The Columbine

Newsletter of Gardening Kingston

October 2022


President's Message

Last month, members came in person to our new venue at the Kingston Unitarian Place, and after the presentation by Wilma Kenny, we sat in small groups and talked about our gardens. Some of us had questions, others had answers and suggestions. It was so great to share and learn together. Although they do not always occur in this order, our tagline is Learn. Grow. Share. No matter…the growing season is short, but the learning and sharing can occur all year round. If you were unable to join us, may I suggest that you consider writing for the newsletter, even just a short story about your garden, your gardening experiences, your trials and errors (we can all learn from those!). Please share.

I left the meeting last time with one suggestion that I had to try out. One gardener recommended using bone meal or blood meal around plants to deter squirrels from digging and chewing. In the past, I’ve tried Irish Spring soap slivers, cayenne pepper, and clippings of human hair, so why not bone meal, especially since I had some in my shed. I must have mutant squirrels in my neighbourhood because they continued to dig and were not affected one bit by the bone meal. So, maybe next I will try blood meal. The saga continues…

Did you know that our society has been functioning since 1899? In 2024 we will be celebrating 125 years! We would like to put together a souvenir book, so if you are interested in looking through old records and photos, please contact me. I think it would be best to start working on this project this winter.

All the best with your fall cleanup.

Suzanne Maranda

Welcome New Members!

In the past month we welcomed eight new members, bringing our membership number to 75. Have a friend who'd like to join? Our registration form is located on the Membership tab of the GK website.

Denise Owsianicki
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Volunteer Hours

Remember to calculate and submit your Volunteer hours to Veronica Butler at

As fall begins and many of us have been helping with different garden projects, now is a good time to send them along.
The form to be completed is on our website under the Membership tab or, click a button below to download your copy now.
Volunteer Hours Form - Word version
Volunteer Hours Form - PDF version

October In-Person Meeting

Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Winter Interest in the Garden
Presented by Mary Ann Van Berlo
Are you tired of a bleak winter landscape? Mary Ann, owner of Van Berlo Gardens in Maitland, Ontario will share some ideas to add winter interest to your garden by enhancing its bones and choosing the right plants and features.

Plant Swap - Read the guidelines... click here
This month our meeting location is 1st floor hall of Unitarian Place, located at 206 Concession Street, Kingston, between MacDonnell Street and Victoria Street. Parking is at the back of the building.

Learn. Grow. Share.

2022-2023 Meeting Programme
Arisaema triphylum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Fall Task List

Reprinted from fall 2021, David Kelly shares his list of tasks for the end of the garden season.

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Tulips in bloom.

Squirrel-proof Tulips?

Rebecca Kelly shares a tip for squirrel-proofing your tulip bulbs.

Read more... click here

Gardener's Journal Topic Suggestions

November Newsletter
your favourite herb, fruit or vegetable plants to grow
Deadline October 27

December Newsletter
your favourite shrubs or trees, through the seasons
Deadline November 24

January Newsletter
your houseplant tips
Deadline December 15

Send your images and stories to the Editor. Please provide captions for the images, credit, and written permission for newsletter use if you were not the photographer. 

A reminder regarding photographs of members: The OHA has advised us that, prior to publishing any photo likenesses of our members, we should obtain their written consent with a photo waiver form. To view our policy click here
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Garden Ontario's Newsletter

Interested in seeing what other societies in the province are doing? Stay updated with Ontario Horticultural Association (Garden Ontario) newsletter. Follow the link to find the Trillium newsletter archive.

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Volunteer Opportunity:
KHS Board Member

Enthusiasm and a desire to get things done!

Truth be known, attracting new board members feels like pulling teeth. Many of our long-term members have taken a turn in the past and some of our current Board members have already served multiple terms and feel it’s time to “retire”. Any board needs new blood to bring new ideas and keep the organization moving forward.  Now is the time to seriously consider adding your voice to the KHS Board and help shape the future of our society. We are looking for 2-3 new board members.

New members may feel hesitant to commit to the Board, feeling they don’t have the expertise required, but keep in mind that you have the support of other board members and you work together with separate committee members to get things done. It’s only through the commitment of our members that we can continue to deliver the program and events that you value most as well as develop new ways of doing things in these challenging times.

Election of officers and directors is scheduled for our AGM November 10th, 2022.  Interested members may apply by sending an email to before October 27. You may volunteer yourself or nominate someone else (provided the nominee agrees). Someone from the nominating committee will contact you to answer any questions you may have about the commitment involved.
Satisfaction guaranteed…as in, you reap what you sow!
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