keeping our community green

2019 Speakers

Meeting Information
Members meet at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of the month and the third Monday in October at St. George's Ukrainian Heritage Centre (LVIV Hall) 38 Lviv Blvd., Oshawa (see map). Free refreshments are offered at 7pm. Please lug-a-mug. There are no meetings in July, August or December.
Houseplants - Elaine Davidson
Elaine Davidson of Durham Master Gardeners will present this evening. Elaine has been gardening for over 60 years. Her first plants were Nasturtiums that she grew for the flowers and were used by her mother in salads to add flavour. Since that time she has kept a keen interest in using the herbs and flowers grown in her garden for cooking, taking many courses along the way to help improve her herbal knowledge. Elaine’s garden while small, is a mixture of flowers, vegetables and herbs all grown alongside one another. Elaine is a member of 5 regular garden clubs including Durham Master Gardeners and over 7 specialty garden clubs serving on the Boards of several of them.
January 14, 2019
Vertical Vegetables - Ken Brown
Ken Brown has lived and gardened in the Toronto area much of his life. With a Horticulture degree from the University of Toronto, Ken embarked on a long and interesting career. He shares much of his gardening knowledge on his website Gardening Enjoyed and offers regular tips and trials through his e-newsletter. This evening Ken will discuss the advantages of Vertical Gardening. Whether you are limited in space, new to growing your own produce or interested in garnering tips from Ken's learnings, this is the perfect time to start planning your next vegetable crop.
February 11, 2019
Plants have rights, too - Conrad Richter
Conrad Richter of Richters Herbs will present this evening. Richters has been growing and selling herbs since 1969. Their first catalogue dedicated to herbs came out in 1970. They have lived, worked and breathed herbs ever since.
March 11, 2019
What’s New in 2019 - Vikki Griffin-Whitney
Vikki is the General Manager and "Spokesperson" of Griffin's Greenhouses, a family run business in Peterborough for 43 years. Vikki's passion is container gardens and finding ways to "mix it up" each season. After many years teaching, Vikki's skills are well utilized with speaking engagements and workshops. This evening Vikki will enlighten us with What's New in 2019 adding her personal favourites and suggestions.
April 8, 2019
Pelargoniums and G.L. Roberts Horticulture Program - William Grainger
Bill is the Department Head of Science and teacher of Horticulture at G.L. Roberts CVI in Oshawa by day and spends as much of his free time propagating and hybridizing pelargoniums as his family responsibilities permit. He will educate and entertain us with his extensive knowledge of the annuals we typically refer to as geraniums but are actually pelargoniums. Geraniums are perennial, the foliage is very different. Bill has been inspiring students for a number of years and their plants, grown from seed have been a sought out addition at our Annual Plant Sale.
May 13, 2019
Low Maintenance Gardening - Joanne Shaw
Joanne is the Owner, Designer of Down2Earth Landscape Design, a Blogger, writer and host on the podcast Down the Garden Path. A graduate of Ryerson University with a certificate in Landscape Design, Joanne has been designing gardens and assisting Durham Region residents for over 15 years. As President of the Pickering Horticultural Society, Joanne shares her talents and organizational skills to members of the club and District 17. This evening Joanne will present ideas and suggestions for a Low Maintenance Garden Design.
June 10, 2019
Creating a Naturalized Garden - Gini Sage
Durham Master Gardener Gini Sage will discuss naturalized gardens. Gini has over 30 years of gardening experience in urban and country settings. She is an active Master Gardener, volunteering with Master Gardeners of Ontario, Inc. for over a decade, as well as a member of local garden societies. Her primary interests are expanding the use of native plants in the urban landscape, as well as the incorporation of vegetables and herbs in ornamental gardens. Gini graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, and earned an Ontario Diploma in Horticulture Certificate in Landscape Design from the University of Guelph. After retiring from a full time career in Automotive Engineering, she now operates her own business, Spirit of Spring Design, which provides garden design focused on developing creative solutions for landscape problems, and aims to help bring gardening knowledge to the home gardener in their own environment.
September 9, 2019
Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World - Paul Zammit
Who better to inspire gardeners than Paul Zammit! A graduate of the University of Guelph, Paul is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. He is a regular speaker at Garden Clubs and Horticulture Trade Shows throughout Ontario, Canada and the United States lecturing on a wide array of subjects. He has appeared on television and in print. To say that Paul is an engaging, informative and entertaining speaker is an understatement. This evening Paul combines his talents and experiences in his presentation Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World.
October 21, 2019
Holiday Décor Ideas and Inspiration
It is our tradition at the November meeting to enjoy a design demonstration created with winter greenery. Look forward to our Craft Sale and meet your new Board members at the Annual General Meeting.
November 11, 2019