4 upcoming events to help you turn your yard into an abundant ecological paradise – by Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners

Get ready for Wildscaping! 4 upcoming events to help you turn your yard into an abundant ecological paradise – by Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners:

#1 Regenerative Gardening: start with soil

Healthy Soil as a solution to the climate crisis and regenerative practices for becoming better gardeners and landscapers. Mon, August 12, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Central Library. Fee is $30. More info and register here.

#2 Wildscaping: An introduction to ecological plant-driven design 

Saturday September 7th 3:00-4:30  Fee $10 – More info and to register here.

#3 The Wildscaping Workshop: Planting Design 

Join the New Perennialist, Tony Spencer in this workshop exploring the new fundamentals of naturalistic planting design. Tony will guide us through the design work of leading figures like Piet Oudolf, Roy Diblik, and Cassian Schmidt to show the evolution of plant-driven landscape design. 

Sunday September 8th 10:00-1:00 pm  $40 per person

Includes light lunch!  More info and to register here.

#4 Interested in wildscaping your front yard?

Sat, October 5, 2019. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM More info and register here.

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour – Sunday, July 14

The warmer weather has finally arrived! There should be lots of colour to witness on Sunday afternoon as you stroll through the variety of gardens with their textures and colours leading you to their hidden treasures; a downtown community garden showcasing the concept of “Grow A Row”, and a historical property highlighting a 4 square Victorian Kitchen garden. 

Tickets are available at our designated businesses till Saturday July 13, and on Sunday afternoon July 14 at these gardens: 112 Dundas St., 196 Willingdon Ave., 105 Livingston Ave. and at The Spire on Sydenham St.

Invite a friend and follow the signs. Fill in your ticket for a chance to win a fabulous door prize.

Don’t miss out on an enjoyable afternoon in your Kingston neighbourhoods.

Healthy Soil: one-day conference July 20 in Woodville, ON

This summer…

The Glen Road Organics is hosting a one-day conference on a critical ecological topic: Healthy Soil. Healthy soil impacts multiple ecosystem functions: from the soil microbiome, to air and water quality, soil nutrient cycling, soil carbon sequestering, pollinator diversity and populations, and plant growth. Urban and Rural growing systems are dependent on resilient soils.    

You need to be here.

We are inviting you to join us, at the height of our Canadian summer, in challenging presentations and discussion on innovative approaches to regenerating and protecting our soils. The topics for the day are about integrating native plants, cover crop diversity, and organic matter into any growing regime.  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elaine Ingham of the Soil Foodweb Inc. 

World renowned soil biologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham will be linking soil organic matter to sustainable and profitable growing. The Soil Foodweb approach has been used on over 5 million acres worldwide, helping farmers, growers, and landscape professionals reduce their input costs and increase their yields by as much as 300%. Dr. Ingham is a leader in soil health working with people like us. Come and find out the why-and-how of soil organic matter, how to make it work for you, and ask your questions.  

Join the discussion…

Your host for the day is John Montague of the Glen Road Organics (GRO), a teaching/research farm that produces composts and potting mixes approved for certified organic operations. GRO consults in regenerative agriculture, on-site thermal composting, erosion control, and soil biology.   

Visit GRO to register online for our full-day July 20th conference in Woodville, Ontario.  For more information please email GRO at: theglenroadinfo@gmail.com.

Rideshare: Visit 4 gardens on the 5th Annual 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail – Wednesday, July 24

Visit 4 gardens on the 5th Annual 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Leave between 9:00 and 9:30 am from the Canadian Tire, 59 Bath Road, Kingston. Free parking in the Canadian Tire lot. Use centre of parking lot near Gas Bar and Garden Centre. Do not park along Bath Road.

Guided tours arranged for us at the following locations and times:

  • Maitland Garden of Hope, 1 Jones Court, Maitland, ON: 10:30 am
  • Van Berlo Gardens, 1357 County Road 2, Maitland, ON: 11:30 am
  • Garden of Hope and Faith Walk, 3545 Centennial Road, County Road 27, Lyn, ON: 2:30 pm
  • Chillane Gardens, 10 Junetown Road, Mallorytown, ON: 3:15 pm

(See brochure at gardentrail.1000islandsandrideaucanal.com for details. All gardens are free, some accept donations for charity)

We will be ridesharing. Drivers please arrange to carry 2-3 passengers. Lunch is on your own. We suggest downtown Brockville near Blockhouse Island which provides parking, washrooms, a Visitor Information Centre and souvenir shop. Numerous restaurants in area.

Contact: Nalini Stiemerling nalini40@gmail.com if you have any questions. Please let us know by July 14, 2019 if you are participating.

Gananoque Garden Tour – Sunday, July 7

This garden tour features nine beautiful gardens, all within the town of Gananoque.

Date:    Sunday, July 7th
Time: 12:30-5:00

Tickets and map for a self-guided Tour available at both Visitor Centres, 10 King St E. and 787 King St E (at the East Gate). Cost $10 per person, tickets available June 1st and up to and including the day of the tour. Cash or cheque only.

For further information contact Alice @ 613 372 7341 or Roberta 613 650 7554. The number for the downtown Visitor Centre is 613 382 8044.

Collins Bay Hort. Society Bus Tour

Linked here is a flyer giving details of the day which promises to be a most enjoyable experience. Please look over the information. We will be going on a coach bus from McCoy Services. It is air conditioned and equipped with a washroom. Please be prepared for walking and the weather. Also, if you have special dietary needs you will have to plan for this yourself.  

Also linked is a waiver form that everyone who wants to go on the bus tour must sign. This is a requirement of the Ontario Horticultural Association. Print this off and bring the signed copy, along with $75.00 cash.
If there are not enough people to go by July 3, the trip will be cancelled and all money fully refunded.

There will be no other refunds.
The $75.00 covers the cost of the bus, all entrance fees, lunch, taxes and gratuities.Doris Power can be reached at dorispower55@gmail.com to connect for payment.