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April 2017

Freeman Patterson – Garden Design with a Photographer’s Eye

April 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Garden Design with a Photographer’s Eye Freeman Patterson, renowned photographer and teacher of visual design (In a Canadian Garden, The Garden, and several instructional books), gardens in Shamper’s Bluff, NB. He grows more than 150 varieties of rhodos and 50 of azaleas (over 1000 plants) and deliberately and regularly includes both temporary and permanent aspects of the natural habitat into his own garden layouts. His most recent book is, Embracing Creation. Freeman’s illustrated presentation will include photographs of his own…

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September 2017

Paul Reimer: “Deciduous Magnolias for Canadian Gardens”

September 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Paul Reimer is the president of Reimer's Nursery in Chilliwack, BC, specializing in magnolia, beech, Japanese Maples and dogwood. Paul will give a brief review of the hardier Magnolia species and the better hybrids that arise from those species.  He will also take a short look at Magnolia hybridizing for the future.  

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October 2017

Steele Lecture: Rhododendron Species Conservation

October 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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The Annual Steele Lecture: Rhododendron Species Conservation The recently published Red List of Rhododendrons highlighted the sobering fact that of the 1000 or so species of Rhododendron in the world, approximately 25% are threatened in their natural habitats, including several here in North America. Tom will discuss some of the issues rhododendrons face but also some of the efforts to conserve them, especially the key role that public gardens play in conserving this diverse and horticulturally rich genus. He will…

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November 2017

Green Patience: The formula for Woodlanders – Philip MacDougall

November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Green Patience.  Patience. That's the formula for woodlanders. Seen as the logical perennial companion to Rhododendron gardens, chosen properly these charmers offer interest throughout the year. The cyclic element of birth, growth, death and regeneration adds flow to the static structures of evergreen shrubs. Familiar from long use in our gardens, old standbys from Europe and America have left the group with a dowdy reputation. New breeding and collections from Asia have added heaps of surprisingly good plants.  Painfully winnowed…

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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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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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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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April 2019

Panel Discussion: Pests, Diseases and Problems of Rhododendrons

April 2, 2019 @ 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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May 2019

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

May 8, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Nina Newington: Planting the Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery

November 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Planting the Winery at Lightfoot & Wolfville   Planting in July with cranes overhead, dreams meet reality, just as, in the beds, Mediterranean meets Valley agrarian. We’ll look at the design concepts and plant choices behind the much visited and enjoyed gardens surrounding the Wolfville area’s newest winery. Planted in 2017, the mostly herbaceous gardens are surprisingly mature.   Bio: Nina Newington has made her living designing and planting gardens for the past 25 years. She lives on the North…

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January 2020

Gardens of Historic Interest in Nova Scotia

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Gardens of Historic Interest in Nova Scotia Anita Jackson, long-time member and Certified Landscape Designer, will show images and discuss the garden history of various gardens and designed landscapes in our region.

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February 2020

Preview of Members Pre-Ordered Plant Sale and Tissue Culture Sale

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Preview of Advance Order Plant Sale.  Lynn Rotin, our club’s volunteer coordinator and organizer of our Advance Order Plant Sale, will show pictures and give highlights of many of the plants available in this year’s sale.  Come and make your wish list for the spring sale!  

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March 2020

Introduction to Rhododendrons and Companion Plants

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Cora Swinamer will be offering a PowerPoint presentation developed for ARHS several years ago. It will be beneficial for new members and members of the public who would like to know more about using Rhodos in their landscape.  The intro will cover plant selection, site selection, general care/feeding as well as information on pruning and pests.  The relaxed format will offer opportunity for questions and discussion.  All are welcome. Following this presentation will be the regular monthly meeting of ARHS…

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Brazil – Garden Travel

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Roberto Burle Marx

Brazil - Garden Travel.  Cora Swinamer, past president of our club and garden designer, will show us some impressive pictures of gardens from Brazil, including visits to gardens of Roberto Burle Marx.

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