The Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club began as a group of neighbours that shared a love of gardening in the fall of 2000, and has since grown to serve the larger community and areas further afield.

We are a friendly, informal club with a focus on shared learning and experiences.

Whether you have years of gardening experience or are just starting out, we invite you to join us to meet your neighbours and fellow gardeners for a fun and instructional evening.


About Us

The Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club are an informal club with a varied membership from young homeowners beautifying their first home to seasoned gardeners and a Master Gardener. Our members have a variety of gardens, from container gardens on balconies to garden beds on small lots and large properties.

We hold an annual plant exchange in May, when members can trade plants from each others' gardens! Although you don't need to bring plants in order to participate.

Meeting Details

The HPA Garden Club began our 2019 meeting season on September 25, 2019. We'll be renewing memberships and registering new members on September 26 (or at any subsequent meeting). Dues are $20 per person or $30 per couple. We meet from 7:30 to 9:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month from September to May, excluding December. Dues cover membership in the NS Association of Garden Clubs (NSAGC), which provides each member with a free perennial in the spring. Membership also entitles us to discounts at participating garden nurseries in NS! As a member, all garden club meetings are free, including those with special guest speakers. Members can participate in the seed swap and plant swap, as well as a seed order. We meet at the Bedford Hammonds Plains Community Centre, next to the CPA High School at 202 Innovation Drive from 7:00-9:00 pm. Simply go in the REC Centre entrance, up the stairs, turn left, and enter the first large room on your right down the hall. Let us know if you have any questions!

We welcome new members. Try a meeting and decide if you'd like to join the club! Please email contact@hpagc.ca if you have any questions.

Past Projects and Speakers

All of our club's past projects are now archived on our website for reference. The same page also archives contact information for many of our past guest speakers.

New Members Welcome

If you'd like to join or just check us out and see what the garden club is all about, simply come to our next meeting. Meetings featuring guest speakers may require pre-registration and fees for non-members.

Membership is only $20 per year ($30 for couples). Membership runs from October through September of the following year.

If you'd like to join the club, just come to the next meeting and someone will greet you at the door and help you out.

You can also get in touch with us via email at contact@hpagc.ca.

See you at the next meeting! Happy gardening!

Upcoming Meetings and Events

We meet at on the 4th Wednesday of the month from September to May at the Bedford Hammonds Plains Community Centre, next to the CPA High School at 202 Innovation Drive from 7:00-9:00 pm.
November 27, 2019 Christmas Social

Christmas social with Yankee gift swap, Members will share how to overwinter their favorite annual plant, and a seasonal DIY: making a Santa gnome from evergreen boughs!

See the mail-out for details on what to do ahead of the meeting.

January 22, 2020 Seeds

We'll put on Seed Starting 101 (demonstration and step by step instructions on how to start seeds and successfully grow seedlings), plus members' Seed Exchange, and we'll introduce our Seed Order for this year (there will be some freebies for members!)

February 26, 2020 Niki Jabbour

Niki Jabbour will be our guest speaker (topic to be determined). Non members can attend for a fee of $10.

March 25, 2020 To be announced

April 22, 2020 To be announced

May 27, 2020 Plant Exchange & Challenges

Season End Social, Plant Exchange, Member Share & Solve Gardening Challenges

May or June, 2020 Plant Sale

We're working on the details!

Recent Past Meetings

October 23, 2019 Alan Banks

We welcomes guest speaker Allan Banks, who will tell us about the development of the beautiful and inspiring Harbour Breezes with its stunning commercial hilltop gardens overlooking Jeddore Harbour. With lots of photos, Allan will tell us about developing his coastal hillside gardens and will speak about some of the daylilies (that he has registered and named) and Japanese irises that he grows and sells.

September 25, 2019 David Currie

We resume monthly meetings with a talk by David Currie, president of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, who will talk about Birds in Our Gardens. Birds and gardens seem to go together, don’t they?

Saturday, May 25, 2019
9 am to 12 pm
Plant Sale

The Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club will hold a Plant Sale at the Bedford Hammonds Plains Community Centre, next to the CPA High School at 202 Innovation Drive, Bedford. We’ll have plants from member gardens including perennials, shrubs, and berry bushes, as well as annual flower and vegetable transplants grown by members. For sun, part sun and shade!

Check our Club Facebook page for updates on specific plants that will be available.

May 22, 2019 Paul Manning

Our May 22 meeting has lots to offer. Paul Manning, postdoctoral researcher at Dalhousie University and insect expert, will be our guest speaker, talking about Bugs - Good & Bad in the Garden (just in time for the growing season!).

We'll also hold our end of season Club Social, with extra snacks, and Plant Exchange (bring in 2 plants, go home with 2 different plants!).

April 24, 2019 Marion Munro

On April 24, Marion Munro, retired Curator of Botany with the Nova Scotia Museum, will return, sharing some food and recipes using native plants collected while foraging this past summer. We’re not sure about the menu, but she’s asked us to bring ice cream!

The Prospect Garden Club will be our guests.

March 27, 2019 Arthurs Haskins On March 27, Arthurs Haskins will talk about "Growing Beautiful Dahlias" – showing through pictures an entire season of how to grow these lovely plants, as well as the many dahlia flower forms and some of the uses for the blooms.
February 27, 2019 Show & Tell

On February 27 the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club is holding our annual Member Show & Tell, when our members share favorite gardening-related tools, hacks and projects.

If you know anyone who is curious about the Club, it is a good time to bring them along because February's meeting is free! This month, members will do all the talking. We'll look at photos and pass around recommended items! Questions and discussion are welcome.

January 23, 2019 Lloyd Mapplebeck

On January 23 the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club will learn about growing a Cutting Garden from guest speaker Lloyd Mapplebeck of Hillendale Perennials.

We'll also introduce this year’s seed order, which will include seeds for plants Lloyd recommends for flower cuttings, as well as a selection of vegetables and pollinator-attracting flowers recommended especially for us by Niki Jabbour for 2019. The Club will pay the taxes and shipping! The order can be placed at the meeting or submitted online. Members will also receive free seeds again this year!

November 28, 2018 Christmas Social with Yankee Gift Swap
Member Show & Tell
DIY bulb planter
Seed Exchange
October 24, 2018 Coastal Gardening with Denise Adams The Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club will host a talk by Denise Adams, author of "Atlantic Coastal Gardening - Growing Inspired, Resilient Plants by the Sea". Denise will share tips on designing and maintaining coastal gardens in our area of the Atlantic, addressing shrubs, perennials, flowers, herbs and vegetables. She will address harsh coastal conditions such as salt spray and wind, and we expect the information is transferable to inland gardens dealing with roadside salting and similar conditions. The talk is free to members of the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club. Non-members can attend for a fee of $10.
September 26, 2018

Nikki Jabbour: Harvest Show and Tell

Veggies and Pollinator-attracting Flowers

The Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club is back to meeting monthly, beginning Sept 26th with a special Harvest Show and Tell led by our favorite gardener, Niki Jabbour! We’re excited to start our 2018-19 meeting season with this follow up to Niki’s February talk on trying unusual vegetables. Niki will bring in some of those unusual veggies from her garden to show us and talk about. She’ll also answer our gardening questions!

Additionally, we invite our members to bring in veggies or pollinator-attracting flowers from your own garden. We’d love to see your favorite or unusual veggies, or produce from the seeds you got through the Club this year. If you want to bring in a dish made with your produce for sampling, that would be awesome! Recipes would also be very welcomed. None of this is required to attend the meeting. But we are aiming for an informal, hands on evening with lots of information, inspiration and lessons learned. Please let Trish know if you’re planning to bring something in, so we can set up enough tables!

The meeting is only open to Club members. No guests please, unless they are joining the Club. Niki is always a popular speaker and draws a big crowd, and we want to make sure our Club members enjoy the evening.

We’ll renew memberships and register new members ahead of the meeting from 6:30 to 7:00pm. Dues are $20 for individual membership or $30 for a joint membership (couple/family).

June 2, 2018 Plant Sale
May 23, 2018 Member Showcase

Member Showcase – for this annual event, our members will "share" – whether it’s bringing in a favorite gardening tool, or presenting a slide show of a garden project or favorite plants - we’ll learn more about each other and get some useful ideas too (just in time for the growing season)!

Plus, we’ll hold our popular plant exchange. We’ll then close out the meeting season with a Social - the Club will provide snacks and refreshments!

April 25, 2018 Video Garden Tour

Club members David and Mary Trott will share their impressive garden through a video tour. We also hope to have a speaker from Common Roots Urban Farm, to tell us about the community farm in downtown Halifax, with 175 plots rented by community members, common areas open to the public, and a market garden for vegetables and flowers for donation and sale.

March 28, 2018 Tending the Garden We’re Given

Marian Munro, the Curator of Botany with the Nova Scotia Museum, will talk about working with nature as we garden. As an avid NON-gardener, Marian will present a botanist’s view of Nova Scotia gardening using native species. Steeped in folklore, ethnobotany and very little horse sense, her talk promises to engage and provoke!

We’ll announce the annual flower the Club is providing free to Club members this year (every member will receive a 6-cell pack of a hard-to-find annual!). Our DIY will be a solar lamp from re-purposed items!

February 28, 2018 Nikki Jabbour

Niki Jabbour will be our guest speaker and she’ll share ideas for re-imagining our vegetable gardens, based on her just-released book "Veggie Garden Remix". She’ll also talk about how to take proper care of our gardens during the growing season. Niki will have copies of her book available for purchase. If that’s not exciting enough, Garden Club members will receive seeds for a vegetable and an annual flower mentioned in Niki’s talk!

Plus, members will be able to place a seed order from a selection of vegetables and pollinator-friendly annuals she recommends! The order is due at the meeting and the Club will pay the taxes, shipping and Duty!!! The talk is free to members of the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club. Non-members can attend for a fee of $10 (or join the club for $20 and have access to all meetings and guest speaker talks up to September 2018). Only Club members will receive the seed gift and can place a seed order.

November 22, 2017 Master Gardeners

Michelle McPherson, with the NS Beekeeper Association, will talk to us about how we can help bee populations rebound by providing healthy backyard habitat and gardens for native and honey bees.

Seed Order #1 is due February 1 – members will receive details by email once the 2018 seed Catalogue is out! The Club will pay the shipping and taxes, so you don’t have to! 😊

November 22, 2017 Master Gardeners

We're hosting Master Gardeners this month. They'll teach us how to collect and store seeds from plants in our own gardens (what, when and how), answer our gardening questions, and tell us about the Master Gardener Program (an online course which is part of Dalhousie Agricultural Program).

Plus, we’ll hold a Seed Swap! Bring your extra seeds for vegetables, annuals and perennials (although you do not have to bring seeds in order to participate). Thanks to Niki Jabbour, I'll bring seeds from her Lemon Cucumbers to share!

October 25, 2017 Garden Tool Maintenance Sherry Chaisson, Senior Instructor in the Plant, Food and Environmental Science Faculty at Dal Agricultural Campus in Truro, teaches us how to properly clean, oil, sharpen and store gardening tools. And our own Krista Gill will review how to harvest and store dahlia tubers. Plus, we’ll introduce what we have planned for Seed Ordering in the new year. We really excited about this - the club will pay taxes and delivery costs (so members don’t have to 😊). This will give us access to seeds for some unusual and exciting vegetables, perennials and annuals! Plus, we have some surprises. You do have to be a member of the club to participate in the seed order.
September 27, 2017 Gardening in Wet & Boggy Areas with Donna Evers With a garden that has been a destination for tours by the Rhododendron Society and the YWCA, Donna shares how she has turned a swamp into a beautiful damp garden. Our DIY tonight is re-purposing wood grape boxes to grow lettuce! For a hint of what we will experience, check out the following links to a 3-part story of Donna’s garden featured on a gardening blog:
May 24, 2017 How to Photograph Your Garden

Peter Steeper of Granite Perspectives will teach us How to Photograph Your Garden. This will include lessons on photo composition, making the most of natural light, and how to achieve sharp images, as well as ideas for interesting and beautiful images of our gardens and plants. The talk will be general enough to apply to whatever you're using to take photos—from a smart phone to a digital SLR camera. Non-members can attend for a fee of $10.

We are also working on ideas for our annual plant exchange. Details coming soon!

April 26, 2017 Crystal Godfrey Crystal Godfrey (Secret Gardens by Crystal) will present Matching Plants to Conditions: addressing specific situations such as wet areas, alpine gardens, condominium and balcony gardening challenges, woodland gardens, trees for small yards, sun vs. shade loving plants, planting for bloom time and year round interest, hedging and privacy, and dealing with deer! Non-members can attend for a fee of $10 (or join the club for $20 and have access to guest speaker talks up to and including September 2017).
March 22, 2017 Members Project:
Tried and True Plants for Our Area
Members will recommend favorite plants that do well here. This will be an informative slide show with details on growing conditions, seasons of interest, photos, and the reasons why each plant is recommended. Great information from fellow gardeners! Project Page
February 22, 2017 A talk from Bloom Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre will present New and Exciting Plants for 2017! We'll also learn how to read plant tags properly so we can choose plants that will do well in our garden.
January 25, 2017 Seed Starting 101 by Niki Jabbour Growing your own plants from seed is easy and rewarding. Join us as guest speaker Niki Jabbour presents a fun and dynamic talk on seed starting. Learn the benefits of growing your own, and how to pick the best varieties. Niki will cover all the basics of seed starting including setting up grow lights, choosing a soil mix, and how to care for and harden off seedlings. Plus, she’ll share some of the new vegetable and flower introductions for 2017! The talk is free to members of the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club. Non-members can attend for a fee of $10 (or join the club for $20 and have access to all meetings and guest speaker talks up to September 2017).
November 23, 2016 Christmas Social & Winter Craft Demo It’s a Christmas social! We’ll enjoy a potluck, a Christmas gift swap ‘n steal, and a craft demo. We encourage you to bring a snack to share – savory or sweet, hot or cold. And if you’d like to participate in the gift swap ‘n steal game, please bring a wrapped gift - $15 or less in value. Feel free to bring a guest :)
October 26, 2016 Carla Heggie: Arrangements At our October meeting, we have Carla Heggie coming in to teach us about making striking arrangements with materials from our gardens. This will include us each making our own arrangement using materials we bring from our gardens & woodlands – We'll send out more information on this in October, but it sounds fun & informative!
September 28, 2016 Member's Slide Show We started this Fall with our traditional member slide show showing pictures and ideas and specimens from the summer season's gardening.
June 22, 2016 Round Table Round table discussion on deer and other garden problems.
May 25, 2016 Annual Plant Exchange Bring in plants and seedlings from your garden and get new plants from each others' gardens! Discuss the plants with other gardeners before choosing those that may work best for you. You don't need to bring plants to participate but you do need to be a member of the club.
April 27, 2016 Marjorie Willison

How to have a garden with a busy life: Join us for a presentation on Low Maintenance Gardening by well-known local gardening expert Marjorie Willison.

The Prospect Area Garden Club will be our guests!

Add interest to your outdoor space. Is there something you'd like to learn about? Solar lighting DIY? Wind chime crafts? Outdoor decor? Let us know!

March 23, 2016 Bergman Landscape and Masonry

Hardscapes are the bones of great gardens. Get inspired with ideas for patios, walls, and pathways in a presentation by Bergman Landscape and Masonry.

Start Spring indoors! Learn to force flowering branches such as Forsythia for an Easter Egg Tree.

February 24, 2016 Garden BFFs with Niki Jabbour

Join us for a presentation by well-known local gardening expert Niki Jabbour about ornamental plants and edibles that play nicely together in gardens and containers.

Embrace the cold and add magic to your outdoors in Winter: Learn to make Ice Lanterns.

Plant orders are due online March 9, 2016.

January 27, 2016 Plant Order 2016 and Bird Seed Wreath At our January meeting, we'll unveil our program for the rest of the season, introduce the plants offered through our plant order, and we'll learn how to make a bird seed wreath followed by a draw for the wreath! PDF
November 25, 2015 Christmas Social Join us for a Christmas social, with special treats and snacks!
October 22, 2015 Problems and Solutions Our members are invited to bring forward issues they're experiencing in their gardens for helpful advice from fellow gardeners. We'll also present success stories—problems or conditions our gardeners have been able to address!
September 23, 2015 Member's Slide Show We'll start this Fall with our traditional member slide show showing pictures and ideas and specimens from the summer season's gardening. Send your slides to Brad before Sunday, September 21.
May 27, 2015 Plant Exchange Our Annual General Meeting and Members' Plant Exchange.
April 22, 2015 Visiting Prospect We're invited to join the Prospect Garden Club at their meeting.
March 25, 2015 Members Research Project From the Members Research Project, members will report what they've learned about weeds found in our gardens and lawns here in Nova Scotia.We expect great discussion as members share their observations and tips.
February 25, 2015 Composting Strategies Great gardens need healthy soil . . . Presentations on proven backyard composting strategies and lessons learned. Share what you know! Learn something new!
January 28, 2015 Plant Order and Members Research Project Kickoff We're dealing with the cold by planning for spring - we'll look at the plants available this year through our Plant Order as well as kick off our Members Research Project.
November 26, 2014 Garden Projects An introduction to finding garden projects or ideas using the Internet. A demonstration of several easy "Do It Your Self Projects".
October 22, 2014 Peggy-Anne Pineau Peggy will give us a talk about roses and answer all your rose-related questions! Send in your rose questions ahead of time and she'll do her best to address them in her presentation.
September 24, 2014 Member's Slide Show We'll start this Fall with our traditional member slide show showing pictures and ideas and specimens from the summer season's gardening. See the last slide in the tour presentation for more details.
May 28, 2014 Annual Plant Exchange and AGM Swap and discuss those favourite (or least favourite!) plants with other members.
April 23, 2014 Great Summer Craft Ideas for the Garden From repurposing wooden palettes to the use of Japanese Kokedama, Lenora will be guiding us through a smorgasbord of ideas.
March 26, 2014 Rohododendrons Cancelled due to weather.
February 26, 2014 Iain Jack from Fernwood Plant Nursery Learn about fern natural history, how to grow ferns in the natural landscape, and ferns suitable for Canadian gardens.
January 22, 2014 Plant order overview and other discussions. Learn about the plants in this year's order.
December 4, 2013 Making Christmas centrepieces at Bloom at 7:00 pm. $10.00 per person. Bring a friend!
See the photos!
October 23, 2013 Bulbs, October Garden Todos, and Extra Plant and Seed Exchange Sue will be leading discussions on bulbs and Fall gardening tasks. Also, bring those seeds and plants you're getting rid of to our meeting for a swap.
September 25, 2013 Member Photo Slide Show Share your pictures for your summer gardening! Take some pictures over the summer. Brad will assemble them into a slide show in advance. Details to follow.


Contact the club at contact@hpagc.ca.

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