Category Archives: Garden Club

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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

Garden Club Postponed

Subject: Garden Club meeting cancelled and rescheduled
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:41:49 -0500
From: Laurie Fagan

Tonight’s garden club meeting is cancelled and rescheduled to Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm at the field house.

See the original description at

Garden Club Speaker on Lichens – February 26

Postponed from February 12th to Tuesday February 26th at the same time and place, due to snow storm.

From: Judy Billingsley <>
Date: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 10:31 PM
Subject: Champlain Park Garden Club

Hi Gardeners:

The next meeting of the Champlain Park Garden Club is on Tuesday, Feb. 12th 26th. Our speaker this time is Dr. Ernie Brodo who is a leading world expert on lichens. He will talk to us specifically about lichens found in Ontario. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the field house in Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview.

Drop in fee is $5.00 – all are welcome.

Winter Session Activities Starting in January

January 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:

Others like skating on the rink depend on the season, for them please see the Activities menu on our home page.

Garden Club Speaker on Pruning – October 9

From: Judy Billingsley <>
Date: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Champlain Park Garden Club

Hi Gardeners:

The next meeting of the Champlain Park Garden Club is Tuesday, October 9th when our speaker will be Joan Johnston from Peter Knippel Nursery. Joan will guide us through the proper and the not-so-correct methods of pruning – always a welcome lesson. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the field house in Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview.

Laurie would like to remind you about submitting photos to her ( for our annual club slide show in December when members present some of their favourite shots from the past year.

Hope to see you there
Judy Billingsley

Friends of the Farm Fall Activities

Since they mentioned tree tours…
– Alex

Subject: Friends of the Farm Fall Events and Activities
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:15:15 -0400
From: Friends of the Farm <>

Hello, here are the Friends of the Farm events and activities for Fall 2018. Please help us get the word out, thank you.

September 23rd– Friends of the Farm Tree Tour at 10am Blgd 72, Arboretum.  Citizen Science: How to Document Trees. Tour leader Owen Clarkin will focus on how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases, emphasizing techniques in photography.  Free, public welcome.  Register online or 613-230-3276
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Garden Club on Longwood Gardens – September 11

Join us for the start of the Champlain Park garden club season on Tuesday, September 11th at 7 pm at the field house. We’ll have a slideshow and talk on one of the world’s most spectacular botanical gardens, the 1077 acre Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It has an award-winning orchid garden, an idea garden exploring all kinds of textures and colours, water gardens and much more.
[Longwood Fountains via Wikipedia]
Come and get inspired.

Drop in fee is $5.00 or join for the year.
Details call Laurie at 613-728-1945.


Laurie Fagan

Fall Season Activities Starting

Just a reminder that the 2018 Fall Activities are starting soon. These are:

Another busy season! See the full calendar at

Adopt a Pontiac Street Planter

The Planters on Pontiac are almost ready for planting. The drainage issue has been resolved (holes drilled, gravel at bottom, lining for the planters) and we will soon have new soil (thanks to Fiona at Councillor Leipers’ office).

[Concrete Planters on Pontiac, with dirt installed]

There are a few Planters available for adoption. If you are willing, please contact Daniel Buckles (, the Environment Committee Co-chair. The adoption protocol is:

  • The primary purpose of the planters is to beautify the street scape. Other goals (plant diversity, habitat) are secondary but encouraged.
  • The planters are loaned by the City to the community at large, so are not owned by individuals.
  • Volunteers adopt a planter for a year at a time, renewable as desired.
  • Volunteers make their own plant selections (no food plants allowed in 2018, but this may change in future. Perennials are fine, as are annuals and herbs)
  • Volunteers maintain the planter they adopt, including watering as needed. Contact planter neighbours if you need help.

Help to green our community!

Garden Club Wattle Weaving – February 13

Champlain Park garden club has a very special guest on Tuesday February 13 at 7 pm. Toronto artists Barbara Guy Long, a well-know willow wattle weaving artist will drop by with a slide show and talk about her craft. She creates fences, walls and artistic structures in both Canada and in other spots around the world.

Drop-in fee for non-members is $5.00.

Here is a link to her website for a closer look
[Wattle fenced rectangular garden in winter]
Details call 613-728-1945
Laurie Fagan