STORE EVENTS

February 2024

Seed Starting Seminar

Saturday, February 3
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Whether you're a seed starting beginner or operating your own homestead, our seed starting seminar is for you! Join us for a free seminar about all things seed starting! We talk the best seed varieties, helpful tips & techniques, and more! Get the lingo down and delve into how to create the backyard garden of your dreams this summer, all from seed!

New Plant Varieties for 2024 Seminar

Saturday, February 10
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Ever wanted the industry perspective on new plant varieties? Come chat with one of our buyers and get an introduction to new-to-us plants as well as new-to-market varieties for 2024! Learn about why new varieties are selected as well as what new plant features are currently in demand for our market in this exciting seminar!

 

Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

Fruit Growing 101: Hardy Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Seminar

Saturday, February 17
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Want the backyard orchard of your dreams? Learn the basics of growing fruit trees, bushes and vines that are hardy and successful in our area! We'll cover classics like apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, as well as oddities like currants, gooseberries, goji berries, kiwi vine, elderberries, and serviceberries. Be confident with planting, caring, and maintaining your orchard and get the most out of your plants!

March 2024

Vandermeer Greenhouse Tours

Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3
Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10
10am or 2pm tours available
Cost: $10 + tax

 

Join us for our behind-the-scenes tour where you get to see how all our plants are planted and grown! Learn about our planting and propagation methods, seed starting, greenhouse history since 1961 and much more. Plus, take a deep dive into our green practices such as our water filtration system, pest treatment plan, and plastic recycling! If you've ever wanted to pick the brain of one of our senior staff with anything plant or greenhouse-related, now's your chance! Please plan roughly 2 hours, depending on questions.

Garden Pests 101 Seminar

Saturday, March 2
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Is your gardening 'bugging' you? Learn about the most common garden pests and how to deal with them in this free seminar. Gain an understanding of pest life-cycles, signs and symptoms of pests in your garden, and how to incorporate Integrated Pest Management at home!

Roses 101 Seminar

Saturday, March 9
11am - 12pm, free to attend

 

Roses, roses, and more roses! Now more than ever roses are taking over the gardens of Durham Region! Join us to learn all there is to know about these beautiful shrubs! We'll cover traits and care of different species, common pests and diseases, overwintering practices, and more. You can also pick up an advanced list of our varieties for 2024! 

Indoor Spring Planter Workshop

Sunday, March 17 - 2pm to 3pm
Saturday, March 23 - 2pm to 3pm
Cost: $50.00 plus tax

 

This container features an assortment of beautiful spring plants including Martha Washington Geraniums, Pansies, spring bulbs, tropical foliage and more. Enjoy through the early spring season and then transplant the houseplants later for year-round additions to your collection!

Customize to your style by picking your own plant colour combo and container colour! The planter is a 12" x 7" tin container with multiple options to choose from. All materials and supplies are provided, just bring yourself, your friends or your family and get ready to have some fun!

Veggie Gardening Seminar

Saturday, March 23
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Who wouldn’t want a farmers’ market in their own backyard? Learn about growing successful yields, harvesting for different maturity times, and creating a well balanced, vegetable garden. Get specific recommendations, helpful tips, and advice from one of our experienced staff members to ensure your veggies will thrive this season!

Easter at Vandermeer Nursery!

Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31
Select times available (see ticket link)

 

Register the kids now to enjoy an Egg Hunt and create their own Bunny Breakfast Bowl!

Egg Hunt: The hunt is on! Find hidden treasures throughout our nursery yard! Trade in 10 eggs for your prize and you're on your way to the workshop!

Bunny Breakfast Bowl: Next, plant all of the Easter Bunny's favourite snacks, including carrots, lettuce, and pansy flowers just in time for the big visit! All materials are provided and leave the mess with us!

Don't forget to get a photo with the Vandermeer Bunnies before you leave!

April 2024

Gardening with Native Plants Seminar

Saturday, April 6
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Looking to step up your gardening game by including native plants?Take the intimidation factor away by attending our free seminar all about how to incorporate native plants in your garden, invasive species to stay away from, and in depth descriptions of popular varieties that are recommended in our area. Also, understand the science behind it all! Cultivar? Nativar? You'll be a pro by the end of this informative seminar.

Outdoor Spring Planter Workshop

Saturday, April 6 - 2pm to 3pm
Saturday, April 13 - 2pm to 3pm
Cost: $45.00 plus tax

 

This container features an assortment of beautiful spring plants including Martha Washington Geraniums, Pansies, spring bulbs, tropical foliage and more. Enjoy through the early spring season and then transplant the houseplants later for year-round additions to your collection!

Customize your style by picking your own plant colour combo and container colour! The planter is a 12" x 7" tin container wtih multiple options to choose from. All materials and supplies are provided, just bring yourself, your friends or your family and get ready to have some fun!

Planting for Pollinators Seminar

Saturday, April 13
11am - 12:30pm, free to attend

 

Need some help starting, continuing, or finishing your pollinator friendly garden?We will help you understand the do's and don'ts of pollinator gardening, what to grow, and how to best support your pollen-gathering friends!

Want to book a private workshop or tour?

We’re accepting bookings now for groups of 10-30 people! Choose from any of our existing workshops or tours and have a great time with your friends or family! Timeslots are limited. Please inquire at info@vandermeernursery.com