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A Chapter of The North American Rock Garden Society
&
Member Society of OHA District 2
Meetings

2022-2023 Meeting Calendar

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Sat. Jan. 21st 2023  1:30 PM

Zandra Bainas, Steve Marsh, Rob Stuart, Josie Pazdzior 
Highlights from Ithaca New York Annual North American Rock Garden Society Meeting

This talk will show the highlights from the gardens visited as part of the annual North American Rock Garden Society meeting in Ithaca New York.  

The annual meeting was held over two day in up state New York over two days with an additional optional day of garden tours proceeding it.  Over the course of these three days over 10 different gardens or other areas of natural beauty were explored.

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This will be a zoom meeting.

The meeting link will be sent to members in the newsletter and is on the members-only page

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

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Sat. April 16th 2023  

The Art and Practice of Crevice Gardening (crevice gardens in Europe and how to build them)

Drs Carole and Ian Bainbridge are both keen rock gardeners from south-west Scotland.

Ian’s career was in nature conservation and ecology; he was Chief Ecological Adviser to the Sottish Government, and Head of Science at the Scottish nature conservation agency.  Carole came from a horticultural family, and followed a biology doctorate with a career in business, including in the European Commission.  She subsequently retrained in garden design, and ran her own design company for 20 years.

Since their retirement, they have been working on their Galloway garden, started from scratch in 2010, after they moved from Edinburgh after 31 years.  The garden has rock, boulder, scree and crevice beds, a stumpery and a pond, and more traditional shrub and herbaceous beds including a New Zealand bed.

Carole and Ian have been involved with the Scottish Rock Garden Club for more years than they like to admit (over 40).  Both are past Presidents of the Club, they have been the Editors of the Journal ‘The Rock Garden’ and organised the 2001 International Rock Garden Conference in Scotland.  They currently run the Seed Reception element of the Club’s large seed exchange, and Carole sits on the Club Council.

Both Carole and Ian are members of the Royal Horticultural Society Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee; Carole is its Scottish Secretary.

Over 40 years they have travelled to all six continents in search of alpines.  They have been on three visits to Patagonia; and several to North America.  There have been many trips to European mountains, and they have visited China and New Zealand.

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This will be a zoom meeting.

The meeting link will be sent to members in the newsletter and is on the members-only page

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

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Sat. Feb 11th 2023  1:30 PM

Connor Smith - Utrecht Botanical Gardens Netherlands - Alpine Gardens in Utrecht

Connor is currently in charge of the Rock Garden at Utrecht Botanic Garden which is one of the largest in Europe.
Connor Smith has worked in America for Iseli nursery, one of the world’s leading conifer nurseries. Work for Zu Jeddeloh nursery in Germany, a short spell with Kevock Garden followed, where he participated in one of their Gold Medal-winning displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. Then, it was on to Vannucci Piante in Pistoia, Italy – the largest growing area in Europe. Connor gained an interested in alpine plants from alpine expert Elspeth MacKintosh at RBGE. Elspeth’s passion and knowledge inspired Connor to further pursue a world in alpine plants. In 2019, he worked for the Schachen Alpine Garden high in the German mountains on a Merlin Trust placement.

 

The Rock Garden: Utrecht Botanic Garden – A look at one of the largest rock gardens in Europe which contains a range of plants from all over the world.

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This will be a zoom meeting.

The meeting link will be sent to members in the newsletter and is on the members-only page

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

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Sat. March 11th 2023

Martin Hajman - Tromoso, Norway - 'Learning from Nature'

Martin Hajman is gardener in Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden – part of The Arctic University of Norway… far north above the arctic circle. Participate on large Rock Garden landscape constructions with Bjørn Thon – Man who made Tromsø BG into rock landscape.
Before Tromsø Rock gardening professionally in Pruhonice garden/ Czech Republic – Head gardener and curator of large historical rock garden on natural rocks (UNESCO site) and running small alpine nursery. Co-founder of Czech Hardy Plants Society and member of Prague Rock Garden Club where he learned rock gardening from masters.
Plant interests - changing according season… since early spring Saxifraga enthusiast through summer Cremanthodium-Meconopsis collector ends with Gentiana expert while snowing. Botanical Trips : European mountains, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Syria, Jordan, South Africa and Tibet…anyway the best flowers are in Northern Norway.

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This will be a zoom meeting.

The meeting link will be sent to members in the newsletter and is on the members-only page

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

For more information & to request zoom link, email 

specialevents@ovrghs.ca

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

​The Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society (OVRGHS).
We are affiliated with both the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).

 

Our Society was formed in November 1992. Although the faces have changed somewhat since then, the objectives of the Society have remained the same: to promote and support "rock gardening" on a non-profit basis.

Over the years, we have built upon the solid foundation of the original group. We offer our members:

  • monthly meetings from September through May featuring local, national and international speakers,

  • periodic newsletters per year

  • an annual seed exchange,

  • spring plant sales each year,

  • garden tours and field trips,

  • workshops and demonstrations,


New members are always welcome.

CONTACT

Contact

Until it is safe to do so all planned meetings will be held by Zoom Video conference.  Zoom details for each meeting are sent by email or can be accessed on the members-only page

K. W Neatby Building
960 Carling Avenue

K1A 0Z2
Free Parking in adjacent lot

MEETING HOURS:

Doors open: 12:45pm 

​​Announcements:1:30pm

Duration: approx1.5hrs

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