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Pavilion Opening
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In This Issue
A&M 2013 Report
Bronsai Garden opening
August To-Do List
Road Trip !
Serious Gardeners
Plant of the Month


Since the dreadful fire at the HCP on February 16th, 2011, we have been working to this day. Two and a half years of planning, fund raising and construction will culminate in the official opening of the new Couvelier Pavilion on October 9, 2013.

pavilion Couvelier Pavilion to Open


October 9th, 2013


Executive Director, Roger Charles announces the opening ceremony on October 9th of the much anticipated Couvelier Pavilion. 


The public is invited to view the new building that afternoon between 1pm and 4pm.


Read the announcement online...

Bonsai Garden Opening
by Lisa Ballinger
Larry PhillipsThe HCP is opening a world class Bonsai Garden on September 15, 2013. It has taken volunteers over a year to construct and to bring in the collection of 48 bonsai trees that are on display.  This is the largest public collection of bonsai trees in Canada. 
Please come out and join us; it promises to be a very interesting and educational afternoon.  We are very proud of what has been done in this Garden and would like you to enjoy it.

View the Bonsai Garden writeup on our website.


September To-do list 
by Linda Petite, Head Gardener
  • fall is for planting!  The soil is still warm and moisture levels are increasing
  • optimal time for establishing a new lawn (seed between 1Sept-15Oct.)
  • collect seedscollect seeds from your favorite plants, place in a paper bag to dry then catalog and store in a cool, dry place
  • annuals looking tired? Plant up hanging baskets and planters with fall mums, pansies, kale, asters and foliage plants
  • stop fertilizing all trees and shrubs now
  • good garden hygiene helps to prevent disease.  Do not compost infected plants
  • spring bulbs are in the garden centers now - shop early for best selection!
  • make the most of the remaining sunny warm weather - get out and weed, deadhead and divide overgrown perennial clumps


Minter Gardens August 20th


Jane Tice and Linda Petite conducted a road-trip and tour of Minter Gardens last month with two bus-loads of garden-loving fun-seekers. 
The wonderful gardens are closing forever, so this was a last visit, and for many participants, a first.


Jane's report on the adventure is in a news post on the HCP website.



The Urban Garden


A new demonstration garden at HCP has taken shape with help from the students of the PHC college. 


In this online article, Tara Campbell describes the purpose of this new addition to the family of demonstration gardens at the HCP.        


Plant of the Month

by Linda Petite


Chelone oblique



  • herbaceous perennial blooms August-October
  • tubular, two lipped flowers with a yellow beard inside each lower lip
  • part shade and moist soil is best
  • pink or white flowers resemble turtle head
  • 1mx1m
  • uses: woodland garden, pond or bog garden, perennial borders
  • Family:Plantaginaceae
  • propagate by division in spring or fall(after blooming)
  • AVAILABLE at our Plant Sale 14-15 September!!!