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Eganville and Area Horticultural Society

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The year 2020 marks the 65th Anniversary of the Eganville and Area Horticultural Society! Our main celebration will occur on Sunday June 28, an "Afternoon Tea", at the Eganville Legion, Branch 353. Details to follow.

The group organized April 18, 1955. The floral emblem of the society is the Daisy.

In 2015, the Eganville and Area Horticultural Society celebrated its 60th anniversary. As part of the celebration, a Garden Tour and Tea was held, featuring 6 beautiful area gardens and Tea at the Legion.

Other 60th celebrations:

The Bonnechere Museum, located in Eganville, honoured the anniversary with a special display for the entire season. The Society received a Tree Grant from the Ontario Horticultural Society and planted 3 pear trees with the intention of "feeding the people". The Lake Clear Property Owners Association's Outreach Program, which supports community organizations and events, donated money to the Society with which a picnic table was purchased and installed at the Tourist Information Centre in honour of the anniversary.

The Society was formed as the "Eganville Horticultural Society" in 1955, and has carried the mandate of “Beautification in the Village” since that time. The Society was formed with 31 members who each paid a membership fee of $1.00.

In 2012, the name was officially changed to the "Eganville and Area Horticultural Society" to better reflect the location of the membership. That year, there were 86 members, paying $10 (single) and $15 (family).
The fee to join has remained the same for a number of years, but the number of members has increased significantly over the last three years to 150 each year.

In 2020, the Eganville and Area Horticultural Society celebrates 65 years! We have many plans in the discussion and development stages. Stay tuned for updates!

Our Regular Activities

Our primary goal is the beautification of the village of Eganville and furthering an interest in gardening among residents of the area. Planting in the village consists of 14 large cement planters, two beds in Centennial Park, the Welcome Hill on Bonnechere St. near the traffice light, as well as several flowerbeds throughout the Village. Fund-raising is accomplished by a Spring Plant & Book Sale, and a Harvest Auction in September as well as some fundraising at the Christmas Dinner. Contributions from the businesses and organizations in Eganville are used to offset the costs of these community beautification efforts.

The Society organizes a garden tour in July, open to all members.

in 2012, the society launched a contest for the Garden of the Month. Specific criteria were set, nominations were invited, a panel of judges was created and winners were declared for the months of June, July, August and September. The contest is conducted each year. Currently the garden must be within Eganville or within one kilometre of the village signs. A beautiful sign was designed and created, which winning gardeners are proud to display in their front gardens.

Also in 2012, the president of the society began writing a monthly column for the local newspaper, The Eganville Leader, which features the activities of the society. That column is still written each month by the current president of the society.


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Our general meeting location is:

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 353 Eganville
57 Veteran's Way
Eganville K0J 1T0
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The fee to join our society is:

Annual membership fees are $10 for a single or $15 for a family membership

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Heather Park-Wheeler hparkwheeler@yahoo.ca
Past President Judy Sauve eganvillejudy@xplornet.com
Secretary Connie Matthews-Cull eganvillehort@gmail.com
General Information:

Meetings usually take place on the third Monday of each month. However, there are no meetings held in July, August and December.

Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville but everyone is invited to enjoy a social time from 7 to 7:30 pm before the meeting. Each meeting includes: 15-20 minutes of society business and announcements, a presentation of doorprizes, followed by the guest speaker and a Q & A period. Members are asked to each bring a small amount of food for the social time.

Annual membership fees are $10 for a single or $15 for a family membership which covers multiple people who live at the same address. Visitors (aged 12 and over) are always welcome to attend - the cost for visitors is $5.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Movie Night January 20, 6:30 pm Eganville Legion "The Gardener". Bring your own water or juice, popcorn will be served. Movie runtime 88 minutes, starts right after the short business meeting at 7 pm.
Begin memberships for 2020 January 20, 6:30 pm Eganville Legion Annual Membership for 2020, renewals and new members, begins this month..
Alastair Hugli, Greenhouse Manager, Sunset Nursery February 17, 7:30 pm Eganville Legion Sensory Gardens - touchy, feely, smelly gardens for everyone
Seedy Sunday March 8, TBA Rankin Cultural Centre Seed exchanges and vendors
Trivia Night March 16, 7:30 pm Eganville Legion Baxter Topham-Pitt will challenge us with his trivia questions related to horticulture. Prizes for the winning team!
Brian Carson April 20, 7:30 pm Eganville Legion He is an authority on Trilliums, who has identified unknown species and had them registered
Plant Sale May 23, 9 am Eganville Legion Society Members donate from their own gardens. Seedlings, perennials, vegetable plants
Judith Cox, Master Gardener May 25, 7:30 pm Eganville Legion Kitchen Gardens Through the Ages
Suzanne Patry, White House Perennials June 15, 7:30 Eganville Legion "Wash and Wear Plants". A discussion about plants that are low maintenance and easy to grow but are outstanding performers. It includes perennials, annuals and shrubs.