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Almonte & District Horticultural Society

District 2

About Us

Welcome to the Almonte and District Horticultural Society. We are a garden club and have members ranging in experience from Master Gardeners to beginners. See below for the list of meetings and events this year.

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month except in July and December. There are educational speakers and demonstrations at meetings, flower and vegetable shows, and refreshments! this year, our first few meetings are virtual using Zoom. We hope to have in-person meetings later in the year when Covid restrictions are lifted.

For people who enjoy working with flowers, the Town Beautification Committee welcomes volunteers to maintain the gardens and flower boxes around town. No experience is required and you are sure to make new friends. Come and join us at one of our meetings.

Last year, 2021, our society celebrated 100 years since its inception. We completed a three year pollinator garden project and unveiled a piece of art which was commissioned for the occasion. See photos below.

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Our general meeting location is:

Cornerstone Community Church (not in 2022)
1728 concession 11
Almonte K0A1A0
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The fee to join our society is:

Annual membership fee is $10 per person

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
Treasurer Carol Alexander carolalexa[at]gmail.com (613)256-1071
President Cindy Zorgel zorgel[at]rogers.com (613)256-5155
Secretary Melanie MacKenzie tuppenceandbob[at]gmail.com
General Information:

All meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except July and December and statutory holidays, (unless noted otherwise).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Cornerstone Church location is not being used this year. Meetings are either Zoom meetings or outdoors.

Join Us!

Annual membership is $10, and guests are welcome. There are 10 meetings each year. To get a membership form, email adhsmailbox@gmail.com. The annual Spring Plant Sale takes place in May - this year that is May 14th. There is also a fall plant sale in September. A number of local businesses give a discount to A&DHS members.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
February Meeting Monday, February 28, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker Rebecca Last-Guenette Presentation is about garden renovations from start to finish.
March Meeting Monday, March 28, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker: Trish Murphy of Les Beaux Arbres. Trish will speak about alvars, which are rare biological environments. There is an alvar just outside Almonte, in the area known as Burnt Lands.
April Meeting Monday, April 25, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker: Rob Lyle of Greenhaus, Almonte. Where do those fresh, delicious lettuces come from in our local grocery store in the middle of winter? Rob will show us when he provides a virtual tour of his hydroponic greenhouse.
SPRING PLANT SALE Saturday, May 14, 9:00-11:00am Almonte Library PARKING LOT in FRONT GREAT PRICES on annuals, perennials, books, pots and more.
May Meeting Monday, May 23, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker: Mary Ann Van Berlo. Mary Ann's garden has been designated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Habitat and Monarch Waystation. She will give a presentation on creating a pollinator garden.
June Meeting Monday, June 27, 7:30 pm Outdoor meeting at the garden located behind the Mississippi Mills Public Library in Almonte. Speakers: David Hinks and Allan Goddard will discuss Insect Pests and Problems. they will also speak about pest control. fungi, bacteria, rodents and more. Bring a specimen in a bag for identification. Bring a lawn chair
August Meeting Monday, August 22, 7:30 pm Outdoors at the Blakeney Community Garden Tour of the Community Garden by David Hinks, Lanark County Master Gardener. this Lanark County Food Bank project is in its second year and was successful in producing thousands of pounds of vegetables last summer.
FALL PLANT SALE Saturday, September 17, 9-11 am BEHIND Almonte Library in GARDEN area Perennials, bulbs, houseplants, produce and preserves. Something for everyone!
September meeting Monday, September 26, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker: Tina Liu, Landscape Architect with the NCC. Tina will give a presentation on tulips, their varieties and flower bed designs.
October Meeting Monday, October 24, 7:30 pm Zoom meeting Speaker: Blaine Marchand, Gardening Director of the Experimental Farm. Blaine will speak about the peonies of A.P. Saunders including helpful hints on division and planting peonies.
Annual General Meeting and Banquet Monday, November 28, 6 pm TBA The program will include a floral demonstration, awards and election of officers.
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