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  • March 14, 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Following a brief "Under Construction" phase, www.RichmondHillGardenSociety.org

    has been re-launched with a fresh, modern, look and a responsive, mobile-aware design.

    For the thousands of gardening-enthusiasts who view our website on smart phones,  this is sure to be a welcome change.  

    responsive design

    Our horticultural society is one of the first in Ontario to be represented on the world wide web, with an online presence going back more than twenty years.  In 2014, as a project in honour of the society's 100th anniversary, and leveraging the Wild Apricot Membership Management System, we introduced secure, self-service features such as online Membership initiation, renewal, dues payment and profile management; online purchase of tickets for public Events such as our Open Gates Garden Tour, and private events such as our Gala Holiday Celebration.  In 2020 we transitioned to online, virtual events, and welcomed the public to register through our site. And when we couldn't hold a grand Plant Sale at a public venue in 2021, we instead sold the plants our members tended in a local greenhouse through the Online Store feature of our site.

    More than 40% of our record-setting traffic in 2021 was from smart phones. We are excited to support our members and the public by making our site much easier to use on mobile devices in 2022!

  • November 02, 2021 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society is pleased to announce that Linda Lang, a graduating student of the Richmond Green Secondary School, is the winner of the 2021 Willem Schurman Scholarship, and recipient of the $1,000 bursary. 

    Linda LangLinda is now attending the University of Waterloo, where she is studying environmental engineering and life sciences, pursuing her dream of solving environmental problems through engineering. This educational program includes studies in soil, toxicology, air quality engineering, hydrology, and environmental chemistry. Congratulations, Linda! 

    The Willem Schurman Scholarship, named after one of our society’s Past Presidents, is made available each year to a student graduating from any Richmond Hill secondary school. For more information, click here.

  • September 20, 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the owners of the properties earning the top scores in the 2021 Richmond Hill Blooms program! 

    Photos of these lovely front gardens have been posted to the City’s site. Click here for direct access.  

    Ward 1 
    Richmond Hill Blooms 20211st   75 Sandbanks Drive
    2nd  54 Craigleith Crescent
    2nd  21 Verdi Road
    3rd  30 Raintree Crescent

    Ward 2 
    1st   299 Browndale Crescent
    2nd  288 Neal Drive
    2nd  5 Stephenson Gate
    3rd  131 Stephenson Crescent

    Ward 3 
    1st   1 Joplin Gate
    2nd  28 Frybrook Crescent
    3rd  71 Ava Crescent
    3rd  178 Shirley Drive

    Ward 4 
    1st   22 Stockbridge Avenue
    2nd  19 Moraine Ridge Avenue
    3rd  49 Naughton Drive

    Ward 5 
    1st   71 Pemberton Avenue
    2nd  187 Castle Rock Drive
    2nd  2 Rathfon Cresent
    3rd  95 Weldrick Road East, Unit 79

    Ward 6 
    1st   152 Duncan Road
    2nd  3 Avonlea Place
    2nd  6 Ronald Road
    3rd  8 Caymus Street
    3rd  1 Quetico Street

  • May 01, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amidst a continuously changing set of Covid-19 safety protocols, the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's Greenhouse Team worked since Autumn 2020 to propagate plants for what is typically the organization's largest annual fundraiser - the spring Plant Sale. 

    When it became evident that the pandemic was worsening and a grand sale at a public venue would not be feasible for the spring of 2021, our society investigated and pursued an online sales channel.  Early in April, leveraging a members-only feature of our website, we trialed the online sale of worm compost to our members, with curbside pickups arranged on Saturday afternoons at a location in Richmond Hill. 

    When this proved to be successful, our Greenhouse Team began snapping photos of plant offerings available for sale in April, and posted these along with names, descriptions, quantities and prices as "Inventory" in our Online Store. Sales were vigorous, and safe curbside pickups were arranged at another location in Richmond Hill. 

    To-date, nearly half our members have participated in these online sales, purchasing about 270 bags of worm compost and more than 450 plants and mixed containers of plants. 

    Sales will continue through mid-May, with more plants being added to the Online Store as they become available. 

    Access to our Online Store will be extended to the public starting May 10th.

    2021 Plant Sale-Photos by Bernadette Pais and Doreen Coyne

  • March 02, 2021 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society President, Doreen Coyne, participated in today's virtual meeting of the Connecting the Community Richmond Hill (CTCRH) organization as a guest speaker. Her presentation provided event attendees with an illustrated overview of the society's many activities, including those planned for 2021.

    Presentation

    A recording of the presentation is available on YouTube (click here). 

    For more information about CTCRH, click here.

  • October 18, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning in September, members of our society began authoring Gardening Tips for inclusion in the OnRichmondHill.com weekly newsletter.   

    Topics thus far include Weed control, making Tools from repurposed items, planting Garlic, Christmas Cactus tips, and more! 

    These articles are now also available to the public as Resources on our website. The most recent tip is accessible on our Home page, and all the tips are available by clicking here. In addition to reading the tips, our members have the ability to, and are encouraged to post Comments.


  • September 17, 2020 10:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the owners of the properties earning the top scores in the 2020 Richmond Hill Blooms program! 

    Photos of these lovely front gardens have been posted to the City's site. Click here for direct access. 


  • August 20, 2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Richmond Hill Public Library recently teamed up with members of our society to create a lovely slideshow featuring the public gardens our society volunteers maintain.

    RH Garden Walks

    The slideshow is available on the library's Facebook page. Click here for direct access.


  • July 01, 2020 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 prompted the Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society to transition a variety of 2020 group gatherings to virtual platforms. 

    This transition started with our society's participation in the Richmond Hill Public Library's Gardening Ask Me Anything event on April 9th, held virtually in lieu of a physical Seedy Saturday event at the library. The video is available on youtube (click here). 

    Our society's Board members then trialed use of Zoom for our May Board meeting. When this was agreed to be a success, we purchased a Zoom license to employ improved security and functional product features.

    May General MeetingStarting on May 5th, guest speakers scheduled to present topics of a horticultural nature at our monthly general meetings have instead delivered these presentations to us in an interactive forum leveraging Zoom. As a bonus, recordings of the presentations are posted for our members to revisit later, as often as desired. Presentation links, and links to other resources recommended by the speakers, are located on the members-only versions of the General Meeting Events posted to our website (login is required). Here are the May and June General Meeting Events:

    May 5 - "Landscaping Your Yard with Native Plants" by Liana D'Andrea

    June 2 - "Essentials of House Plant Care" by Darry Cheng


  • December 15, 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A big thank you to Joanne and Jonathan Witt of SNAPD for posting ten great photos of our society's 2019 Holiday Celebration to the SNAPD Richmond Hill site (click here).

    Volunteers at Holiday Celebration


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