Upcoming Events

Upcoming talks



Success Growing Roses in a Northern Climate

Speaker: Nancy Lowman
Thursday January 9th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre, Kingston


Carolinian Forest

Thursday February 13, 2020 7:30 pm – Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre, Kingston
Learn about the beautiful species in the Carolinian Forest plant community, how climate change is affecting gardening in Eastern Ontario and assisted migration.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Garden Creation and Planting

Thursday Feb 27, 10:00 to 11:30am – Senior Centre Loyalist, 4080 Bath Rd, Kingston
Building a garden from scratch is easier and cheaper than you think – we’ll look at 2 methods: lasagna bed making, hügelkultur.  What to look for when buying plants and the best planting method will be shown.  
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla

All About Soil

Monday March 9, 7:30 – 8:30pm – Collins Bay Horticultural Society, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 4333 Bath Rd, KingstonAmending soil, how to determine how good it is, what constitutes good soil, and how we can do this in a more sustainable manner.
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla


Gardening for the birds

Monday March 16, 2020 7:00 pm Speaker: Joyce Hostyn
Stirling Horticulture Society, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 110 Mill Street Stirling

Increase the number and variety of birds in your yard by designing a garden that provides the food niches, nesting sites, shelter, water, and safety that birds need. 

Save our Soil

Tuesday March 17, 1:00 to 2:30pm – Senior Centre, 56 Francis St, Kingston
What foods need to go back to the garden so our soil doesn’t get depleted?  Not all compost and mulches are created equal. The science and techniques that work best for each type of garden area will be shown. Master Gardener & Certified Organic Land Care Professional, Astrid Muschalla, offers her expertise on an often overlooked, yet essential part of gardening: quality composting and eco-mulching

Bokashi Composting

Monday March 23, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Calvin Park Library, 88 Wright Crescent, Kingston
From all kitchen scraps, including meats and bones, to soil, this closed system composting is great for small spaces and starts indoors….so composting all year round.

Bokashi Composting

Sat. March 28, 2 – 3:30pm – Isabel Turner Library, 935 Gardiners Rd, Kingston
From all kitchen scraps, including meats and bones, to soil, this closed system composting is great for small spaces and starts indoors….so composting all year round.
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla

Designing Rainscapes

Tuesday April 9, 2020, 7:00 pm – Land O’Lakes Garden Club, Pineview Free Methodist Church, Hwy 41, Cloyne 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.

Designing Rainscapes

Monday May 11th, 7:30 pm – Collins Bay Horticultural Society St. Peter’s Church, 4333 Bath Road 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.

Wildscaping: a new approach to gardening in a changing climate

Tuesday May 12, 10am to 12 noon – Senior Centre Loyalist (Edith Rankin Church), Speaker: Joyce Hostyn
With climate change, our perspective on what a garden should be and what we like to grow in it has to change. Our weather is becoming more variable with wetter springs, drier summers, colder winters and more extreme storms. Learn how to adapt your gardening style for a changing climate, drawing inspiration from our local landscapes and indigenous flora to create naturalistic and sustainable gardens.

Eradicating Kingston Area most Unwanted – organic weed control

Monday May 25, 7:15 – 8:15pm – Bath Horticultural Society, St. John’s Hall (216 Church Street, Bath) Speaker: Astrid Muschalla
What’s invading next? Alien invasives are proving to be aggressive monocultures destroying native habitats. As a result we are loosing native species which changes the land use, water quality and does not support desireable wildlife and plants. You will learn how to identify, remove and replace alien invasive plants with desireable native species to keep our natural areas functioning as healthy ecosystems.

Designing rainscapes

Monday June 15, 2020 at 2:30 – Bath Horticultural Society, St. John’s Hall (216 Church Street, Bath) Speaker: Joyce Hostyn
Water brings our gardens and landscapes 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. 


Past events

Making Great Compost

Saturday October 26, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Lakeside Community Garden
Speaker: Harris Ivens
Making your own fertilizer. New insights on how to make great compost rich in beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. Composting is easier than you thought!
More information on Eventbrite

Hardy and Tender Bulbs

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

Gardens of Britain England and the Netherlands

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.
Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre, Kingston


Save our Soil

Wed. Oct.  9 – 7:30 – 8:30pm – Gananoque Horticultural Society, Carveth Centre
What foods need to go back to the garden so our soil doesn’t get depleted?  Not all compost and mulches are created equal. The science and techniques that work best for each type of garden area will be shown. Master Gardener & Certified Organic Land Care Professional, Astrid Muschalla, offers her expertise on an often overlooked, yet essential part of gardening: quality composting and eco-mulching
Speaker: Nancy Louwman.

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.


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