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February 2015

Breeding for a Cold Climate—Sixty Years of Rhodo Hybridizing in Nova Scotia

February 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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John will review the challenges and advantages of our Nova Scotian climate — wet, foggy, windy, stormy --  for growing and breeding rhododendrons. From the early 'ironclads', he will lead us thr0ugh the breeding work of Don Craig, George Swain, Capt Steele and Joe Brueckner to recent breeding work and testing of varieties and species with promise for “this unruly climate of the North Atlantic.”

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ARHS Directors’ Meeting

February 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
3859 Montblanc Terrace, 3859 Montblanc Terrace, Halifax
Halifax,
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Members are invited to attend.

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Members Pre-Ordered Plant Sale due by March 18th

February 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am - March 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Breeding for a Cold Climate – Sixty Year of Hybridizing in Nova Scotia

February 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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John Weagle will review the challenges and advantages of our Nova Scotian climate - wet, foggy, windy, stormy - for growing and breeding rhododendrons. From the early ‘ironclads’, he will lead us through the breeding work of Don Craig, George Swain, Capt. Steele, and Joe Brueckner to recent breeding work and testing of varieties and species with promise for “this unruly climate of the North Atlantic.”

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March 2015

The English Country Garden: Changing Directions

March 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Jenny Sandison is our speaker. During the twentieth century, landscape design in England evolved from the colour co-ordinated rooms of Sissinghurst and Hidcote into more relaxed gardens created by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, among others. Towards the end of the century Piet Oudolf introduced sweeping changes to garden sign with his prairie style of planting. These ideas inform many gardens today.

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April 2015

How about that Botanical Latin and Greek?

April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Nick Hill will be our translator and guide as we venture into the territory of botanical latin, greek, and taxonomy, with a focus on ericaceae .

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May 2015

Pick-up for Members’ Pre-ordered Plant Sale

May 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Petal Pushers, 957 Prospect Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Volunteers are needed from 9 am - 1:30pm Please contact Liz at liz.anne.naylor@gmail.com or 902-809-8440

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Member to Member Sale

May 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
LeMarchant-St Thomas School, 6141 Watt St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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In addition to 'unusual and choice' plants, we want to broaden the variety of plants on offer this year, for members who are still establishing their gardens or are extending or renewing their plantings. We encourage members to bring divisions of their ‘good –doers’ and favourites. Photos of your plants, if available, will be much appreciated by potential buyers. Each plant should have two labels, one identifying the plant, the other naming the seller and the price. Members are reminded…

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Annapolis Royal Rare and Unusual Horticultural Weekend

May 16, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - May 17, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia Canada + Google Map

Reserve tickets via email: jill@bunchberrynurseries.ca Space is limited, especially for the Saturday Social. Saturday Seminars 12:30pm – 5:00pm. St Luke’s Hall, 342 Saint George Street in downtown Annapolis Royal Three talks, each about one hour - Harvey Wrightman of Wrightman Alpines. Alpines and Rock Gardening - John Brett. Gardening with Rhododendrons in Coastal Nova Scotia - Jill Covill of Bunchberry Nurseries. Intriguing Trees and Shrubs for Atlantic Canada Seminar Tickets include all three presentations $45. Reserve via email jill@bunchberrynurseries.ca Saturday…

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June 2015

Annual Garden Tour and Potluck Supper

June 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our hosts will be Frances and Tom Howard, Dartmouth If there is heavy rain, the rain date will be Sunday June 14th Consult your Newsletter for garden locations and time.

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September 2015

Hollies for Nova Scotia: The neglected genus

September 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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David Osborn has been growing and hybridizing hollies in Shelburne County for 10 years. His breeding goals include more hardiness, more interesting leaf colour and plant form, and heat and wind tolerance. He says, “There are a surprising number of holly species that could be grown in Nova Scotia but are not. The presentation will detail what is available, with photographs and some plants in pots”. His gardening interests are eclectic from hollies to rhododendrons to rock gardens to hardy…

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Jiri Papousek talk on Rock Gardens: co-hosted with the NS Rock Garden Club

September 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bedford Lawn Bowling Club, 1800 Bedford Hwy
Bedford, NS Canada
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Talk by Jiri Papousek, avid rock gardener and active member of the Czech Rock Garden Society. September 20th, 2015, at 7 pm at the Bedford Lawn Bowling Club, 1800 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Nova Scotia Jiri is an enthusiastic grower of cushion plants, dwarf conifers, and daphnes. Around his house you can find several crevice rock garden constructions, peat blocks and currently he is building alpine tunnel with a tufa wall. He is also known under his nickname Alpine parrot.http://www.czrgs.cz/ ARHS…

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October 2015

Pruning: A practical Workshop by a Panel of Sharp Gardeners!

October 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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November 2015

Annual Steele Lecture – “Looking for Little Epiphanies” – George Woodard

November 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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"Looking for Little Epiphanies" George Woodard is the long-time Superintendent of the Howard Phipps Jr Estate in Old Westbury, Long Island:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/karlgercens/sets/72157624882552019/ He is a member of the New York chapter of the American Rhodo Society which awarded him the bronze medal to recognize his service to the chapter as well as 30 years of rhododendron hybridizing to combine the colors and superior truss sizes of the west with the hardiness of the eastern hybrids. With a connection to family and…

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December 2015

Annual Members Christmas Party & Annual General Meeting

December 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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This is our chance to share a few pictures of our own gardens or gardens we have visited as well as our favourite holiday snacks.  Bring your pictures on a memory stick or disk and we will help you present to fellow members. We are pleased to confirm that we will be providing Wine again this season. The meeting will begin early, at 7pm to allow for our Annual General Meeting where we will pass changes to the By laws…

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January 2016

Joe Bidermann – Garden Design

January 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Jan 5 Garden design with Joe Bidermann. Certified Landscape Designer, Joe Bidermann’s design and build landscaping company has won may awards in Nova Scotia. Please visit his website to see some of his work: http://www.joebidermannlandscaping.com

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February 2016

Food Improvement: A tour of the modern breeder’s toolkit – Dr. Sean Myles

February 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Food improvement: a tour of the modern breeder's toolkit Dr. Sean Myles is the Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Genetic Diversity at Dalhousie University. A New Brunswick native, he received his training at Oxford, the Max Planck Institute, Cornell and Stanford before settling in Wolfville. He is deciphering the genetic codes of agricultural species in order to accelerate the breeding of improved food. His research focuses on apples: he established and manages the Apple Biodiversity Collection - an orchard with…

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March 2016

Soil: Preparation and Planting with a Panel of Digging Gardeners

March 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Soil prep and planting, with a panel of digging gardeners Like our panel on pruning in October, this group of real gardeners will give brief presentations about soil preparation and proper planting of rhododendrons as well as a wide range of other plants. The talks will include demonstration, tips and experiences from members’ gardens. Audience questions and participation is encouraged.

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Please look for Missing Library Books

March 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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We would ask our members to take a look through their library to ensure they do not have one of the 23 books that our currently missing from the ARHS Library. The missing books are indicated in Red beside their name in our library listing. If you find any could you please let our librarian know and/or return it during the March meeting. We appreciate you taking the time to double check!

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Members Pre-Ordered plant sale now open until March 30th, 2016

March 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Visit our Plant sale page to find the order form and plant descriptions available this year. http://atlanticrhodo.org/archives/plant_sales/2016-members-pre-ordered-plant-sale-open-until-march-30th-2016/

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