Since 1914 the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society has participated in many projects which have helped to beautify our city.
In the 1930s, trees were planted that still adorn our parks and streets. Larch and evergreens growing on both sides of Mill Street at the pond were planted by our society. During the forties and fifties, flower beds were planted at Mill Pond Park. Flower beds were also planted at the Anglican, Presbyterian, United and Catholic churches, as well as rose beds at the Old Town Hall Parkette. These were all part of our Civic Improvement projects of that era. Through the years, members have continued to beautify our town, planting annuals and spring flowering bulbs at various public buildings, one of which was the Burr Pioneer Craft House on Carrville Road. Our volunteers also planted the flower barrels, window boxes and hanging baskets that lined our streets through 2014.
(formerly Front Garden Recognition)
We were keen participants in Richmond Hill’s entries in Communities in Bloom from 1997-2003, when the town won Five Blooms in the National Competition. From 2000 to 2014 we organized the Front Garden Recognition Program with the support of the Town of Richmond Hill and Royal LePage: Our Community Realty. It was an overwhelming success. Many volunteers spent hundreds of hours each year visiting beautiful gardens and distributing Front Garden Recognition signs. In 2014 more than 1,700 signs were awarded. In 2015 the program received a makeover and was reintroduced by Richmond Hill's Community Services Department as Richmond Hill Blooms.Read more
In collaboration with several other organizations, including the local Rotary Club and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, our Society supports an annual event engaging local youth to help with reforestation efforts in the Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park, a unique facility featuring 1,000 acres of former farmland, wooded areas and unique moraine kettle lakes and wetlands.
Tulip Bulb Naturalization
Tulip bulbs that would have been discarded from Town of Richmond Hill gardens in early spring are instead dried, stored and distributed to society and community members for replanting in private gardens and public areas.