submitted by Lorraine Barrow
Wednesday October 20 at 7 PM: The Fragrant Garden
We are lucky to have Dugald Cameron who is a pioneer in Canadian mail ordering of rare garden bulbs and plants. Dugald was on the board of directors at the Toronto Botanical Garden for 13 years and continues to volunteer there – teaching and writing for Trellis magazine (https://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/bookshelf/read-our-early-spring-trellis-magazine-online/). He speaks on many subjects to horticultural societies and has sat in for Ed Lawrence on CBC’s Ontario Today. He was the founding president of the Greater Toronto Bulb Society and is a member of numerous horticultural societies. His diverse gardening interests include spring and summer flowering bulbs, shrubs, perennials, and clematis.
“My gardening career began at an early age in my English grandmother’s garden where I’d occasionally help out with weeding and digging. I must have ‘caught the bug’ then because I’ve been interested in plants and gardens ever since. In 1983, my wife Lynn Pashleigh, father and I started Gardenimport, a mail order nursery, because we couldn’t find the quality or selection of plants we wanted for our gardens. We offered a top-quality selection of the latest seeds, flower bulbs and plants to Canadian gardeners from a catalogue and website. After 32 years of business Gardenimport was closed in 2014.”
Presentation topic: The Fragrant Garden
Fragrance is one of our strongest memories. Childhood memories of a garden’s fragrance remain ageless, reawakening recollections years later. Perhaps this explains that irresistible reflex to sniff flowers. I’m a big fan of fragrant gardens and will discuss the seasons of fragrance you can add to your garden. We’ll examine various fragrant flower bulbs, perennials, annuals, shrubs and vines including where to plant them and what they need to thrive.