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February 2018

Revelations and Dreams in my Garden: Dennis Crouse

February 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Dennis will talk on his experiences in his home garden, gardens he has visited and gardens he has managed. He will talk on how they have all influenced the design and maintenance of his own garden.   Dennis is a member of ARHS. He grew up in the Annapolis Valley and has been gardening in St. Margaret's Bay for 10 years now.  He is a graduate of the Horticulture & Landscaping program at NSCC Kingstec campus and he has participated…

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March 2018

Hydrangeas: Ain’t no time for the summertime blues!

March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Hydrangeas:  Ain’t no time for the summertime blues   Bob Howard will present images and discuss what he is learning about hydrangeas. He will review a bit of the natural history, the history of plant exploration and the early breeding work in Europe. There will be pictures of visits to some prominent hydrangea gardens, including the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA, and the Shamrock Association in Normandy, France. The focus will be on summer and late summer bloom, fall foliage,…

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Deadline for 2018 Tissue Culture order

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Have your order into Dennis by March16th. You can email your order to Dennis - his information is included in the Tissue Culture documents.

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April 2018

Introduction to Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement: Miyako Ballesteros

April 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Introduction to Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, Miyako Ballesteros.     This presentation will introduce the basic concepts and structure of anIkebana arrangement followed by live demonstrations showing basic and advanced styles.  Miyako is a qualified instructor in the Sogetsu School of ikebana with a rank of 2nd Grade Jōnin Sanyo, and is an active teaching member of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association  Currently, she teaches ikebana at her studio in Halifax.

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May 2018

Member to Member Plant Sale

May 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Members have the opportunity to bring in plants to sell to other members. Members who would like to set up and sell plants should arrive at 6:45 to prepare their table and help to clean-up at the end of the sale. Event will be held at the NS Museum in their project room (next to our regular meeting room)

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September 2018

Annual Steele Lecture: Maurice Foster – HYDRANGEAS FOR COLD CLIMATE GARDENS

September 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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WORTHY AND NEW HYDRANGEAS FOR COLD CLIMATE GARDENS Hydrangea expert Maurice Foster will present the Steele Lecture for 2018 with a discussion of new and noteworthy hydrangeas, including suggestions of cultivars for trial in eastern Canadian gardens. Maurice will show us some choice selections in the hardy species, arborescens, paniculata, and heteromalla. Maurice’s special interest and the focus of this talk will be on the less well-known Japanese and east Asian species called serrata, the mountain hydrangea,. These are hardy…

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October 2018

Gardening for Wildlife: speaker Carol Goodwin

October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Title:       Gardening for Wildlife Description:  The talk will focus on habitats that exist in gardens and how to preserve and improve them, as well as the influence of the greater landscape on your efforts. What is wildlife? Why would we want it in our gardens? What role can we play in supporting pollinators in our region? Please join us to find out the answer to these and any other questions you may have.  Speaker:  Carol Goodwin is a long-time teacher…

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November 2018

A Garden in the Woods of Maine – Cassie Banning

November 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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The recently published book, The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy features the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. The garden was developed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in partnership with the celebrated landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand. Cassie will dive deeply into the garden design development, traditions and the future of this iconic garden in Seal Harbor, Maine. Cassie Banning, Abby Garden & McAlpin Farm Manager Cassie is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and McAlpin Farm Manager for…

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December 2018

Christmas Party and Member’s slide show

December 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Our annual Christmas Party where we share finger food and 4-5 of our favourite digital photos of our gardens or travel. If you bring your pictures on a USB flash drive we can view directly from that. The Society takes care of supplying wine & refreshments. See you all there!  

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January 2019

Wildflowers – the work of William C. McCalla

January 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Program description: The presentation is about the work of Bob’s grandfather, William C. McCalla, a noted educator, photographer and naturalist in Western Canada. He was a school teacher, but more importantly his passion was collecting and photographing wildflowers. In total, he donated over 15,000 pressed flowers to the University of Alberta Herbarium before his death in 1962. He also photographed thousands of wildflowers, all in black and white, but for some he constructed hand coloured lantern slides of his photos. He…

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February 2019

Selecting for Late Blooming Deciduous Azalea: Ed Reekie

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Selecting for Late Blooming Deciduous Azaleas In Nova Scotia, deciduous azaleas put on a spectacular floral display in spring, but we have a much smaller selection of cultivars available in our area that bloom during the summer. There are several deciduous azaleas species native to south eastern North America that flower during the summer or fall. Several selections have been developed using these species that are well adapted to Nova Scotia. These cultivars, although lovely in themselves, lack the large…

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March 2019

The Himalayan Gardens of Western Scotland

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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The Himalayan Gardens of Western Scotland Presenter:  John Brett Program description: A tour of impressive garden landscapes and the extraordinary plants within, including rhododendrons collected by some of the great plant hunters of the late 19th and the 20th centuries. The following Scottish gardens were visited and photographed in May 2016:  Branklyn, Benmore, Crarae, Arduaine, An Cala, Cluny and Ardmaddy . Some of these will be the focus of this presentation Bio: John is a long-time club member and out…

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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf – a documentary film

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd
Halifax, NS B3K 2R9 Canada
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Oudolf film poster This is a documentary film being shown as a Fundraiser for Hospice Halifax Thursday, March 7, 2019 The Music Room, Lady Hammond Road Screening starts at 7pm — doors open at 6:30 admission is by donation at the door. Sponsors for this event are ARHS, Sun & Water Horticultural and 14 Bells Fine Art. 

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Pre-ordered Plant Sale 2019

March 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Deadline for orders has been extended to March 10th, 2019  

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Deadline for Tissue Culture Order is today!

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please ensure Dennis Crouse has your order by today so you don't miss out on the fabulous collections in this years offering.

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April 2019

Panel Discussion: Pests, Diseases and Problems of Rhododendrons

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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ARHS Panel Discussion for April 2, 2019, 7:30 pm Topic: “Pests, Diseases and Problems of Rhododendrons”. Four panelists will discuss their experiences and suggestions for dealing with problems of growing rhododendrons, including black vine weevil, weather, soil and questions from the audience. Panels: Three club members and Chris Dyleman from Halifax Seed

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Tissue Culture Pick-up 2019

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Margaret’s Centre, 12 Westwood Blvd
Upper Tantallon, NS b3z 1h4 Canada
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This year’s tissue culture plants have arrived and they are looking great! Members who have pre-ordered plants can pick them up this Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM to 11 AM, at the St. Margaret’s Centre (12 Westwood Blvd., Upper Tantallon). PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BOX OR BAG FOR YOUR PRE-ORDERED PLANTS. THANK YOU! Once all orders have been filled we will set extra plants to the side for anyone who wishes to buy.  Volunteers are asked to come for…

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May 2019

Member to Member Plant Sale

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Members Plant Sale, Natural History Museum auditorium and project room.  Sale begins at 7:30pm.  Rooms are open for seller set-up beginning at 5:30pm.   Bring plants you'd like to sell, labeled and priced.  Sellers are asked to clean-up their table before leaving for the evening. A great opportunity to share your favorite plants.    

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Rhododendron 101-2.0: Introduction to selecting, growing and caring for Rhodos, Azaleas and Companion Plants

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Cora Swinamer will be presenting the ARHS Rhododendron Power-Point presentation on growing and caring for Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Companion Plants.  The talk includes plenty of beautiful pictures, lots of information and plenty of time for discussion, questions and a short demonstration of rhodo pruning techniques.  This is a great opportunity for new members and their guests to learn and ask questions about these wonderful landscape plants.

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June 2019

Garden Tour ARHS 2019

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

ARHS Garden Tour June 9, 2019 10 am to 5 pm This year’s tour will cover two private gardens, a garden centre with adjacent sculpture garden, and two public spaces.  Many thanks to Jenny Sandison for suggesting we visit this area. And to Sophie Bieger for research and for preparing the map. Please refer to the email to members which includes the details, location and map. There is not a pot luck supper this year but we've provided several ideas…

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