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

For a printable one-page PDF of our 2018 Events, click here. 

 

Upcoming events

    • May 01, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Native PlantsGuest Speaker: Paul LaPorte
    Topic: Biodiversity with Native Plants

    Past President of the North American Native Plant Society Paul LaPorte’s presentation will focus on the definitive role that native plants have in the life cycle of insects/pollinators and the successive food chain that is supported by this relationship. He will also review the definition of a native plant, provide an example of how to establish a native plant garden and give a brief overview of the North American Native Plant Society. Engaging visuals will include photos, animation and video.

     

    Paul LaPorte is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery, specializing in native woodland species and ecological gardening and design. Paul maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and their communities and fosters them in his own gardens. A popular speaker at horticultural venues, he is a member of the Scugog Environmental Advisory Committee and Kawartha Conservation's BlueScape Steering Committee.

     

    Following this evening's presentation, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a selection of native plants from Paul LaPorte.

          

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    SPRING FLOWSpring Flower ShowER SHOW

    Exhibits at our first flower show of the year include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing now, potted plants, and special designs. Check our 2018 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 name badges.

     

    • May 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Old Colony Road, Richmond Hill

    Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park
    Schools PlantingMoraine Tree Planting

     

    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 for lunch, the raptor show, or to observe the planting.

     

    For more information, click here.  

     

     

    • May 12, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill

    2018 Plant Sale

      

    2018 Plant Sale

     

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

     

     

    • May 26, 2018
    • 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 03, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill

    Mill Pond SplashMill Pond Splash

     

    Please visit our booth at the 20th 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 05, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Julia DimakosGuest Speaker: Julia Dimakos

    Topic: Successful Vegetable Gardening

     

    ‘Gardening Girl’ Julia Dimakos will take us on a photographic journey of the steps she took in creating an abundant vegetable garden on her country property.  These steps will include grading the land, building raised beds, establishing effective fencing to deter deer, soil preparation, planting techniques, and watering. Along the way, she will share lessons-learned that are sure to help other aspiring vegetable gardeners.

    Orangeville and District Horticultural Society President Julia Dimakos started gardening when she became a Mom and wanted to provide her family with healthy food.  She gardens organically and tries to keep it simple, but does add new and unusual vegetables to her garden each year.  Julia, who is also working towards a horticultural degree at the University of Guelph, delights in inspiring others, showing them how easy and enjoyable gardening can be. Julia offers a number of free gardening resources on her website, including a blog, at www.juliadimakos.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juliadimakos2.  

     

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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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    Photo Contest Entries Collected this Evening

    Mounted 4x6 photo entries will be solicited this evening. The deadline for entries is July 3rd. This year's photo contest is open to all members. Click here for a PDF of the details. 

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

    • June 16, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • William Dam Seeds, WHISTLING GARDENS, Northland Nursery
    Register

    Our Garden Ontario WeekBus Trip to Whistling Gardens...
       

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


    William Dam Seeds (www.DamSeeds.ca), in Orillia, offering:

    • A wide selection of vegetable and flower seeds (and possibly some seedlings), including organic varieties and blight-resistant tomatoes
    • Gardening supplies like seeding trays, soil mixes, tags, tools, pest controls, and fertilizers
    • Beautiful Trial Gardens and friendly/knowledgeable staff


    Whistling Gardens (www.WhistlingGardens.ca), near Brantford, where we will enjoy:

    • A guided tour of the nearly 18-acre property that Darren Heimbecker has passionately created
    • Lunch, consisting of a marvellous catered selection of salads, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks
    • More than 1,000 varieties of peonies, many anticipated to be in full bloom during our visit
    • More than 2,500 varieties of conifers, including unusual and rare species, hybrids and cultivars
    • Dancing water fountains, exotic birds, a full nursery, and more!  


    Northland Nursery (www.NorthlandNursery.com), in Millgrove, where we will enjoy:

    • More than 150,000 flowering shrubs, perennials, daylilies, ornamental grasses, hostas, shrub roses, clematis, vines, hardy lilies, and evergreens
    • All packaged in 1-gallon nursery containers and priced at $6.99 each

     

    Our luxury coach bus departs at 8:30 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 $99 per person for society members, $109 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 and/or HNA Travel. A signed Bus Waiver form must be provided to board the bus.

     

    For more information, click here

    • July 03, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Celia RobertsGuest Speaker: Celia Roberts

    Topic: How to Enter a Flower Show and What Judges Look For

     

    Celia’s presentation will cover the qualifications of horticultural and design judges, the three divisions of a flower show, what judges look for, and how to prepare for a show. Photos of design and horticultural entries will be leveraged to explain compliance with schedule requirements, and help flower show enthusiasts realize the differences between ‘honorable mention’ and ‘first place’ ribbons.
    Celia Roberts is a highly accredited Floral Design and Horticultural Judge who teaches at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the Garden Club of Toronto, and across Ontario to the Ontario Horticultural Association Judging Schools and Judging Update workshops. Celia has won many prestigious flower show awards and has provided her sought-after judging services as far away as Ireland and Barbados. She is also the current co-chair for Canada Blooms.
     

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    delphinium, rose and lily flower showFlower Show: Rose

    Exhibits include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Check our 2018 Yearbook for details or click here to review our printable Flower Show Schedule in a PDF format.    

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    Photo Contest Entry Deadline is This Evening
    Be sure to bring your photos this evening for our 2018 contest. Click here for a PDF of the Photo Contest details.

     

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

    • August 07, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Scott MacIvorGuest Speaker: Scott MacIvor

    Topic: Wild Bees in Your Garden

       

    Scott, who wowed 2017 OHA Convention attendees, will introduce us to some of the many types of wild bees that are native to southern Ontario.  He will explain why these “other pollinators” are important to our garden ecosystems  and  show us how to recognize, support and sustain these bees through our gardening practices.
    Scott MacIvor works in research at the University of Toronto, in applied ecology and conservation. He focuses on pollination systems, biodiversity, green infrastructure and ecosystem services; and is well-known for his research on native bees.
       

     

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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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    Photo Contest Judging this Evening
    Tonight, you will be invited to judge the photos submitted for this year's photo contest.

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    Attendance at this general meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members. However, each of our members is encouraged to bring a guest this evening - no admission fee.

    • September 04, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Glenn BrunettiGuest Speaker: Glenn Brunetti
    Topic: Harvesting and Cooking with Herbs

    This timely presentation will cover the collection, preparation and preservation of a variety of herbs, including identification of those suitable for freezing as compared to preserving in materials such as salt, sugar, oil and vinegars. Glenn’s methods are anticipated to inspire us with ideas for holiday gifts, as well as identification of plants  to include in wish lists for our future gardens. To top things off, he will demonstrate some culinary uses and tempt us with both sweet and savory food samples.
    Glenn Brunetti is a professional herb and food educator who has developed and presented hundreds of diverse and stimulating programs for audiences across Ontario and the U.S., including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada Blooms and Mohawk College. Attendees of his 2013 “Versatility of Herbs” presentation to our society still recall the delicious Coriander Pesto, Lavender Pound Cake and Strawberry Dip we sampled that evening.

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    autumn 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 2018 Yearbook or click here for details.
      

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    Photo Contest Results Revealed
    The winners of our 2018 photo contest will be revealed this evening.

     

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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!

    • October 02, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Lorraine JohnsonGuest Speaker: Lorraine Johnson
    Topic: Edible Native Plants, City Farmer

    Author Lorraine Johnson’s presentation will focus on native plants that are both beautiful and delicious, providing food for us, as well as for local wildlife like birds and insect pollinators. No doubt, some of the profiled plants will be a surprise – for instance, one fruit native to Ontario looks like a mango and tastes like a banana!
    A Past President of the North American Native Plant Society, Lorraine Johnson is the author of more than ten books on native plant gardening, urban agriculture and environmental issues, including City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing, and the recently republished 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens

     

    Following the presentation, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to purchase some of Lorraine’s books.

     

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    harvest showFlower Show: Harvest
    Exhibits at our final flower show of the year include specimens of flowering and edible plants growing at this time of year, potted plants, and special designs. Details are available in the 2018 Flower Show Schedule (click here).

                

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

    • November 06, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • McConaghy Seniors' Centre, 10100 Yonge Street

    Colin CassinGuest Speaker: Colin Cassin
    Topic: Invasive Plants

       
    Grow Me Instead Program Manager Colin Cassin will introduce us to native plant alternatives to a number of invasive plants that escape the borders of our gardens and then thrive in nearby natural areas. As well, he will share best practices for removing invasive plants such as dog-strangling vine, garlic mustard and Phragmites.
    Colin Cassin is the Coordinator of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC), managing programs such as Grow Me Instead, which encourages the use of non-invasive alternative to commonly used invasive horticultural species. More information on this subject is available at www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca
     

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    Membership Renewal

    Members may pre-pay their 2019 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 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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