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The 18th annual Town and Country Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.  The self-guided tour includes eight gardens in Belleville and the local area.  Tickets are $25 and may be purchased:

By phoning:  613-392-2128 or 613-729-2995

Online at:

In person:  At St. Thomas Church (Belleville) on July 8th after 8:30 a.m.


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.


In 2007, a 170 kilometre portion of the highway stretching from CFB Trenton to the Don Valley Parkway (and later Keele Street) in Toronto was designated the Highway of Heroes, reflecting its use as the route for funeral convoys carrying fallen Canadian Forces service men and women from CFB Trenton to the coroner’s office in Toronto.

This designation honours those men and women who have made such a vital contribution to our way of life,and offers a wonderful opportunity to tell the story of Canadian Veterans. The goal is to implement a largescale planting program (117,000 trees) and create a series of elements along the roadway that will remind those who pass by of the great debt we owe these courageous Canadians.  3,000 trees have been planted as of Spring, 2017.