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Pakenham Horticultural Society

District 2

About Us

Welcome to the Pakenham Horticultural Society, your local garden club. Our motto is Gardeners helping Gardeners!

You don't need to be an expert to join our club!! We are a group of energetic gardeners of all ages and levels of experience.

We happily share our love and knowledge of gardening in the Ottawa Valley.

For over 90 years, we have held meetings on a wide variety of gardening topics (plants/flowers/vegetables/perennials/garden design etc), we host three friendly flower shows annually, we support the growth of new generation of green thumbs with our Junior Gardens program, and our members work on various community plantings to beautify our great village.

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Our general meeting location is:

St Andrews United Church Hall
2585 County Road 29
Pakenham K0A 2X0
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The fee to join our society is:

$15 per person or $25 per family annually

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
Co-President Darlene Bourne pakenhamhort[at]gmail.com
Co-President Julia Peisley pakenhamhort[at]gmail.com
Secretary Marg Bourk
Treasurer Lani Holland
Past President Jill Moxley RJMoxley[at]gmail.com
General Information:

The garden club meeting regularly from February to October each year.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.
The meetings start at 7:30 PM and usually run until around 9:00 PM.

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2022 Highlights: We had a varied program of speakers, both on Zoom and in person. We learned about the wonderful world of Dahlias and how houseplants act as Horticultural Therapy. In June, we had a visit to Nature’s Apprentice Farm to see no dig gardening techniques and in August we had a hypertufa trough demonstration. We were thrilled to have three friendly Flower and Vegetable Shows (in person after many virtual years). And members also enjoyed a BBQ on White Lake to celebrate 2022 Year of the Garden.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Feb Meeting Feb 15 2023 7:30 PM St Andrews United Church Hall “Rock Your Garden World” – Garden Art Rock Painting Night Co-President Darlene Bourne and Member Toby Barratt will provide a hands-on demo on garden art using hand painted river rocks. Come prepared to paint your own garden art, all supplies provided.
Mar Meeting Mar 15 2023 7:30 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Ben O’Brien – “Growing Grit” WildByDesign landscape designer Ben O'Brien will discuss his innovative Growing Grit designs. The Growing Grit project let him undertake real-world experiments using European approaches to sustainable urban plantings.
Apr Meeting Apr 19 2023 7:30 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Master Gardener, Rob Stuart - “Gardening as we Age” Rob will talk about ergonomic tools available to help gardeners of all ages, as well as easy to maintain perennials and garden design for easy maintenance.
May Meeting Spring Flower Show May 17 2023 7:00 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Kathy Kitagawa – “Essential Oils for Health and Wellbeing” Kathy will describe how essential oils can help us with our health and wellness, as well how they can be used in the garden.
June Meeting Summer Flower Show June 21 2023 7:00 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Blaine Marchand – “A Century of Peonies at the Farm” A walk through the history of the Peony Collection at the Central Experimental Farm.
Fall Flower Show August 16 2023 7:00pm St Andrews United Church Hall Lori Ray – “Growing since 1925” In recognition of the Bi-Centennial in Mississippi Mills, Lori will present PHS History from 1925, along with our scrapbooks. Members are invited to bring old garden pics to share their memories as well.
Plant Sale Sept 9 2023 9AM-Noon Stewart Community Centre Selling hardy perennials, gently used gardening books, garden art and vintage ceramic pots
Sept Meeting Sept 20 2023 7:30 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Scott Hortop – Soil and Leaf Compost Scott is one of many local composters, and he will describe his process of breaking down leaves in large numbers.
Annual General Meeting Oct 18 2023 6:00 PM St Andrews United Church Hall Annual General Meeting and Potluck Dinner
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