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Painswick Horticultural Society

District 16

About Us

On November 29, 1972, a group of community members got together at Warnica Public School in the heart of Painswick to share their knowledge and talk about "flowers" and "civic beautification". This was the first organizational meeting of the Painswick Horticultural Society (PHS). That year several projects were planned; the Painswick Park (east side of Ashford Drive between Yonge Street and Big Bay Point Road) was planted with trees by hardworking PHS members, and the first society flower show was held at Sandy Cove Acres (11th and 25th sideroads) in nearby Innisfil Township. In 1973, the Shasta Daisy (yellow center with white petals) was selected as the Painswick Society's official flower. Several more plantings were undertaken including the park at the center of the then "new" Bayshore Estates (Pine Drive and Big Bay Point). Other locations where flowerbeds and plantings have been made include:
- ten separate plantings at the "Stroud Complex"
- The Historical site on the s/s Big Bay Point Road east of the 25th sideroad
- planters at the Innisfil Town Offices
- flowerbeds at the Knock Community Center
- beds on the n/s of Big Bay Point Road at the 20th sideroad and Strathallan Woods
- plantings at "the meadows" on Hwy. 11 south of Stroud

The "Warnica Juniors" was the first young gardener's group associated with the society and was started in 1973 with the help of some of the founders of the PHS. Since then other young gardener groups have been formed including the Goodfellow School group in Alcona and the Sunnybrae School group in Stroud. Although the schoolyards have benefited greatly from the flower beds and landscaping added by the groups, it is the lives of the students over the years that have truly been enhanced through the new found knowledge and appreciation of horticulture.

Monthly meetings, flower shows, District seminars and general meetings have been well attended over the years and are fondly remembered. At one point the PHS membership swelled to more than 200 members!

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Our general meeting location is:

St. Paul's Anglican Church Hall
54 St. Paul's Crescent
Barrie L9J 0E2
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The fee to join our society is:

Our yearly membership is $15 per member, $20 per couple

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Pat Hopper 705-726-4869
General Information:

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm except July!

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Our Monthly Meeting is the third Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm with the exception of January to March and July.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
April Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Open Forum - a chance to discuss and ask all your gardening questions!
May Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall “Flower Power” with Joanne Rachfalowski - Four arrangements you can make with grocery store flowers PLUS Floral Design tips to help you enter a Flower Show!
Annual Plant and Bake Sale Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Foodland Plaza - Stroud Lots of perennials, houseplants and baked goods!
June Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Strawberry Social! Our speaker - Dave Phillips, CM - Senior Climatologist for Environment Canada on “Tomorrow’s Weather in Simcoe County: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder”.
July Outing Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Barrie’s Military Heritage Park, South Shores, Barrie Bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair. Dessert and beverages will be supplied.
August Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Speakers Lisa and Jeff Spence, the owners of Red Roof Honey, “The Buzz on Bees”!
September Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Our speaker David Hawke - naturalist, educator and author, on “Wildflowers in the Lake Simcoe Area”!
October Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Our speaker Ken Brown - horticultural consultant, writer and photographer on “Garden Seduction”!
Annual General Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Pot Luck Dinner with entertainment by The Paraguinns, Trophy Presentations and Installation of the 2020 Board

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