Monday May 20, 6:30pm: “How to Plan a Successful Garden” with David Ahmad

David Ahmad has been a Master Gardener since 1998 where he was an active member of the Toronto chapter of the Master Gardeners of Ontario obtaining his official certification through the University of Guelph. David was awarded his Master Gardener Emeritus status in 2007. While formally educated as a Mechanical Engineer at Ryerson University (TMU), David spent his entire career in Investments & Finance with the Royal Bank.

David is also a well-known Dance Music DJ with a career that spanned over 20 years & can be seen in the 2023 documentary “Drop The Needle” now in International release. David has a soft spot for roses & ponds, enjoys growing his own vegetables from seed & seedlings and revels in the textures, colours & shapes in gardens of all styles.

David will guide us through considerations & processes around the garden design/redesign process & will discuss general rules-of-thumb & how to apply them. The presentation will include a discussion of small ponds (David has a small pond in his garden) & shrubs for those who are starting to downsize. He will also discuss considerations around statuary & hardscaping.

WHERE: Omemee Legion

Join us for Fellowship, coffee/tea & snacks. Don’t forget to Lug-A-Mug & some cash as there are some draws. ‘Donations of Tips’ for coffee/tea are appreciated as it benefits the Omemee Swans who support the Community.

Monthly Mini-Competition:   Photo: ‘A Flower on a Shrub’

Flower Specimen:  One stem of Your Choice   

All Are Welcome!!

Talking points of ‘How To Plan A Successful Garden’ will include but will not be limited to the following:

The Design Process

General design rules-of-thumb, Site analysis: Considerations, Inventory: Plants & Equipment, Moving plants: Division & Swaps, New plants, Use of Containers, Raised planters, Statuary and hardscapes (Styles , Materials)

Maintenance Free:    Variable definitions, What definition suits your style/needs,   Automation/irrigation

Ponds:                 Site, Light, Predators, Pests, Fish or no fish,   Maintenance

Appropriate Shrubs and Considerations: Zone, Size,  Cultivation,  Maintenance

Other Considerations:   Budget, Time constraints, Winter preparations, Available assistance

Please make sure you come with lots of questions and a notebook!

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