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

For a printable one-page PDF of our 2019 Events, click here. 

 

Upcoming events

    • May 22, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Old Colony Road, Richmond Hill

    Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park
    Schools PlantingMoraine Tree Planting

     

    Note: Event rescheduled to May 22 due to inclement weather forecast for May 9.


    This year's reforestation event will take place across  Old Colony Road from the Bond Lake Public School.

     

    As a sponsor of this event, Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society members are invited to participate in the reforestation activities; or just to stop by to observe the planting in the afternoon.


    This year's site is very close to Catfish Pond woods, and it is anticipated that trillium and other wildflowers will be in bloom.

     

    For more information, click here.  

     

     

    • May 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 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, and we may even have some pollinator-friendly plants and our special Garden Sunshine Rose available for sale!

     

    For more information, click here.

    • June 04, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Jim LounsberyGuest Speaker: Jim Lounsbery

    Topic: The Art of Pruning

             

    Late spring is a great time for a refresher on seasonal pruning techniques, including identification of plants that benefit from pruning now, reasons for pruning, and selection of the right tools for a variety of pruning jobs.

       

    Our speaker, certified arborist Jim Lounsbery, is a trusted educator on this topic, and some of you may have been fortunate enough to participate in his popular hands-on workshops at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Jim has also lectured on a variety of other horticultural topics throughout Ontario and the U.S., and is currently an instructor of Horticultural Landscape and Design at Mohawk College in Hamilton. For more than thirty years, he and his wife, Simone, have operated Vineland Nurseries (www.VinelandNurseries.com), specializing in dwarf and unusual evergreens, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons and other rare and unusual plants.


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    Flower Show: Iris, Rose and PeonyIris, Rose and Peony Showspring plant sale
    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Please refer to our 2019 Yearbook or click here 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 name badges!

    • June 15, 2019
    • 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Not So Hollow Farm, Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant, Lilactree Farm
    Register

    Bus Trip

    Our June 15, 2019 Bus Trip...
       

    is a ticketed event, open to society members and to the public, featuring stops at the following locations:


    Not So Hollow Farm (www.NotSoHollowFarm.ca), offering:

    • Nursery of container-grown pollinator friendly trees, shrubs and perennials native to Ontario
    • Kiosk shop featuring native wildflower seed bombs, hand made wreaths, native plant notecards, native bee houses, wren houses, wild fruit preserves, black walnut votive holders, gluten-free products, educational handouts, fresh wildflower arrangements, local honey, hypertufa planters
    • Viki's Vegan Takeaway featuring vegan gluten-free prepared foods


    Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant (www.MrsMitchells.com), offering:

    • Choice of Starter:
    • Smoked Wild Mushroom Soup
    • Fresh Garden Salad
    • Choice of Main Entree:
    • Chicken Cacciatore served over pasta
    • Filet of Sole filled with lobster and cream cheese served with a Newberg sauce and basmati rice
    • Beef Tenderloin Tips sauteed with red wine, mushrooms, peppers and onions served on basmati rice       
    • Choice of Dessert:
    • White Chocolate Cheesecake with fruit puree
    • Slice of Fruit Pie
    • Coffee or Tea

          Vegetarian and/or gluten-free options may be requested during ticket-purchase.


    Lilactree Farm, offering:

    • A three-acre country garden combining thoughtful design with unusual plantings, garden rooms, artistic sculptures
    • Plants potted up for sale, some rare such as double bloodroot, small trees and books by the owner

     

    Our luxury coach bus departs at 8:15 a.m. from the Elgin West Community Centre at 11099 Bathurst Street in Richmond Hill, with an approximate return time of 6:00 p.m.

     

    Tickets are $89 per person for society members, $99 for guests/non-society members and can be purchased at our General Meetings or by clicking the Register button to the left.

     

    Note that participation is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment is non-refundable unless the bus trip is cancelled by The Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society. A signed Bus Waiver form must be provided to board the bus.

     

    For more information, click here

    • July 02, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Charlie DobbinGuest Speaker: Charlie Dobbin

    Topic: Gardening in a Changing Climate

             

    Personable, entertaining and educating, Charlie will give us an informative look at the effects of a changing climate on our gardens, and provide practical advice to help us adapt to the new reality of weather conditions that include dramatic swings in temperature and rainfall.

       

    Charlie Dobbin, former Horticultural Director of Canada Blooms, is an honourary member of our society, a television personality, author, speaker, and host of "The Garden Show" radio program, aired live on New AM740 each Saturday morning.


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    Flower Show: Rose Iris, Rose and Peony Showspring plant sale
    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Please refer to our 2019 Yearbook or click here 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 name badges!

    • August 06, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Guest Speaker: TBD - A Local Master Gardener

    Topic: Balcony Gardening

       

    A local master gardener will provide tips for successfully growing plants in containers on balconies. 
       

     

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    summer showFlower Show: Summer

    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Refer to our 2018 Yearbook or click here 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 name badges!

    • September 03, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street
    Jeff Mason

    Guest Speaker: Jeff Mason

    Topic: Spectacular Indoor Plants

       

    At this time of year, we are beginning the transition from outdoor to indoor gardening. To help us with the process, Jeff will share tips for selection and care of plants that will not only survive, but thrive indoors.

    Son of Marjorie Mason, Jeff has grown up in the horticultural industry. As the owner of Mason House Gardens (www.MasonHouseGardens.com) in Uxbridge, Jeff grows and sells a variety of specialty and uncommon annuals, perennials, edibles, tropical plants and shrubs. He also teaches “Fundamentals of Gardening” at George Brown College, lectures at horticultural venues such as Canada Blooms and the Toronto Botanical Garden, and has written articles for publications that include Canadian Gardening and Gardenmaking magazines.


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    late summer showFlower Show: Late Summer
    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Please refer to our 2019 Yearbook or click here 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 name badges!

Past events

May 13, 2019 Tips and Hacks for Gardening
May 11, 2019 PLANT SALE
May 07, 2019 May General Meeting with Guest Speaker Shari-Lyn Safir
April 06, 2019 Seedy Saturday at Richmond Hill Public Library
April 02, 2019 April General Meeting with Guest Speaker Frank Ferragine
March 05, 2019 March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dugald Cameron
March 02, 2019 York Region Seedy Saturday
February 05, 2019 February General Meeting with Guest Speaker Mark Peck
January 08, 2019 Annual General Meeting and Photographic Recap of 2018
December 17, 2018 "Garden Sunshine" Roses for Sale
December 04, 2018 Holiday Celebration
November 06, 2018 November General Meeting with Guest Speaker Vicki Simkovic
October 11, 2018 Screening of "An Inconvenient Sequel"
October 02, 2018 October General Meeting with Guest Speaker Lorraine Johnson
September 13, 2018 Fourth Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala
September 04, 2018 September General Meeting with Guest Speaker Glenn Brunetti
August 07, 2018 August General Meeting with Guest Speaker Scott MacIvor
July 14, 2018 Open Gates Pollinator Garden Tour
July 03, 2018 July General Meeting with Guest Speaker Celia Roberts
June 16, 2018 Garden Ontario Week Bus Trip to Whistling Gardens
June 05, 2018 June General Meeting with Guest Speaker Julia Dimakos
June 01, 2018 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 26, 2018 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Event
May 12, 2018 PLANT SALE
May 10, 2018 Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park Schools Planting
May 01, 2018 May General Meeting with Guest Speaker Paul LaPorte
April 03, 2018 April General Meeting with Guest Speaker Paul Zammit
March 06, 2018 March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Kevin Kavanagh
March 03, 2018 York Region Seedy Saturday
February 06, 2018 February General Meeting with Guest Speaker Marion Jarvie
January 09, 2018 Annual General Meeting and Photographic Recap of 2017
December 05, 2017 Holiday Celebration
November 07, 2017 November General Meeting with Guest Speaker Heinke Thiessen
October 14, 2017 Bus Trip to Bala Cranberry Festival at Johnston's Cranberry Marsh
October 03, 2017 October General Meeting with Guest Speaker Pat de Valence
September 14, 2017 Third Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala
September 12, 2017 Theatre Night - "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
September 05, 2017 September General Meeting with Guest Speaker Frank Kershaw
August 20, 2017 Members' Garden Visits
August 01, 2017 August General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dan Cooper
July 23, 2017 Members' Garden Visits
July 18, 2017 "Flowers and Veggies" Bus Trip CANCELLED
July 04, 2017 July General Meeting with Guest Speaker Carol Pasternak
June 06, 2017 June General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dugald Cameron
June 04, 2017 Mill Pond Splash
June 01, 2017 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 27, 2017 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Event
May 13, 2017 PLANT SALE
May 11, 2017 Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park Schools Planting
May 02, 2017 May General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dennis Zhu
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

 

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