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GK and KFPL Plant Swap Event on Saturday, June 4

KFPL is partnering with The Kingston Horticultural Society for a plant swap! Bring your favorite green fellows to swap with others! 

Spring has sprung! Bring your green little friends to the swap and find them a new home while taking away some of your own!

Registrants are asked to arrive twenty to thirty minutes prior to start to set up their plants. The event will start at 2pm.

More details here.

GK In-Person and Online meeting, June 9: Flower Power with Leslie Milbury

Would you like to capture the essence of your garden to enjoy it year round?

Leslie will share some tips to improve your floral photographs; whether it’s specimens from your own garden or display gardens you have visited.

Photography is a terrific companion hobby for gardeners  and an excellent way to share our love of horticulture.

Full meeting details and instructions to join in person or online are on the June Meeting page.

Join the Flower Parades at our May and June meetings

At the May 12 and June 9 meetings, you will have the opportunity to “show off”: if you have a flower in your garden that you would like to show all of us, please cut it and place it in a little vase, and bring it to the meeting. There will be no judging as in years past, but we do have a participation prize for all members who bring at least one flower at the May meeting. 

Because there is no judging, we cannot call this a “flower show”, so we thought of a parade: we can line up all our vases as if in line for a parade!

In June, to follow the suggestion from the folks who planned the Year of the Garden, we would like to see red flowers, but again, the parade can be multi-coloured… because we love all flowers!

A little tip: if you need a small vase, there are quite a few at Value Village.

GK In-Person and Online meeting, May 12: Little Forests…Big Plans with Joyce Hostyn

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7:00pm

In-person and Virtual Meeting

Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Presentation: Little Forests Kingston…Big Plans

Nature Canada recently presented the Conservation Partner of the Year award to Little Forests Kingston. We’ve invited Joyce to share her vision of growth for the Little Forests project.

To Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your May issue of The Columbine to register by April 20th.

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 kingstonhortsoc@gmail.com.

To Join in Person:

Our meeting location is 2nd floor hall of the Kingston Unitarian Place, located at 206 Concession Street, Kingston, between MacDonnell Street and Victoria Street. Parking is at the back of the building.

KUF can be reached by using Kingston Transit. Route 16 runs by KUF every half hour from Monday to Saturday, and hourly on evenings and Sunday. Buses also run along Princess Street, three blocks away from KUF, every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday. For more information, check out Kingston Transit.

GK In-Person and Online meeting, April 21: Get Growing! The Evolution of a Vegetable Garden with Susie Everding

Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00pm

In-person and Virtual Meeting

Join us at our new meeting location or from home! (see below for details)

Speaker: Susie Everding

Presentation: Get Growing! The Evolution of a Vegetable Garden From Monoculture to Agriculture in 3 weeks

They say timing is everything and this certainly applies to vegetable growing. With a little bit of planning, preparation and your favorite calendar in hand, you can turn a mediocre harvest into a season to remember. Susie will share some of her tips that have helped convert the front lawn of her midtown Kingston house into a productive foodscape.

Susie Everding grew up on a hobby farm near Kingston. She spent years studying birds in far-flung corners of the world. When she returned to Canada, she turned her love of things that fly in the air, to things that grow in the ground. For 25 years she has been an avid vegetable grower, CSA operator and has encouraged people to try growing their own food. She is now a Master Gardener in training and actively involved in Kingston’s gardening fraternity. Having recently moved from the country to a mid-city lot, Susie has become a conspicuous and enthusiastic urban farmer in her community and will talk about science-based gardening practices to whomever will listen.

To Join GK Online with Zoom:

Members: watch for your February issue of The Columbine to register by April 20th.

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 kingstonhortsoc@gmail.com.

To Join in Person:

Our meeting location is 2nd floor hall of the Kingston Unitarian Place, located at 206 Concession Street, Kingston, between MacDonnell Street and Victoria Street. Parking is at the back of the building.

GK Online – March 10 at 7pm, Into the Night Garden with Judith Cox

Join GK Online with Zoom.

Members: watch for your February issue of The Columbine to register by March 9th.

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 kingstonhortsoc@gmail.com by March 9th.

Speaker: Judith Cox

Topic for March 10, 2022  7:00pm:

Into the Night Garden

Your garden does not cease to be a garden once the sun goes down.

Let’s explore the night-time garden and learn how to make the most of it 

With pollinators, colours and light.

Judith is a popular speaker from Ottawa Master Gardeners. She works as a garden consultant, volunteers at Master  Gardener advice clinics at local farmers’ markets, writes a weekly column called Veggie Bites and is president of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society. She loves heritage vegetables, roses, herbs and fairy gardens.

Reminder – February 26th Check Out New Meeting Location

In anticipation of being able to meet again in person, we have lined up a visit to Unitarian Place, home of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, 206 Concession Street, on February 26th, from 2-4 pm. We have thousands of seed packets to give away, so bring a bag and come visit the space that we will be renting for future GK meetings. There is parking behind the building and the entrance is under a blue awning on the side of the building (you will drive by it on your way to the parking). We’ve inserted a map and a clickable link further down in the newsletter. We need to follow the usual public health requirements: please show your proof of vaccination and wear a mask. I look forward to seeing you there!

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.