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Events and General Meeting Schedule

Monthly Meeting
Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility

November 28th, 2017: 6:30 PM
Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper
Presentation of Awards
Elections for 2018
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Meeting Starts at at 6:30 PM

2018 Photo Contest Please Click here for information in PDF format (222KB).
Entries are due at the March 27th 2018 meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: THE GENERAL MEETING LOCATION FOR MAY, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER IS THE FLOWER CITY SENIORS CENTRE.

Effective September 23rd, 2014, our new meeting location is the Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility at the Flower City Community Campus, 8910 McLaughlin Road, Brampton (South west corner of Queen and McLaughlin).
However, due to room availability, we are moving back to Flower City Seniors Centre, 8870 McLaughlin Road, for the May, June and September meetings. We look forward to seeing you at our old location.

Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre Map

January, 2017 January 24th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Guest Speaker: Maryna Davidovitch
Subject: The Blue Dot Movement
We are presenting this speaker tonight based on a very positive recommendation from long time society members who believe, what lots of us believe, that the environment and conservation, which is part of our mandate, should be discussed along with gardening and horticulture more within Horticultural Societies.
The Blue Dot movement has been active in Brampton since summer of 2015. As a group they are a diverse collective of Brampton residents organized under the umbrella of the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement. They are a grassroots formation - they are not formally recruited by DSF, they have networked with many community groups and shaped into a group of people involved in spreading awareness in Brampton specifically. Earlier this fall they were successful in passing an Environmental Declaration at Brampton City Hall.
We strongly encourage you to come to this meeting and bring a friend or work associate that would be interested. The Blue Dot movement is a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to support the groundswell of Canadians who want meaningful action to protect the people and places they love.
It is a project of the David Suzuki Foundation and sponsors. Proudly supported by Nature's Path, Roots Canada and Ascenta Health.
February, 2017 February 28th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Hobby Night and Food Drive
We are collecting non-perishable food items for our 6th annual February Food Drive. Please bring your donations to the February General Meeting and members of the board will deliver them to a local Brampton food bank.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Guest Speaker: Owen Goltz
Subject: Body Language of Trees
Our guest speaker, Owen Goltz is known as story teller, educator, inventor, actor, author, farmer, arborist and more lately an observationist. His introduction to trees started at the tender age of 8, working beside his older brother and father, reforesting and managing the 100-acre family homestead in Muskoka. He later pursued a formal education in Arboriculture at Humber College, graduating with top honours. Over a period of 30 years, Owen was involved with pretty much every aspect of the tree care industry; safety, education, equipment design, private practice and consulting in Ontario and across Canada. In 2009 he left the tree care industry to purse a second career in organic farming, and currently homesteads 80 acres in Inglewood, with his wife Susan, Max the dog, Thomas the goat and his two draft Halfinger ponies, Chrissy and Emma. In this pursuit to become an organic farmer, Owen began to realize all plants have their very own unique soil language, complex yet simple, which invites observation, interpretation leading to understanding. In trees, once the language is understood, one has the correct information to plant, water, feed and prune for structure, yield and health. Owen will be presenting an information discussion on the Body Language of Trees.
March, 2017

Major Event

5th Seedy Saturday
Saturday, March 11th: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location - Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East, Brampton
The City of Brampton and the Brampton Horticultural Society present Seedy Saturday and Garden Show.
Events and activities include Gardening Information, Share, swap and buy seeds, Create gardening communities, Exhibits and presentations, Kid's zone and Seedy Café. Supported by Seeds of Diversity.
March, 2017 March 28th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Guest Speaker: Marjorie Mason
Subject: Tips and Treasures from Gardens Around the World
Marjorie is an enthusiastic gardener who enjoys sharing her ideas with others and we will have the opportunity to get to know some of those ideas at our March meeting.
Monthly Flower Show
Please Click here for the schedule in PDF format (308KB).
April, 2017 April 25th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Guest Speaker: Steven Biggs
Subject: Crops that Wow!
When veggie gardening space is limited, why grow the green beans you can easily buy at the store? Instead, paint the supper table with a surprising array of coloured veg including red okra, purple beans, yellow carrots, rainbow chard, and golden beets. Then add an exotic touch with intercultural crops such as bitter melon or Malabar spinach, treats that are hard to find at the supermarket. If you grow veg or want to grow veg, but want to be a bit different, this talk is for you. As a horticulturist, life-long gardener, and journalist, he has a knack for taking the barrage of gardening information that is out there and translating it into practical, no-nonsense advice.
Monthly Flower Show
Please Click here for the schedule in PDF format (308KB).
May, 2017

Major Event

Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
Location - Brampton Curling Club, 46 McMurchy Avenue, Brampton
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. until approx. 1:00 p.m.
Brampton Horticultural Society annual fund-raiser. Annuals and perennials will be available for sale, and there will be a garage sale table of garden related items. Society members will be available to provide gardening advice. There is no entry fee.
May, 2017 May 23rd, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Seniors Centre
Subject: How to Prepare for a Show
Guest Speaker: Judy Zinni
Judy Zinni is an obsessive gardener who delights in growing all sorts of different plants. She particularly enjoys growing perennials and lilies in her zone 6 garden in Mississauga, and growing African violets and gesneriads under lights in her home. She also takes great pleasure in creating floral designs to grace her home and those of her friends, and entering into flower show competitions.
Judy is an accredited judge of floral design, horticulture, roses and gesneriads. Judy is currently a member of eighteen different gardening-based interest groups.
In this timely presentation she will be spending some time showing, encouraging and stimulating our desire to prepare for and enter some of our garden grown plants in our upcoming Annual Flower Show. She will also inspire us to be creative and, if we have not done so before, maybe turn our hand to a little basic floral design to enable us to display in the show.
Monthly Flower Show
Please Click here for the schedule in PDF format (308KB).
June, 2017

Major Event

Annual Flower Show
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Location: Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre, Auditorium (the room where we hold many of our general meetings).
NOTE: This is a change from where we have been holding the event in recent years.
June, 2017 June 27th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Seniors Centre
Strawberry Social
Presentation of Flower Show Awards
Annual Garden Tour

Major Event

Annual Garden Tour
The Board and Garden Tour committee regret to inform you that the 2017 Annual Garden Tour was cancelled due to technical difficulties. Plans have already commenced for the 2018 Tour.
July, 2017 No Meeting
August, 2017 No Meeting
September, 2017 September 26th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location:New meeting location for our Tuesday, September 26th meeting only!!
Greenway Retirement Residence 100 Ken Whillans Drive, just north of Church Street.

Guest Speaker: David Naylor
Our speaker for September is David Naylor. He is one of the founding members of the Toronto Cactus and Succulent Club. He is a member of numerous societies around the world specializing in these plants. He is a Succulent Plant Show Judge accredited by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He teaches S&C judging at the Royal Botanical Gardens. David continuously creates new cultivars of cactus and succulents for growing indoors.
Subject: Winter hardy cactus & other succulents
Monthly Flower Show
Please Click here for the schedule in PDF format (308KB).
October 2017 October 24th, 2017; 8:00 PM*
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Guest Speaker: Dale O'Hara
Dale O'Hara was born and raised in Brampton, a fifth generation of the Dale family, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Dale Estate.
In her book, Acres of Glass: The Story of the Dale Estate and How Brampton Became "The Flower Town of Canada", she shares the story of how in the early 1900s the Dale Estate established Brampton as a flower town. In the 20th century, Dale Estate dominated the floral industry of Brampton as well as all of Canada, the U.S. and Europe, earning itself the distinction of being the largest greenhouse operation of its kind in the world. She will take us on a journey to understand the influence her family had on our "Flower City of Brampton" from every perspective.
Subject: Acres of Glass
Monthly Flower Show
Please Click here for the schedule in PDF format (308KB).
November, 2017 November 28th, 2017
Location: Flower City Lawn Bowling Facility
Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper
Presentation of Awards
Elections for 2018
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Meeting Starts at at 6:30 PM
December, 2017 No Meeting

Notes:
* The formal meeting is scheduled to commence at 8:00 PM. Other activities (e.g. flower show entries, Mini Seminars and library) start at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:15 PM.