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Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society

District 16

About Us

The objectives of the Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society are as follows:

l. To encourage an interest in all branches of horticulture.
2. To promote and implement civic beautification.
3. To encourage planting trees, shrubs and flowers in our municipality.
4. To stimulate and support youth interest in horticulture.
5. To promote the circulation of horticultural information.
6. To promote protection of the environment through practice, lectures and any other suitable means.

We are a friendly group, over 200 in number. Our meetings are interesting, informative and we have a great group of volunteers who do everything from baking delicious mouthwatering treats for the general meetings, to digging up extra perennial plants in your beds (if you wish)and potting plants for our annual plant sale and maintaining 8 Township and Park gardens.

We have Master Gardeners on call who will be pleased to reply to questions on gardens, horticulture or other gardening topics that interest you. Val Gillespie and Louise Jackson, our society's Master Gardeners, can be contacted at info.omhs[at]gmail.com.

Consider volunteering to get involved with the Society. Check out the list of Volunteer positions needed.

Please forward any correspondence to:
Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society
c/o Secretary Velta Bush
72 Crompton Drive
Barrie, ON
L4M 6M9


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Our general meeting location is:

Oro-Medonte Community Arena
71 4 Line N
Oro-Medonte L0L 2L0
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The fee to join our society is:

$10 per person, $15 for a family

Society Contacts:
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Correspondence Secretary Velta Bush info.omhs@gmail.com
General Information:

Our meetings are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. We use the community meeting room at the Oro-Medonte Community Arena in Guthrie, which is located on at #71 Line 4 North at Highway 11.

If coming from Barrie for Guthrie Arena, use Hwy 11 North and take the 5th line exit-use the overpass and come to Hwy. 11 south exiting at the 4th line.

Our informative and humorous speakers are listed below. Guests are always welcome at no charge. Mouthwatering refreshments are served at the break. Lucky Draws at every meeting.

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MEMBER BENEFITS AND COSTS

Adults $10.00, Family $15.00
Youth Garden Club: Under 16 $2.00

Benefits - Regular meetings with excellent speakers on various gardening topics, flower shows, plant sales, garden tours, access to other Horticultural Societies and activities, District Seminars, Provincial Conferences, door prizes, seed exchange, workshops, Master Gardeners will answer your questions and our informative quarterly newsletters. Many great ways to learn about gardening in your own backyard.

Some of our advertisers offer 10% discount when you present your current membership card.

If you wish to join, bring your completed membership form to a meeting or send it to:

Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society
39 Pugsley Lane
Oro-Medonte, Ontario
L0L 1T0

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
General Meeting March 9, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Capturing your Garden. Speaker:Don Komarechka. Don, a nature, macro, and landscape photographer, will start with basic photography concepts and build from there: how to capture plants in the garden without moving them inside, how to isolate one subject in a crowded area, how to apply simple lighting tricks, etc. Don will also explain the differences between how we see and how a camera operates, so that we can understand what the final image will look like.
General Meeting April 6, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Soil—and the living things in it! Speaker: Sean James. Soil, and the living things in it! We are learning much about soil and its importance to plant health and climate change. Sean, a Master Gardener, writer and teacher, will discuss the latest information and research. How do we steward the soil microbiome? What are the beneficial bacteria and fungi? What activities harm the soil and plants? Can better soil stewardship also mean lower maintenance? It’s a dirty topic but someone has to cover it!
Potting Up for Plant Sale May 6, 2020 1:00 PM Oro-Fairgrounds, Sideroad 15 & 16 E, Oro-Medonte Rain Date May 7
General Meeting May 11, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: The Monarch Butterfly. Speaker: Carol Pasternack. Carol, author of How to Raise Monarch Butterflies, has been a monarch crusader for over 30 years. She will share information about their status, conservation, miraculous life cycle, and follow them all the way from your garden down to their winter habitat in Mexico!
Plant Sale May 23, 2020 10 AM Oro-Fairgrounds, Sideroad 15 & 16 E, Oro-Medonte Starts promptly at 10 AM. Preview at 9 AM
Stream Restoration Cleanup June 15, 2020 1 PM Bayview Memorial Park, 654 Lakeshore Rd E, 9th Line and Lakeshore, Oro-Medonte A Spring cleanup of the native plant garden
Floral Design Workshop June 17, 2020 6:30 PM - 9 PM Oro-Station Community Hall, 31 Ridge Rd E, Oro-Medonte Miniature and Small Designs
General Meeting June 22, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Seeds! Speaker: Lorraine Johnson. In this illustrated talk, Lorraine, author of many books on gardening with native plants, explores the benefits and how-to’s of introducing native plants to the home landscape. Focusing on easy to grow species for shade to sun, dry to moist, she will inspire you to include these beautiful and ecologically valuable species wherever you garden.
Garden Tour July 12, 2020 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM Homes in the Shanty Bay Area The gardens are varied and offer waterfront views, bird lover’s haven, shade gardens, terraced gardens, vegetable gardens, pools, a very effective use of artificial turf, and so much more.
General Meeting August 10, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Hostas and Friends! Speaker: Marion Jarvie. Marion, an accomplished photographer and enthusiastic educator, has gardened in Thornhill for over 40 years. Hostas are reliable garden assets from May to October and beyond. With their unlimited colour range, and diversity in size and shape, they are invaluable for breaking up the green of the garden.
Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and Civic Garden Tour August 19, 2020 11:00 AM Bayview Memorial Park, 654 Lakeshore Rd E, 9th Line and Lakeshore, Oro-Medonte A Township sponsored BBQ followed by a tour of the Civic Gardens we maintain. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/31ru8Zt
Floral Design Workshop September 9, 2020 6:30 PM Oro-Station Community Hall, 31 Ridge Rd E, Oro-Medonte Foliage Designs
General Meeting September 14, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Bulbs! Speaker: Dugald Cameron. You too can have flowers from March to June! Discover the many beautiful bulbs that will give you a cascade of flowers through the season. Learn what they like and where to place them.
Stream Restoration Cleanup September 21, 2020 1 PM Bayview Memorial Park, 654 Lakeshore Rd E, 9th Line and Lakeshore, Oro-Medonte A Fall cleanup of the native plant garden
General Meeting October 26, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Hydrangeas are so much fun! Speaker: Joanne Rachfalowski. Hydrangeas have become a summer staple in gardens across the country. With suitable growing conditions their care can be quite easy. Learn some tips on how to plant, identify, care for, prune, dry and design with hydrangeas
Christmas Decorating Workshop November 9, 2020 7:00 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Decorating with Fresh Greens: Mary Jean Crawford will guide us in making a wreath, centerpiece or outdoor pot.
General Meeting December 7, 2020 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Wildflowers in Simcoe County. Speaker: David Hawke. Simcoe County boasts several incredible natural habitats, from wetlands to woodlands, pasturelands to rocklands, each with a unique floral community. David (naturalist, photographer, and news columnist) takes us on a pictorial tour of our county, with intimate visits to each of these special wild places to discover some of the legends and lore of our wildflowers.

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