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When:  Monday (Family Day), February 17 at 11am - 1pmish
Where:  Greenhouse in the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park
What:   Seedling orientation
Cost:   Free with volunteer participation

Despite the ice and snow and the groundhog's unsurprising prediction for six more weeks of winter, seedling season is coming! Are you interested in starting your summer plants in the greenhouse this year?

The park's community Greenhouse is run by its volunteer users.  Join Elizabeth and the rest of the gang on Family Day for Orientation--the basics of greenhouse use, of seedling care and watering.  Sign up and get a shelf to grow your seedlings and share the work of watering and maintaining the soil mix. 

Please make your way to the Greenhouse at 11am on February 17th to prepare for this year's planting. There is cleaning and sweeping to be done, and there are shelves to re-instate. We expect to finish around 1pm.

Or just stop by to say hi!


February is Food Month at Trinity Bellwoods Park's Greenhouse-Hot House. We've taken a break from our Don't Ask An Expert talks and we have in fact invited an expert. We have a George Brown faculty member talking. There is interest in the Culinary Arts Department there about what we're doing. The Community Cooks are now an official club of George Brown.

Next Sunday (February 2nd) we're having a honey tasting and a talk by urban bee keeper Fran Freeman. She is at an organic food conference in Guelph this week and she'll also talk about what went on there.

When: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:30am
Where: Greenhouse in the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park
What:  Ian Grady from George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts willl talk tomorrow about his experience training people in Shanghai for the Beijing Olympics, and also about being part of the team that took Canadian National Students to the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2000 where they won gold.

When:  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:30am
Greenhouse in the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park
What: Honey tasting with urban bee keeper Fran Freeman who will talk about urban beekeeping and the organic food conference being held in Guelph this weekend.

The Hot House discussions will continue every Sunday morning until the second week of March. 


You can find regular updates and photos on the Facebook page -- there's been a string of great speakers with more to come:

And look -- someone wrote an article about the Hot House talks:


Published on Monday, 06 January 2014 16:26

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The winter time "Hot House Discussion" and "Don't Ask An Expert" talks have resumed!  Every Sunday morning in the community greenhouse at the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park until the second week of March 2014. 

SUNDAYS IN THE GREENHOUSE – 11:30am to 12:30pm
Jan 5 – Jutta Mason talked about the importance of food in public space especially parks. It was also a chance to meet some of the Community Cooks!
Jan 12 - Kathleen Byers the (former) dancing crossguard tells us how the city stopped her from dancing!>:(

Coming up in February Emiko Sekiguchi who works at both Ursa and Swan restaurants will be giving a talk on their experiment growing greens for Ursa restaurant in containers on their roof. 

Organiser Gene Threndyle ( gene (at) genedigs (dot) com) welcomes ideas for speakers.  Gene says he’s “looking for people with actual experience doing stuff but not the usual (highly paid) experts who routinely screw things up.”

Best way to get the most up-to-date info is to visit the Hot House facebook page.  If you "like" it you'll get Gene's updates:

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WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00am - 01:00pm
WHERE: The Greenhouse behind the Rec Centre

There will be lots to discuss -- including how to integrate the winter programming in with our spring watering program -- and we will need to work it out at the meeting as much as possible so that we can start our Spring Community Watering program shortly thereafter. Among other things to discuss .

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If you cannot make the meeting and you want to grow seedlings in the greenhouse this spring, please let me know.  Given that our number of green house users is expanding, it is possible that we may need to consider prioritizing certain users:

  • community/school groups?
  • people who will put in or have put in lots of sweat equity?
  • apartment dwellers?

Since 2008, we have never turned away anyone who has asked for shelf space to grow seedlings but if, for the very first time, we have such a problem, let's be prepared to think about a solution that makes sense.  Also, our greenhouse garden needs the same kind of TLC that our greenhouse received this winter.  Let's also chat about how we can make the most of our community garden space.

Please feel free to email your own ideas for an agenda to Anna Hill ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Happy Almost Spring!

Anna Hill /Volunteer Coordinator-Greenhouse

There won't be any discussion group at the greenhouse this weekend but dj Felix of Germany will playing organic music for park goers pleasure from noon on. Sunday afternoon will be a different dj playing music for plants to bloom by. Food by Jiva as usual, coffee by bonafide bean.

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Next Saturday Jesse Stewart plays his crystal singing bowls. These instruments are based on Tibetan singing bowls and his performance will put you in a transcendental trance guaranteed!

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