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Eganville and Area Horticultural Society

District 2

About Us

In mid-March 2020, a global pandemic reached North America. All gatherings have been cancelled from mid-March to the end of May for now. Gatherings may be prohibited for the remainder of the summer of 2020.
Please check back to see our program updates.

The year 2020 marks the 65th Anniversary of the Eganville and Area Horticultural Society! Our main celebration was to occur on Sunday June 28, an "Afternoon Tea", at the Eganville Legion, Branch 353. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, all events to be held indoors had to be cancelled.

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. To join or renew membership, e-Transfer to No password required.

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Frances O'Malley
President Shawn Henry
Past President Heather Park-Wheeler
Vice-President Connie Matthews-Cull
Secretary Kathleen Kearney
Treasurer Monica Brunton
Public Relations Judy Sauve
General Information:

Due to Covid-19, meetings for most of 2021 cancelled.
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.
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.

Join Us!

What does your membership buy you? Although we cannot meet, we have shifted a lot of time and energy to online communicating. Thanks to Secretary Connie Matthews Cull, and regular contributors such as Frances O’Malley, our monthly publication, The Daisy Chain, continues to thrive as a multi-page resource linking members through contests, virtual garden tours, news about awards and achievements, even a Master Gardener help-line which Judith Cox can answer your toughest questions. Additionally, Judith Cox also writes an informative blog called Veggie Bites, which is full of seasonal expert gardening advice. We welcome new members and will resume our regular meetings as soon as we are able. Fingers crossed we can resume meetings in the fall.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Spring Outdoor Plant Sale 2022, Saturday May 28. Rain date Sunday May 29 Eganville Legion Field, outdoors Plants & more! TBA
Outdoor Book Sale 2022, Saturday June 25. 9-3 pm Old Firehall, John Street, Eganville Books & more!
Harvest Auction and Perennial Plant Sale 2022, Saturday September 17. Raindate Sunday September 18 Eganville Legion Field, outdoors Details to follow
AGM and PotLuck 2022, Monday November 21 Eganville Legion, indoors Details to follow
Christmas Dinner 2022, Tuesday November 29. Eganville Legion, indoors Dinner followed by guest speaker. TBA