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Garden Design Trends

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y4M3 Canada

Speaker: Tina Liu  Tina is a Landscape Architect currently working with the National Capital Commission as the design manager of the National Capital Floral Program / Lights Across Canada and she is a National Judge of Communities in Bloom. She is also a big fan of urban agriculture and community involvement. Join us to explore how to work with existing trees and shrubs, combining spring and fall bulbs, annual flowers, vegetables and perennial plants in your flowerbeds for an all…

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National Gallery Private Tour and Luncheon

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N9N4 Canada

THEME:  2017 Canadian Biennial Show Meet at the tour desk at 10:45 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. tour start. A comprehensive selection of works acquired by the Gallery in the past three years by the Contemporary, Indigenous and Canadian Photography Institute. Come to view paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, print making. $12 for non-members admission. Each attendee pays the $7 guided tour fee. Luncheon to follow at Play Food and Wine Restaurant at 1 York Street.

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How to Start a Community Garden

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blackburn Hamlet Public Library, 199 Glen Park
Ottawa, Ontario K1B5B8 Canada

Join us for either one of the upcoming how to Start a CG workshops: What: How to Start a Community Garden When: January 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 Where:    Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre at 1547 Merivale Rd, Emerald Plaza Second Floor, Unit 240 Parking: Ample free parking available in front of the Emerald Plaza What: How to Start a Community Garden When: January 31 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 Where:    Blackburn Hamlet Public Library – 199 Glen Park Parking: Ample free parking available in front of the library…

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February Vegetable Growing Calendar For Canadian Hardiness zones 4 and 5

February 1

You can plant seeds of parsley, leek, celery, celeriac, Spanish onions, globe artichokes, and cardoon. These require a long growing season.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Lawn – Going Grassless

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old March Town Hall, 821 March Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2M5 Canada

Master Gardener Julianne Labreche joins us to discuss the following topics: go grassless by turning your front lawn into a garden a brief history of the North American lawn costs, challenges and care of lawns zone-appropriate plant alternatives to sod ideas and inspirations on ways to create a grassless front garden    

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Almonte Seedy Saturday

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St
Almonte, Ontario K0A1A0 Canada

Our Seedy Saturday will provide the opportunity for people to come together to exchange information and to buy, sell or trade interesting and unusual heritage varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, flower, wild and native Ontario seeds. We will have a seed exchange for seeds and extra plants, cuttings, books, magazines, pots, trellising, tools and/or gardening supplies. In the exchange, for each item donated another can be taken home. Larger items equate to a few extra goodies per item. If you…

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Botanical Trip through parts of Ireland, and Photo Competition

February 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C9 Canada

Join long time member Phil Reilly on his botanical trip through parts of Ireland   2017-18 Photo Competition 7 Classes - Enter up to 3 (digital) Photos each class - See Details! Entries accepted up to January 13, 2018 ​ !!! Vote for YOUR Favourites at the February Meeting !!!

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Organic Gardening for the Absentee Gardener

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ottawa South Community Centre (The Firehall), 260 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 0R7 Canada

Away at the cottage or travelling during the summer—no point in planting an organic garden!  Think again: Rachelle Gendron of Our Little Farm ( will let us in on tips and tricks for the absentee gardener—from watering to the timing of plantings.

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Ireland in the Spring

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carp Memorial Hall, Carp, Ontario K0A 0L1 Canada

Phil Reilly, our guest speaker, is no stranger to the West Carleton Garden Club.  He and his wife Carole ran a family-owned specialty nursery, Reilly’s Country Gardens, for 25 years in the Kinburn area. Phil is a biologist who spent many years working, first with environmental groups, then as a consultant with wildlife and environmental agencies/businesses. From this background, he developed Reilly's Country Gardens into a unique niche nursery. Before it closed, the gardens featured native perennials used to 'feed'…

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Edibles in the Garden

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
City View United Church, 6 Epworth Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2G2L5 Canada

Guest Speaker - Mary Reid (Green Thumb Garden Centre) - 'Edibles in the Garden' - incorporating edible plants into your flower garden. Fee: $4 for non-members Notes: Mini flower show, opportunity table and light refreshments to follow Mini Show: 1. "Beautiful Winter" - a photograph you took of a winter scene. 2. "Be my Valentine" - a design of your choice, featuring red flowers. 3. Your choice. Any item, plant, etc. you would like to share.

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