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October 29, 2018 Meeting

Stefan Weber

Gardening and horticulture might experience new highs with the legalization of marijuana, but this month’s speaker got hooked through a different gateway plant: an orchid - "a magenta coloured Dendrobium". A young Stefan Weber was drawn in by it at a Home Depot while shopping with his parents and promptly fell in love! The plant produced a craving for knowledge about plants and he joined his local Norfolk County Horticulture Society at the tender age of 14.

This love of horticulture led to the beginning of Horticulture studies at the University of Guelph. But when he found the plant most commonly discussed there, corn, wasn’t stimulating enough, Stefan switched his focus to a double major in Ecology and Geography, and later completed a Masters Degree in Evolutionary Biology!

He is currently working on a PhD at McMaster. His research is three-pronged, relating to using seed to recreate native meadows along "civic infrastructure corridors", tailoring seed mixes to fight back against alien invasive species, and studying genetic diversity of native species vis-a-vis their ability to adapt locally. Whewh! But that's not all!! He's also still working at the St. Williams Nursery & Ecological Centre and is a co-founder of at Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance (OPRA).

Stefan has found time in his busy life to give us what I'm sure will be an inspirational talk on how to ensure the longevity of the native species we’ve come to love, and what the best way is to propagate them.

There will be non-mind altering cookies although the meeting is after October 17th

-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 this month's silent auction books, the library for any books you might want to buy outright, 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 Splendour In The Grasses. 

Education and Outreach


The Education and Outreach Committee (E&O) has been doing Christmas decoration workshops as an annual tradition for the past several years. We have helped to create a variety of ornaments during the holiday season, bringing great times and cheer for participants. The E&O will visit LOFT (Dunn Avenue Supporting Housing Services) and West Toronto KEYS To INclusion again this Christmas season. The workshops will be taking place sometime in early December. For those interested in helping with the workshops, please talk to Ron Charlemagne at the October Hort Meeting or email:

The photos above and below are from various KEYS to INclusion workshops over the years. The photo immediately below shows some of our awesome E&O volunteers!

Participation Needs for Upcoming Events


We're using an online tool called Signup to facilitate volunteering. It makes it easy for everyone to see who's doing what at a glance. 

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.

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.

Community Events & Announcements

Upcoming Parkdale & Toronto Hort Meetings & Speakers

November 16, 2018

AGM and Splendour in the Grasses - Tony Spencer

January 28, 2019

Garden Walk Buffalo - Helen Battersby

February 25, 2019

Maria Nunes - Around Town - Front Yards of Toronto

Please check our website meeting page for more details.

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.

Learning Opportunities

Toronto Botanical Garden - Garden Classes

Click here to find out about various TBG Gardening Classes.

Royal Botanical Gardens Programs

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

Want A Free Native Tree?

Oct 27, 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Friends of Allan Gardens will be holding a Tree Giveaway event to match Torontonians with free trees leftover from this season's Tree For Me community events. This will happen at the Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5A 2P2 (map)
You have to RSVP for this so please click!/blog/trees to find out more.

Chrysanthemum Show At Allan Gardens

Oct 8, 2018 - November 9, 2018

The “Queen of the Fall Flowers” will be in full bloom at the Allan Gardens Conservatory with the return of the annual Chrysanthemum Show.

The exhibit will showcase roughly 100 varieties of chrysanthemums, including pot mums, cascades, baskets, standards and special topiary figures.

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