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September 2017 Greenleaf


Welcome back!
I hope that your summer was all that you had wished. I enjoyed garden tours and jaunts with friends, visiting new garden centres, and returning to many inspiring spots. I reconnected with our cottage neighbours and shared meals served al fresco. My gardens are a buzz with bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We did have rain, a great deal of rain, but I appreciated not having to haul the garden hose through the beds and containers.

I look forward to our autumn season with cooler days and changing colours and I am thankful to live in a place where each season brings new and different delights.

Here at your Garden Club, we have a number of exciting programs, informative speakers, and garden related events planned for the coming months. Please stay tuned through our website and newsletter and join us for our monthly meetings. Your ideas and suggestions for connecting members and other Club improvements are always welcome.

See you at Monday's meeting! Robin


On Saturday, June 10, Gloria Tepfenhart was awarded a Festivals and Events Ontario Certificate of Recognition for her significant contribution to the Oshawa Peony Festival. Mayor John Henry presented Gloria with the honour. Say hello to Gloria at the Sign-In table when she passes you your draw ticket.


Submit your yearly committee report to Secretary Catherine by the end of September, as she is dealing with a time-consuming family matter. You can check your 2016 report on the website to refresh your memory. Don't make Catherine chase you down. Do it now before you forget. Pretty Pleeeze!

Nominate a member, who has made a significant contribution to the club, for the President's Award. Speak to President Robin.

Our club will thrive if we attract new members to our Board with a variety of viewpoints. Board meetings are held the last Monday of the month, at the Northview Community Centre, and the meeting is generally a little over one hour. Does being on the Board interest you? Speak to a Board member or President Robin for more info.

Rick Causten, our District 17 Director, is looking for Garden Club members interested in the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design. He needs a minimum of 20 participants to set up a course. Leave your name at the Sign-In table.

The deadline to enter a photo in the Blooming Oshawa Contest is October 16, 2017. Details can be found on the website. The photos will be displayed at the November 13 meeting and members will vote for their favourite entry. The winning photo will be printed on the 2018 Bookmark.

Bring-a-friend to the meeting on October 16, 2017, and share your love of gardening. The usual $5.00 fee will be waived. 

Our members look forward to the Annual Craft Sale, held at the November 13 meeting. If you have items to sell and would like a table, at no cost, please sign-up with Nadia.

Constitution and Bylaws - Indemnification of Directors. Yikes!...stay with me here...don't fall asleep...we need to humour the OHA and vote on this at the November meeting. Merle will keep us up to speed.

Our Christmas Social will be held on December 4, 2017. A Ukrainian meal will be served by the Lviv Hall ladies. You don't need to bring anything but yourself. Tickets are $20.00 and will go on sale at the 

October and November meetings.


Our GardenOntario Event was a success! We had an overwhelming turn out of 150 guests, amazing raffle prizes, lovely floral arrangements and delicious strawberries. Our speaker Paul Zammit is always a highlight. Many new members and visitors enjoyed this meeting. Thank you to the Committee for evolving this long standing event to a new format. It is great fun working alongside this creative and talented group. 
President Robin

Strawberry Social Committee - Cathy Brown, Monika Kachel, Jan Kerr, Gloria McRae, Janice McRae, and Margaret Woolsey
Volunteer Strawberry Hullers - Leonora Camenzuli, Linda Harrigan, and Judy Jaeger
Volunteer Servers - Susan Crase, Sylvia Miller, Carol Moon, Mary Ellen Nicholishen, and Judy Pavloff
Coffee and Tea - Monica Holkema
Table Arrangement - Nadia Bilyk
Committee Chair Cathy B

In conjunction with Garden Week Ontario and as an opportunity to work with youth, the OGC held a Pollinator Workshop at Simcoe Hall Settlement House for the after school program participants. Twenty-seven youth and seven volunteers explored the importance of pollination in food production and the critical role of the pollinators.
The process of pollination was explained and the participants played a game where they were the pollinators which illustrated the effects of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on the pollinators. Excellent questions were asked by the youth who fully grasped the importance of helping provide the pollinators with a safe and healthy habitat, which includes water, food, and shelter. Two insect friendly methods of providing water were illustrated. The group planted seeds in ice cream cones to grow flowers that would be food sources for the pollinators. The culminating activity was building bee hotels using tin cans, bamboo, Phragmites reeds, pine cones, corks and rolled paper straws.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, including a few who told us it was the best day ever. We will look into future youth workshops.
Thank you to Merle, Robin, Leonora, Jo-Ann, Donna, Ann, and Margaret.
Volunteer Debi

It was a day filled with information and gardens and treats. Thank you to Debi, Nadia, and Margaret.
Volunteer Robin


Help plant the new Legends Centre Pollinator Garden and Meadow on
September 23 at 9:00 am. The Oshawa Garden Club will have a Plant Sale Table. Details at

Thank you to the summer volunteers who helped with the upkeep of the gardens at Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. The final clean up will take place Wednesday, September 27 at 9:30 and your help is very welcome. Also, on Friday, September 29 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Hearth Place will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary and you are invited to attend.

Doors Open Oshawa on September 30 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
1. Visit the Canadian Victory Garden at 200 Winchester Blvd 
2. Parkwood Estate gardens and greenhouses.

Attend the Fall Art Festival at Camp Samac (a free event)
October 13,14,15, 2017 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Enter at the Conlin Road gate.

North Oshawa Farmer's Market
Legends Centre Parking Lot, 1661 Harmony Road North
Saturdays 8:00 am - 1:00 pm until October 28, 2017.


Quinte Botanical Gardens
664 Glen Ross Road, Frankford, Ontario
This garden just opened in August, on 6 acres with 28 unique gardens. Entrance is $10.00 cash


Thank you to our lobby greeter Susan C.

September Speaker
What To Do With A Downpour: Ornamental Ways To Handle Rain Water with Sean James of Fern Ridge Landscaping and Eco-Consulting.

Membership Renewal
Membership information and the renewal form can be found on the website. Also, volunteers are ready at 6:30 pm to accept your dues and answer any questions you may have at the hall entrance.
Single Membership is $20.00. Family Membership is $30.00.
Make your cheque payable to the Oshawa Garden Club.

Plant Table Faye
The plant table accepts donations of houseplants and members can purchase these plants for a nominal fee. Bring any questions to Faye as she has a wealth of knowledge.
Plant Guru Garry will be selling the remaining plants from the Plant Sale with bargains galore! Bring $ cash.
October Seed Exchange. This is your chance to pick up seeds for next season or donate some from your fall garden. Remember to label your small containers or envelopes.

Imagination Station 
The table is open for club members to show off their floral and garden creations.  Think of it as bring and brag. There is no competition.  
  • Place a single blossom in a clear glass vase 
  • Create an arrangement with many blossoms and greenery 
  • Display your garden grown vegetables
  • Create an animal using fruit 
  • Create a display using a seasonal theme, such as Fall Harvest.
  • or your idea here_______________
The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination. Items used may be purchased if necessary. Participants will earn a point for each submission. Bonus points will be earned from a random draw at each meeting.
Cheers, Vida


50/50 Draw Tickets will be available from Janice

We have a few Pollinator Nests available for $20.00

Toronto Botanical Garden Book Club is reading Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier with a discussion on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

National Forest Week is September 24 - 30, 2017. For very interesting reading about Toronto's urban forest, follow this link.

Random Fact: Stephen Westcott Gratton from Garden Making magazine states that whitetail deer are the greatest threat to Trilliums

Canada's National Flower - Bunchberry


  • Th Convention kicked off with a Pollinator Celebration at Queen's Park.
  • Toronto was the first designated Bee City and Kawartha Lakes is the latest to be added to the list.
  • Paul LaPorte asked us to use more Native Plants. He cautioned us on perfection in the garden and asked, " Are you throwing out all the baby bees with your Spring cleanup?" 
  • Scott MacIvor spoke about Green Roofs. York University, ROM, UofT Scarborough, and Victoria Park Subway are a few of the many Green roofs in Toronto. 
  • Paul Zammit announced that the Toronto Botanical Garden is partnering with the City of Toronto in a joint project to expand the garden from 4 acres to 34 acres! 
  • Mark Cullen reported that The Highway of Heros, in one year, raised $1,200,000.00 and he thanked the OHA for their contribution to this initiative.
  • Carson Arthur told us our Landscaping Choices Impact the Environment. The majority of customers ask for Low Maintenance Gardens with No Work. People will pay for hardscaping, but they take a pass when it comes to paying for plant material. This impacts our nurseries and they are closing. 70% of landscaping services are for hard surfaces. 72% of Toronto is pavement. This causes drainage problems, water pollution, increasing temperatures, which in turn increases air pollution and poor health. 
  • To sum up, all speakers stated that planting a garden is a win-win!
  • Insurance is one of the biggest expenses for the OHA. Shawn LaPalm gave us a brief talk and ended his message with this, "unfortunately, the American system of litigation is now in Ontario." 
  • Thank you to Lee Valley Tools for their sponsorship 
  • Thank you to Landscape Ontario for donating and planting a Serviceberry Tree at the Toronto Botanical Garden. 
  • OMAFRA thanked the OHA for our work on the Pollinator Initiative. 
  • There are 19 Districts in the Ontario Horticultural Association and President Suzanne Hanna asked each District to make a Pollinator Hotel and was happy to report that she received not 19, but 75 entries. 
  • The OHA is made up of 270 Societies with 27, 296 members. Our District 17 has 1100 members. Members of the OHA have contributed 482,485 garden club volunteer hours. Wow!
  • Our new President is Rose O'Dell.

Click this link to watch the 44-minute documentary, THE GARDENER. 


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Greenleaf deadline 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Next meeting  
Monday, October 16, 2017