Gardening Kingston virtual meetings continue until February 2022

Mark the following dates on your calendars. Details for members to join the upcoming meetings will be published in The Columbine newsletter:

  • Thursday November 11, 2021:  after our AGM business we have arranged for a speaker to bring some light-hearted entertainment. Catherine McGill will be ZOOMing from OHA District 6. Her talk is titled “Humour in the Garden”. Mother Nature must have been in flux with her moods when she made some of her plants and the names we gave them. Some are just plain silly and others amazing feats of brilliance that can dazzle us. Tune in to enjoy this fun time of neat blooms that can make you smile when you see them and say their names.
  • Thursday December 9, 2021:  We welcome Ben O’Brien, Landscape Architect, owner of Wild by Design in Prince Edward County.  His passion for plants and naturalistic planting design has led him all over England, the US and Europe. His Growing GRIT project is just one example of his forward thinking and design style.
  • Thursday January 20, 2022* – note this date is a week later than our usual 2nd Thursday. Catherine Kavassallis speaks about “Fabulous Ferns” She describes ferns as the quintessential plant: charming, elegant, graceful, delicate yet strong and adaptable. Come learn about weird and wonderful ferns from the desert to the Arctic. For your garden or home, there is a fabulous fern for you!
  • Thursday February 10, 2022: Rebecca Last’s timely talk is titled “Thugs, Bullies and Sneaks”. She offers a review of plants that have thuggish tendencies or other unfortunate outcomes when improperly  sited.

GK Online – October 14th at 7pm – Garlic is Easy to Grow with Carol Hegadorn

Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your October issue of The Columbine to register by October 13th

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Complete the Membership Form by October 13th.

Just in time with planting advice: Zoom in with us to learn from an experienced garlic grower. Carol Hegadorn was raised and worked on the family farm which grew vegetables, fruit, herbs, and perennials. She has been a member of the Collins Bay Horticultural Society from age 12, and is now in her 30th year with the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners.Why Garlic? Carol explains that she was inspired by Italian neighbors who grew their own garlic and provided her first hardneck bulbs to grow. She hasn’t missed a year plantin

Gardening Kingston Members-only Fall Plant Sale


  • September 19, 2021
  • Rain or shine but watch for announcements in case we need to cancel due to Covid 4th wave.


  • 592-596 Heritage Court, Kingston
  • The front yards and driveways of 2 members who live side by side. Lots of room for distancing.

Timing and COVID considerations:

  1. To bring plants: from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 
    • Helpers will be there to unload cars and bring pots to be priced. You will then be asked to drive off to let others approach and return only at the start of the sale. We need time to price and organize the plants. Perennials and house plants welcome.
  2. To purchase: from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Please wear a mask and use the provided hand sanitizer. We reserve the right to limit the number of people on site at the same time. We will need everyone to register for contact tracing purposes.
  3. To clean up: return at 1:00 p.m.
    • Anyone who brought plants needs to return and take home anything that did not sell. Thank you for helping us return the front yards to their owners!
  • We obviously must follow the Ontario restrictions – make sure to watch news on our website and Facebook in case we have to change our plans. Hopefully our potted plants can wait a bit until we are able to make this happen.

Membership Renewal:

  • For those who haven’t already renewed their membership, there will be a Membership Table to drop off a cheque payable to the Kingston Horticultural Society.

GK Online – September 9th at 7 p.m. – The Fungi Connection with Deb Kelly

GK Online – September 9th at 7 p.m.

The Fungi Connection with Deb Kelly

Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your September issue of The Columbine to register by September 8th.

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Complete the Membership Form by September 8th.

You may have seen Deb and Darin at the Memorial Centre Sunday Farmers Market, purchased mushrooms at a local grocer, or sampled their produce at one of many Kingston restaurants.

The Fungi Connection (formerly Kelly’s Gourmet Mushrooms) is a vision of more than 15 years of labour, love, and determination. They will share with us how they progressed from an Indiana market garden in 2006 to present day mushroom cultivation in Harrowsmith.

In addition to growing gourmet mushrooms, the business has “mushroomed” to include consultation and training to other commercial growers, growing supplies, and Grow Kits for gardeners.

GK Online – April 8th at 7 p.m. – Raised Bed Gardening with Mabel Fuentes

Raised Bed Gardening with Mabel Fuentes

Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your April issue of The Columbine to register by April 7th.

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Complete the Membership Form by April 7th.

On April 8th at 7 p.m. Mabel Fuentes will speak to us about growing plants in raised garden beds.  She will tell us how to construct them, where to place them for maximum benefit, and what to grow in them.  Mabel is a biochemist/biotechnologist who is completing her master’s degree at Queen’s University. Her speciality is molecular plant biology with an emphasis on invasive plant species. She also has an interest in agricultural studies. Mabel has been creating urban food gardens for more than twenty years and has tried several methods and techniques based on permaculture and biodynamic principles. She tells us that her expertise is growing food intensively in beds that can be adapted for any climate or weather pattern and no matter the type of soil. “There is always a way to grow delicious, safe food in the comfort of your home garden.”

GK Online – March 11: “My Front Yard Little Forest” with Joyce Hostyn

GK Online – March 11th at 7 p.m.

My Front Yard Little Forest with Joyce Hostyn

Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your March issue of The Columbine to register by March 10th.

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Complete the Membership Form by March 10th.

March 11th at 7 p.m. Joyce Hostyn, Master Gardener, will share her personal connection with the land in a presentation titled “My Front Yard Little Forest”.

She introduces it this way:

My front yard Little Forest is an ever-changing conversation with the land. I designed a little. Squirrels and birds designed a lot. I negotiated with the land. Serendipity brings in something new. A harsh winter brings death. Wild plants otherwise known as weeds are often welcomed when they show up on their own. Nursery plants that turn out to be misfits are weeded out. I’ve altered my perspective over time on what a garden is and what it means to be a gardener.

GK Online, February 11 at 7pm: Gardens of the Future with Astrid Muschalla

Join GK Online with Zoom.

Members: watch for your February issue of The Columbine to register by February 10th.

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Fill out the Membership form here and email it to by February 10th.

February 11th at 7 p.m. join Astrid Muschalla for her presentation on Gardens of the Future:

Design fundamentals are important, but a landscape isn’t static… it’s a living system.

Astrid Muschalla, an ecological garden designer for over 20 years, shares her main tips to help you create a satisfying landscape – not just for humans, but for the biodiversity needed to keep your landscape sustainable and thriving amidst climate change.

GK Online, January 14 at 7pm: Wattle Fencing with Anthony Thomson

Join GK Online with Zoom.

Members: go to your January issue of The Columbine to register by January 13th.

Non-members: if you are interested in joining this zoom session, become a member. It’s only $20 to join, and there are many member benefits. Fill out the Membership form here and email it to by January 13th

January 14th at 7 p.m. join Anthony Thomson for a discussion on Wattle Fencing:

During his talk, Anthony will discuss the origin of wattle fences and how to construct one. He will include details on the materials and construction method as well as examples of different styles of fences that he has built over the last decade.

Anthony’s work was featured in an article in The Kingston Whig Standard:

Bio: Anthony Thomson has been a resident of Kingston for the last 33 years. He was originally a west coast native who has had a life-long love of golf and the outdoors. Over the past decade he has come to enjoy building rustic wattle fences along the border between the Cataraqui Conservation Area and Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. He has had the opportunity to perfect his method having constructed more than 2000 yards of fencing. He enjoys building fences for neighbours and has been contracted to build several in the Kingston area. Anthony has recently retired from a family business and is pursuing some new interests. He currently lives in Kingston with his wife and daughter.

GK Online with Zoom, November 12 at 7pm

Members: watch for the next The Columbine newsletter to register

Non-members: consider becoming a member: click here and email the form to if you are interested in joining this zoom session.

November 12 at 7 p.m. join Amanda Tracey who will present:

Alvars Rock!

Alvars – limestone plains – are one of the Great Lakes region’s rarest ecosystems. During her talk, Amanda will showcase local alvars such as the Napanee Plain Alvar and all the neat species that occupy them. You may end up with some ideas for native plant communities that will thrive in rocky, poor soil. 


Amanda Tracey, Coordinator, Conservation Biology, Central Ontario-East

Amanda completed her graduate studies in biology at Queen’s University in 2017. During her studies, she spent 10 summers doing field work in central and eastern Ontario with a focus on trying to better understand how natural plant communities are structured. Now as a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Amanda coordinates stewardship work in the Napanee Plain and Eastern Lake Ontario Coast Natural Areas, the latter of which includes the south shore of Prince Edward County.

Virginia Saxifrage blooming on the alvar

Gardening Kingston Members only Fall Plant Sale and Membership Event – Sunday, Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27, 2020 between 1 and 3 p.m. 

at 592 and 596 Heritage Court, Kingston 

  1. Members are invited to shop for plants and renew your membership in person (cash or cheque to Kingston Horticultural Society). Gardening Kingston executive will be accepting renewals easily and safely outside: on Sunday September 27 between 1 and 3 p.m. 
  2. Become a member: join us same place and time and as a bonus, you get to shop at our members only plant sale. It’s great to plant in the fall and see the miracle happen in the spring! Hope to see you there.
  • Remember to wear a facemask, use hand sanitizer & practice physical distancing. 

See here for more details.