Upcoming Events

Special event: the wildscaping series

The natural world can help save us from climate catastrophe! Imagine the impact we could have here in Kingston if we wildscaped even 10% of our lawns, verges and parks, replacing grass monocultures with wildscape alternatives such as meadowscapes, forestscapes or foodscapes.

We’re offering a workshop series, organizing #rewildmylawn day for October and building up the resources to help you wildscape your lawn and tackle our climate emergency.

Regenerative gardening: start with the soil

Wondering if you can make a difference in tackling our climate emergency? You can! By changing the way you manage your yard, you can become part of a global movement drawing carbon out of the atmosphere, sequestering it in soil and regenerating ecosystem health.

Mon, August 12, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Central Library. Fee is $30. More info and register on Eventbrite!

Wildscaping: ecological plant-driven design 

Discover the aesthetic and ecological principles driving the New Perennial movement in naturalistic planting design. Learn about the design practices and methods championed by famed planting designer Piet Oudolf and his peers with an eye to broaden and transform your own approach to planting design, plant selection, installation and maintenance.

Saturday September 7th 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at Isabel Turner Library. Fee $10. More info and register on Eventbrite.

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 am – 1:00 pm at 764 Meadowood Road. Fee $40 including a light lunch! Only 18 places available. More info and register on Eventbrite.

Interested in wildscaping your front yard?

Be part of #rewildmylawn day, slated for October 5th. We’re looking for 3 to a maximum of 10 lawns for rewilding. By rewilding, we mean swapping out a grass monoculture with wildscape alternatives such as meadowscapes, forestscapes or foodscapes.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm More info and register your interest on Eventbrite or email joyce_hostyn@yahoo.com

Upcoming talks

Improve your vegetable garden yield by attracting pollinators

Collins Bay Horticultural Society, St. Peter’s Anglican Church 4333 Bath Road
Monday, September 9, 7:30 pm Speaker: Nancy Louwman.

Gardens of Britain England and the Netherlands

Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre, Kingston
Thursday October 10, 7:30 pm Speaker: Doris Power
Tour the spectacular gardens of the Floriade, Het Loo Palace and Keukenhof in The Netherlands and 15 beautiful gardens of the Norwich area in the UK including Hoveton Hall, Sandringham Estate and Bressingham Gardens.

Hardy and Tender Bulbs

Trenton Horticulture Society. October 15, 2020. Speaker: Doris Power

Designing Rainscapes

Land O’Lakes Garden Club, Pineview Free Methodist Church, Hwy 41, Cloyne
Tuesday April 9, 2020, 7:00 pm Speaker: Joyce Hostyn
Water brings our gardens to life. Rainscapes are about water in all its forms – still and moving, above and below ground – and the rich design possibilities rain offers. Create a simple rain garden or turn your whole landscape into a rainscape that captures, stores and conserves water and creates a beautiful, wildlife friendly garden.