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Garden & Horticultural SocietyBeautifying Richmond Hill since 1914

Events Calendar

For a printable one-page PDF of this year's Events, click here. 

Upcoming Events

    • June 07, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom) and McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
    • 99
    Register

    June 2022 General Meeting

    As a Landscape Designer, Marina Dimitriadis collaborates with her clients to ensure designs are in harmony with special needs. One memorable client request was to reduce the number of plants in a design to accommodate a child’s severe allergies. Marina researched allergy causing plants and found Thomas Leo Ogren’s system for combating allergens based on plant gender. In this presentation she will discuss how allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms by selecting appropriate plants for their gardens.

    Marina Dimitriadis is a certified Landscape Designer with Dimitriadis Design Build, a company she and her Landscape Contractor husband run together. In addition, she is a Master Gardener, a part-time professor at Seneca College and a Design Consultant for Evergreen Canada.

    All general meetings begin with a welcome and general announcements, which precede introduction of the guest speaker. 


    Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

    Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time - click on the "Register" button to begin. 

    About In-Person Attendance:We are excited to welcome our members and visitors back to in-person events at the McConaghy Centre!

    • Doors to the auditorium open at 7 pm 
    • The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 pm
    • The guest speaker's presentation will be projected onto a large screen
    • Please WEAR A MASK
    • No refreshments available
    • In-person attendees will be able to visit the Flower Show exhibits
    • June 18, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Palatine Roses, Southbrook Vineyards, Vineland Nurseries, The Watering Can Flower Market
    • 42
    Register


    Our June 18, 2022 Bus Trip...    

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

    Palatine Rose and Fruit Nursery (www.PalatineRoses.com):

    Palatine is the leading bare-root rose supplier in Ontario, and the source for our horticultural society's Garden Sunshine roses. Palatine pursues organic methods whenever practical, using pheromones, as well as Neem Oil, essential oils, and other organic sprays. They enrich their soil with high calcium applications, minimal commercial fertilizer, manure, green manure, cover crops, as well as foliar sprays. Our host, proprietor Renee Schmitz, will give us a short presentation about his rose treatments.

    Southbrook Vineyards (www.Southbrook.com):

    Located on a 150-acre property, Southbrook was the first vineyard in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certifications. As we sample three of Southbrook's wines and stroll this unusual vineyard, proprietor Bill Redelmeier will speak to us about the use of animals and specially prepared composts to grow low-impact, vibrant crops. Environmental quality is key for Southbrook. Their Merlot is award-winning and we will have the opportunity to purchase this, as well as many other popular wines, wine jellies and mustards.

    Ticket includes lunch on the covered terrace at Southbrook, catered by Bench Kitchen, the premiere sandwich shop in Grimsby. Lunch options are selected during the ticket purchase process.

    Vineland Nurseries (www.VinelandNurseries.com):

    Vineland Nurseries, owned by Jim and Simone Lounsbery, is a retailer of dwarf and unusual evergreens, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, Bamboos, and other rare and unusual plants. Remember Gardening Life magazine? It listed them as one of the top 40 specialty nurseries. If you are looking for a horticultural ‘eye-popper’, this is the place where you may find it! Jim is presently Manager and an Instructor at Mohawk College in Horticulture for the Continuing Education Program. With his background as a speaker and lecturer, we are sure that he will be able to answer all your queries. (Debit and cash only)

    The Watering Can Flower Market (www.store.TheWateringCan.ca):

    This popular haven for tropical plant aficionados carries a well-curated variety of tropicals (small to tree-sized), annuals, a charming array of garden art and imaginative displays of succulents. Hungry? The cafe offers artistic, mouth-watering treats.

    Bus Departure and Return:

    Our motor coach bus departs at 8:00 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:

    Tickets are $79 per person for society members and their guests, and $89 for non-society members. Purchase 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, and a quality mask must be worn at all times while on the bus.

    For more information, click here

    • June 26, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Richmond Hill

    Check back soon for more information.

    • July 05, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom) and McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
    • 100
    Register

    July 2022 General Meeting

    More and more North Americans are planting fruit trees in their gardens, in parks and on company land. But, often new growers are disappointed. Without proper care, young fruit trees are vulnerable to pest and disease problems and may produce poor quality fruit. What many new growers don’t realize is that in order to thrive, fruit trees need skilled hands-on care including correct annual pruning, fertility management and pest and disease prevention. Join urban orchardist and award-winning author Susan Poizner in this fruit tree care workshop, where she will share tried-and-true secrets to success in growing healthy, successful organic fruit trees.

    Susan Poizner is a passionate filmmaker, journalist, urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator. She is creator of the fruit tree care certificate training program at www.orchardpeople.com, author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and host of the monthly fruit tree care podcast The Urban Forestry Radio Show on RealityRadio101.com.

    Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

    Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time - click on the "Register" button to begin.

    All general meetings begin with a welcome and general announcements, which precede introduction of the guest speaker. 


    Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

    Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time - click on the "Register" button to begin. 

    About In-Person Attendance:We are excited to welcome our members and visitors back to in-person events at the McConaghy Centre!

    • Doors to the auditorium open at 7 pm 
    • The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 pm
    • The guest speaker's presentation will be projected onto a large screen
    • Please WEAR A MASK
    • No refreshments available
    • In-person attendees will be able to visit the Flower Show exhibits
    • August 02, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom) and McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
    • 100

    August General Meeting

    Join us on a photographic tour and learn about the back-stories of the beautiful gardens our dedicated volunteers maintain at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Mill Pond, Hill House Hospice and the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre.

    Guest speakers are society members Nancy Andrews, Dinah Gibbs, Sally Hossain and Heather Ann Lowry.

    All general meetings begin with a welcome and general announcements, which precede introduction of the guest speaker. 


    Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

    Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time - click on the "Register" button to begin. 

    About In-Person Attendance: We are excited to welcome our members and visitors back to in-person events at the McConaghy Centre!

    • Doors to the auditorium open at 7 pm 
    • The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 pm
    • We anticipate the guest speakers will be in-person at this event
    • Please WEAR A MASK
    • No refreshments available
    • No flower show tonight
    • September 06, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom) and McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
    • 100
    Register

    September General Meeting

    Fusion Gardening® is a popular landscape design style you may have seen promoted by local municipalities. Why? It incorporates rain-water handling, drought-tolerance, and gardening with native plants to enhance biodiversity, all while being low maintenance. This talk touches on ways Fusion elements can be incorporated into the landscape and highlights some native species used for both their functional and aesthetic properties.

    Over the last 12 years, Mike Prong has become a dedicated, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking advocate of green practices in the landscape industry. With extensive experience in both construction and design, coupled with a broad knowledge of horticulture, Mike has a reputation for transforming even the most basic of spaces into an eco-friendly oasis. Mike’s formal education includes horticultural studies at Fanshawe College and Mohawk College.

    All general meetings begin with a welcome and general announcements, which precede introduction of the guest speaker. 


    Members: Instructions for participation in this virtual and in-person event will be emailed to members twice - once on the Friday prior to the meeting, and again on Monday. Instructions are also available by logging into our site and checking the "members-only" version of this event. 

    Visitors: Guests are welcome to participate in this virtual and in-person event at a nominal fee of $5.00 Instructions for participation will be emailed to non-society members who complete the registration process prior to the event start time - click on the "Register" button to begin. 

    About In-Person Attendance: We are excited to welcome our members and visitors back to in-person events at the McConaghy Centre! 

    • Doors to the auditorium open at 7 pm 
    • The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 pm
    • The guest speaker's presentation will be projected onto a large screen
    • Please WEAR A MASK
    • No refreshments available
    • In-person attendees will be able to visit the Flower Show exhibits

Past events

May 07, 2022 PLANT SALE
May 03, 2022 May General Meeting: Guest Speaker Niki Jabbour, "Veggie Garden Remix"
April 05, 2022 April General Meeting: Guest Speaker Marie-Claude Limoges, "Montreal Botanical Garden"
March 15, 2022 Webinar - "Kingsbrae Garden" with Brad Henderson
March 01, 2022 March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Darren Heimbecker, "Whistling Gardens"
February 15, 2022 Webinar - "MUN Botanical Garden" with Todd Boland
February 01, 2022 February General Meeting with Guest Speaker June Bergman, "The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs"
January 11, 2022 Annual General Meeting
December 07, 2021 December General Meeting with Guest Speaker Kiki Danninger, "Indoor Flowering Plants"
November 02, 2021 November General Meeting with Guest Speaker Ken Brown, "Spring Bulbs"
October 26, 2021 Closing the Garden
October 11, 2021 Fall Bulb Sale CLEARANCE (Online)
October 05, 2021 October General Meeting with Guest Speaker Cathy Kavassalis, "Trees for Small Spaces"
September 07, 2021 September General Meeting with Guest Speaker Sean James, "Extending Interest in the Garden"
August 03, 2021 August General Meeting with Guest Speaker Ben Cullen, "Take Your Harvest to the Next Level"
July 06, 2021 July General Meeting with Guest Speaker Christine Gill, "Growing Beautiful Delphiniums"
June 01, 2021 June General Meeting with Guest Speaker David Dutkiewicz, "Gypsy Moths in Ontario"
May 28, 2021 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 04, 2021 May General Meeting with Guest Speaker Jeanne McRight, "Low Maintenance Boulevard Gardens"
April 23, 2021 PLANT SALES - Online, Curbside Pickup
April 19, 2021 Feed Your Soil. Fuel Your Family. Fight Climate Change.
April 16, 2021 Rain Barrel Fundraiser
April 06, 2021 April General Meeting with Guest Speaker Paul Zammit, "Space Conscious Gardening"
April 06, 2021 Worm Compost Fundraiser
March 24, 2021 Growing Vegetables - Module 4, Selecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer
March 10, 2021 Growing Vegetables - Module 3, Square Foot Gardening
March 02, 2021 March General Meeting with Guest Speakers Molly and Alex Shannon
February 24, 2021 Growing Vegetables - Module 2, Growing Vegetables from Seeds
February 10, 2021 Growing Vegetables - Module 1, Planning Your Vegetable Garden
February 02, 2021 February General Meeting with Guest Speaker Wolfegang Bonham
January 19, 2021 Workshop - Terrarium Design and Maintenance
January 12, 2021 Annual General Meeting
December 01, 2020 December General Meeting with Guest Speaker Kate Seaver
November 03, 2020 November General Meeting with Guest Speakers Mark and Ben Cullen
October 06, 2020 October General Meeting with Guest Speaker Emma Biggs
September 01, 2020 September General Meeting with Guest Speaker Antonio Valente
August 04, 2020 August General Meeting with Guest Speaker Conrad Richter
July 07, 2020 July General Meeting with Guest Speaker Stefan Weber
June 02, 2020 June General Meeting (Virtual) with Guest Speaker Darryl Cheng
May 29, 2020 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 23, 2020 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards CANCELLED
May 09, 2020 PLANT SALE - CANCELLED
May 05, 2020 May General Meeting (Virtual) with Guest Speaker Liana D'Andrea
April 09, 2020 Richmond Hill Public Library Gardening Q&A
April 07, 2020 April General Meeting CANCELLED, Conrad Richter Postponed to August
March 07, 2020 York Region Seedy Saturday
March 03, 2020 March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Tara Nolan
February 04, 2020 February General Meeting with Guest Speaker Stefan Weber
January 14, 2020 Annual General Meeting
December 03, 2019 Holiday Celebration
November 05, 2019 November General Meeting with Guest Speaker Terry Kennedy and Volunteer Committee Expo
October 01, 2019 October General Meeting with Guest Speaker Ken Brown
September 19, 2019 Fifth Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala
September 03, 2019 September General Meeting with Guest Speaker Jeff Mason
August 18, 2019 Members' Garden Visits
August 06, 2019 August General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dan Cooper
July 21, 2019 Members' Garden Visits
July 02, 2019 July General Meeting with Guest Speaker Charlie Dobbin
June 23, 2019 Members' Garden Visits
June 15, 2019 Bus Trip to the Purple Hills of Mulmur
June 04, 2019 June General Meeting with Guest Speaker Jim Lounsbery
May 31, 2019 Richmond Hill Blooms Nominations
May 25, 2019 Richmond Hill Healthy Yards Event
May 22, 2019 Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park Schools Planting
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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