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2019 Program

Jan 8

AGMAnnual General Meeting and Photographic Recap of 2018

Including election of officers and flower show awards, this meeting is a great opportunity to discover the breadth and depth of our all-volunteer organization.

A photographic slideshow featuring many of our 2018 events follows the business portion of the meeting.


Feb 5

Mark Peck Birds in your Winter Garden, Mark Peck

Mark will share ideas centered on how to make winter gardens more bird friendly. He will also tell us about the latest "Citizen Science Programs" of interest to backyard birding enthusiasts.

Mark has been an Ornithology Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) since 1983. His duties include program and exhibit development, collections management, field work and research. He is also program director of the Toronto Ornithological Club.  


Mar 5

Dugald CameronSummer Flowering Bulbs, Dugald Cameron      

Summer-flowering, spring-planted bulbs are known to produce some of the most dramatic garden colour with very little effort, while also taking up minimal space in the garden. Dugald will share some of this favourites with us this evening, and tips such as tucking bulbs in among perennials to create a fuller-looking bed, and adding them to container arrangements to create something special.

Dugald Cameron’s garden interests began early in his English grandmother’s garden. In Canada, he and his Father founded Garden Imports, a mail order nursery that thrilled Canadian gardeners for thirty-two years. Dugald was also the first President of the Greater Toronto Bulb Society and on the Toronto Botanical Garden Board of Directors for thirteen years. Dugald remains active in the horticultural community and is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and popular speaker at gardening venues.


Apr 2

Frank FerragineGrow Your Own Food, Frank Ferragine      

For our 2019 Barker Lecture, best-selling author Frank Ferragine will share tips from his latest book, Food to Grow, sure to help us plan for successful fruit, vegetable and herb growing ventures this year.

Frank Ferragine, also known as Frankie Flowers, is a beloved TV personality who has been named Toronto’s Favourite Weather Personality eight years in a row by readers of the Toronto Sun, and Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year on two occasions. In addition to his media and public speaking commitments, Frank remains active in the family business, Bradford Greenhouses (, one of the largest greenhouse/garden centre operations in Ontario.  


May 7

Shari-Lyn SafirSuccess with Roses, Shari-Lyn Safir 

This is a timely presentation for all purchasers of our society’s 100th anniversary Garden Sunshine rose, scheduled for pickup at our May 11th Plant Sale. As such, we are thrilled to have “Rosarian” (rose expert) Shari-Lyn Safir provide an overview of everything we need to know to grow roses successfully using organic techniques. To ensure Garden Sunshine is planted in an optimal manner, Shari-Lyn’s presentation will include site selection and soil conditioning. As well, she will cover rose deadheading, pruning, fertilizing, disease and pest protection, and tips for effective winter protection.

Rosarian Shari-Lyn Safir is a Past President of the Toronto Rose Society and the National Canadian Rose Society, a master gardener and a rose judge, and has been an international judge at venues such as the World Rose Trials in California and the Old Garden Roses World Convention in Lyon, France.

Jun 4

Jim LounsberyThe Art of Pruning, Jim Lounsbery      

Late spring is a great time for a refresher on seasonal pruning techniques, including identification of plants that benefit from pruning now, reasons for pruning, and selection of the right tools for a variety of pruning jobs.

Our speaker, certified arborist Jim Lounsbery, is a trusted educator on this topic, and some of you may have been fortunate enough to participate in his popular hands-on workshops at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Jim has also lectured on a variety of other horticultural topics throughout Ontario and the U.S., and is currently an instructor of Horticultural Landscape and Design at Mohawk College in Hamilton. For more than thirty years, he and his wife, Simone, have operated Vineland Nurseries (, specializing in dwarf and unusual evergreens, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons and other rare and unusual plants.


Jul 2

Charlie DobbinGardening in a Changing Climate, Charlie Dobbin

Personable, entertaining and educating, Charlie will give us an informative look at the effects of a changing climate on our gardens, and provide practical advice to help us adapt to the new reality of weather conditions that include dramatic swings in temperature and rainfall.

Charlie Dobbin, former Horticultural Director of Canada Blooms, is an honourary member of our society, a television personality, author, speaker, and host of "The Garden Show" radio program, aired live on New AM740 each Saturday morning.

Aug 6

Exotic Tropical Flowers of Southeast Asia, Dan Cooper 
Author and world traveler Dan Cooper will wow us with some of the unusual plants he photographed while exploring botanical gardens in Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Dan Cooper, Master Gardener, co-author of the book, Gardening from a Hammock, and founder of Green Gardens and Tours, spent years designing and planting gardens, and now also enjoys time photographing and writing about his gardening travels. Dan is reachable online at


Sep 3

Jeff MasonSpectacular Indoor Plants, Jeff Mason

At this time of year, we are beginning the transition from outdoor to indoor gardening. To help us with the process, Jeff will share tips for selection and care of plants that will not only survive, but thrive indoors.

Son of Marjorie Mason, Jeff has grown up in the horticultural industry. As the owner of Mason House Gardens ( in Uxbridge, Jeff grows and sells a variety of specialty and uncommon annuals, perennials, edibles, tropical plants and shrubs. He also teaches “Fundamentals of Gardening” at George Brown College, lectures at horticultural venues such as Canada Blooms and the Toronto Botanical Garden, and has written articles for publications that include Canadian Gardening and Gardenmaking magazines.

Oct 1

Ken BrownSoil Control and Plant Propagation, Ken Brown

Healthy soil is a key ingredient to healthy plants, and Ken will share tips for improving our garden soil so that our plants will benefit next year. As well, his presentation will cover propagation techniques that we can employ over the winter and early next spring.

Former Toronto Zoo Superintendent of Horticulture and owner of The Plant Manager interior landscaping firm, Ken Brown shares his love of horticulture through teaching, public speaking, and writing. Visit Ken online at

Nov 5

Terry KennedyAmazing Orchids, Terry Kennedy

Orchids are a fascinating plant family, having adapted to diverse climatic conditions and pollinators, resulting in an intriguing variety of size, colour and flower form. Terry, who describes her passion for orchids as a “hobby gone wild,” will provide us with an overview of orchid varieties and care.

Terry Kennedy is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, vice-chair of the American Orchid Society Toronto Judging Centre; and along with her husband Doug, an avid orchid collector and orchid show competitor. Terry and Doug are reachable through their website,

As an added bonus, and just in time for the holiday season, Terry and Doug will offer a selection of orchids and orchid-growing products for sale at tonight’s meeting.

Dec 3

Holiday CelebrationHoliday Celebration 
Celebrate the season with your gardening colleagues at this gala event,  featuring professional entertainment, a delicious dinner, silent auction and the ever-popular red bag raffle.


For more information about this special, ticketed event, click here.



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