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Essex & District Horticultural Society

District 11

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Welcome to the Essex Horticultural Society page. We have been in existence since 1974 when a group of like minded residents, led by Rev. Gordon Geiger met to discuss the possibility of forming a horticultural society. Our society floral emblem is the Swamp Rose Mallow, native to our area. Newcomers often tell us how FRIENDLY our members are! Our society's aims are to provide members a place to share information on gardening and co-ordinate efforts to beautify our area. Each year the Society arranges special events related to horticulture, ranging from plant exchanges to day trips and a flower show. Most members are average home gardeners who have a basic knowledge of gardening and horticulture. Many have a considerable knowledge and a few are expert Master Gardeners. We help each other and share our knowledge and love of gardening. High School students who require Community Volunteer Hours may contact us to help us at our meeting place with preparing flower beds, plant, weed and on occasion water. We have an interesting & informative speaker at each of our general meetings, along with twice yearly plant & seed exchanges and silent auctions.

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Our general meeting location is:

Essex Retirees’ Social Club
32 Russell Street, with entrance off Centre Street, off Day Street parking lot.
Essex, ON N8M 1G3
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The fee to join our society is:

$10/person, $18/family, due each January

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Joe Dicker djjd62[at]gmail.com
1st Vice Sandy Ellenor selleno[at]bell.net
Secretary Lynn Imeson lynneal[at]gosfieldtel.com
General Information:

Meetings are held at 7:30pm, the fourth Wednesday of the months March through June, September, October & November (which is the Annual Election of Officers & Dinner which begins at 6pm)

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Visitors will be warmly welcomed to hear a speaker and/or join our Society.
The only requirement is an interest in gardening!

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
General Meeting April 26, 2023, 7:30PM Essex Retirees' Social Club, 32 Russell Street, Essex, ON Speaker is Anne Gooch on Hostas. We will also have our Plant & Seed Exchange. Bring in your extras to share!
BRING IN DONATIONS FOR PLANT AND RUMMAGE SALE HAPPENING MAY 13TH. Friday, May 12, DROP OFF FROM 1-4 Essex Railroad Station, 87 Station St., Essex, ON Volunteers will be happy to receive plants and rummage sale donations the day before the plant sale, at the Station 1 - 4, Friday, May 12th. If you have items, new or used, which are in great shape and you no longer wish to keep them, please consider donating them to our rummage sale. No clothing please. Donations can be dropped off to our volunteers behind the Essex Railway Station, 1 - 4, Friday, May 12th. If you absolutely cannot make it on the Friday to drop off items, both plants and rummage sale, we will also welcome them 8:30 - 8:45am the day of the sale.
Annual Plant & Rummage Sale May 13, 2023, 9am-1pm CASH ONLY Essex Railroad Station: 87 Station Street, Essex If you absolutely cannot make it on the Friday to drop off donations, both plants and rummage, we will also welcome them 8:30 - 8:45am the day of the sale.
SPECIAL MEETING in place of regular General Meeting May 24, 2023,*** 7PM*** Royal Canadian Legion, Essex, 103 Talbot Street North, Essex. Speaker is Paul Zamitt, the new gardening columnist on Ontario Today, the call in gardening show on CBC Radio. He is a professor at Niagara College, in the School of Environment & Horticultural Studies. Paul has been a dynamic speaker for many years. Several of our members have heard him over the years and enjoyed him immensely. His topic will be Creative Containers.
BUS TRIP JUNE 10, 2023 6:45am Arrive to bus no later than 6:45 at the Dollar Tree parking Lot, Wilson Avenue, and park at the very back of the area. Price increase as bus and food costs have increased. $80 for paid up members of Essex Horticultural Society or any Horticultural Society; $85 for non-Horticultural Society members. You must present your 2023 membership card from your society when signing up. Trip must be paid for in full by our May 24th meeting, but please sign up early to hold your seat. In the event that you cannot attend after signing up, please contact our Bus Trip Co-ordinator, Sandy Ellenor, at your earliest convenience at selleno@bell.net. ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 6:45am AT THE DOLLAR TREE PARKING LOT, WILSON AVENUE,AND PARK AT THE VERY BACK OF THE AREA. FIRST STOP – SHORT 20 MINUTE COFFEE STOP ON 401 SECOND STOP – SHEDDEN TOWN WIDE YARD SALE & RHUBARB FESTIVAL BUFFET LUNCH - INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE, QUEHLS RESTAURANT, TAVISTOCK. FIRST AFTERNOON STOP - PRIVATE GARDEN OF DAVID HOBSON, WATERLOO. DAVID IS THE AUTHOR OF THE MAD GARDENER AND IS A HORTICULTURAL WRITER IN A LOCAL NEWSLETTER. SECOND AFTERNOON STOP – MEADOW ACRES GREENHOUSE, PETERSBURG HOMEWARD BOUND – SHORT SUPPER/DINNER STOP ON YOUR OWN AT A 401 REST STOP HOME ARRIVAL BETWEEN 8 – 9pm …. A FULL DAY!
FLOWER SHOW/General Meeting June 28, 2023, 7:30PM Essex Retirees' Social Club, 32 Russell Street, Essex, ON FLOWER SHOW plus a presentation of photos from our June 10th bus trip. FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE & RULES are available to read on our Facebook page Essex & District Horticultural Society. You must be a member in order to see the Facebook page.
General Meeting September 27, 2023, 7:30PM Essex Retirees' Social Club, 32 Russell Street, Essex, ON SPEAKER -SANDRA PAT WILLIS from SW Lilies, Thamesville. She MAY be bringing lily bulbs and native trees for purchase. If she does bring bulbs and trees, it will be CASH ONLY; Plant & Seed Exchange; PLEASE BRING IN YOUR SURPLUS TO SHARE!
General Meeting October 25, 2023, 7:30PM Essex Retirees' Social Club, 32 Russell Street, Essex, ON Maria Pap the owner of Floral Gardens, Oldcastle speaking on NEW FINDS & OLD FRIENDS; We will also hold our Semi Annual Silent Auction.
General Meeting November 22, 2023, 6:00PM Essex Retirees' Social Club, 32 Russell Street, Essex, ON, unless otherwise announced. Annual Election of Officers & Dinner: Details TBA
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