The Columbine

Newsletter of Gardening Kingston

September 2022


President's Message

The summer has flown by, and I hope that you and your garden have survived the heat and lack of rain. At least we did get some good soakings recently and my rain barrels are no longer empty! It’s time to start a new Gardening Kingston “year”; everybody needs to renew in September. If you prefer to renew in-person, please come to our first meeting on September 8th. Regardless of how you pay – you must review and update your profile. See below for more information. In case you forgot, everyone must have an individual membership – no more family rates. Everyone needs an up-to-date profile so we can send you your newsletter and other notices. Membership cards will be available to pick up at our in-person meetings this fall. I really hope you will join us.
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It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

By now you will have received a reminder that your membership needs to be renewed. All memberships now expire at the same time (no matter what date you joined) – August 31. The team at Gardening Kingston has worked hard to improve and streamline the membership renewal process, so that everyone benefits. Improvements in technology have helped make it easier and more convenient at every step, but we still need your help.

An important part of this year’s membership renewal process is to update or create your profile. All memberships currently have a profile. If you registered on-line in the past, we are just asking you to review and update this information. Currently, any family memberships have profile information for only one of the members; the second family member will now need to create a new profile, as we no longer offer family memberships.

It’s a simple process, follow the step-by-step instructions found in the email sent August 21. We ask for some basic details: your name, address, and volunteer interests, and asking you to update your profile every year at renewal time, means we are always up to date.

Even if you renew your membership in-person, at a meeting, we still require you to update your profile on-line. Open the original e-mail, sent to you in August, and follow the simple steps. If you need help, please contact us at, and someone will get back to you.
Thanks to all those who have already renewed and updated their profiles,
David Kelly
Kingston Horticultural Society logo.

Volunteer Hours

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

As summer ends 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

September In-Person Meeting

Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Orchestrated Chaos: a Garden Tour
Presented by Wilma Kenny
The story of a personal garden: how it began, major influences, and lessons I have learned over 40 years.

Round Table Discussion - successes or problems in your garden this summer

Flower and Vegetable Parade - bring one or more to “show off”! Prizes
Our meeting location is 2nd 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
Maureen Williams sitting in a lawn chair.

2022 Year of the Garden Hero

Meet Maureen Williams, a person who nurtures the Gardening Kingston community spirit. 

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Goldfish and aquatic plants in an outdoor pond.

Maintaining Water Gardens

Dennis Williams shares what it takes to raise and maintain goldfish ponds. 

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Cherry tomatoes inside a tomato cage.

Garden for the Senses

Gilly Davis reflects on the many gifts a garden provides. 

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Garden Ontario - Keeping Ontario Beautiful logo.

50/50 Raffle

Help support the OHA's 50/50 Raffle Draw #2 and have a chance to win some real prizes. The next draw date is September 16th! Buy tickets here.

The funds raised go back to Societies/Clubs in the form of:
  • Education for our adults and youth, 
  • Environmental programs, 
  • Awards and Grants, 
  • Community Beautification, 
  • and Post-secondary Scholarships

OHA's Trillium Newsletter

Interested in seeing what other societies in the province are doing? Stay updated with the latest OHA news. Follow the link to the latest issue of the OHA’s Trillium newsletter.
Open Farms logo.

Open Farms in Frontenac

Real Food. Real Farms. Real People

September 10-11, 2022

Farms across Frontenac County and rural Kingston are opening their doors and welcoming visitors to their farms. Participating farms are offering unique experiences based on the farm. Tours include farm experiences that will allow participants to see and learn more, enjoy culinary tastes, and many have product available for purchase on-site.
For details click here          For Event Map click here

Gardener's Journal

Gardening Kingston Members share their stories.
Learn along with them.
Light pink strawflowers.
Kajsa & Erik's Story
Bee on a cream-colour zinnia flower.

Orange and brown, yellow and pink coneflowers.

Send your photographs and stories to the Editor.
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