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February 7, 2023

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“The Three Tenors +1”

Iris, Peony, Daylily and Lily

Gardening expert Ken Brown (“Dallying in the Dirt”), joins us via Zoom to discuss what he considers to be the backbone of any perennial garden: Iris, Peony, Daylily and Lily. Ken has at least a hundred Iris varieties in his garden and he allows several of the other three some of the left over room. There is no doubt in Ken’s mind that the Iris is the Queen of the perennial garden with its fabulous blooms but they do not last forever and their foliage is not their best feature. By adding Peonies and Daylilies to his garden Ken extends the flowering season and introduces some other colours and foliage. In this presentation, methods of propagation and planting, and a look at the care and feeding of these wonderful plants, are sprinkled through an overview of their amazing range of sizes, colours and textures as Ken humorously shares with his audience, his enthusiasm and affection for these horticultural delights.

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March 7, 2023

Getting a Head Start on the Summer Growing Season

Rob Stuart from the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton joins us to discuss the preparation and timing of growing your own plants in anticipation of summer. Topics to be covered are sowing vegetables, annuals, and some quick growing perennials. Rob will also discuss the types of soil, pots, watering, light and temperatures required for starting plants ahead of outdoor gardening season, as well as how to grow your seedlings and how to harden them off. In addition, he will also address the starting of plants from tubers and rhizomes. All in all, this presentation will help you get your garden off to a great start this summer!

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