Do you love gardening? Are you concerned about Mississauga’s environment?
Whether you are a new gardener looking for support or an experienced one who is willing to share what you know, there is a place for you in Streetsville Horticultural Society. Even gardeners who have moved from homes into apartments and no longer actively garden are most welcome as volunteers.
Our main purpose is to beautify Mississauga through the planting of trees shrubs and flowers. We do this in a variety of ways either by planting them ourselves or assisting others or encouraging others to do it. Our Horticultural Society volunteers are busy each year with local community beautification projects such as the gardens at Leslie Log House, Rotary Park and Leisure World Long-Term Care Home in Streetsville.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Streetsville United Church
274 Queen St. S Mississauga L5M 1L8
At the intersection of Queen St S and Barry Ave, Streetsville
Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Meeting starts 7:30 p.m.
Speaker of the Month
The speaker for March is Chuck Chapman and his topic is “Iris Throughout the Seasons”.
Chuck is the owner and operator of Canada’s largest and oldest Iris speciality nurseries. He has been putting out a catalogue since 1991 and currently sends plants to Canada and USA. He grows about 1500 named varieties and lists about 750 in his catalogue, including many species of iris plants.
Chapman Iris farm is located just north of Guelph on Wellington Road 124 between Guelph and Erin. Eleven acres of sandy loam with about 2 acres of natural wetlands including a large naturalized pond. Here there are about four acres of iris plants under cultivation almost half of it seedlings under development. This is probably the most northern iris farm in existence and certainly the most northern location that produces new bearded iris plants. There is little snow cover most winters and the springs are cold and wet.
Hybridizing: Chuck does extensive plant breeding and carefully selects plants for good growth as well as beauty. All plants are carefully selected to be hardy in the Canadian garden. Chuck has registered over 130 iris cultivars from his hybridising program. There are iris plants for all climates and bloom times. From early spring there are iris blooming with the crocus and there are still plants blooming until the heavy frosts shut down the garden.
Chuck presents about information at various talks and presentations in Canada and USA each year.