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Events 2011


 

Sorry, there will be no more public Tours or Workshops this autumn

we're busy with custom-builds, and private-group presentations, consultations, and tours

and we're developing our own gardening practices to take ColdFraming to a whole new level

 
 

We hope you joined us at Seedy Saturday events in this spring, and at Horticultural Society, Community Groups, and Master Gardeners' meetings, Build Your Own ColdFrame Workshops and more in the fall.



Saturday 2 April 2011, 2pm- 4pm

Tour - ColdFrames in Action

Cost: $20- per person
Please pre-register - and arrive by 1:45pm to sign in and pour yourself a cup of hot herbal tea.

We will begin punctually at 2:00 pm.

The tour runs one to two hours, - depending on attendance numbers and the volume of questions. We want to ensure that you leave with your mind absolutely reeling with possibilities, and your heart full of inspiration for not only spring head starts, but also season extension ideas for this fall-through-winter-into-next-spring.

This tour will be a conversational presentation, with an informal question-and-answer style as we progress from plot to plot in the garden.

View a wide variety of ColdFrames in action, sheltering autumn's over-wintered annuals and leafy perennials, and spring's earliest head-starts. See simple ground-level wire-cage frames, wire sign frame structures, simple wooden frames, Low Raised Beds, through to Tall Raised Beds spanning a variety of microclimates. View a range of covers (lights) with which to top frames.

We have made significant developments in the range of styles of ColdFrames and the use of micro-climates and sheltering strategies in the past year.

Learn about planting, watering, and ventilation strategies for over-wintered crops and early spring starts. See soil solarization in action for earliest spring seedings. View simple structures used for hardening-off transplants to outdoor climates used for early planting-out of your own windowsill-started seedlings.

Books of photos demonstrating strategies adopted in previous years will also be available for reviewing.

Wear sensible Canadian winter attire, including sturdy waterproof footwear, scarves, hats,
gloves, and wind-resistant coats. (We are located on the side of the Don Valley, where the winds can blow heavily.) Please, bundle up thoroughly!

Please note, too: Toronto District School Board regulations prohibit dogs on their properties; as we operate within proscribed by-laws,
please do not bring animals to the garden.

The garden is on uneven natural terrain, including a hillside.

Books about related activities developed in this garden, soil thermometers and garden blankets
(floating row covers), organic seeds, and more will be available for (cash) sale.
Location: behind rear parking lot, south of all buildings, at City Adult Learning Centre, 1 Danforth Avenue.

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An advisal will be posted on this website by 9:00 a.m., on the morning of the tour,

IF it becomes necessary to postpone the tour to Sunday, 3 April 2011 -- or even to Sunday 10 April 2011 due to extended inhospitable weather.

Email your registration request to: coldframes @ gmail . com Sorry, address spaced out to reduce spam

The flyer in this link includes directions to the garden: Flyer

 
 

 
 

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshop

Saturday 9 April 2011, 10am - 1 pm

Back by popular demand: another spring opportunity to construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you. Get your garden of to an early start, and be prepared to protect against late spring frosts.

To be held at a downtown Toronto location, with parking and TTC access nearby.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, tools, and safety gear are provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early!

Participants' spaces must be paid for by the end of the day on Wednesday 30 March 2011, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared for you.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes @ gmail . com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books on Season Extension Techniques and ColdFraming will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

We're proud to say that all participants who (anonymously) gave us feedback after each of last year's events ranked this workshop highly. They also said they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

You will be working in pairs, so register with a friend !

Class sizes are kept small to ensure individual attention.

As kids and power tools do not mix well, for safety's sake, we regret that we cannot allow children in the workroom.

Parents, please make alternate caregiver arrangements. Thank you for this consideration to your fellow Workshop mates.

Book now - enrollment is limited ! We have a waiting list from our February event.

For a flyer you can download that describes this event in more detail, click this link: BuildingWorkshop

 
 

 
 

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshop

Sunday 20 February 2011, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand: a unique opportunity to construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you.

To be held at a downtown Toronto location, with parking and TTC access nearby.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, tools, and safety gear are provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early!

Participants' spaces must be paid for by Wednesday 16 February 2011, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared for you.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes@gmail.com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books on Season Extension Techniques and ColdFraming will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

We're proud to say that all participants who (anonymously) gave us feedback after each of last year's events ranked this workshop highly. They also said they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

You will be working in pairs, so register with a friend !

Class sizes are kept small to ensure individual attention.

As kids and power tools do not mix well, for safety's sake, we regret that we cannot allow children in the workroom.

Parents, please make alternate caregiver arrangements. Thank you for this consideration to your fellow Workshop mates.

Book now - enrollment is limited !

For a flyer you can download that describes this event in more detail, click this link: BuildingWorkshop)

 
 

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