Gardening Calendar for September
September 2020

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on. – Robert Finch

The September birth flower is the aster. Pictured above is the White Wood aster, native to Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. Found in dry woods and clearings. Happy with partial shade and dry to moist soil. One of the early bloomers, white flowers appear in August, sometimes late July and can last into October. A very dainty plant that grows to 30cm to one metre tall. To find out more about Canadian native plants visit the Gardening Calendar Native Plant info-base. 

Upcoming Events

  Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 1 – Trivia: Birds & Insects – Ecology Ottawa
4 pm – 5 pm FREE ONLINE

Come join us online to learn more about Birds & Insects! Be sure to register for the link to play!  

Wednesday, September 2 – Seed Saving and Storage – Ottawa Public Library
12 pm – 1 pm FREE ONLINE

Learn the basics of saving seeds, plant genetics, collection techniques, storage, and viability. You may even be able to breed your own varieties, adapted specifically to growing conditions in your garden!  Join Rebecca Last, Master Gardener, for an introduction to seed saving, beginning from the premise that in today's concentrated market for seed producers, saving seeds is an act of quiet revolution. 
Click here for info and link to register

Thursday, September 3 - Falling for Plants, Online Plant Auction and Sale – Ottawa Horticultural Society

Our online auction will feature the same great quality, interesting plants you’ve seen at our live auction plus some top-notch plants that will be for sale (i.e. no bidding), from OHS members’ gardens. We will also be featuring some garden-related art pieces by local-area artists as well as some other unique and enticing offerings.
Click here to find out more. 

Thursday, September 3 – Ask a Virtual Master Gardener: Rideau Thousand Island Master Gardeners
1 pm – 2 pm FREE ONLINE  

For practical gardening advice, join us for our weekly Ask a Master Gardener call. We’re featuring Q&A conversations, talks, mini-workshops, and virtual tours with Kingston & Thousand Islands master gardeners & friends.
Click here for more info.

Tuesday, September 8 – Trivia: Gardening – Ecology Ottawa
4 pm – 5 pm – FREE ONLINE

Come join us online to learn more about Gardening! Be sure to register here for the link to play! 

Tuesday, September 8 - Culinary Delights with Herbs and Edible Flowers with Nancy McDonald, Master Gardener – Kanata-March Horticultural Society

Herbs are great starter plants for food gardeners, and if you have no garden space, both herbs and edible flowers can be grown successfully in containers. They will give you the biggest reward in a short period of time with not a lot of work. Talk about bang for your buck! Click here for more info. 

Wednesday, September 9 – Preserving the Harvest – Ottawa Public Library
12 pm – 1 pm FREE ONLINE

Join Rebecca Last, Master Gardener, to learn various ways to preserve your precious harvest using the following techniques:
  • Drying herbs
  • Dehydrating fruits and vegetables
  • Canning jams, jellies, and chutneys
  • Using vinegars
  • Freezing 
  • Curing
Click here for info and link to register

Wednesday, September 9 – Thursday, September 17 – Gardener’s Days 2020 – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland Country
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm scheduled days, $40 

Celebrate all things garden and hear from NY Times columnist Margaret Roach! 5 Session Webinar Series on Sept. 9-17th, 6:30-7:30 PM, Online
Keynote presentation: “Nonstop Plants: a Garden for 365 Days.” Margaret Roach, author/podcaster of A Way to Garden, is giving this year’s keynote. She’ll share the principles of garden design that she used to make a four-season garden and how to select plants to fit an all-year design in the Hudson Valley.
Other presentations include: harmonizing garden design with ecology, the how and why of pollinator pathways, the Lost Ladybug Project, and using virtual gardens in horticulture education. 
Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, September 10 – Ask a Virtual Master Gardener: Rideau Thousand Island Master Gardeners
1 pm – 2 pm FREE ONLINE  

For practical gardening advice, join us for our weekly Ask a Master Gardener call. We’re featuring Q&A conversations, talks, mini-workshops and virtual tours with Kingston & Thousand Islands master gardeners & friends.
Click here for more info

Monday, September 14 – Climate Change in Eastern Ontario with Dave Phillips, Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada – Manotick Horticultural Society 
7:30 – 9:00 pm, Zoom meeting for members only. Click here to register.

How gardeners can begin adapting to an altered climate. No place in Canada will look the same 40 years from now. Existing plants and animals are already experiencing the effect of an altered climate and are trying to adapt to unprecedented environmental changes. For gardeners, climate change will present threats, challenges, and opportunities.

CANCELLED Tuesday, September 15 – 2020 MG Lecture – Another Gardening Year Behind Us – Friends of the FARM

Wednesday, September 16 – Friends of the Farm 2020 Annual General Meeting with a presentation by special guest Tina Liu of the National Capital Commission
7:00 – 8:30 pm FREE ONLINE
he Friends of the Farm board of directors cordially invite the public to attend the 2020 AGM on Wednesday, Sep 16 at 7:00 p.m. Membership is not required to attend; however only fully paid members can vote.
The meeting will be followed by a virtual presentation by the NCC’s Tina Liu.
Please register here if you plan to attend. The attendance link will be sent only to registered attendees. 

Wednesday, September 16 – Winter is Coming. Is Your Garden Ready? – Ottawa Public Library
12 pm – 1pm FREE ONLINE

You’ve worked hard all summer; planting, watering, and weeding in your garden. Hopefully you have been enjoying their beauty and now a bountiful harvest! Are you now wondering what should be on your fall “To Do” list for your garden? 
Join Mary Ann Van Berlo, Master Gardener, to learn about a number of other projects including:  
•    dividing plants
•    how to store tubers
•    protecting your plants from cold weather and rodents
•    winterizing your garden 
Click here for info and link to register.

Wednesday, September 16 – Vermiculture and Composting with Joanne Dowling of Ottawa Vermi Gro – Packenham Horticultural Society 
7:30 – 9:00 pm, St Andrews United Church 2585 County Road 29, Pakenham

Learn how to manage worms to break down organic matter and produce worm castings that enhance plant growth and combat common plant diseases.
Click here for more info.   
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Your Capital Region Staycation

Here are some suggestions for your Staycations in the Capital Region.

Find the Best Fall Colour

Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Canada’s Capital Region! In addition to the popular spots in Gatineau Park, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views tucked away from the crowds. Whether you want to stay in the downtown core or explore the peaceful Greenbelt, there are so many ways to enjoy the fall colours.
Ontario Parks Fall Colours
Quebec's Fall Colours
National Capital Commission Fall Rhapsody

Ottawa's Vibrant Neighbourhoods
Ottawa Tourism has created a series of twelve walks through Ottawa neighbourhoods including Manotcik, ByWard Market, Little Italy, Westboro Village, Elgin Street and Vanier.
"Just beyond the walkable city centre, you’ll find diverse neighbourhoods that exude local vibes. Taste local flavours at Ottawa’s great restaurants, find treasures at independently owned boutiques, visit a local coffee roaster or cool off with a locally-made frozen treat – all while admiring  urban art along the way."
Click here for details on all the neighbourhood walks. 

Garden Tours
The Garden Promenade has created 5 self-guided tours of the Garden Promenade


This video gives a brief description of the gardens you can visit on this self-guided tour of the Garden Promenade's Scotts Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Tour. Michel Gauthier of Gardens Ottawa is the host.
Which Flowers Bloom in Fall?

Which Flowers Bloom in Fall?

Walk into your local garden nursery in October and you’ll see plenty of spring-flowering bulbs for sale to be planted in fall. But live plants? As author Todd Heft explains, many flowers that bloom in early spring, like Pansies and Violets, can also be enjoyed in your garden or as container plants in fall – they’re known as cool weather plants and are equally at home on either side of summer. Click here to read the complete article.

You'll find more articles like this one in the Magazine section of
Are Aesthetics Important for Your Garden, Property or Farm?
Are aesthetics important for your property, garden, or farm? How do you make your property, garden or farm look better? Get advice from Stefan Sobkowiak in this video.

Stefan is an educator, biologist, and master of landscape architecture. He has taught fruit production, landscape plants and design, and the natural history of vertebrates at Montreal's McGill University. As an owner/operator of a landscape design office for 20 years, he has served over a hundred clients. More recently his focus has been on Permaculture Design, devoting his time to teaching, and his farm ‘Miracle Farms’ – the largest commercial permaculture orchard in Eastern North America.
September Eye Candy
The International Garden Photographer of the Year 2020 competition has announced its amazing Macro Art winners. Here are a couple of amazing finalists.
  • “Vortex Blossom” by Bruno Militelli, São Paulo, Brazil. Finalist. (l)
  • “Common Blues on Apple Mint” by Tony North, Hoe Grange Quarry Butterfly Nature Reserve, Derbyshire, England. Highly Commended. (r)
Free Recipe Bookazine from Country Living Magazine
Just in time for fall harvest!

To create this bookazine, Country Living magazine gathered together some of their favourite recipes to help you make the most of every season’s bounty. It is 292 pages of great recipes and gorgeous pictures. Click here to download "Cooking Through the Seasons"

"Every season has its special produce to savour – the first herbs in springtime, sun-ripened tomatoes and strawberries in summer, orchard fruits and squashes in autumn, fragrant pears and earthy beetroot in winter. Capturing the individual tastes and textures of these ingredients is a surefire way to serve food full of flavour and interest."  Susy Smith, Editor, Country LivingMagazine
Your September Gardening To-Do List
Gardening Tips for September fro The Old Farmer's Almanac

 No rest for the gardener! There is a lot to do in the garden in September. The Old Farmer's Almanac has a great list to make sure you don't forget anything.
Find out what a real Indian summer is from the experts at The Old Farmer's Almanac. Click here to read the entire article. 

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