Alan Skeoch, “Seeds are Tiny Miracles” Talk July 9th

Alan Skeoch, a local agricultural historian, will be a guest speaker at the Mississauga Garden Festival on Sunday July 9th.

Join us at Speaker’s Corner at the Bradley Museum at 11:30 am and again at 1:30 pm  for Alan’s talk “Seeds Are Tiny Miracles”.

Alan’s talk and all activities at Bradley are free to the public, 10 am-4 pm.

Mississauga Master Gardeners will hold an advice clinic 10- 4 at Bradley Museum, so bring your garden questions along on  July 9th

For more info, see MGF  Festival Highlights:

 http://www.mississaugagardenfestival.ca/festival-highlights/

Source: Alan Skeoch, “Seeds are Tiny Miracles” Talk @ MGF 11:30 am – Mississauga Garden Festival

Pollinator Week: In The Zone Canada

This is Pollinator Week across North America and what better way to celebrate it than to create food and habitat  in our own gardens for the wildlife, birds and insects who make up our garden ecosystems.

“In The Zone” is a new program to help homeowners to protect and foster  the biodiversity of our own Carolinian zone ecosystem.

“By planting a single native oak, a patch of milkweed or growing an entire native plant garden, you’ll be taking the first step to creating an ecosystem in your yard that offers food and shelter to a diversity of bees, caterpillars, butterflies and birds. Explore strategies for transforming your garden for native wildlife.

The Carolinian Zone in southern Ontario is a hotspot for biodiversity, with more species of rare plants and animals than anywhere else in Canada, including the Blanding’s turtle, southern flying squirrel, rusty patch bumblebee and monarch butterfly.

Not only is the Carolinian Zone home to one-third of Canada’s at risk plants and animals, it’s also home to a quarter of our human population. With the region’s population projected to grow significantly, so will our impact on nature and the health of wildlife.

If you live in the Carolinian Zone, your garden is a critical piece for restoring lost habitat and creating a healthy future for the region and the wildlife that call it home. Please join us in making your garden part of the solution – together we can grow life-sustaining habitats and resilient landscapes, one yard at a time.”

Source and for info on how you can sign up:  http://www.inthezonegardens.ca/ 

MMG Visit to Royal Botanical Gardens

 

We had  glorious weather for our outing to Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens
and our visit to the iris & peony heaven that is RBG’s Laking Garden in late spring.

Time permitted a stopover  at  the award winning RBG rock garden as well.

After the horticultural delights came the gastronomic delights of Easterbrook’s
Hot Dogs with their legendary foot-longs & amazing toppings.
All in all, a great day out & about!                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                       

Bradley Museum’s 50th Anniversary | Mississauga Culture, Free Event

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bradley Museum! Enjoy birthday cake and old time lemonade as we say thank you to the volunteers and visitors that helped make the museum what it is today. Official ceremony begins at 11 a.m. followed by a cake cutting. Learn the history of the Bradley Museum including an opportunity to explore the Bradley house and current exhibition “like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley)”. All are welcome including furry four-legged friends.

Check out the heritage garden planted with vegetables that would have been know to 1800’s homesteaders

Source: Bradley Museum’s 50th Anniversary | Mississauga Culture

Riverwood Course for Home Gardeners: Planting from Seeds

Particpants learned how to grow flowers and vegetables from seed and planted a flat of seeds to take home.
MMG Michelle Wilson was the instructor for the session, helped by Phyllis Hall, MJ Kucerak and David Pavanel.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

MMG Member’s Prize Winning Roses

 

MMG Member Marie Pearson is a rose consultant and judge, as well as  a rose grower and an exhibitor in Rose Society exhibition classes.
Her “Rosey Visions” won a class prize in the 2016 competition for  the  class “one spray of any rose originating in Canada”.
Marie’s single spray of Rosey Vision  filled the table at the show!
Marie also won this class in 2013 at the Huronia Rose Show.

Rosey Vision is a  very prickly shrub about five feet tall that  produces beautiful bright pink sprays.  

Home Gardening Course @ Riverwood: Week #1 on Basic Plant Science Held April 1st

Alice Bur lectures on the importance of soil

 

Martha Kantorczyk teaching about organic gardening

The first week of the MMG course at Riverwood Conservancy is in the books; 5 more weeks to go.  We reached maximum registration of 20 students, with a wait list of several more. That tells us  public interest runs high in learning the basics about home gardening in Mississauga.

In week #1, participants learned that good soil is the foundation of all gardening and the different aspects of soil structure and texture from Alice Bur.
Martha Kantorczyk spoke about what plants need to grow, including light, water, nutrition and how to diagnose deficiencies and excesses of all of these.

The prime mantra of the session was “Feed the soil…and the soil will feed the plant”, a motto we should all follow in our gardens.

The Riverwood Conservancy  is sponsoring this course, which Mississauga Master Gardeners developed and are delivering for the next 5 weeks.
Future topics include: growing vegetables and planting seeds, pruning, pruning tools and their care,  garden biodiversity.
Participants will also take part in  two outings. At Centennial Conservatory, we will enjoy the spring flower display and then discuss  different
plants growing conditions as we learned in the classroom earlier.  On our final weekend session, we will meet  at a nursery to learn how to choose the
right plant for the right site.

Our course will finish just in time for the gardening season to be in full swing, so our participants will be able to put their newly acquired garden
knowledge into practice right away.

Using soil to sink carbon may be our planet’s best hope to combat climate change

Agriculture, with its unique ability to sequester carbon on, as Carl Sagan might say, billions and billions of acres, is the only industry poised to reverse global warming. Improved management of cropping and grazing heals land, boosts soil fertility, prevents flooding, enhances drought resilience, increases the nutritional content of food and restores wildlife habitat — while sequestering carbon.

Reforestation, too, plays a key role in the biological solution for clean water and climate change. Trees are an integral part of the water cycle and lock up carbon that would otherwise be warming the planet. As well, they provide habitat to birds and mammals.

For too long, we’ve been diminishing the quality of our land, waterways and atmosphere through agricultural practices that degrade soil. Fortunately, alternatives are available. The growing scientific and policy consensus is that improving soil to retain rainfall and capture carbon makes sense for everyone. Vermont’s leadership in this agricultural revolution, capitalizing on the environmental and market opportunities it provides, makes ecological and fiscal sense.

Read more here Rutland Vermont Herald : http://www.rutlandherald.com/articles/using-soil-to-fight-climate-change/