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   Newsletter ~ June 2009

                          Next Meeting
                  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

                     Lambton Kingsway Public School
                   Prince Edward Drive at Government Road.
           Please enter by the doors at the SW corner of the school.

                         Guest Speaker:
                            Lorraine Roberts


             Creating an Organic Perennial
              Garden of Continuous Bloom

                               Flower Show

          Mailing Address: Box 174, Stn D ~ Etobicoke, ON ~ M9A 4X2

     President Catherine Johnson / T: 416-695-4401 / E:
            Editor Debbie Selley / T: 416-503-3214 / E:
                President’s Message                                  Membership

Welcome summer; after our lengthy wait for              In May we were pleased to welcome the following
better weather, it has finally arrived and is here to   new members to EHS:
stay! We garden in various forms; from
containers on balconies and decks, in annual,                            Eva Kupisz 
perennial and vegetable beds in front and back                        Nalini Ramballack 
yards to natural settings at the cottage! So enjoy
the warm weather summer brings as you putter in
your gardens!                                               Remember to carry your membership card with
                                                        you while out shopping for garden plants. The
The prime fundraiser for our Society is the annual      following retailers provide discounts to EHS
Plant Sale, which this year was very successful.        members:
Congratulations to this year’s organizers and
volunteers for all their hard work and dedication.         Boncheff Greenhouses – 382 Olivewood Rd
                                                           Canadian Tire – 2129 St. Clair Ave. W (at
Farmer’s markets, garden tours and various                 Keele)
horticultural centres all offer wonderful                  Canadian Tire – 5363 Dundas St. W (Six
opportunities to round out our summer activities           Points)
and learn even more about our shared passion.              Plant World – 4000 Eglinton Ave West
Enjoy these warm months, we’ll meet again in               Sheridan Nurseries – 2069 Burmanthorpe Rd
September!                                                 East (Etobicoke-Mississauga border)
                                                           Tuminos Garden Centre – 271 Scarlet Road

                      Speaker Profile                                 Congratulations
                                                                      Congratulations To …

Lorraine Roberts and her husband, Robb are              May Show Winners
owners of Plant Paradise Country Gardens which
is an organic perennial nursery and garden centre       Margaret Galamb
that is located on 24 acres in the Albion Hills area    – Judges’ Choice – Best Use of Colour
of Caledon.
                                                        Charlotte Rouse
Lorraine has a wealth of knowledge in the field of      – Judges’ Choice – Decorative Design Division
horticulture, landscape design and writes
gardening articles for the “Caledon Living              Bill Shenton
Magazine”. She lectures at Canada Blooms,               – Judges’ Choice – Cultural Division
horticultural societies and has presented
workshops in collaboration with the Toronto
Region Conservation Authority. Lorraine and
Robert are members of the Orangeville & District
Horticultural Society and the Ontario Delphinium
Club. Visit their website for
more information.
                                                        June Volunteers:

                                                               Helen Ewart – (416)231-4338
                                                               Nadia Lypowecky - (416)253-6067
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                                                       An accomplished speaker, Charlie shared with us
                                                       the steps she takes as the Horticultural Director
                 Flower Show                           for Canada Blooms to ensure sufficient plant
                                                       materials for the displays. Plant/shrub/tree
                                                       selection starts the summer before the show.
                                                       Beginning in October, all plant materials chosen
Refer to Pages 34 to 36 in your 2009 Yearbook.         for the coming year’s show are moved into
Please arrive with your entries by 7:30 p.m.           greenhouses and cold frames across southern
                                                       Ontario, including Etobicoke’s Centennial Park
Convenors:                        Clerks:              greenhouses.

Cathy Faber                       Holly Elvins         All plant materials must be in perfect condition for
Gera Koster                       Cynthia Moore        the show – no brown leaf tips, lopsided plants or
                                                       chewed leaves. Greenhouse staff spend
                                                       countless hours inspecting, clipping, turning and
                                                       watering thousands of annuals, perennials, bulbs,
                                                       shrubs and trees, ensuring all are in peak
                Is for Volunteer                       condition for the 85,000+ people who will view the
                                                       many garden designs at the show.

                                                       Over a 24 hour period the week before the show
Do you, or someone you know, have experience           opens, a fleet of tractor trailers transports all this
with website design and/or communications?             plant material to the Metro Convention Centre
Maybe a computer science student who needs             where the landscapers and designers work
volunteer hours to meet the school board’s             tirelessly to put together their showpieces.
                                                       Ever wonder what happens to all that plant
EHS needs you! - we are looking for someone to         material? While some is kept by the various
develop and maintain the Society’s website. The        landscapers for future projects, much of it is
volunteer who fills this role will team with the EHS   distributed to seniors in retirement homes across
Board of Directors, the Yearbook Committee and         the City of Toronto.
the Newsletter Editor. The volunteer will ensure
the Society’s website reflects the Society’s           Watch for Canada Blooms in March 2010 at its
mission, community involvement and current             new location – the Direct Energy Centre at the
events.                                                CNE.

To volunteer - contact Catherine Johnson at 416-
695-4401 or

                                                                        Our Community
                     In Review
                                                                 EHS Spring Plant Sale
Most, if not all of us have been to Canada Blooms                 Saturday May 16th
at least once since it first opened its doors 13
years ago. While I’ve always enjoyed the show, I       At the last minute, Mother Nature overruled the
have had only the slightest inkling of what it takes   weatherman and sent rainfall instead of sunshine.
to put on this fabulous show every year. Then          Despite the rain, 25 determined volunteers
Charlie Dobbin gave her “Behind the Magic at           showed up for the potting up party and simply
Canada Blooms” presentation at our May                 shrugged off the weather to get the job done with
meeting.                                               plenty of smiles and good cheer all around. On
                                                       the sale day, under threatening skies, an equally

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impressive volunteer turnout along with very         Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and
generous donations of plant material and baked       more liveable Toronto. What better way to live
goods raised $2,750 for our Society.                 green than to attend a Community Environment
                                                     Day event hosted by your local Councillor.
                                                     Bring your unwanted, used and unused
                                                     household items and take home FREE leaf

                                                     Environment Days taking place in West Toronto
                                                     during June are:
                                                             Saturday, June 20 – Richview Collegiate,
                                                             1738 Islington Ave. (at Eglington Ave. W.)
                                                             Saturday, June 27 – Colonel Sam Smith
                                                             Park, Kipling Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd.
                                                             W. (Powerhouse parking lot)

                                                     For complete details visit the City’s website at:
 A hearty thank you goes out to the plant sale
committee who helped organize this year’s event,
the past organizers who lent their invaluable
expertise, the many volunteers who helped out at
the potting up party and plant sale, the members
(including the Westway Society) who generously
donated plants and baked goods, and our
customers, the gardeners of our community, who
                                                                     It’s Happening
continue to support this annual event. Your role
in making this year’s plant sale a big success is
very much appreciated. Thank you all for
supporting our Society.                                          EHS Workshop
Rita Alldrit                                              Water Features in the Garden
                                                     Learn about the benefits and challenges of four
Found:                                               differently constructed ponds and water features
                                                     in an urban garden. The workshop will comprise
                                                     of a guided tour of these water features, including
Umbrella – left behind at the plant sale. To claim   a small water wall in the greenhouse, followed by
it, see Rita Alldrit at the June meeting.            a question and answer session. Handouts will be

                                                     Date:          Wednesday, Jun 24 (rain or shine)
               In the Environment                    Time:          7 pm to 9 pm
                                                     Location:      Bev Sutton’s
                                                                    66 Denison Road West (west of
                                                                    Weston Rd, south of Lawrence
                                                                    Ave.) 416-246-1106
                                                     Cost:          $15.00

                                                     Register at the June meeting or by calling Iryna
                                                     Bonya at 416-326-9271 daytime or 416-622-4867
                                                     evenings. Registration deadline is June 8th.

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Open Gardens Toronto 2009                             Celebrate Springtime with a coach tour to
                                                      Haldimand County including a stop at the Potting
This year, 24 private gardens in different parts of   Shed in Dunnville, a premiere source for hostas &
the city (12 in Etobicoke) are open to the public     daylilies and a tour Ruthven Park National
on weekday evenings in May, June and July and         Historic Park, built in 1845. Lunch will be at the
on weekend afternoons in September and                Gingerbread House in Cayuga.
October. Gardens are grouped so that it is
possible to visit three or four gardens in three      Tickets are $75.00 per person and include
hours. The principal gardener will be on hand to      transportation, tours, lunch and guides.
answer questions. You can visit individual
gardens for $4.00 each or purchase a $25              Contact Parkinson Tours at 416-466-7075
passport for unlimited access to all gardens. All
proceeds go to the Canadian Women’s
Foundation. More information is available at or pick up a
brochure at your local garden centre or at the        Cloverleaf Garden Club
Toronto Botanical Garden.                             Garden Tour

                                                      Saturday, June 27th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

                                                      Cloverleaf invites you to its 44th annual Garden
Parkdale & Toronto Horticultural Societies            Tour, a self-guided tour of 8 residential gardens in
Garden Tour                                           Lorne Park and Clarkson, in south Mississauga,
                                                      and including the Brueckner Rhododendron
Sunday, June 7th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm                Garden and the Bradley Museum gardens.
In celebration of the Societies’ 175 anniversary,     Be sure to also visit us at the Lorne Park Hall
the tour will feature the beautiful gardens on the    for a Judged Floral Design Show, a Silent Auction
west side of Grenadier Pond in the Swansea            and free draws.
neighbourhood of High Park.
                                                      Tickets are $10,00 per person and may be
Tickets are $18.00 per person and may be              purchased in advance at:
purchased in advance at:
                                                         Bulow Garden Centre – 2667 Lakeshore Rd
    Another Story Bookshop, 115 Roncesvalles             W, Clarkson
    Book City, 2350 Bloor St. W                          Impressionable Gifts – 74 Lakeshore Rd E,
    Windergarden, 665 Annette St.                        Port Credit
                                                         Sheridan Nurseries – Burmanthorpe Rd &
Tickets will also be available on June 7th at the        Southdown Rd locations
Royal Canadian Legion, Swansea Branch, 72                Think Twice – 1679 Lakeshore Rd W,
Durie St.                                                Clarkson

Swansea Horticultural Society

Garden Tour                                           OHA 103rd Annual Convention
                                                      Remember Yesterday, Protect Tomorrow
Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 am
                                                      July 10 – 12th, 2009
Starting point – Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia        Trent University
Ave.                                                  Peterborough

                                                      3 days of informative seminars, workshops,
                                                      garden tours, competitions, vendor displays, and
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a Youth Camp. This is also the OHA Annual                 Or contact:
General Meeting, your opportunity to represent
                                                          John Sellers - District 4 Director
your Society and build your awareness of the way
                                                          Tel: 905-344-7061
the OHA functions.
Go to the OHA website for complete details and
registrations forms

                                  Gardeners’ Resources

On the web

The website, re-launched in 2007 with over 10,000 pages of text and 10,000 images links
information about places to information about garden and landscape design: history, philosophy, styles,
construction, materials, design methods, planting and designers.
The Garden Finder feature provides details of places to visit throughout the world with the information
hyperlinked to histories of garden design and landscape architecture.

In print

The Comp Illustrated Encyclopedia Of 1001 Garden Questions Answered: Expert Solutions To
Everyday Gardening Dilemmas, With An Easy-to-follow Directory

By Andrew Mikolajski

This easy-to-read Gardening companion will help to demystify some of the many common problems
gardeners face, offering explanations and solutions that are easy to put into practice. From general queries
that require large-scale planning, such as how to decide where to site patios, lawns, decking and trees, to
specific queries, for example about how to prune a clematis, this handy volume offers invaluable guidance
and suggestions for successful Gardening.


The Victory Garden
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.

TV’s longest running gardening show (30 years), hosted by international garden design sensation Jamie
Durie and featuring Chef Michel Nischan, The Victory Garden is a unique fusion of garden design, earth-to-
table cooking, and eco-conscious how-to tips. It’s a fresh mix of contemporary and traditional gardening
appeals to a broad range of viewers. Also on the web at

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                     Clippings - A collection of members’ tales, tips and ideas

A Hot Tip – submitted by Rita Alldrit

Anyone purchasing or refilling a large container this spring might wish to consider lining it with thick
styrofoam before filling with soil. The styrofoam will prevent cracking of clay pots during winter because
any expansion of soil is absorbed by the styrofoam. This will allow the pot to remain outdoors during
winter, and an added bonus is that the extra insulation allows over-wintering of many plants. A sheet of
styrofoam can be cut into strips of 4" or 5" wide (length determined by height of container) and eased into
the container side by side.

I did this with three clay pots ranging in size from 30" to 15" almost 20 years ago and they are still in the
same spot in their original condition. I simply replace the top few inches of soil every year.

A Clever Quip - submitted by Ann Wiensczyk

When the botanist had become impatient waiting so long, you could say he had ants in his plants!

           Reading suggestions for those lazy summer days in the garden

Hugh Johnson in the Garden: The Best Garden Diary of Our Time

"Hugh Johnson in the Garden" contains a selection of the much-loved writings of Hugh Johnson for the
Royal Horticultural Society magazine, "The Garden." Perhaps best known for his wine writing, Hugh
Johnson's passion for gardening shines through in this gently compelling diary written about his renowned

Trad's diary, a column of garden jottings, first appeared in the RHS magazine, "The Garden," in June 1975.
Hugh Johnson was its author (in addition to being the Editorial Director of the magazine) and it became a
monthly fixture for the RHS's committed gardeners. Hugh's writings are filled with an eclectic mixture of
topical, whimsical and humorous anecdotes and are organized to follow a gardener to Lord Cecil at Hatfield
House and to King James I, one of the first men to introduce plants from foreign countries to his garden,
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Hugh's writings appeared in "The Garden" from 1975-2006, in "Gardens Illustrated" in 2007, and in 2008
still appear monthly through his own website.

Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes
Janet Waymark

Widely regarded as a master landscape architect, Thomas Mawson (1881-1933) began designing gardens
in the 1890s. Though he came from humble beginnings, he was soon the most sought-after garden and
landscape designer of the day and could name crowned heads of Europe as his clients and friends, as well
as self-made industrialists such as Lord Leverhulme and Andrew Carnegie.

He developed his distinctive style in the gardens of England's Lake District, where his genius allowed his
creations to open out into the countryside. Now, this full-scale biography examines the brilliance that still
endures in his landscapes and designs. Present both in private gardens and civic spaces, Mawson's unique
talents have influenced garden designers and landscape architects for nearly a century. His widespread
legacy is given the attention it deserves in this beautifully illustrated book by renowned architecture
historian Janet Waymark.

The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery
Anthony Eglin

The hunt for an ancient Chinese rose turns deadly in this latest English Garden Mystery featuring Dr.
Lawrence Kingston. A plant-hunting expedition haunted by tragedy leads to a perilous trail of greed,
larceny, and deceit. Has Peter Mayhew, the man who plunged to his death on a mountain in China, come
back to life? Which of the expedition members is hiding an explosive secret? Why are some being targeted
for murder?

Once again, Dr. Lawrence Kingston-retired professor of botany and reluctant sleuth-finds himself at the
center of a baffling case like none he has ever encountered. Following an ambiguous trail with only scant
clues, he must find the hidden meaning dormant in a cache of valuable Chinese antiquities, shadow a
ruthless assailant through London''s teeming Underground, and travel the length and breadth of Britain,
from a hospital ward in Oxford and an anonymous rendezvous in a Hampshire garden, to a remote farm in
Dorset and the mystical Cornish coast-even to the mountains of Wales-in his search for the truth. Even the
most likely suspects are becoming victims themselves, and the stakes rise exponentially as each lead
comes to a dead end...literally. Racing to save the lives of the remaining plant hunters and not become a
victim himself, Kingston discovers the extreme lengths to which desperate men will go for riches,
recognition, and the thrill of the hunt. Clever and chilling, The Trail of the Wild Rose effortlessly combines
Anthony Eglin''s horticultural knowledge and literary skills to create an innovative and riveting new mystery.

   Have a happy gardening summer everyone. See you all at the September meeting.

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