Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January to June and September to November at the Ancaster Old Town Hall on Wilson St. Meetings begin at 7:30pm with an opportunity to meet and greet and enjoy refreshments. Meeting begins at 7:45 p.m.
Speakers for 2018:
January 16, 2018: "The Owl Foundation - a fly-by-night organization?" - Peter Thoem.
Peter has been a naturalist all his life (so far). He grew up on the south coast of England and emigrated to Canada in 1972. As the happy consequence of a blind date, he married Ruth in 1973. They have three grown children.
Since retirement, Peter has dedicated a lot of his free time to causes related to wildlife and natural areas. He spends a lot of volunteer time helping at the Royal Botanical Gardens and The Owl Foundation.
His talk is regarding The Owl Foundation and its work rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned owls.
February 20, 2018: "Pine Needle Basketry" - Marilyn Sutor.
In Marilyn's own words, it's painstaking and tedious work, but when it's done, she produces one of the most unique items you can put on a table: a basket made out of pine needles. She takes the long needles from the Austrian Pines growing on her daughter's property in Northern Ontario, pulls off their ends and slowly gathers them together through a tiny piece of plastic. One basket takes about 40 hours of work.
March 20, 2018: "Growing Hops and Brewing Beer" from Steel City Hop Farm - Cindy Blair and Harold Kuret.
The owners of Brant County's first craft brewery plan to make the public feel at home in their 1890's vintage farmhouse at 105 Powerline Road. They will have a retail store, tasting room and a patio to serve customers. They will be teaching us a little of this art tonight!!!! Samples will be included.
April 17, 2018: "Paradise Fields and Transforming your Health with Nutrient Dense Product - Jasmine Loftman.
From multi-vitamins and prescription drugs, North Americans seem to be in constant pursuit of better health. Whether it's based on a desire to maintain fitness levels or in search of a remedy for a disease, the first line of attack for many people is to reach for a bottle of pills. Yet, mounting evidence indicates that perhaps our greatest line of defence is found in something much simpler - whole foods. Paradise Fields, an organic farm in Binbrook, Ontario, is in full agreement with this philosophy. Come and learn about the answers to your health questions!
May 15, 2018: "Waterwise Gardening - Leanne Knuckle from Environmental Services, Brantford.
Leanne has an Honours Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph and began working for the City of Brantford in 1991 as a Pollution Control Inspector. She moved into Water Conservation 15 years ago and, since that time, has developed numerous program initiatives to support water conservation. The largest focus of her program is outdoor water use. After the hot summers we've had recently, this is information that we need!
June 19, 2018: "What Makes an Award-Winning Garden - Jim Lounsbery from Vineland Gardens.
Vineland Gardens has been a family-based business since the 1970's. Back then, Jim fell in love with dwarf and unusual conifers, Japanese Maples and Rhododendrons - plants that were basically non-existent at the time. Today, he and his wife, dedicated staff and three children continue his mission of finding numerous and unusual trees and shrubs, perennials and a wide range of nursery plants.
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS DURING THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST. WE WILL RECOMMENCE ON SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018.
September 18, 2018 - "Garden Design 102 - Overcoming Landscape Problems and Mistakes - Wolfegang Bonham
Wolfegang Bonham owns and operates "Peace, Love and Landscaping" in the Burlington area and has been providing landscaping services for his clients for many years. Tonight, we'll learn about "Innovative and Creative Designs and Environmentally Friendly Solutions" as well as "Creating Outdoor Spaces with an Artistic Flair".
October 16, 2018 - "Hawthorn Farm and Organic Seeds" and "Living in a Straw Bale House" - Kim Delaney.
Kim Delaney is a farmer based on Palmerston, ON. Her business produces organic vegetables, herb and flower seeds, focusing on heirlooms and public plant breeding releases. Her interest in seed production was sparked as a result of many years of seed collection and production in a tall grass prairie restoration program based in Chatham, Ontario. Kim and her partner live off-grid, in a straw bale house surrounded by acres of meadow and woodland. Kim is committed to the production of seed, healthy food and clean energy.
November 20, 2018 - Our Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper.
What We Do
- We plant and maintain municipal gardens in 3 locations and the gardens at Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum.
- Ancaster Square Millennium Park.
- Brandon Park.
- We run the annual Trillium Awards program in Ancaster for the
100 most beautiful front gardens.
- We hold an annual Flower, Vegetable & Photo Show
and Afternoon Tea in August of each year.
- We decorate the Old Town Hall for Christmas.
- Our annual fundraiser—our popular Plant Sale - is held on the May long weekend, which supports our
- And…we have a lot of fun! Come join us!