Crown Point Garden Club

Growing in East Hamilton

Ten Best Perennials (You Never Heard Of)

At our October 24 (2018) meeting several members asked if the powerpoint presentation could be shared. So here it is, in three formats. Enjoy!

ten-best-perennials (Libre Office Impress file)

ten-best-perennials, PDF

ten-best-perennials, powerpoint (formatting a bit wonky)

Sept. 15 work party at DePave

Mark your calendars for Saturday September 15 (2018) for a hour or so of weeding, planting, and trash pickup at the DePave Garden. Meet at 3:00 pm at the garden (corner of Kenilworth and Britannia). Dress for mess, wear gloves, closed-toe shoes, and bring tools.

Walking Tour of Crown Point Public Gardens

In celebration of National Garden Days the Crown Point Garden Club will host a walking tour of the public gardens it maintains. Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday June 19. The free, 1.5 km tour starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Meet at the trailhead of the Pipeline Trail, behind the Dairy Queen at the corner of Main and Ottawa. Route details are below

All are welcome. Feel free to meet the tour at any point on the route.

The route:
– east on the trail to the Pollinator garden and Triangle Garden.
– left/north at Park Row to the Park Row Boulevard pollinator patches
– possible side trip to Cunningham parkette, site of future garden
– east on Cannon to Kenilworth to the DePave Garden at corner of Britannia and Kenilworth
– social gathering to follow. Manacala? Merk?

Questions? Send us an email via the online form on the contact page:

TreeMobile set for 2018

The 2018 TreeMobile program is underway. TreeMobile is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that makes perennial food plants, mostly fruit trees, available (at excellent prices) to people in and around the GTA. The TreeMobile web site has comprehensive information on tree planting and care, although the species information is sometimes sketchy.

Orders can be made online and the closest pick-up location to Hamilton is Guelph, on May 12 only. We may be organizing a collective pickup if several club members order. Stay tuned for details– we’ll try to find a coordinator/driver.

Here’s the web site: https://www.transitiontreemobile.org

RBG spring 2018 courses for gardeners

Posting this to make it easier for our members and followers to learn about the RBG’s course offerings this spring.
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RBG logo Royal Botanical Gardens has wonderful programs coming up for the gardener. Register online at www.rbg.ca/publicprograms or call 905-527-1158 ext. 270.

PERENNIAL PLANT COMMUNITIES “The Know Maintenance Approach”

Friday, March 2; 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RBG Centre
Fee: $18; Members: $6

Roy Diblik’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance methods. By using a selection of regionally dependable perennials and native plants, endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each respecting time and cost to maintain. Roy discusses the developing partnership between the gardener, plants and nature, always knowing that the beauty is in the doing.

VEGGIE GARDEN REMIX

Friday, May 4; 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $18; Members: $6

Expanding beyond standard garden crops like tomatoes, spinach, and string beans can be intimidating for some vegetable gardeners. Join bestselling author, Niki Jabbour, to shake up your garden and discover unexpected flavours and textures in husk cherries, amaranth greens and yard-long beans (to name a few). Niki outlines dozens of plants for you to consider for your garden.

HARDSCAPING IN THE GARDEN

Wednesday, March 21; 7 to 9 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $35 (Members 10% off)

We often look at our garden design with only plants in mind. Hardscaping can be as important but is often given little thought. Ben Bushmuller, certified horticulturist, points out various materials to use, what is involved in the installation and why it will enhance your garden design., 905-527-1158, ext. 404. Weather updates are posted before program start time and in the event of weather postponement or cancellation, participants are notified via email at the time of posting.

GARDEN DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesdays, February 27 to March 6; 7 to 9 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $60 (Members 10% off)

Join Andrea Weddum, certified horticulturist, in this two-part program to help enhance your gardens. She teaches basic techniques in design to help with colour, form, lines, scale and textures. She provides assistance with your garden plans that work with your style and property. Get a jump on the gardening season.

MADE IN THE SHADE GARDEN DESIGNS

Mondays, March 19 to 26; 7 to 9 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $60 (Members 10% off)

No two gardens are alike and some are shady. This can create challenges but with the right plants and knowhow, a shade garden can be a lush thriving oasis. Andrea Weddum, certified horticulturist, introduces plants, design concepts and one-on-one assistance so your garden can be transformed this spring.

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 24; 2 to 4 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $50 (Members 10% off)

Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated, non-hybrid cultivars that often have the best flavour. Linda Crago from Tree & Twig Farms provides all you need to know to grow the best heirloom tomatoes. Participants sow their own tomatoes seeds to germinate and plant in their own gardens.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LAWN

Thursday, April 5; 7 to 9 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $35 (Members 10% off)

Lawns do require a lot of maintenance and Ben Buchmuller, certified horticulturist, points out a sustainable way of keeping your lawns healthy. Often grass is an important part of our garden designs and the maintenance can be daunting. A healthy lawn doesn’t mean lots of fertilizer and a chemical routine.

GARDEN ANYWHERE/ CONTAINER GARDENING

Tuesday, April 10; 7 to 9 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $35 (Members 10% off)

Tara Nolan, award-winning author of Raised Bed Revolution, discusses the fastest growing strategy for gardening — in containers. Tara reviews types of containers, materials to use and how to utilize a small space with maximum results. She showcases her lettuce table, suitcase planter and many other ideas that suit anyone with limited space. Enhance your gardening techniques.

TRAINING A PLANT INTO A STANDARD

Saturday, April 14; 2 to 3:30 p.m. at RBG Centre.
Fee: $40 (Members 10% off)

A standard grown plant is a single straight trunk topped with a round or weeping mass of foliage. Chris Tarrant, plant propagation and production manager at RBG, demonstrates the pruning process and care. Each participant has their own plant (a Fuchsias approximately 18″ tall and in a 6″ pot) to set up as a standard, and goes home with another rooted cutting to create a standard on their own.

Seedy Saturday 2018

This year’s Seedy Saturday was held on the mountain at St. Marguerite d’Youville School. It was great to see the “regulars” from Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds and Urban Harvest and Anything Grows. Some new faces this year: Anita from Annelid Cycle and Alyson at Cottage Botanicals. Matchbox Seeds was back but I don’t recall seeing Hope Seeds in the past.
Our little table for the Crown Point Garden Club had lots of visitors. It was great to meet some of our Facebook friends in person. We sold out completely–all the Acti-sol, PGX seed starting mix, and Bee Friendly fertilizer. Proceeds go to supporting the community work of the club.

Here’s a shot of Fran and Bev on duty. More photos to come…

Seed Starting 101

Here is the two-page handout used at the Indoor Gardening seminar on Jan. 29 at the Hamilton Central Public Library. It will give you enough information to get started and introduce you to the main concepts.

Roses 101

Roses! The quintessential beauty of the garden. We love them, but sometimes we struggle with them. But they don’t have to be difficult or finicky. Learn how to choose, site, plant, and care for roses. Good choices and improved knowledge will result in a long-lived, robust and, of course, gorgeous display in your garden.

On Wednesday November 22 our special guest speaker is Elizabeth Schleicher from the Hamilton & Burlington Rose Society. Elizabeth will talk about growing roses. Elizabeth is an accredited judge of horticulture and design. Her passion for roses inspired her to become an accredited Canadian Rose Society rose judge.

She is past president of the Canadian Rose Society and her local club, the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society.

Currently Elizabeth is Flower Show chair for Burlington Horticultural Society and Secretary for Garden Clubs of Ontario, Judges’ Council. She also is an active member in numerous other societies.

In her free time she enjoys the hobbies of photography, gardening, travel and jewellery crafts.

All are welcome to attend this presentation. There is no charge but there will be a donation box at the door if you’d like to support the work of the club.

Our logo, banner, and holiday sale

At our September meeting we approved a design for a club logo. Here it is:

The logo was used for our club banner, to be unveiled at our vendor table at the “Get Your Shopping Done” craft and vendor fair on Saturday December 2, 9:30 – 2:00 at Delta United Church (Ottawa St. just south of Main). Mark your calendars!

Our table offerings will include:

  • Acti-sol fertilizer and squirrel deterrent in trial-size bags (~2 lbs)
  • bags of Premier PGX seed starting (soil-less) mix. This is a super-fine mix that will increase your germination success, especially with tiny seeds
  • PLANTS! Lots of coleus, plectranthus and other house plants, grown and potted by club members

Attack of the Invasives!

Attack of the Invasive Plants graphicOur next meeting features a special guest speaker and a topic that vexes so many gardeners. Claudette Sims, President of the Master Gardeners of Ontario and area resident, presents “Attack of the Invasive Plants: Identify, Counter-Attack and Eliminate”. Her talk will be followed by the regular meeting of the Crown Point Garden Club. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both– come for the educational first half and stay for the action-packed second half.

The event is on Wednesday October 25 at 7:00 p.m. The location is the L.O.S.T. storefront at 148 Ottawa Street, right across the street from our usual meeting spot. The L.O.S.T. organization has a lovely renovated space that is used for yoga classes and this will be their first time hosting a public event. We are glad they’ve offered their space to us. Visit their web site at www.wearelost.org.

Here’s the event poster as a pdf to view or download: Attack of the Invasive Plants PDF

Claudette Sims is a retired educator and has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2004. After serving as coordinator of her group, she was proud to continue working as Zone 5 Director and is presently president of Master Gardeners of Ontario. She loves to attract wildlife to her garden and has increasing knowledge and admiration for our beautiful native plants. Her “Fifty Shades of Shade” blog posts support her appearances on local Cable TV. Other interests include travelling, line dancing, singing, ukulele and most recently trying to learn to play the harmonica.

Attack of the Invasive plants: Identify, Counter Attack and Eliminate
We are under attack from alien species, but they’re not from outer space. Learn how to counterattack and save your part of the planet. What’s an invasive plant? How’d it get here? How do I get rid of it?

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