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  • June 05, 2016 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joanne and John Witt, of SNAPD, posted twelve great photos of The Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's May 7, 2016 Plant Sale at the McConaghy Centre to the June 2016 Edition of SNAPD Richmond Hill.

    Happy Customer

    Most of the plants at this year’s sale were grown by our own members, either in the greenhouse at the Alexander Mackenzie High School, or in the gardens of our members. As well, the Garden Sunshine rose, honoring our society’s 100th anniversary, made its debut.

    Click here to view all the SNAPD photos of our successful event, which included garden accessories, books, and hand-crafted items from L'Arche Daybreak artists.

  • May 15, 2016 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As noted in the May 5th issue of The Liberal newspaper (click here for article), the Garden Sunshine rose, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society, has arrived. 

    If you didn’t pick up one of these beautiful, fragrant, disease-resistant roses for your garden at the society’s May 7th Plant Sale or at the May 14th Healthy Yards event, don’t despair. More roses will be available at the society’s Mill Pond Splash booth on Sunday, June 5th, and at our upcoming General Meeting on Tuesday, June 7th.

    Garden Sunshine Roses at Plant Sale

    Serendipitously, rose specialist Shari-Lyn Safer’s June 7th presentation is entitled the “A-Z of Growing Roses.”

  • April 30, 2016 6:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this month, the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society logo was added to the upper left corner of the four Service Clubs signs that greet residents and visitors entering the Town from the North, South, East and West.

    The sign in the photo is located on the East side of Yonge Street, just north of Highway 7. The other three signs are located at Yonge and Bloomington, Major MacKenzie and Leslie, and Major MacKenzie and Bathurst.

    Richmond Hill Service Clubs Sign

    Our society's Publicity Convenor worked with the Chamber of Commerce to add the logo of our 102 year old society, featuring the Garden Sunshine Rose, to these signs. 


  • January 01, 2016 1:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SNAPD Richmond Hill's Joanne Witt has posted fourteen great photos of our society's December 1st awards and holiday celebration to the January 2016 edition of SNAPD Richmond Hill. Photos include flower show tropy and special award winners, attendees having fun, and red bag raffle fundraising items.

    To see the full coverage of our event, click here


  • October 03, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During a gala celebration at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on September 17, the following gardens were announced as having earned the highest number of points during the judging that took place in early August.

    Ward 1:
    1st - 75 Sandbanks Drive
    2nd - 10 Snively Street
    3rd - 14 Coates Crescent

    Ward 2:
    1st -  21 Anglin Drive
    2nd - 195 Neal Drive
    3rd - 15 Sussex Avenue
    Ward 3:
    1st -  32 Libra Avenue
    2nd - 4 Avery Court
    3rd - 90 Spadina Road

    Ward 4:
    1st - 84 Centre Street West
    2nd - 7 Keble Court
    3rd - 150 Carrington Drive

    Ward 5:
    1st -  3 Denham Drive
    2nd - 138 Pemberton Road
    3rd - 71 Pemberton Road
    Ward 6:
    1st -  53 Pathlane Road
    2nd - 15 Compton Crescent
    3rd - 67 Somerset  Crescent

    Congratulations to the owners of these lovely front gardens!

    More information is available in the October 1 issue of the Richmond Hill Liberal. The story is also available online (click here).

    A map of Richmond Hill Wards, published by the Town, is available online (click here). 

  • September 07, 2015 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our society delegates to the 2015 Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) Convention that took place in Ancaster, Ontario from July 17 to 19 brought home many awards this year, fully documented in our Autumn issue of the Garden Post and the Fall issue of the OHA's Trillium.

    Five of our society publications won awards as follows:

    • Membership brochure - First place (brochure)OHA Trillium
    • Open Gates Water Garden Tour Passport - First place (special event brochure)
    • Bookmark - First place (bookmark)
    • Yearbook cover - Third place (yearbook cover)
    • Open Gates Water Garden Tour Poster - Third place (special event poster)

    As well, adult society members brought home:

    • First place in an Arts competition
    • Multiple awards in Design, Horticulture and Collections

    And, two of our Youth members garnered more than a dozen awards, including a Best in Show and a Judge's Choice rosette.

    As the OHA is made up of more than 280 societies, many of whom participate in these annual competitions, it is an achievement for us to bring home so many awards.

  • August 28, 2015 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    now Available Online

    Raf Ollivierre, host of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's 2015 Photography Competition, revealed this year's top scoring photos and their associated photographers at the Society's General Meeting on August 4th.
    2015 Award of Merit Photos

    A website enhancement posted today enables Society Members to view competition results (click here), including all 29 photos that earned an Award of Merit or Honorable Mention designation from the judges, accomplished photographers and members of the Richmond Hill Camera Club.

    The Society has been organizing a popular photography competition nearly every year since 1990.


  • August 19, 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Judging of the one hundred twenty lovely front/side gardens selected by Town representatives has concluded. The identities of the three top-scoring gardens in each of Richmond Hill's six wards have been communicated to the Town. Next, property owners will be contacted and invited to an awards celebration in September. Click here for details.

    Richmond Hill Blooms

    The judges, who are members of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society, reported visiting many beautiful gardens and having delightful conversations with the gardeners. They would like to thank all participants for contributing to the beautification of our Town!

  • June 17, 2015 11:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joanne Witt, of SNAPD, posted fifteen great photos of The Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society's May 9, 2015 Plant Sale at the McConaghy Centre to the June 2015 Edition of SNAPD Richmond Hill.

     Plant Sale Volunteers

    Click here to view all the photos of our successful event, which featured plants, garden accessories and books. As well, L'Arche Daybreak artists offered hand-crafted plant signs for sale.

  • March 03, 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At tonight’s General Meeting of the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society, Past President Nancy Andrews revealed the success of an initiative to obtain the naming rights to a special rose in honour of the Society’s 100th anniversary, in the Town once known as the “Rose Capital” of Canada.

    A picture of the acquired rose, named Garden Sunshine, is featured in the Society’s new logo and other society resources, such as the cover of our 2015RHGHS Logo with Garden Sunshine Rose Yearbook. Naming rights were acquired from the hybridizer, Brad Jalbert’s Select Roses. The name, Garden Sunshine, along with the Society’s name, will appear on all plant tags associated with sales of this rose in Canada - forever.
    RHGHS 2015 YearbookGarden Sunshine is described by Mr. Jalbert as a very desirable bright yellow, fragrant, modern shrub rose. He notes it to be vigorous, hardy and resistant to black spot, and says it will thrive in both the ground and containers, growing to a height of about two feet, and blooming from spring until frost.

    The first few hundred Garden Sunshine plants will be available in spring 2016, sold exclusively through our Society at a to-be-determined price. We will begin accepting pre-orders this summer. 

    Members of the Rose Project team, as well as the Society's Board of Directors, are excited about the success of this initiative, and hope that Garden Sunshine will bring sunshine to gardens all across Richmond Hill and beyond!

    Mr. Jalbert’s development of Garden Sunshine started eight years ago.  Click here to see a video of Mr. Jalbert explaining the rose hybridization process, and here to visit Brad Jalbert’s Select Roses website.


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