a great summer with time to sip, savour and garden!

See you at the meeting! Robin

Our 2017 Plant Sale and major fund raiser was a resounding success! I would like to thank the Plant Sale Committee for your hard work publicizing and organizing this event. A special thank you to Garry Lucas who collected the donations and supervised the potting-up and labelling of plants in his driveway. We are indebted to Margaret Woolsey, Faye Gosling and Barb Hall for their large and generous donations. Thank you to our members who worked on the day of the sale and who came to shop, along with their friends and relatives. Thank you to Gabby for your cooperation and assistance and especially the students from G. L. Roberts who helped to set up and take down the tables. Quality plants are still available and Garry may bring them to the June meeting.
Past President and Plant Sale Committee Chair Gloria McRae

Please say hello to our special greeter tonight, life member and Club ambassador George McCormack.


😊 Don't forget to bring your ticket.
139 members are signed up for this event on Monday, June 12, 2017.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and the strawberries will be served at 6:30.
The doors will be open for the meeting at 6:45 and the meeting will start at 7:30. Our speaker Paul Zammit will bring his energy and winning personality to his talk on Plants That Like It Hot. Bring some money for plants and our $5.00 raffle. The Plant Table, the Imagination Station, and the 50-50 draw are cancelled for the June meeting.

June is Membership month. Best practice is to pay your membership at the June meeting or mail it in during the summer. All information is on the Membership Form which can be picked up at the Sign-in table or printed at home from our website.

  • We still have 6 tickets left for our June 22 Bus Tour. 
  • We still have a few Pollinator Nests available at a cost of $20.00. 
  • The Garden Crawl is a photo workshop to take place in City of Oshawa Gardens. This is meant to build your skills, but we are encouraging members to enter the photo competition for the 2018 Bookmark. To take part, please leave your name and e-mail at the Sign-in table and the time and place will be sent to you. 
  • Seven volunteers have already spent a few hours tidying up the gardens at Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. The next opportunity will be June 14, 2017 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. Dates over the summer will be sent by e-blast. 
  • Simcoe Hall Settlement House is looking for a little upkeep (weeding and watering) of 4 raised garden plots in July and August, as the students are away. Register at the Sign-in table or speak to Cathy Brown.
  • The Toronto Island Garden Tour has been cancelled due to flooding conditions. Public access is restricted until June 30 and regular ferry service is suspended.
  • The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee will be planting two pollinator gardens; one at City Hall and one at University of Ontario Institute of Technology/UOIT.

Patti, Susan, and Debi helped children plant seeds in ice cream cones filled with potting mix...129 ice cream cones. The participants were excited and enthusiastic!


Thank you to eight of our members who volunteered to dig in a few hundred daylily bulbs Hemerocallis at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. We were told they would be planted in swaths of colour, but it was decided to plant them by height. Janet Taylor, the new owner of We're In The Hayfield Now, brought two employees to give us a hand. We appreciated Janet's assistance, as she was organized and easy to work with. 

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


An arboretum is a botanical garden containing a collection of trees for scientific study.
The Humber Arboretum and Ecology Centre was established in 1977 by the City of Toronto, Humber College, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.There are 250 acres of ornamental gardens, including native Carolinian forests. The location is on the West Humber River behind Humber College North Campus at 296 Arboretum Blvd, Etobicoke. The Arboretum is open 7 days a week during daylight hours.


Hydrangea leaf-tier moth
If you open these curled leaves that are tied together with silken threads, on a hydrangea arborescens "Annabelle", you will find a tiny caterpillar with a black head. You usually see this in late May, early June and it is best to remove them now to decrease the number of egg laying moths next year. Open the leaf and squish the caterpillar, otherwise just remove the offending leaf with your pruners. I love Annabelle Hydrangeas and have seen these leaves for a few years, but I finally found the problem on my favourite blog site Member Merle C has posted this "leaf curling problem" on Facebook with an article by Toronto Master Gardeners. One gardening problem solved...only a few more to go!!!


Over the years, I believe some of our members have shopped at Mason House Gardens near Uxbridge. This business of 25 years is now a mail order garden centre, specializing in unique and hard to find plants and bulbs. Marjorie has an extensive knowledge of all things horticulture and she also leads garden tours for DeNour Tours, has a radio call-in show, and works in the Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry. She wrote a book, Amazing Annuals in 1999 under the name Mason Hogue. Marjorie's son Jeff works for Landscape Ontario and spoke to us on May 11, 2015 about Tantalizing Tropical Tubers and he does a lot of work with hard-to-find plants. Grandson Derrick is now learning and working in this family business. See their online catalogue at and send requests for unusual plants to

Mason House Gardens Annual Open House
Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 1:00 am - 4:00 pm
3520 Durham Road #1 (Brock Road) Uxbridge

Let's Get Growing on CKDO 107.7 FM or 1580 AM
You can listen to Marjorie's phone in gardening show on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am or you can go to the website and listen on your own time.

July 29 and 30, 2017 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is an annual garden walk event in Buffalo, New York that started in 1995 with 29 gardens and has expanded to 400 creative gardens. Most gardens are private, but corporate gardens and church gardens have also been included. Meet at the Richmond Summer Senior Centre at Richmond Avenue and Summer Street for information, shuttle, restrooms, maps and more.
Check out the website


This is one of the most impressive gardens in North America. It sits on 20 acres in Malbaie, Quebec and was thirty years in the making. It was created by Frank Cabot, a man who contributed much to the gardening world. This garden is open to a limited number of people for 4 days each year. This garden was the subject of a documentary shown at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema last month called The Gardener.

Les Quatre Vents is one of the gardens featured on an HNA Travels Tour of Quebec Gardens from July 8 - 14, 2017.
For more information

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 more. The best part is being surrounded by gardeners from novice to expert. Early registration is $140.00, if paid by June 27, 2017. A single day rate is $90.00. All information can be found at


1% of the Canada 150 tulip bulbs sold by Home Hardware bloomed orange instead of red-and -white. They were packed incorrectly in the Netherlands. To read more click the link. 

  • Read the Trillium here
  • Read the latest newsletter from our Brooklin Horticultural Society friends, as Jone has written an article on starting dahlias, Sophie recommends some hot new plants, and Sherry has written about High Line Park in New York City. Very interesting.

Put this free app on your mobile device and use it to identify plants.

Over the summer, send pictures of your garden, your successes, your challenges, your favourite tools, or your questions to and we'll add them to the September newsletter. Another option is to post your garden information on the Oshawa Garden Club Facebook page.

Webmaster Jim keeps our event calendar up to date and the calendar is easy to find on the top ribbon of the home page.

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. Karel Čapek, The Gardener's Year, 1931.

This quote reminds me of Paul Zammit's answer to the question of "How can I make gardening easier?" His response was something like this, "It is not about easier or perfection, it is about the deep inner connection and enthusiasm and creativity and passion you feel when you lose yourself in the garden. 
On that note, the Board of the Oshawa Garden Club sends best wishes to our members to find peace and passion and joy in a summer garden and we look forward to your return on Monday, September 11, 2017! 💝


Plant Hardiness Zone Oshawa 5b
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The next newsletter deadline is September 5, 2017
The next meeting is September 11, 2017