Rockcliffe Park Garden Club: Hattie Klotz
Hattie Klotz grew up in a Tudor home that her parents purchased when it was in ruins. They lovingly restored it, room by room, and then began tending to the neglected landscape of the surrounding grounds. Now, more than thirty years later, her ancestral UK home, Pashley Manor Gardens, hosts the largest tulip festival and was awarded Christie’s Garden of the Year award. The 14-acre garden is set in the rolling hills of East Sussex and hosts a Sculpture Festival, a Rose and Lily week, Dahlia Days and a Kitchen Garden Festival. The kitchen garden was the inspiration for her recently-published cookbook, From the Garden, which features recipes from the produce of the Pashley Manor Gardens as well as her own farm garden near Wakefield, Quebec. Hattie is also the author of Vertical Gardens, in partnership with garden photographer Leigh Clapp. Her discussion will show us how to build a garden and how her family home’s magical landscape came to be. This will truly be an enchanting evening.
Rockcliffe Park Garden Club: Katerina Mertikas
Come paint with renowned artist Katerina Mertikas. Katerina is creating a special painting for the Rockcliffe Park Garden Club for that evening. We will learn painting techniques to create our very own masterpiece under her guidance. Katerina’s talent and gracious personality will definitely make this a truly unique evening. The total cost is $75 to participate; this pays for all the supplies you will need. Contact Vera Cody at email@example.com to pre-register as payment will be required to
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Meetings are held at the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, 380 Springfield Road. Free for members; $5 for guests, unless otherwise specified. For more information, contact Vera Cody, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockcliffe Park Garden Club: Owen Clarkin
Please join us for our September kickoff evening on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm at the Rockcliffe Community Hall, featuring naturalist and chemist Owen Clarkin, the Chair of Conservation for the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club, a group that works to conserve Canada’s biological history and monitor existing species and species at risk. His love and knowledge of trees extends to shrubs and his topic will be the Shrubs of Eastern Ontario – how to identify them, plant them and make them part of your greenscape. Owen is a tree-loving activist and educator whose expertise is sought out by Friends of the Farm, for whom he leads Arboretum walks. Come share in our hospitality, and sit back and listen to a presentation that will open your eyes about the nature that surrounds you.
Rockcliffe Park Garden Club: Terry Hodgins
The Inspiring Beauty of Ikebana
Thursday, October 25 | 7:30 pm | Speaker: Terry (Jusei) Hodgins
Join us in welcoming Terry Hodgins, one of the most advanced Ikebana teachers, who has wide-ranging experience in demonstrations and workshops for the Ohara School of Ikebana, Ottawa Chapter. The arrangements are not unlike sculpture; considerations of color, line, form and function guide the construction of a work. The resulting forms are varied and unexpected, and can range widely in terms of size and composition, from a piece made from a single flower to one that incorporates several different flowers, branches and other natural objects. An amazing up-close and personal experience, this evening will showcase the history of this ancient floral art as well as the methods of Ikebana.
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Rockcliffe Park Garden Club: Virginia Vince
Holiday Decorating with Florals and Greens Thursday, November 29 | 7:00 pm
Presenter: Virginia Vince, owner of Bloomfields Flowers on Bank Street in the Glebe and Wellington West.
Our most popular evening; acclaimed Ottawa florist Virginia Vince will delight us, creating holiday floral arrangements that will be the envy of your friends and family. Her exquisite floral designs and arrangements showcase the desire she has for making flowers, plants and natural beauty an essential part of everyone’s everyday life. Get an early start on holiday ideas for floral décor for your home from a florist passionate about creating beautiful and natural places, designs and experiences. A raffle of her arrangements will be part of the evening. Bring a friend and arrive early. This always is standing room only.
Free for members, $5 for non-members