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  • June 30, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Society YouTube ChannelSociety President, Doreen Coyne, is thrilled to announce the launch of a YouTube channel showcasing our society's activities and the gardening interests and endeavors of our members.

    Initial content includes a video about our society and another about the importance of pollinators. 

    "Stay tuned" for more content from our members!

  • September 26, 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the owners of the properties earning the top scores in the 2022 Richmond Hill Blooms program!

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

    Ward 1Richmond Hill Blooms 2022
    1st   69 Worthington Avenue
    2nd  95 Snowy Meadow Drive
    3rd   57 Rossini Drive
    3rd   8 Walkview Crescent

    Ward 2
    1st   43 Elmpark Court
    2nd  131 Stephenson Crescent
    3rd   104 Cartier Crescent

    Ward 3
    1st   14 Westpoint Court
    2nd  261 Kimono Crescent
    3rd   32 Queensway Drive

    Ward 4
    1st   210 Tower Hill Road
    2nd  10 Candlelight Drive
    2nd  119 Oxford Street
    3rd   139 Libby Boulevard
    3rd   23 Yuan Drive

    Ward 5
    1st   35 Josie Drive
    2nd  21 Merrylynn Drive
    3rd   47 Stockdale Cresent

    Ward 6
    1st   10 Green Ash Crescent
    2nd  5 Ronald Avenue
    3rd   53 Pathlane Road

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

    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.


    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 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.

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