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August General Meeting: Guest Speakers Sharon and John Bowler, "Winter Hardy Cactus Garden"

  • August 06, 2024
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Virtual (Zoom) and McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
  • 100


  • No Charge
  • Non-society members welcome for nominal fee


Many presume that Cactus only grow in a hot, dry environment; few presume Canada to be a host for cactus particularly those areas with cold, wet winters and humid summers. Today, Sharon and John Bowler talk to us about Canadian cactus history, and will share with us their winter hardy cactus garden. They will offer suggestions for landscaping with, propagating, and caring for cactus in all seasons in our gardens.

Sharon and John Bowler are members of the Grimsby Garden Club and the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society. Sharon and John have won awards for their institutional and residential garden designs. Their shared passion for gardening is on display in their garden in Grimsby, Ontario which is home to over fifty varieties of winter hardy Cactus.

All general meetings begin with a welcome and general announcements, which precede introduction of the guest speaker. 

Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time.

About In-Person Attendance at the McConaghy Centre: 

  • Doors to the auditorium open at 7 pm 
  • The meeting begins promptly at 7:30 pm
  • Please bring a mug or cup if you would like hot coffee or tea
  • All attendees are encouraged to register online for inclusion in door prize draws
  • Masks are not required, but are encouraged 
  • In-person attendees will be able to visit Flower Show entries

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