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Until further notice, our meetings are virtual from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Guests are welcome. We have a charge of $5 for non-members. Registration is required for all participants at kanatamhs@gmail.com


January 5

Seed Saving and Storage

Rebecca Last

Learn the basics of saving seeds, plant genetics, collection techniques, storage and viability. You may even be able to breed your own varieties, adapted specifically to growing conditions in your garden! This presentation provides an introduction to seed saving, beginning from the premise that in today's concentrated market for seed producers, saving seeds is an act of quiet revolution. The differences between hybridized and open-pollinated plants are discussed. We revisit Gregor Mendel's 19th Century experiments with peas to get a better understanding of the dominant and recessive traits for some common vegetable seeds. We will also look at seed varieties that are suitable for beginner, intermediate and expert seed-savers. Timing and collection methods are discussed, along with information on seed sanitation and storage. Finally, we discuss long-term viability of seeds, and the presentation ends with a list of useful resources.


February 2

Birds for the Spring Garden 

Bob Volks

Bob and his wife Louise hatched the Gilligallou Bird on September 30, 2011, after 20 or so years in incubation.  We had always dreamed of opening our own backyard birding store, with both birds and birders in mind.  The approach was simple; we wanted to become Eastern Ontario’s Backyard Birding Specialty Store by providing an enhanced birding experience for our clients through quality seed, resources, and service.

After years of experimenting and investigation, we concluded that traditionally, most birdseed found in the marketplace was of poor quality, randomly filled and held a high percentage of filler.  Not only was the majority of seed low in food value for the birds, but it, in turn, was becoming of very poor value to the consumer.

We decided we were going to change that. The blends carried by Gilligallou Bird are based on the study of birds, using 100% seed.  No fillers, no weed seed, no grass seed, no wheat seed, non-GMO and pesticide free.  The goal being; bringing back a very high food value to your birds, opening up to a wider variety of species to your backyard, and giving our clients the best value and enjoyment from their seed purchase.

Over seven years later, the Gilligallou Bird Store continues to be built upon these founding philosophies.  Birding is deeply “seeded” in our heart and soul, and every day we thrive to extend our knowledge of birding onto our growing clientele.


March 2

Your Cottage Garden - Best Results with the Least Effort

Lana Doss

Your Cottage Garden: Best Results with the Least Effort

Description: Working with nature can save gardeners a great deal of time, money and frustration. By utilizing native plants, sourcing material for drought resistance as well as critter resistance we can harness the power of nature to work with us in our gardening efforts. Attracting pollinators, birds, butterflies and a friendly army of beneficial insects is easier than many of us realize and has huge pay offs for us and the environment.

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April 6

Water Gardens Through The Ages

Brian Haddon, Past President of both KMHS and the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Societies.

The earliest recognized water gardens date back around 4000 years with the Egyptians. What does that have to do with modern water gardens in Kanata? Brian thinks the reasons for constructing and maintaining water gardens through time and the joy to be had from them are reflected in water gardens around the world today. The presentation looks at water gardens through the eyes of a present-day enthusiast.

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May 4

Peonies: Myths and Reality

Blaine Marchand

Blaine Marchand, leader of the Peony gardening team at the Central Experimental Farm will present an overiew of the genus paeonia and touch on its history and the different types of peonies to the Kanata-March Horticultural Society.  The talk will include discussion of species, lactiflora, tree and intersectional (Itohs) varieties. It will discuss planting, maintenance and dividing plants as well as growing peonies from seed. Reference will be made to Canadian hybridizers, peonies, and suppliers, including the work of A.P. Saunders at the Central Experimental Farm and his contribution to the world of peonies.

June 1

Growing Beautiful Roses

Elizabeth Schleicher, Past President of the Canadian Rose Society

Elizabeth is a Garden Clubs of Ontario accredited judge of horticulture and design, and an accredited rose judge and rose consultant with the Canadian Rose Society. She is a past president of the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society as well as the Canadian Rose Society. She will talk about rose culture, care, and growing tips, and roses for a colder climate.

Close Up of Pink Roses

PLANT SALE (under review)

There are no meetings in July and August

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September 12 - 1:30 - 4:00 pm  (for members only)

Nancy MacLeod will be giving a demo on Ikebana.

An overview of the history of Ikebana and the Ohara School will be provided. The school believes in using natural materials, living or dried, and seasonal.  Between 5 to 7 arrangements will be demonstrated and at least one of these will be a landscape which is only done by the Ohara School.

Jack O' Lantern

October 5 - This is a virtual presentation. Please register at kanatamhs@gmail.com

Nancy McDonald
Tips and Tricks to Increase Your Gardening Pleasure

No matter what your age & gardening experience there are tips you can utilize to decrease the time & work of a garden.


November 2, Planting for success - Mary Ann Berlo, Master Gardener (Virtual Presentation) Please register at kanatamhs@gmail.com


We have one chance to get our plants off to a good start – so planting them properly is VERY important.  Much research and observation has changed the recommendations for planting of trees and shrubs as well as perennials.  Mary Ann will tell us why root washing and root pruning are an important step to ensure the vigour and longevity of your transplant.  She’ll also explain why amending the soil in the transplant hole is no longer recommended. 

Mary Ann will also show a video of the Van Berlo Gardens on a private 2.4-acre property.  Created in October 2012, the gardens have come a long way in a short time.  

Thanksgiving Dinner

December 7
Annual General Meeting