Category Archives: Garden Club

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Launching the Goldenrod Community Garden

Call for volunteers for a Community Garden approved for NCC land, west of the Parkdale off-ramp.

Dear Community Garden supporters,

The Goldenrod Community Garden has recently received approval to build a garden on a parcel of NCC land between Goldenrod Drive in the Tunney’s Pasture Complex and the SJAM Parkway. The garden location is just west of the Parkdale off-ramp of the SJAM Parkway.

We received approval and funding from the Ottawa Community Garden Network (a City of Ottawa agent) to purchase materials to build the garden infrastructure including: fencing, a storage shed and raised beds. We anticipate that we will start building as soon as the snow melts in the spring of 2021, approximately mid-April.

We are looking for members of the Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Champlain Park and Westboro communities who are interested in participating in building the Goldenrod Community Garden in a number of roles. Please read the roles below and send an email with your name, availability and role to:
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Planting Spots Available

Subject: Re: Planting season!
Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 13:46:15 +0000
From: Alexandra Evershed

Calling all gardeners!

Have you noticed the large planters at the north end of Champlain park that block off the de-paved area?

These are planted and tended by some of your neighbours. A couple of planters are available this year. Please contact Alexandra ( if you would like to adopt one!

Thank you!

Alexandra Evershed

[Planter with new Herbs]

City Facilities & Fieldhouse Closed due to COVID-19

All activities in the Champlain Park Fieldhouse have been cancelled as of March 16 2020 and until further notice, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

You will advised once the fieldhouse facilities are back in operation and the activities resume.
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Garden Club: New Varieties – February 11

The next garden club meeting this Tuesday will be in the field house at 7. Drop is fee is $5.00; all are welcome.

From: Judy & Andy Billingsley
Date: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2:32 PM
Subject: February meeting of Champlain Park Garden Club

Hi Everyone:

The next meeting of the Champlain Park Garden Club is Tuesday, February 11th. Our speaker is Cindy Cluet, owner of Beyond the House nursery in Russell. Using a slide show she will talk to us about summer containers and new perennial varieties, a timely topic as we think ahead to spring. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the field house in Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview.

Hope to see you there.

Judy Billingsley

Winter Session Activities Starting in January

All of our local activities are continuing on in January. See the full calendar for a date oriented view. Here’s a list of the classes and clubs in alphabetical order:

Wreath Making Workshop – December 1

Join the Champlain Park Garden Club on Sunday afternoon, December 1, for a holiday-wreath making workshop at the Fieldhouse. No artistic skill needed to make an 18-inch wreath with five types of fresh evergreen boughs and berries. All materials supplied. Have a fun day with your friends, even mark a birthday with this fun, creative hour.

Cost is $29. Sessions start at 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Please register in advance by calling Laurie Fagan, 613.728.1945.

[Wreath on a Door]
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Garden Club: Creating a Corner Pollinator Garden – October 8

Laurie Fagan informs us about the next garden club meeting topic, this Tuesday:

Berit Erickson was in a quandary about what to do with her front lawn after she lost a huge tree in January 2017. She started reading, and reading some more and even more when she realized the answer was creating a corner pollinator garden.

The transformation has been incredible and she’ll share her story with slides at our October meeting next Tuesday the 8th at 7:00 pm. Read more about it at

The meeting will be in the field house at Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview. Drop is fee is $5.00; all are welcome.

Garden Club: Sicilian Garden and Gastronomic Tour – September 10

Come out to the first meeting of the Champlain Park Garden Club on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 pm at the field house.

Phil Reilly who use to run a nursery with his wife Carol brings us a talk/slideshow from Italy. “Sicilian Garden and Gastronomic Tour: An Unexpected Education”

Fee is $25.00 per year (if you have your current Champlain Park Community Association membership). Drop in fee is $5.00. All are welcome.

Laurie Fagan

Fall Session Activities Starting in September

September marks the start of another session of many activities happening in the neighbourhood. See the full calendar for a date oriented view, or this list of the classes and clubs in alphabetical order:

Garden Club Lichens Talk Reminder – February 26

As mentioned previously in Everybody welcome, though there is a $5 fee for non-members.

From: Judy Billingsley
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Champlain Park Garden Club meeting

Just a reminder that the February garden club meeting, that was postponed due to weather, has been re-scheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26th. Our speaker is Irwin Brodo, scientist emeritus at the Museum of Nature, who will present a slide show of the lichens of Ontario. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the field house in Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview.

Hope you can make it

Judy Billingsley