Past Years' Schedule of Speakers and Monthly Meetings


2023 - 2024 Schedule

September 12, 2023
“Ikebana Flower Design" Live Demonstration
with Anne Breau
Flower Show

October 10, 2023
"The Lost Legacy of Lanark Fruit Trees"
with Jennifer Ferris

November 14, 2023
"How to Live With What Lives in Your Gardens"
with Master Gardener Judith Cox

December 12, 2023
Holiday Social

January 9, 2024
"Drought Resistant Perennials"
with Laurie Bachand of Stoneridge Gardens
Note - this meeting was cancelled because of a winter storm
It is hoped to reschedule this presentation at a later date.

February 13, 2024
"Organic Pest Management"
with Scott Sigurdson of the Indian Creek Orchid

March 12, 2024
"Treasures of the Ottawa Valley"
with Brian Carson

April 9, 2024
"Floral Design: Tips & Tricks"
with Sandra Black

May 14, 2024
"Pruning & Tool Maintenance"
with Ed Lawrence

June 11, 2024
Summer Social & Flower Show


2022 - 2023 Schedule


September 13, 2022
“Climate - Carbon - Compost"
with Scott Hortop
Flower Show - ‘People’s choice’ design classes only - arrangements only


October 11, 2022
"Winter Planters"
with Catherine Disley
This meeting was cancelled because of COVID - it will be rescheduled for a later date.


November 8, 2022
"High Performance/Low Maintenance Plants"
with Master Gardener Lee Ann Smith
Plus the WCGC AGM and the WCGC Seed Exchange


December 13, 2022
Holiday Social
This meeting was highlighted by live demonstrations of festive centerpiece making.
Leislie Alvarenga created lovely Sogetsu Ikebana arrangements using mostly pine, baby's breath, and ponsiettas.
Gay MacQuarrie used a variety of fresh flowers to create attractive small and large Christmas flower arrangements.
Brenda Baird demonstrated how to create a gorgeous, large Christmas wreath from scratch.


January 10, 2023
"Promising you a Rose Garden"
with Master Gardener Judith Cox


February 14, 2023
"Native Orchids or Box Store Orchids"
with Jan Johns of the Ottawa Orchid Society


March 11, 2023
Seedy Saturday at the Carp Fair Grounds
click HERE for full details


March 14, 2023
"Pruning: The Ins and Outs"
with master gardener Rob Stuart


April 11, 2022
"Entomology - The Study of Insects & Their Relationship to
Humans, the Environment, and Other Organisms""
with Rob Longair of the University of Alberta


May 9, 2023
"Digging in the Dirt: Ways to Stay Healthy Gardening"
with Nancy MacDonald
plus May Flower Show
Note - this meeting will be simultaneously offered via Zoom if two or more
registrants are not able or willing to attend the in-person presentation in Memorial Hall.
To attend the meeting via Zoom, please follow the instructions given above.


June 13, 2023
Summer Social & Flower Show


2021 - 2022 Schedule

September 14, 2021
“Colour in Your Garden"
with Master Gardener Nancy McDonald
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom
 
October 12, 2021
"Garlic: October is Garlic Planting Season"
with Scott Sigurdson of Indian Creek Orchard Gardens
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom

November 9, 2021
"Seasonal Flower & Plant Arrangements"
with Tim Dyer of Carp Garden Services
Plus the WCGC AGM
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom
 
December 14, 2021
Holiday Potluck Social
Cancelled owing to the COVID pandemic

January 11, 2022
"Plant Propagation"
with Robert Stuart, Master Gardener
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom
 
Februay 8, 2022
"Vertical Veggies"
with Barbara Long, Master Gardener in Training
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom
 
March 8, 2022
"Ikebana/Japanese Flower Arrangement"
with Rebecca Cragg of Camellia Teas of Ottawa
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom.
 
April 12, 2022
"Saving our Lilies from the Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle"
with Kelly Noel, Master Gardener
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom.
 
May 10, 2022
"Composting"
with Catherine Disley, Master Gardener
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom.
 
June 14, 2022
"A Tour of Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick"
with WCGC member Gay MacQuarrie
This meeting was held virtually with Zoom.


2020 - 2021 Schedule

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September 8, 2020
“Cannabis Talk"
with Marc Gagné
CANCELLED owing to the COVID pandemic
 
October 13, 2020
"Indian Creek Orchard Garden"
with Scott Sigurdson
CANCELLED owing to the COVID pandemic

November 10, 2020
"Creating Christmas Arrangements"
with Lindsey McFadden of Autumn’s Fine Flowers
CANCELLED owing to the COVID pandemic
 
December 8, 2020
Holiday Potluck Social (no speaker)
CANCELLED owing to the COVID pandemic

January 12, 2021
"Outdoor Garden Rooms"
with Jeff Roland of Yards Unlimited
CANCELLED owing to the COVID pandemic
 
Februay 9, 2021
"Into the Night Garden"
with Judith Cox, Master Gardener
Meeting held virtually with Zoom
 
March 9, 2021
"Alvars: Ontario’s Wild Rock Gardens and their Special Plants"
with Trish Murphy from Beaux Arbres Native Plants Nursery
Meeting held virtually with Zoom
 
April 13, 2021
"No Yard - No Problem: Balcony and Patio Gardening Tips"
with Lana Doss of The Fine Gardener
Meeting held virtually with Zoom
 
May 11, 2021
"Five Easy-to-grow Cut Flowers for Home Gardeners"
with Sylvia Van Oort from Sylvia's 4th Line Flowers in Perth
Meeting held virtually with Zoom
 
June 8, 2021
"Bring Back the Dead"
with Sean James of Sean James Consulting & Design
Meeting held virtually with Zoom
 

2019 - 2020 Schedule


September 10, 2019
“How to Grow & Use Ornamental Grasses in Your Garden"
with Cindy Cluett of Beyond the House Garden, Russell
Plus the 2019 Flower, Fruit, & Vegetable Show
 
October 8, 2019
"Pruning & Growing Fruit Trees"
with Randy McGuire from Harvest Moon Orchard, Carp

November 12, 2019
"Naturalizing Your Backyard & Birds 101"
with Bob Volks from Gilligallou Birds Inc., Almonte

December 10, 2019
Holiday Potluck Social (no speaker)

January 14, 2020
"Not Your Average Houseplants"
with Jamie Roy from Acanthus Floral, Almonte
 
Februay 11, 2020
"Design & Garden Delights of China"
with WCGC member Gay MacQuarrie
 
March 10, 2020
"Naturalist Gardens"
with Jeff Skevington
 
April 14, 2020
NOTE: This presentation was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic
"New Annuals & Perennials for 2020"
with Carol Onion from Hillside Gardens, Perth
 
May 12, 2020
NOTE: This presentation was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic
"Simply Magic - Transforming a Flower Bouquet"
with Anne Harbord
 
 
June 9, 2020
NOTE: This event was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic
Spring Social & Flower Show (no speaker)
Plus Election of WCGC Executive


2018 - 2019 Schedule


September 11, 2018
“Putting our Gardens to Bed for the Winter"
with master gardener Diane McClymont Peace
Plus the 2018 Flower, Fruit, & Vegetable Show
 
October 9, 2018
"Bribes, Lies & Fatal Attractions: the Remarkable Sex Life of Wildflowers"
with well known naturalist and author Michael Runtz

November 13, 2018
"Holiday Arrangements"
with Cindy Zorgel, design artist & florist
Plus: WCGC annual general meeting

December 11, 2018
Holiday Potluck Social & Silent Auction(no speaker)

January 8, 2019
"Farmers Breeding Resilient Crops"
with Telsing Andrews of Aster Lane Edibles
 
Februay 12, 2019
"Design & Garden Delights of China"
with WCGC member Gay MacQuarrie
Note: This presentation was cancelled due to a winter storm - rescheduled for following year
 
March 10, 2019
"Perennials : Dividing and Maintaining"
with master gardener Mary Reid
 
April 9, 2019
"Creating A Garden for Monarch Butterflies"
by Monarch Teacher Network, Ottawa Chapter
with Johanna Cutts, Joan Harvey, and Mary Ash
 
May 14, 2019
"Herbs : How to Grow, What to Grow, & Tips on How to Use"
with master gardener Nancy MacDonald
 
June 11, 2019
Spring Social (no speaker)
Plus: Plant & Vegetable Show and election of WCGC executive for 2019 - 2020

2017 - 2018 Schedule


September 12, 2017
“A Tour of Philadelphia’s Fabulous Longwood Gardens :
Where Longstanding Roots Give Rise to Spectacular Things"
with D2 members Cathi and Michael Fournier
Plus Fall Vegetable, Fruit & Flower Show
 
October 10, 2017
“Beekeeping with the Flow Hive : A New and Innovative Way of Keeping Bees"
with WCGC member Jacqui Ehninger-Cuervo

November 14, 2017
“Bloomers are the Craze: The Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm”
with author Richard Hinchcliff
Plus: WCGC Annual General Meeting
 
December 12, 2017
Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction
6:30 p.m. start
 
January 9, 2018
“Creating an Edible Design”
with Telsing Andrews of Aster Lane Edibles
 
February 13, 2018
“Ireland in the Spring”
with WCGC member Phil Reilly
 
March 13, 2018
“Double, Double Soil and Trouble: A Panel of Master Gardeners Discusses Lawn Care"
moderated by past president Anne Gadbois
 
April 10, 2018
“Natural Pest Control by Focusing on Growing Healthy Plants”
with WGCG past president and master gardener David Hinks
 
May 8, 2018
“Child's Play : Gardening with Children, Fairies, and More"
with WCGC Member and Master Gardener Judith Cox
 
June 12, 2018
Spring Social (no speaker)
Plus: Plant & Vegetable Show and Election of WCGC executive

 

2016 - 2017 Schedule

September 13, 2016
“The Power of Pollinators"
with Dr. James Coupland of FarmForest Research
Plus Fall Flower & Vegetable Show
 
October 11, 2016
“It Starts with a Seed : 
How to Collect, Save, and Use Seeds from your Garden”
with Kate Green of USC Canada

PLUS Flower Seed Exchange with WCGC Member Donna Cook
Click HERE for more information about the seed exhange
 
November 8, 2016
“Taking Companion Planting to the Next Level”
with Master Gardener Rebecca Last
Plus: Annual General Meeting
 
December 13, 2016
Holiday potluck and silent auction
6:30 p.m. start
 
January 10, 2017
“Creating an Edible Design”
with Telsing Andrews of Aster Lane Edibles
Note: This meeting was cancelled owing to a winter storm
and rescheduled for January 9, 2018
 
February 14, 2017
“Designing a Landscape for Large Lots”
with Welwyn Wong of Welwyn Wong Landscape Design
 
March 14, 2017
“Child's Play : Gardening with Children, Fairies, and More"
with Master Gardener Judith Cox
Note: This meeting was cancelled owing to a winter storm
and rescheduled for May 8, 2018
 
April 11, 2017
“Keep it Contained : Get Inspired to Create Dazzling Containers”
with Master Gardener Catherine Disley
 
May 9, 2017
“Perennial Pleasures : New Varieties, Favourites,
and How to Choose and Care for Them”
with Robert Wolodarski of Artistic Landscape Design
Plus: Mini spring flower show
 
June 13, 2017
Spring flower show and social
Plus: Election of Garden Club executive
 

2015 - 2016 Schedule

September 8, 2015
“Pruning practices and techniques” + Q&A
with gardening expert Ed Lawrence of CBC Radio
Carp Agricultural Hall - Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd - 7:00 pm
 
October 13, 2015
“The Sweetness of a Simple Life”
In collaboration with the Carp Branch of the Ottawa Public Library,
we present a talk by renowned botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger.
Dr. Beresford-Kroeger will discuss her book "The Sweetness of the Simple Life"
and her upcoming documentary "10 Trees that can Save the World".
 
November 10, 2015
“The Lee Valley Story”
with Robin Lee of Lee Valley Tools
 
December 8, 2015
Holiday potluck and silent auction
6:30 p.m. start
 
January 12, 2016
“Walking the High Line”
A look at the abandoned rail line in New York City that was turned into a park
with gardener and engineer Rob Brandon
 
February 9, 2016
“My big fat hoop house adventure”
with club president and master gardener David Hinks
 
March 8, 2016
“Weathering the storm”
How a rain garden makes a beautiful way to manage stormwater runoff
with NCC landscape architect Carole Crossan
NOTE: Carole has kindly made her list of website links available.
Download either the Microsoft Word or PDF document for these links.
 
April 12, 2016
“Reviving a Tired Garden”
with master gardener Mary Reid of Green Thumb Garden Centre
 
May 10, 2016
“Standouts for your Gardens”
New and underused perennials, grasses and shrubs
with Suzanne Patry of Whitehouse Perennials
Plus: Mini spring flower show

May 2016 (Date TBA)
Spring plant sale
Carp Farmers Market - Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  
June 14, 2016
Spring flower show and social
 

2014 - 2015 Schedule

September 9, 2014
"A Judge's Tips for Showing Flowers and Vegetables"
 with Ken Fink, Ontario Horticultural Association Judge
 
October 14, 2014
"The Foundations, Fundamentals, and Techniques
of the Square Foot Gardening Method"
 with Carolyn Klickermann, Certified SFG Teacher
 
 
November 11, 2014
"Christmas Décor and Holiday Flowers Demonstration"
 with Catherine Disley, Master Gardener
 
December 9, 2014
"Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction"
5:30 pm
 
January 13, 2015
"Making Scents of Your Garden"
with Master Gardener Judith Cox
who is also the gardener at Saunders Farm
 
February 10, 2015
"A Sneak Peak at Aquatopia"
with owner Nicholas Bott of The Pond Clinic
NOTE: This month’s meeting will take place at Aquatopia, 2710 March Rd.
(at the corner of Diamondview, just east of Hwy. 417)
 
March 10, 2015
"Vertical Vegetables"
with horticulturalist Ken Brown
 
April 14, 2015
"Getting Your Body in Gear for a New Season"
Tips and advice from yoga instructor Sandy Heron
and chiropractor Dr. Pierre Paradis
 
May 12, 2015
"3-D Design"
The 3 "D's" of the Club (Denise Burnham, Donna Caldwell & Donna Christie) will demonstrate and
discuss ways to apply the elements of design to three-dimensional floral art.
 
June 9, 2015
"Spring Flower Show and Social"
 

2013 - 2014 Schedule

September 10, 2013
"Garden Design to Attract Birds to our Gardens"
 with David Hinks, Master Gardener
& Vegetable and Fruit show
 
October 8, 2013
"Rainbow Heritage Farms and a focus on Heirloom Garlic"
 with Kylah Dobson & Zach Loeks
(also a market table of heritage veggies for sale)
 
November 12, 2013
"Festive Decoration Demonstration"
 with Denise Burnham, Owner of Bumble Bee Blooms
at the Hive in Carp
 
December 10, 2013
"Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction"
6:30 pm
 
January 14, 2014
"Gardens of Cuba"
 with Mary Ann Van Berlo, Master Gardener
 
February 11, 2014
"From Plants to Hardscaping - It All Starts with a Solid Design"
with Trevor Cullen, Cullen Landscaping Ltd.
 
March 11, 2014
"Garden Design to Suit Your Personality"
with Phil Tuba
 
April 8, 2014
"Introduction to Permaculture"
with Tom Marcoantonio, Master Gardener
 
May 13, 2014
"Zenscaping: Bringing Principles of Japanese Garden Design to Ottawa Gardens"
with Rebecca Cragg, Camellia Teas of Ottawa
 
June 10, 2014
"Strawberry Social & Spring Flower Show"