april, 2022

09apr3:30 pm5:00 pmBuilding Resilient GardensElaine Rude is an avid and obsessed gardener with an interest in all things horticultural. 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Event Organized By: Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society

Event Details

This will be a free zoom meeting open to the public.

For more information & to request zoom link, email  specialevents@ovrghs.ca

As our climate changes, the occurrence of serious weather events is becoming more frequent.  Consequently, our gardens need to become more resilient and
adaptable to whatever Mother Nature throws at them.  Gardens are constantly evolving to meet the conditions of their site and while gardeners are the orchestraters of the original design, plants have the final say in deciding to thrive or die.  How does one know which plants will thrive in our conditions?  What makes some plants tougher than others?   How can one create a garden that is resilient and adaptable? 

In this talk we will look at:

·        creating resilient plant communities with layered plantings

·        increasing plant diversity

·        working with soil

·        using and storing water onsite

·        attracting beneficial insects to help create a balanced landscape

·        how to increase resiliency in an established garden

Elaine Rude is an avid and obsessed gardener with an interest in all things horticultural.  She came to horticulture a bit late in life but having spent summers in her Grandmother’s incredible garden an interest in gardening was inevitable.  By day she oversees 4 acres of natural woodland, meadow, vegetable and ornamental borders, with the intent of enhancing and creating habitat for birds, butterflies, numerous pollinators and yes, even the annoying pesky ones.  A focus on creating resilient gardens that can respond to the vagaries of climate her  motto is ‘tough love creates tough plants.’  Elaine wears many hats: Master Gardener, instructor, garden designer and author.  Her work has been published in numerous periodicals including the Gardener and Fine Gardening.



(Saturday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society

Garden border with many pink and white plants

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