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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:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
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.

Join Us!


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 18, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: It starts with bees! Speaker: Brian Scott. Brian Scott of Innisfil Creek Honey is a commercial beekeeper operating over 600 beehives. Brian will be discussing Honey Bee origins in North America as well as housing requirements and integrating bees in your garden.
General Meeting April 9, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: No work, low work: moving towards the low maintenance garden. Speaker: Diane Greenfield A Simcoe County Master Gardener Emeritus, Diane will help us revision our gardens so they require less work and can gracefully age along with us so we can all garden forever.
Design Workshop April 10, 2019 6:30 PM - 9 PM Oro-Station Community Hall, 31 Ridge Rd E, Oro-Medonte Design 201—Line & Materials
Potting Up for Plant Sale May 8, 2019 1:00 PM Oro-Fairgrounds, Sideroad 15 & 16 E, Oro-Medonte Rain Date May 9
General Meeting May 13, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Japanese Garden Design. Speaker: Wolfe Bonham of Love, Peace and Landscaping. How to bring a touch of Zen to your garden.
Plant Sale May 25, 2019 10 AM Oro-Fairgrounds, Sideroad 15 & 16 E, Oro-Medonte Starts promptly at 10 AM. Preview at 9 AM
General Meeting June 24, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Heritage Trees: the What, the Where and the Why. Speaker: Edith George presents the need for identifying and preserving this special part of our history that is often overlooked and even taken for granted.
Garden Tour July 14, 2019 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM Homes in the Horseshoe Valley/Bidwell Sideroad areas The gardens are interspersed with ponds, vegetable plantings, native plants, and pools. Each garden illustrates specific challenges that were solved very effectively. Bring a friend or two, and come and explore the gardens within our Township. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon done at your own pace.
General Meeting August 12, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Food for All: the Power of Food and Community Speaker: Jacob Kearey –Moreland of Bass Lake Farms brings stories and visions from the front lines of food insecurity, from Parliament Hill to the Hills of Oro-Medonte.
Design Workshop August 20, 2019 6:30 PM Oro-Station Community Hall, 31 Ridge Rd E, Oro-Medonte Upcycle Design: Getting you ready for the September Flower Show!
Civic Gardens BBQ and Tour August 21, 2019 11:30 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
General Meeting September 9, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Mystical, Magical world of Mushrooms! Speaker: Bob Bowles. Bob Bowles will inform you about the species of mushrooms that grow in our area and many interesting facts about them.
General Meeting October 21, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Weeds - the Treasures We Toss Speaker: Anna Van Maris. Anna Van Maris of Parklane Landscapes will explain any medicinal properties of weeds, and demonstrate how to make tinctures and oils from garden plants and weeds.
Design Workshop November 11, 2019 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 2, 2019 7:30 PM Oro-Medonte Community Arena 71 4 Line N Oro-Medonte Topic: Operation Grow! Speaker: Kathy Willis. Kathy Willis is the Executive Director of Huronia Transition Homes (HTH), a charitable organization in Simcoe County working to end all violence against all women. Find out how a vertical farm and accessible cutting-edge technology help these women blossom.

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