Gardening Seminars

Our March gardening seminars have been cancelled as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of community spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

Want to add some curb appeal to your home? Join us as we host free gardening seminars for City residents in the month of March and learn how you change your green space into an attractive, waterwise landscape.

Walk-ins on the day of the workshop may also be possible if room is available.

Space is currently available in all seminars listed below:

The Earthly Needs of Heavenly Scent Lavender (Wednesday, March 4, 2020)

Presented by: Jan Schooley, Apple Hill Lavender

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: Come and learn about why you would want to grow lavender in your home landscape and how.

What We Used to Kill – Caterpillars and Their Host Plants (Thursday, March 5, 2020)

Presented by: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: It wasn’t so long ago that if something was nibbling on our plants, we whipped out the insecticide. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in pollinators, including butterflies and moths. Come learn how to enhance and maintain your garden to provide habitat for these important creatures.

Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces (Monday, March 9, 2020)

Presented by: Tara Nolan, Co-Creator of Savvy Gardening

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: Come and get some ideas and inspiration, from adding a rain garden to your front yard to planting cut flowers, salt-tolerant plants and veggies. Raised beds will also be addressed along with choosing more sustainable grass varieties, installation of rain barrels and creating a garden path.

Garden Plants Gone Wild – Invasive vs. Native Species in your Landscape (Wednesday, March 11, 2020)

Presented by: Ryan Hamelin and Lindsay Campbell, GRCA

Date: Wednesday, March 11,2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: Garden plants can be beautiful and can add colour and vibrancy to property but some plants can cause major trouble if they ‘escape’ the confines of the garden. Come learn about invasive plant species and how they can impact the environment. We will also discuss the many benefits of incorporating native plants in your garden and recommend some fantastic species to consider for your garden.

CANCELLED - The Garden of Regrets (Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

Presented by: Helen Battersby, Co-Creator of Toronto Gardens

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description:  Meet the plants you’ll wish you’d never planted – and learn how to avoid them (before you do) or to live with them and, perhaps, even love them (if you must).

CANCELLED - Gardens For Everyone (Thursday, March 26, 2020)

Presented by: Rosemarie Szalich,Master Gardener, London-Middlesex

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: A garden is a relaxing place for everyone to experience the five senses, affecting both body and soul in positive ways. With the onset of health concerns or limitations, physical or mental, your needs and ability to enjoy the garden will change and require different accommodations. This seminar will focus on the concept of a therapy garden and key modifications, both hardscaping and horticultural, that will allow you and your family to continue to enjoy your garden to its fullest.

CANCELLED - Rethinking Opportunities and Possibilities in the Home Garden (Tuesday, March 31, 2020)

Presented by: Paul Zammitt, Professor of Horticulture, Niagara College

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Description: Join Paul as he draws on experience from both his home garden and from working in a public garden to have a closer look at some of our current garden practices. He will explore what we plant and how we manage a garden, and have a look the potential of these actions within our home gardens and beyond.