Thursday, 25 April 2019

District Meeting this Saturday, April 27 2019

Ontario Horticultural Association presents the District 9 Spring AGM 2019 
Host:  Grimsby Garden Club
Theme: Getting to Biodiversity

Grimsby Livingston Activity Centre
18 Livingston Avenue 
Grimsby, ON L3M 1K7


Welcome to our 2019 District 9 Spring Forum/Annual General Meeting. This year's theme is Getting to Biodiversity. There are morning beverages and snacks and a wonderful lunch from Grimsby's Fit To Eat, an annual business meeting, two speakers, a full flower show and prize draws.

We have two outstanding speakers: Cathy Kavassalis , Master Gardener and member of the Oakville Horticultural Society, will talk directly to the theme in her presentation, "Pollinator Gardens from the Ground Up", and Sue Clarke Instructor/Curator at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, will explore "The Legacy Garden at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens."
Come to meet and greet your fellow society members in the District, get the latest news and learn a lot from our presenters. We look forward to a great day and hope many of you can join us.

Margaret Tanaszi, Director
OHA District 9

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Bird Friendly Coffee Nesting Tonight!


Station 1 invites you to learn more about how we are connected to coffee growing in Latin America.  Did you know that Grimsby birds winter there?  In the past in Latin America, coffee has been heavily sprayed and fertilized with synthetic fertilizers.  Sprawling massive fields stretch out for miles. While this created high coffee yields it was also devastated the environment and wildlife.  Returning to organic methods and going coffee in concert with a rainforest canopy have resulted in beans with a deeper and richer flavour.  

And how does my Grimsby garden relate to coffee growing? The answer is simple:  many of the birds who live in Latin America in the winter are migratory, also live here in the summer.  These include orioles, tanagers, and warblers. What about hummingbirds? The Indigo bunting? 

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, D.C has identified ecologically sustainable farming methods that provide a welcome habitat for birds. They developed certification standards for making bird-friendly coffee.  One can differentiate between shade-grown, organic, fair-trade and bird-friendly.

Back to our gardens in Grimsby where the hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and small warblers make their home in summer.  Our job is to grow native trees and plants, so that they have the insects to feed their young.  

Marilyn Cornwell will help you get started with ten 'super trees' native to our area, and 12 'native perennial flowers' for your gardens.

  

Friday, 19 April 2019

Elm Street Garden Clean Up Date

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We are here to help beautify Grimsby.

Regular meetings are usually the last Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, at the Livingston Activity Centre (18 Livingston Ave, Grimsby). 
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SPRING CLEAN UP

AT ELM STREET GARDEN

(ACROSS FROM THE GBF)
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24
10 AM  UNTIL  NOON

 
(RAIN DATE APRIL 25)

COME JOIN THE GANG TO TIDY UP OUR GARDEN BEDS