Our Plant Fair is nearly upon us! — Happening at the same time and place as last year.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (the day before Mother's Day)
10am to 2pm (arrive early for best selection!)
Roncesvalles United Church — 240 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1M3
WHY WE DO IT

Ever wonder why we hold a Plant Fair?

  • To get people growing — Our Plant Fair is meant to get our community interested in gardening, to inspire gardening at all ages, and to encourage beautifying and greening within our city.
  • To support community gardens — It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year, so its success directly impacts the number of community Garden Projects that we can financially support. 
  • To promote community artists & initiatives — It provides an affordable platform for local artists and other like-minded organizations/vendors to gain visibility.
  • To elevate ourselves — It’s a great way for us to get our Hort’s name and fine accomplishments out there, to make friends and attract new members.

    Plus, it's a pretty nice way for our members to get to know each other a little better.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS YOU!

3 things we need from you.

1) YOUR PLANTS

Having lots of plants for sale is vital to the success of our Plant Fair.
Shoppers seem especially interested in pollinators, natives, echinacea, phlox, rudbeckia, hostas, strawberries, ferns, house plants of all kinds, tropical plants, succulents, and so on.

Label Your Plants
  • plant name: plus, if you know it's a native plant, definitely say so!
  • type: grass, shrub, ground cover, flower, vine, tree, etc.
  • partial to sun, shade, or a mix (you can just draw a circle: hollow circle is sun, filled in is circle is shade, and half-and-half is a mix — see image below). 
  • flower colour (if applicable)
  • size (if possible)
  • an image (if possible)
    BONUS marks to those who can print off an image of the plant in bloom or fully grown. Just google it! An image really helps give people a sense of what the plant will look like in time, and it makes it easier to sell.
Deliver Your Plants
Drop off May 1 - 9:
If your plant donations require repotting or dividing, please ensure that they are delivered to Mary's house specifically, no later than Monday May 6th.

Final plant donations can be delivered directly to the venue on Friday, May 10 strictly from 6pm - 8pm. This is your absolute latest drop-off window and is only for plant donations that are divided, in pots, with labels, ready to simply be priced. Any donations that come after this time we unfortunately cannot guarantee will be accepted.

Need a Hand?
Need help digging, dividing, labelling, or transporting them by car? No problem. Contact Mary Mosser at (416) 769-0426.


Invasives
We are discouraging invasive plants: orange day lilies, goutweed, Japanese knotweed, ribbon grass, garlic mustard, lily-of-the-valley, English ivy, periwinkle, and the like. In fact, the OHA's District 15 (for which our Hort is a part) issued a list of plants to avoid selling. Click here to download and view a PDF of their 2018 Invasive Plants List.


Need Tips on Dividing Perennials?
Click here to visit our website and read "Ten Tips for Dividing Perennials" by fellow member Heather Matthews. Very helpful! Thank you Heather.

2) GENTLY USED GARDEN SUPPLIES

Our Green Elephant Sale (our mini flea market specializing in garden and plant materials) needs your donations. This is your chance to purge, so do take advantage.

Examples of What We're Looking For
  • gardening tools
  • pots (please no plastic pots - they just don't sell)
  • garden ornaments of all kinds (garden gnomes!)
  • bird houses & feeders
  • decorative vases & baskets
  • garden furniture (metal and wooden items sell better)
Please no plant books or magazines this year. 

Deliver Your Green Elephant Items
Drop off May 1 - 9: Need a Hand?
Need help transporting your goods? No problem. Contact Jessie Olivier at (416) 567-2140.

3) YOU!

We need you! Helpers! Please lend a hand.

If you have not yet been contacted by our new Volunteer Coordinator, Maria Nunes, but wish to lend a hand, please email volunteers@parkdaletorontohort.com and she will help find something that's perfect for you.

This is the first year that Maria has coordinated our volunteers. Thank you, Maria!
NOW, ONTO THE SHOW!

AT THIS YEAR'S FAIR, WE'LL HAVE...

FREE ADVICE

Back by popular demand, our most knowledgeable members will be sharing their expertise for free! Bring them your questions about pollinators, natives, tree care, soil, veggies, ground covers, and soon you'll be gardening as happily as this little pup!  :)

LOCAL ARTISANS

  • KIMA LENAGHAN: An illustrator and fine artist with a degree from OCAD U. Kima will be displaying her exceptional plant-related drawings and prints. https://kimalenaghan.com/
     
  • LIZ TUDOR "Botanical Artists of Canada": A classic botanical artist working in watercolour, oil or coloured pencil. Elizabeth also enjoys doing landscapes, abstracts and pen and ink drawings.
    https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/elizabeth-tudor.html

     
  • OKKU DESIGN: Hand-dyed indigo scarves, silkscreened tea towels, and totes... PLUS handmade plantable seeded cards made from 100% recycled paper. Yes, the paper really contains wildflower seeds, and yes, they really grow.
    http://www.okkudesign.com/
     
  • MAGGIE GROVES GLASS: Stained glass ornaments prefect for the garden, lovingly handmade by Maggie Groves.

PLANT & SOIL VENDORS

COMMUNITY INFO & DISPLAYS

PRAYING MANTIS EGGS

Praying Mantis eggs will be available at the Plant Fair. $18 each. Limited quantities!!! One egg case contains anywhere from 40 to 400 tiny praying mantises that will patrol your yard, munching on other pesky insects like mosquitoes and aphids. You can place your egg outdoors to hatch or indoors (within a terrarium) so that you don't miss the action. You can even keep them as a pet! We recommend a 12 inch square terrarium with a screen lid, some soil, a variety of twigs with leaves, and a steady supply of pesky bugs for them to eat. Kids will have a whole summer of fun!

BEE NESTS

Make your garden flourish & provide a safe haven to our gentle, non-stinging native bees that are worryingly on the decline. Get your "Solitary Pollinator Bee Nest" at the Plant Fair. Suitable for any garden space, large or small. $20 each. 

GARDENING GLOVES

Come get your new gardening gloves!
  • Rubber-coated — $5.00
  • Nitrile-coated — $6.00

GIVEAWAYS

We're also scrambling to complete a new pinecone creation as our free giveaway (while supplies last!). Ladybugs!!!
 

GREEN ELEPHANT MARKET

A keen eye will find the most incredible deals in our Green Elephant market, a second-hand sale focused only on gardening and outdoors-related materials.

And of course, PLANTS!

OUR MEMBER DIVISIONS
We will have fantastic finds from our members' own gardens. Scoop up some plants that are otherwise very difficult to find in stores! Some rare plants crop up among these too. 

ORDERED IN PLANTS FROM OUR FAVOURITE NURSERIES
We've ordered more plants than ever before! Want a sneak peak? Like us on Facebook and track our Plant Fair Event Page for up-to-date photos of some of the plants that will be on offer, as we begin to receive them in the days leading up to the BIG EVENT! 

SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!
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