Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society, Ontario Horticultural Association
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Events Calendar

For a printable one-page PDF of our 2017 Events, click here. 

 

Upcoming events

    • May 02, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Dennis ZhuGuest Speaker: Dennis Zhu
    Topic: Carnivorous Plants

    Plants that trap and consume insects and other small creatures are fascinating, and our speaker this evening is an enthusiast who will introduce us to the biodiversity, physiology and cultivation of this peculiar plant group.

    Dennis Zhu is an 18 year old Grade 12 student at Richmond Hill High School, and a member of the after school Garden Club. He is passionate about the science of plants, and maintains an extensive collection of carnivorous plants at home, some of which he will bring to our meeting. Dennis has gained considerable knowledge about an intriguing plant type with which most of us are unfamiliar, and he may also be the youngest speaker our society has had in its 103 years!

     

    Some of Dennis's carnivorous plants will be available for sale this evening.

     

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        spring flower show  

    Flower Show: Spring

    Exhibits at our first flower show of 2017 include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing now, potted plants, and special designs. Check our 2017 Yearbook for details or click here to review our printable Flower Show Schedule in a PDF format. 

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    Members, please remember to wear your 2017 name badges.

    • May 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    2017 Plant SalePlant Sale

     

    For more information about this annual fundraiser, please visit our Plant Sale page (click here). 

     

     

    • May 27, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Richmond Hill Operations Centre, 1200 Elgin Mills Road East

    Healthy YardsRichmond Hill Healthy Yards Event

     

    Look for our booth at this event, which promotes sustainable, non-chemical methods of maintaining healthy lawns and gardens.

     

    Our members will answer gardening questions and promote healthy gardening practices. We will demonstrate to adults and children how interesting and beneficial growing plants can be!

     

    For more information, click here.

    • June 04, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill

    Mill Pond SplashMill Pond Splash

     

    Please visit our booth at the 19th annual Mill Pond Splash Eco Festival. This is a family-oriented event showcasing environmental conservation and our natural heritage. For more information, click here.

     

    • June 06, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Dugald CameronGuest Speaker: Dugald Cameron

    Topic: Vines and Climbers

     

    Vertical gardening is a fast growing trend. Whether you've got a small urban garden or a large country garden, there's a climber for you. Tonight, we'll learn of the new and also the overlooked in the world of Clematis and other vines.

    Dugald Cameron's garden interests began early in his English grandmother's garden. In Canada, he and his Father founded Garden Imports, a mail order nursery that ran for 32 years. Dugald was the first President of the Greater Toronto Bulb Society and was on the Toronto Botanical Garden Board of Directors for thirteen years. Dugald is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and popular speaker at horticultural venues.

     

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     iris, rose and peony flower show

    Flower Show: Iris, Rose & Peony

    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Details are available in our Yearbook and also in a printable PDF version of our Flower Show Schedule (click here).

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    • July 04, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Carol PasternakGuest Speaker: Carol Pasternak

    Topic: Butterfly Gardens

     

    Coincidental with Asclepias Tuberosa (aka, butterfly flower) being named the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association, this evening’s speaker will help us identify the varieties of butterflies native to southern Ontario, and which plants and resources to include in our gardens to attract the greatest number of these beautiful pollinators.
    Carol Pasternak, author of the beautifully illustrated book, How to Raise Monarch ButterfliesHow to Raise Monarch Butterflies, can frequently be found at gardening and naturalist events, raising awareness of the challenges faced by butterflies such as Monarchs, and encouraging behaviors to sustain the continued existence of these beautiful pollinators. Carol can be found on the web at www.MonarchCrusader.com.

    Copies of Carol's book will be available for sale this evening.

     

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    delphinium, rose and lily flower showFlower Show: Summer

    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Refer to the 2017 Yearbook for details.    

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    • August 01, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Dan CooperGuest Speaker: Dan Cooper

    Topic: Gardening from a Hammock

     

    Leveraging advice from 17 Canadian gardening experts and accompanied by beautiful photographs, our speaker will recommend low-maintenance plants, soil preparation and watering techniques to provide maximum benefit for gardening effort and choices.
    Dan Cooper, Master Gardener, co-author of the book, Gardening from a Hammock, and founder of Green Gardens and Tours, spent years designing and planting Gardening from a Hammockgardens, and now also enjoys time photographing and writing about his gardening travels. Dan is reachable online at www.gardeningfromahammock.com.

     

    Copies of Dan's book will be available for sale this evening.

     

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    summer showFlower Show: Rose

    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Refer to our 2017 Yearbook for details.

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    • September 05, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Frank KershawGuest Speaker: Frank Kershaw
    Topic: Variegated Plants... Flashlights in the Garden

    This evening's speaker will make a case for why we should consider plants with variegated foliage to be suitable alternatives to flowering plants in locations where they have the opportunity to light up dark areas, like "flashlights."
    Frank Kershaw is an award-winning horticulturist with forty+ years of industry experience. He is an accomplished teacher, writer, photographer, as well as a popular garden tour leader and lecturer at gardening events. Our society so enjoyed his presentation on Creative Small Garden Designs last summer that we are delighted to welcome him back!

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    autumn showFlower Show: Autumn
    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Please refer to our 2017 Yearbook for details.

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    Members - please remember to wear your 2017 name badges!

    • October 03, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Pat de ValenceGuest Speaker: Pat de Valence
    Topic: Trees Add Property Value

    There are many beneficial reasons to include trees on our properties, but did you know that mature trees increase property values? Master Gardener Pat de Valence will share the specifics with us, and also provide insights into tree selection, location and care.
    Pat de Valence, a member of the Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners, is an avid gardener who shares her knowledge and passion with others at events such as ours and Canada Blooms.

     

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    harvest showFlower Show: Harvest
    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs.

                

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    • November 07, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Guest Speaker: Heinke Thiessen
    Topic: Garden Dreams and Great Designs

    November is a good time to plan for the future, and with this in mind, Heinke will provide advice for garden designs and plant selection to help ensure year round interest with less maintenance - something for us to dream about over winter!
    Heinke Thiessen, who thrilled us with her winter container designs last November, has been a gardening enthusiast since her early childhood in Quebec. Retired proprietor of Perennial Pleasures Landscape Design, Heinke is currently a horticultural design judge accredited by the Royal Botanical Garden, and President of Credit Valley Horticultural Society in Mississauga.

     

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    Membership Renewal

    Members may pre-pay their 2017 membership dues at this evening's meeting. 

     

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

    Members, please remember to wear your name badges.

Past events

April 04, 2017 April General Meeting with Guest Speaker Ken Brown
March 07, 2017 March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Joan Stonehocker
March 04, 2017 York Region Seedy Saturday
February 07, 2017 Annual General Meeting and Photographic Recap of 2016
January 10, 2017 January General Meeting (AGM)
December 06, 2016 Holiday Celebration and Awards Banquet
November 01, 2016 November General Meeting with Presentation
October 04, 2016 October General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
September 29, 2016 Second Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala
September 29, 2016 Unveiling of 100th Anniversary Portal
September 17, 2016 "Clematis Galore" Bus Trip
September 13, 2016 Theatre Night - "Trying"
September 10, 2016 Corn Roast
September 06, 2016 September General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
August 21, 2016 Members' Garden Visits
August 02, 2016 August General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
July 24, 2016 Members' Garden Visits
July 16, 2016 Open Gates Fairy Garden Tour
July 05, 2016 Photography Competition Submissions Deadline
July 05, 2016 July General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
June 12, 2016 Members' Garden Visits
June 07, 2016 June General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
June 05, 2016 Mill Pond Splash
June 01, 2016 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 25, 2016 Purchase "Garden Sunshine" Rose
May 14, 2016 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Event
May 12, 2016 Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park Schools Planting
May 07, 2016 Plant Sale
May 03, 2016 May General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
April 05, 2016 April General Meeting with Presentation
April 02, 2016 York Region Seedy Saturday
March 14, 2016 Canada Blooms Bus Trip
March 05, 2016 Advance Sales of "Garden Sunshine" Rose
March 01, 2016 March General Meeting with Presentation
February 02, 2016 February General Meeting with Presentation
January 12, 2016 January General Meeting (AGM)
December 01, 2015 Holiday Celebration and Awards Banquet
November 03, 2015 November General Meeting with Presentation
October 06, 2015 October General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
September 17, 2015 First Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala
September 13, 2015 Corn Roast
September 12, 2015 "Blooming Naturally" Bus Trip
September 01, 2015 September General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
August 27, 2015 Russell Tilt Park Tree Planting & Stewardship
August 16, 2015 Members' Garden Visits
August 04, 2015 August General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
July 12, 2015 Members' Garden Visits
July 08, 2015 Photography Competition Submissions Deadline
July 07, 2015 July General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
June 13, 2015 Richmond Hill Heritage Village Festival
June 07, 2015 Members' Garden Visits
June 02, 2015 June General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
June 01, 2015 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 28, 2015 Richmond Hill Memorial Tree Planting
May 23, 2015 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Event
May 09, 2015 Plant Sale
May 07, 2015 Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park Schools Planting
May 05, 2015 May General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show
April 07, 2015 April General Meeting with Presentation
April 07, 2015 Flower Show Exhibiting Basics (Mini Workshop)
March 03, 2015 March General Meeting with Presentation
February 03, 2015 February General Meeting with Presentation
January 13, 2015 January General Meeting (AGM)
December 02, 2014 Holiday Celebration and Awards Banquet
November 04, 2014 November General Meeting
October 24, 2014 Harvest Moon Party
October 07, 2014 October General Meeting with Presentation and Flower Show

 

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