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September 24, 2018 Meeting

John Bacher

Conservationist John Bacher’s book, Two Billion Years And Counting, details the legacy of Edmund Zavitz (1875–1968) who, in the early 1900s, rescued Ontario from the ravages of powerful floods, erosion, and deadly fires. Wastelands were taking over once-flourishing farmlands due to extensive deforestation. One man made a difference.

Reforesting Ontario One Tree At A Time

Some things are just not what they seem to be. See that forest in the Oak Ridges Moraine? Looks ancient doesn’t it? Guess what? NOT! Ever walked the Bruce Trail up on the escarpment above, say, Hamilton and environs? Ancient rock formation, ancient forest, right? WRONG!
See that photo of Dr. Bacher, PhD, academic, hair all short and neat, suit and tie…. mild mannered braniac prof, right? NOT QUITE!
When trying to track down contact information for our next speaker I was rather confused about who the real John Bacher was. In some photos he was as described above, neat, respectable, the kind of prof who welcomes his students to office hours because it shows they’re interested! But in others, there was this man with long trails of salt and pepper hair draping over his shoulders, large mutton sideburns, sometimes a baseball cap, but always, loose fitting clothing. When I finally found an “in-between photo” I decided they were one and the same. Blame his Mohawk Turtle Clan friend Danny Beaton who’s encouraged the shaggy look.
Dr. John Bacher is a tireless campaigner for the Thundering Water Forests who works for the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society, and is also President of the Sierra Club of Ontario and a respected environmentalist and expert on Ontario’s natural history.  He is a much sought after speaker and contributor in the many important environmental battles in Ontario.
He will be speaking to the Hort on Monday, September 24th about his acclaimed book
Two Billion Trees and Counting; The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz, and the history behind the trees many are now desperately trying to save.

-Maria Nunes


Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, Toronto, just south of Queen Street West.
The doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. But come early to enjoy coffee and cookies while you chat, ask questions, and check out possible raffles, plants, and other items for sale!

Notice: Our AGM will be held on November 26, 2018, at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church. The AGM will start at 7 PM and be followed by the speaker, Tony Spencer on the subject Splendor In The Grasses. 


Since our library has not been much used or managed in recent years, we will begin the process of winding it down. At each meeting we will choose several wonderful and informative books that we will silent auction off to the highest bidder.

President's Report

We sent Barbara Japp's President's report out via regular email on Saturday. It outlined changes that will be happening to our communications and event planning. If you missed it, please click this link to read the President's Report

Garden Projects: Update


Tree and shrub planting in Kathy's Grove in Stanley Park North took place on May 5, and perennial planting was done May 19 by wonderful Hort volunteers.  We were helped by City of Toronto Parks staff Brian Green and Harry Roach. Over the summer more plants were added and some dedicated members spent time weeding the garden, especially Clement Kent, Hilde Ortmann, Helen Vorster and Ruth Dobb.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time and effort into planting and tending this gorgeous garden that is already much appreciated by the neighbours and users of the park. The pollinators love it too. On a visit there over the summer, the garden was alive with various bees and butterflies. 

Thank you also to those individuals who contributed funds allowing us to do this project and to be able to sustain it into the future. Thank you to Clement Kent, who spearheaded this initiative and forged ahead with his vision of this garden and grove that Kathy would have loved. Let's keep the momentum going and keep up the care for the garden.

We have decided upon the wording for the two plaques that will be attached to the benches we are getting installed by the city. The plaques are limited to 120 characters each.

Kathy’s Memorial Grove and Pollinator Garden – to honour Amy Katherine Andrachuk. Her passion was to beautify our city.

For Kathy Andrachuk, much missed by her family, friends & members of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto. 

We will keep you updated with future plans and events occuring at Kathy's Grove. Please stay posted!

Participation Needs for Upcoming Events


At our Summer Planning Meeting we discussed how we could make our meetings more efficient to manage. We're going to try using an online tool called Signup. Jobs at meetings will be clearly outlined with the time commitment and a description of the job. Our motto is many hands make light work! Please click here to check out the jobs and see if there is one you might like doing. OR email and let us know you'd like to help in some way.

Here is the link to our Signup page. Note; since this is a free online tool it will display advertisements on the side of page as you are viewing the Hort sign up jobs.

Thank you in advance.


We still need more help with the Kathy's Grove Pollinator Garden with weed control. The garden is located in Stanley Park North, next to 823 Adelaide St West. If you can even do an hour or two once a week or once in a while that would be appreciated. If you are interested, please send an email to and let us know so we can chat about what is needed. Thank you.

Community Events & Announcements

Upcoming Parkdale & Toronto Hort Meetings and Speakers

October 29 
Adventures in Seed Conservation - Stefan Weber
November 26 
AGM and Splendor In The Grasses - Tony Spencer
January 28 
Garden Walk Buffalo - Helen Battersby

Check our website Meeting Page for more details.

Parkdale Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2pm - 8:30 pm
Hosted by Greenest City.
Incredible community partners - 100 000 Poets for Change, Making Room, Toronto Urban Growers, TRCA, Parkdale Filmmakers, Community Leaders, Friends of Masaryk - A celebratory day of dance, art, music, poetry and film.
For more info on the schedule click here - Greenest City Events

Planet In Focus 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival

October 25th-28th
Cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. Click here to find out more Planetinfocus.

Toronto Botanical Garden - Garden Classes

Plant Beautiful Bulbs 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For the Love of Trees
Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Planting Garlic, Saving Seeds and Putting the Garden to Bed 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pushing Gardening Boundaries 
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Succulents - In and Out 
Monday, October 22, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For more info on these classes and others, click here: TBG Gardening Classes.

Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society

October Meeting and Members' Plant Sale featuring Elisabeth Zander
Oct 21, 2018 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker, Elisabeth Zander, begins at 1:30 p.m.
Plant Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues after the speaker.

Royal Botanical Gardens Programs

The RBG  has a host of courses and classes. Please check out their Public Programs Page for more details.

Farmer's Markets In Toronto

Here is a link to a comprehensive list of Farmer's Markets by Day in GTA. There are a lot!
Farmer's Markets In Toronto by Day of the Week
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