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Edible houseplants Tues. April 7, 2015


Edible houseplants: the tasty things you can grow indoors.

A noon-hour workshop Tuesday, April 7

DragonfruitHere’s a new twist to greening your office or home environment: make it tasty too! McGill Plant Science PhD Student Christie Lovat will take you on a botanical adventure to explore the many plants you can grow indoors and eat too. Covering a wide range of edible houseplants, from tropical fruits, to edible plants, flowers, herbs and mushrooms, this noon-hour workshop will provide you with great information and new ideas. You will also receive a dragonfruit plant to take back to your office or home.

Workshop date: Tuesday, April 7
Session A 11:30-12:30
Session B 12:30-13:30
Cost: $18
Workshop location: Downtown campus* Room 310, Peterson Hall (3460 McTavish St. between the Faculty club and the SSMU building)

The workshop is now FULL. You can still register to be placed on the waiting list. REGISTER

Loving your orchid right: the sequel

oncidium3Orchids are fascinating plants. According to a 2007 study published in Nature, the origins of their plant family, Orchidaceae, can be traced back as far as 70-80 million years. It is no surprise then, that as one of the most diverse plant families on the planet, the Orchidaceae family includes 10s of 1000s of species. The second in our series on orchid care, this workshop is designed for those who have already a basic knowledge of moth orchid care but are ready to explore some new varieties. Orchid-lover and McGill Plant Science PhD student Christie Lovat will address the special needs of several orchid species, including Vanda, Paphilopedilum (slipper orchids), Cattleya, Oncidium, Ludisia, and Vanilla orchids. Participants will receive an oncidium orchid in a 4” pot to take back to the office or home. The workshop will run for about 40 minutes with plenty of time for questions.

oncidium

Please note that because the oncidium orchid provided by our vendor (Planterra) is $10 more expensive than moth orchids, the cost of this workshop has been raised to $35.
Note also that the annual Orchid Exposition of Les Orchidophiles de Montréal will take place in Montreal the weekend following the workshop (March 28 & 29). You can put your new know-how to use and buy other interesting orchids at the exposition!

Workshop date: Tuesday, March 24th 2015 
Cost: $35 each (cash only)
Workshop A 11:30-12:30 Workshop B 12:30 12:30-1:30
Workshop location: Downtown campus, Room 310, Peterson Hall (3460 McTavish St. between the Faculty club and the SSMU building)
Register HERE

Care & Maintenance of Succulents Tues. Feb. 24

Succulents 2Succulent plants include a spectacular variety of plants, some which live to be 200 years or more. Because they do well in a variety of light conditions, and also tolerate dry periods, they can be an ideal office plant. What’s more, some succulents, like the popular jade plant (Crassula portulacea), have been empirically shown to improve indoor air quality by removing toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There are, however, a few important tips to learn so that your succulents enjoy a long and healthy life. This GIMI-sponsored workshop, facilitated by McGill Plant Science doctoral student Christie Lovat will cover several topics related to the care and maintenance of succulent plants. Participants will receive either a Zamioculcas Zamifolia (ZZ-plant) or an Aloe flow (hybrid between Gasteria verrucosa and Aloe) both are easy to care for.

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Aloe Flow

ZZplant

 

 

 

Zamioculcas Zamifolia (ZZ-plant)

Workshop date: Tuesday, February 24th 2015
Cost: $15 each (cash only)
Workshop A 11:30-12:30 Workshop B 12:30-1:30
Workshop location: Room 310, Peterson Hall (3460 McTavish St. between the Faculty club and the SSMU building)

Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, see HERE

 

GIMI Indoor Plant Sale June 11th

Hands & plants

Do you need to green up your office? Do you want to add a bit of colour to your workspace? The Greening Indoor McGill Initiative (GIMI) is hosting its 2nd McGill indoor plant sale, June 11th.

Sale items will include a variety of indoor plants ($5-$10 ea., cash only) for all kinds of office conditions – including those with natural light and artificial light only. We will also sell small bags of soil as well as raffle tickets. Prizes include gift baskets and beautiful calla lily plants. Buyers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

SALE details:
When: Wednesday, June 11th from 11-2pm
Where: intersection, lower campus fields (just down the hill from the Arts building).
Location in case of rain: Leacock foyer – in front of the elevators

Greening Indoor McGill Initiative is a volunteer-run, faculty, staff and student McGill project. All proceeds of the sale will fund future GIMI events and activities.

Edible houseplants: the tasty things you can grow indoors

A noon-hour workshop Monday, May 5th  Downtown campus

pomegranateHere’s a new twist to greening your office or home environment: make it tasty too! McGill Plant Science PhD Student Christie Lovat will take you on a botanical adventure to explore the many plants you can grow indoors and eat too. Covering a wide range of edible houseplants, from tropical fruits, to edible plants, flowers, herbs and mushrooms, this noon-hour workshop will provide you with great information and new ideas as well as a dwarf pomegranate to take back to your office or home.

 

Workshop date: Monday, May 5th

Session A 11:30-12:30

Session B 12:30-13:30

Cost: $20

Workshop Location: MS-74 (behind the Service Point or Service Point (Welcome Centre) (3415 McTavish Street, H3A 0C8).

Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, contact Heidi Hoernig at heidi (dot) hoernig (at) mcgill (dot) ca. Please indicate which session you would like to attend. Directions and instructions will be sent with workshop registration confirmation. Confirmation may take 2-3 business days.

Something from (almost) nothing: Propagating your own indoor plants

A noon-hour workshop Monday, April 14th 2014 Downtown campus

passionflower-1-150x150Looking for an inexpensive way to have more plants at home or in the office? This hands-on noon-hour workshop will teach you how cheap and easy it is to propagate various office plants using the stem cutting method and an empty, plastic pop bottle. You will receive a 5” Passionflower (Passiflora), a beautiful plant with incredible flowers. Skillfully guided by McGill Plant Science PhD student Christie Lovat, you will propagate two plants: one from your Passiflora as well as a Tradescantia zebrina, a lovely, fast-growing plant with purple and silver stripes that does well in many office settings.

Tradescantia zebrinaWorkshop date: Monday, April 14th, 
Session A 11:30-12:30
Session B 12:30-13:30
Cost: $20
Workshop Location: MS-74 (behind the Service Point or Service Point (Welcome Centre) (3415 McTavish Street, H3A 0C8)
 
 
Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, contact Heidi Hoernig at Heidi.hoernig@mcgill.ca. Please indicate which session you would like to attend. 

 

Macdonald campus – How does your garden grow? Thursday April 3rd 2014.

A hands-on workshop on starting vegetable plants from seed. Thursday April 3rd 2014. 12:30-1:30. MS2-022

Young tomatoMaybe our parents, grand-parents or great-grand parents were expert vegetable gardeners, but for most of us, the idiosyncrasies of growing vegetables from seed elude us. Rather, we resign ourselves to forking over a wad of cash to buy greenhouse-grown seedlings for our garden. Or we just keep shopping at the grocery store. This hands-on workshop organized by Greening Indoor McGill Initiative (GIMI) is designed for beginners and intermediate gardeners alike, whether for just a couple pots on the balcony, or a full-fledged garden in your yard or community garden. GIMI’s favourite Plant Science PhD student Christie Lovat will teach you the ins-and-outs of starting vegetables from seed, showing you the best ways to start a variety of different seed types indoors in order to get garden-center quality plants by planting time in May. In addition to helpful veggie-knowledge and trouble-shooting advice, participants will come away with a six-pack tray of biodegradable pots, Miracle-Gro soil and a small package of tomato, cucumber, bean, and carrots seeds.

Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Heidi Hoernig at heidi.hoernig@mcgill.ca.

How does your garden grow? A hands-on workshop on starting vegetable plants from seed

Monday, March 3rd 2013. & Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 Cost $20. Downtown campus.

Young tomatoMaybe our parents, grand-parents or great-grand parents were expert vegetable gardeners, but for most of us, the idiosyncrasies of growing vegetables from seed elude us. Rather, we resign ourselves to forking over a wad of cash to buy greenhouse-grown seedlings for our garden. Or we just keep shopping at the grocery store. This hands-on workshop organized by Greening Indoor McGill Initiative (GIMI) is designed for beginners and intermediate gardeners alike, whether for just a couple pots on the balcony, or a full-fledged garden in your yard or community garden. GIMI’s favourite Plant Science PhD student Christie Lovat will teach you the ins-and-outs of starting vegetables from seed, showing you the best ways to start a variety of different seed types indoors in order to get garden-center quality plants by planting time in May. In addition to helpful veggie-knowledge and trouble-shooting advice, participants will come away with a six-pack tray of biodegradable pots, Miracle-Gro soil and a package of organic seeds each of tomato, cucumber, bean, and carrots.

Space is limited to 80 participants. To register, contact Heidi Hoernig at heidi.hoernig@mcgill.ca. Please indicate date and time of the workshop you would like to attend.

Monday March 3rd Workshop A 11:30-12:30 Workshop B 12:30-1:30 Location MS-74. MS-74 (behind the Service Point or Service Point (Welcome Centre) (3415 McTavish Street, H3A 0C8)

Tuesday, March 4th Workshop C 11:30-12:30 Workshop D 12:30-1:30 Location Peterson Hall 310 (3460 McTavish Street, H3A 0E6)

GIMI Indoor Plant Sale!! Thurs., November 28th

Hands & plants
Thursday, November 28th 11:30-1:30pm
Foyer of Peterson Hall ( 3460 McTavish Street)

(between the Faculty Club and the SSMU/Shatner Centre) 

 

 

We have a great selection of high-quality, greenhouse-grown indoor plants —  high and low light varieties for different office settings. These will include snake plant/mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria) grown in the Macdonald campus greenhouse. We will also be selling small bags of potting soil ($4 each), for those wishing to transplant their office plants. Prices will range from $5-$20 each.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the next year’s GIMI activities, workshops and events as well as the Macdonald campus greenhouse. Anyone with items to donate please contact heidi.hoernig (at) mcgill.ca.

FOR SALE

  • Sansevieria Trifasciata plant, (Mother-In-Laws Tongue or Snake plant)
  • Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum (Peace lily)
  • Hypoestes phyllostachya (Angel plant)
  • Hedera helix (Common Ivy, English Ivy)
  • Dracaena marginata ‘Magenta’
  • Epipremnum aureum (Pothos)
  • Syngonium (Arrowhead Plant – pink cultivar)
  • Dieffenbachia amoena (Dumb Cane)
  • Dracaena sanderiana (Ribbon Plant)
  • Schefflera arboricola (Dwarf umbrella tree)
  • and others …

 

1st Annual GIMI plant sale Friday June 7th

Annual GIMI indoor and outdoor plant sale!
Friday, June 7th 11:30-2pm
NEW LOCATION: Foyer of Leacock Building (the building to the left of the Arts Building, just behind the Redpath Museum) 

 

The Greening Indoor McGill Initiative is hosting its 1st Annual McGill indoor and outdoor plant sale on Friday, June 7th, 2013 from 11:30-2pm in the foyer of the Leacock building.

We have a great selection of donated outdoor plants (various perennials) and high-quality, greenhouse-grown indoor plants —  high and low light varieties for different office settings. We will also be selling small bags of potting soil, for those wishing to transplant their office plants. Prices will range from $5-$20 each. There will also be a raffle for several gift items. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the next year’s GIMI activities, workshops and events.

Anyone with items to donate please contact heidi.hoernig (at) mcgill.ca

 

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