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The annual plant sale is being held on Saturday, May 20th, at the Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer Street East.

The sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Come early for the best selection of perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs, vegetables, houseplants, and garden tools and treasures.

Get the healthiest plants at the friendliest prices!


Northumberland Learning Connection is presenting a program on the Canadian Arctic from March 30th to May 5th.  Of particular interest for gardeners are two sessions:

April 20:  Dawn Bazely of York University's Department of Biology is presenting a talk entitled "Arctic Plants and People".  The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer St. E., Cobourg.

April 21:  A two-hour discussion seesion is being held at the Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen St., Port Hope.  The session starts at 9:00 a.m. and the topic is "Hardy Survivors:  Tundra Vegetation and the Diverse Habits in Canada's Polar Regions".

To see the full details on the Canada's Arctic 2017 program or to book tickets, visit





Northumberland Master Gardeners are presenting a series of lectures each Monday in March to brighten up those last days of winter.  The line-up of guest speakers is:


March 6th:  Kevin Elchuk, Giboshihill Hostas, “Ornamental Trees in the Hosta Garden”

March 13th:  Darren Heimbecker, Whistling Gardens, “Dwarf Conifers -- Large Impact”

March 20th:  Marion Jarvie, “Structure and the Layered Look”

March 27th:  Paul Zammit, Toronto Botantical Gardens,

“Lighting the Way:  Bright Selections for the Shade Garden”


Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, 401 Croft Street East, Port Hope.  Tickets are $40 for all four lectures (cash or cheque) or $15 for single lectures, if available.


Tickets may be purchased at:

Cobourg Paint & Wallpaper, 34 King Street West, Cobourg

Holton Flowers, 62 Walton Street, Port Hope


This year's garden and flower show is taking place March 10th through 19th in the Enercare Building at Exhibition Place, Toronto.

If you go by car:  The main entry, Princes Gate, is closed this year.  If heading west on Lakeshore Blvd., continue past Strachan and enter the grounds via Newfoundland Drive.  Going east, there are two entrances from Lakeshore -- Ontario Drive and Newfoundland Drive.


Say “Happy Birthday Canada”
with a ‘150th Celebration Garden’

In honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, the Canadian Garden Council and Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI are giving away ‘150th Celebration Gardens’.

There are two parts to this program:

Part One:
Community groups, such as public gardens, municipalities, schools, service organizations, horticultural societies, garden clubs and the like,
are invited to apply for one of these spectacular 150th Celebration Gardens, to be planted in the fall of 2016 and bloom in the spring of 2017 in time to say “Happy Birthday Canada.”

Each garden consists of 1000 red and white tulip bulbs – the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospitality.

Applications are being accepted on the Canada’s Garden Route website –

Deadline for applications is August 8, 2016.

As there are only 150 Celebrations Gardens available for the whole country, apply now, to avoid being disappointed.

Part Two:
Home Gardeners – Special Limited Offer
We know that many of the country’s home gardeners will also want to celebrate Canada’s 150th with a similar but smaller scale tulip garden.

Vesey’s is selling an exclusive, limited number – only 150 in your region – of special Celebration Gardens for the home gardener, each containing 75 Red and 75 White tulip bulbs. Each garden comes with a full colour certificate indicating participation in this special 150th Celebration.

Orders can be placed through the Canada’s Garden Route website – Click on the ‘150th Celebration Garden’ banner on the home page for more information. Act now to avoid disappointment.

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The ‘150th Celebration Garden’ program is brought to you by: Canadian Garden Council, in collaboration with its partners: Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Niagara Parks Commission, VIA Rail Canada, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Enterprise Canada, Baxter Travel Media, Garden Making magazine, Quebec Gardens’ Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Council and Landscape Ontario.

Click on the link to get more information as to costs and details: Bay of Quinte Garden Tour