Upcoming Events

The Life Changing Magic of Gardening
Queen’s Grad Club
December 11, 7:00 pm
When I first become a gardener, I grew plants. Specimens with vibrant colours, oversize blooms and striking foliage. In becoming a master gardener, I’ve tossed the notion that gardening is about growing plants onto the compost heap. My journey of discovery into new ways of seeing, growing and loving has tumbled me into a new, more magical relationship with my garden and with the earth. One is which I strive to think like a plant, find belonging in the ecosystem that I call home and embrace beautiful mess.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Growing Roses
Gatineau Horticultural Society
January
Speaker: Nancy Louwman

Gardens of Britain England and the Netherlands
Bath Gardening Club & Horticultural Society,  St. John’s Hall, 216 Church Street, Bath
Monday January 21, 2:00 pm
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.
Speaker: Doris Power

Designing Edible Landscapes
Richter’s Herbs, 357 Durham 47, Goodwin Ontario
Sunday April 14th, 2:00 pm
Whether you have a small space or a large lot, you can have a beautiful garden and eat it too! Edible landscapes are a low maintenance, sustainable method of growing food for yourself, providing a habitat for wildlife, and beautifying your home.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Pruning Trees & Shrubs
Bath Gardening Club & Horticultural Society,  St. John’s Hall, 216 Church Street in Bath
Monday April 15 2:00pm
Pruning is one of the least understood aspects of gardening and yet knowing when to prune (and more importantly, when not to prune) is critical for growing strong, healthy, attractive trees and shrubs. We’ll take a holistic view of why, when, and how to prune – debunking some common myths along the way.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Wabi Sabi: Seeing the Beauty of a Naturally Imperfect Garden
Portland Garden Club, 1132 SW Vista Ave, Portland
Wednesday May 1, 10:15 am
Increase beauty and enchantment in your garden by embracing the ancient Japanese practice of wabi sabi. Loosely translated wabi is simplicity (elegant or rustic) and sabi means the beauty of age, wear or seasons.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Perfectly Imperfect Lawns (By Design)
Lennox & Addington Horticultural Society
Wednesday May 15. 7:00 pm
Lawns are no longer just about grass monocultures. You can have a polyculture lawn that’s stunning and ecologically friendly. Less mowing. No watering. No fertilizing. Wildlife friendly. Embrace the imperfection of a flowering lawn!
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Designing Rainscapes
Land O’Lakes Garden Club, Pineview Free Methodist Church, Hwy 41, Cloyne
Tuesday April 9, 2020, 7:00 pm
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.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Past Events

Edible Landscapes: Home Gardeners’ Conference
Join us this October for Edible Landscapes, our biannual Kingston Home Gardeners’ Conference. Our featured speaker is Diana Beresford-Kroeger, visionary scientist, conservationist and author.

8:30 am

Registration and Coffee

1

9 – 9:30 am

Converting lawns to new gardens – 2 easy methods

Astrid Muschalla, Master Gardener

2

9:30 – 10 am

Making your own fertilizer – New insights on how to make great compost

Harris Ivens, Plant Biologist

3

10 – 10:30 am

Unusual varieties – Germinating your own seeds, best seed & best veggies to save seeds from

Frank Misek

Kitchen Table Seed HouseKASSI

10:30 – 10:45 am

Break & Draws

4

10:45 – 11:15pm

Thinking Like a Fruit Tree: New Approaches to Pruning Fruit Trees

Joyce Hostyn, Master Gardener

5

11:15 – 11:45pm

Edible mushrooms and wild plants in the garden

Adrien Lapointe & Bob Chalmers, Edible Forest Farms

6

11:45 – 12:15pm

Edible Perennial Polycultures, Mimicking Forests & Permaculture Design

Bonita Ford, Permaculture Eastern Ontario

7

12:15 – 12:45 am

Why and which trees for our area?

Diana Beresford Kroeger, Botanist and Author

12:45 – 1pm

Book signing

Final Draws

Novel Idea

Gardening for the Birds
Increase the number and variety of birds in your yard. Learn how to design a garden that provides the food niches, nesting sites, shelter, water, and safety that birds need.
Monday November 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Senior’s Centre. To register, you must be a member.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

ABCs of Garden Design
Are your Hens & Chicks buried under your Hostas? Do you lose all of the colour in your garden after May? A look at the essentials in garden design, based on two views: the macro (wide view), and micro (close-up). Emphasis will be on using native plants.
Monday November 27, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Senior’s Centre. To register, you must be a member.
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla

Food Forests
Whether you have a small space or a large lot, you can have a garden and eat it too! Food forests are a low maintenance, sustainable method of growing food for yourself, providing a habitat for wildlife, and beautifying your home.
Date: Monday January 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Senior’s Centre. To register, you must be a member.
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Designing your Garden
Date: Monday February 19th, 2:00 pm
Location: Bath Gardening Club, St. John’s Memorial Hall at 216 Church Street, Bath
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla

Pruning Trees and Shrubs the Right Way
Pruning is one of the least understood aspects of gardening and yet knowing when to prune (and more importantly, when not to prune) is critical for growing strong, healthy, attractive trees and shrubs. We’ll take a holistic view of why, when, and how to prune – debunking some common myths along the way.
Date: Wednesday March 7th, 7:30 pm
Location: Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Using Native Plants to Attract Pollinators
How to add natives to an established garden and reorganize plants to attract more pollinators.
Date: Wednesday March 14th, 7:00 pm
Location: Gananoque Horticultural Society, Carveth Nursing Home, 375 James Street, Gananoque (use Herbert Street Entrance)
Speaker: Pat Haslett

Designing an Edible Landscape
Date: Friday March 16th, 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Canada Blooms, Toronto
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Designing an Edible Landscape
Whether you have a small space or a large lot, you can have a beautiful garden and eat it too! Edible landscapes are a low maintenance, sustainable method of growing food for yourself, providing a habitat for wildlife, and beautifying your home.
Date: Saturday March 31st, 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Calvin Park Branch, Kingston Public Library
Speaker: Joyce Hostyn

Garden Creation 2 methods – easy and fertile
Building a garden from scratch is easier and cheaper than you think. We’ll look at two methods of building your garden: lasagna bed making and hugelkultur. Both methods build soil fertility, retain moisture, improve drainage, sequester carbon in the soil, maximize growing space and increase soil temperature just enough to boost plant growth.
Date: Thursday May 10th, 7:30 pm
Location: Kingston Horticultural Society, Ongwanada Resource Centre
Speaker: Astrid Muschalla