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  • October 03, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Top 3 Gardens per Ward Announced


    During a gala celebration at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on September 17, the following gardens were announced as having earned the highest number of points during the judging that took place in early August.


    Ward 1:
    1st - 75 Sandbanks Drive
    2nd - 10 Snively Street
    3rd - 14 Coates Crescent


    Ward 2:
    1st -  21 Anglin Drive
    2nd - 195 Neal Drive
    3rd - 15 Sussex Avenue
    Ward 3:
    1st -  32 Libra Avenue
    2nd - 4 Avery Court
    3rd - 90 Spadina Road


    Ward 4:
    1st - 84 Centre Street West
    2nd - 7 Keble Court
    3rd - 150 Carrington Drive


    Ward 5:
    1st -  3 Denham Drive
    2nd - 138 Pemberton Road
    3rd - 71 Pemberton Road
    Ward 6:
    1st -  53 Pathlane Road
    2nd - 15 Compton Crescent
    3rd - 67 Somerset  Crescent


    Congratulations to the owners of these lovely front gardens!


    More information is available in the October 1 issue of the Richmond Hill Liberal. The story is also available online (click here).


    A map of Richmond Hill Wards, published by the Town, is available online (click here). 

  • September 07, 2015 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OHA Competition Highlights


    Our society delegates to the 2015 Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) Convention that took place in Ancaster, Ontario from July 17 to 19 brought home many awards this year, fully documented in our Autumn issue of the Garden Post and the Fall issue of the OHA's Trillium. OHA Trillium

    Five of our society publications won awards as follows:

    • Membership brochure - First place (brochure)
    • Open Gates Water Garden Tour Passport - First place (special event brochure)
    • Bookmark - First place (bookmark)
    • Yearbook cover - Third place (yearbook cover)
    • Open Gates Water Garden Tour Poster - Third place (special event poster)

    As well, adult society members brought home:

    • First place in an Arts competition
    • Multiple awards in Design, Horticulture and Collections

    And, two of our Youth members garnered more than a dozen awards, including a Best in Show and a Judge's Choice rosette.


    As the OHA is made up of more than 280 societies, many of whom participate in these annual competitions, it is an achievement for us to bring home so many awards.

  • August 28, 2015 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photography Competition 2015 Award of Merit PhotosResults

    now Available Online


    Raf Ollivierre, host of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's 2015 Photography Competition, revealed this year's top scoring photos and their associated photographers at the Society's General Meeting on August 4th.


    A website enhancement posted today enables Society Members to view competition results (click here), including all 29 photos that earned an Award of Merit or Honorable Mention designation from the judges, accomplished photographers and members of the Richmond Hill Camera Club.


    The Society has been organizing a popular photography competition nearly every year since 1990.



  • August 19, 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Judging has ConcludedRichmond Hill Blooms


    Judging of the one hundred twenty lovely front/side gardens selected by Town representatives has concluded. The identities of the three top-scoring gardens in each of Richmond Hill's six wards have been communicated to the Town. Next, property owners will be contacted and invited to an awards celebration in September. Click here for details.


    The judges, who are members of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society, reported visiting many beautiful gardens and having delightful conversations with the gardeners. They would like to thank all participants for contributing to the beautification of our Town!

  • June 17, 2015 11:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plant Sale VolunteersJoanne Witt, of SNAPD, posted fifteen great photos of The Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's May 9, 2015 Plant Sale at the McConaghy Centre to the June 2015 Edition of SNAPD Richmond Hill.


    Click here to view all the photos of our successful event, which featured plants, garden accessories and books. As well, L'Arche Daybreak artists offered hand-crafted plant signs for sale.

  • March 03, 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Introducing "Garden Sunshine"


    At tonight’s General Meeting of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society, Past President Nancy Andrews revealed the success ofRHGHS Logo with Garden Sunshine Rose an initiative to obtain the naming rights to a special rose in honour of the Society’s 100th anniversary, in the Town once known as the “Rose Capital” of Canada.

    A picture of the acquired rose, named Garden Sunshine, is featured in the Society’s new logo and other society resources, such as the cover of our 2015 Yearbook. Naming rights were acquired from the hybridizer, Brad Jalbert’s Select Roses. The name, Garden Sunshine, along with the Society’s name, will appear on all plant tags associated with sales of this rose in Canada - forever.
    RHGHS 2015 YearbookGarden Sunshine is described by Mr. Jalbert as a very desirable bright yellow, fragrant, modern shrub rose. He notes it to be vigorous, hardy and resistant to black spot, and says it will thrive in both the ground and containers, growing to a height of about two feet, and blooming from spring until frost.

    The first few hundred Garden Sunshine plants will be available in spring 2016, sold exclusively through our Society at a to-be-determined price. We will begin accepting pre-orders this summer. 

    Members of the Rose Project team, as well as the Society's Board of Directors, are excited about the success of this initiative, and hope that Garden Sunshine will bring sunshine to gardens all across Richmond Hill and beyond!

    Mr. Jalbert’s development of Garden Sunshine started eight years ago.  Click here to see a video of Mr. Jalbert explaining the rose hybridization process, and here to visit Brad Jalbert’s Select Roses website.


  • December 27, 2014 11:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    100th Anniversary Awards Banquet


    SNAPD Richmond Hill's Joanne Witt posted twenty-eight great photos of our society's 100th anniversary Holiday Celebration and Awards Banquet, held on December 2nd at the Richmond Hill Country Club. 


    Click here to see the photos. 

  • September 27, 2014 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The inaugural version of our society's new website, launched on May 5, 2014,  earned Honorable Mention in Class 2 of the Ontario Horticultural Association's (OHA's) 2014 Ted Reed Website Competition.Website Award

    Our society's website is a project in honor of the society's 100th anniversary.

    Ted Reed is Past President of the OHA and founder of the OHA website. This annual competition was named in his honor by the OHA Board in 2009 in recognition of his contributions to the OHA's site.

    The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence in the creation of society web sites and to show examples to inspire other societies to improve their sites.

    Class 2 covers websites such as ours, hosted externally to the domain.

    More information about the competition is available in the Fall 2014 issue of the Trillium. Click here to access current and back-issues of the Trillium

  • August 20, 2014 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Garden with 2014 FGR SignThis summer, eighteen teams of judges from our society visited 2,089 nominated gardens and expended more than 560 hours considering their merits.

    Congratulations to the owners of the 1,730 properties who received a coveted 2014 Front Garden Recognition sign! 

    For more information about the Front Garden Recognition program, click here.

  • August 05, 2014 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our society sent several delegates to the 2014 Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) Convention that took place in Cornwall, Ontario on July 18 to 20. Winning awards in any annual OHA competition is worth celebrating, as there are more than 280 societies in this province, with more than 28,000 members.OHA Publication Award

    This year, we won first place in the Publication category for Flyers, for our 2014 membership flyer.

    As well, one of our Youth members participated in the Convention Flower Show, and won first, second and third place prizes for his entries, as well as Best in Show!

    More information is available in our September-October issue of The Garden Post. Members, click here to login to our Members-Only site and access current and back-issues of The Garden Post.

    Details of all Convention activities are available to the public in the Fall issue of the Trillium, the OHA's quarterly news publication. Click here to access current and back-issues of the Trillium.


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