Societies in Ontario
Almonte & District Horticultural Society
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, we are returning to in-person meetings!
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 to find out about this and other activities.
For 10 weeks in the summer we hold a "Yard of the Week" competition. Gardens are nominated by friends and neighbours, then volunteer judges go round and pick a winner each week. Prizes are awarded and the runner up moves into the following week's nominations.
Cornerstone Community Church
1728 concession 11
Annual membership fee is $10 per person
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).
Annual membership is $10, and guests are welcome. There are 10 meetings each year. To get a membership form, email email@example.com. Forms are also available at meetings. The annual Spring Plant Sale takes place in May - this year that is May 13th. There is also a fall plant sale on September 16. A number of local businesses give a discount to A&DHS members.
|February Meeting||Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Melanie MacKenzie will speak about vegetable gardening, with a focus on maximizing yield.|
|March Meeting||Monday March 27, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Scott Hortop will give an update on his leaf mould/fungal dominant compost operation. Will Affleck will follow up with a presentation about his "Just Good Compost" service.|
|April Meeting||Monday, April 24, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Helen Halpenny, Marilyn Snedden and Cindy Zorgel will give a demonstration about exhibiting flower specimens, edibles and floral design.|
|SPRING PLANT SALE||Saturday, May 13, 9:00-11:00am||Almonte Library parking lot, 155 High Street, Almonte||GREAT PRICES on vegetable seedlings, annuals, perennials, books, pots and more.|
|May Meeting||Monday, May 22, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Jamie Roy of Acanthus Flower Shop will speak about succulents. After the presentation, members will make a succulent dish garden for the 2023 OHA Convention tables.|
|June Meeting||Monday, June 26, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Laurie and Jessica Bachand of Stoneridge Gardens will speak about drought tolerant perennials and tips for water retention in the soil.|
|August Meeting||Monday, August 28, 6:00 pm (note the different time)||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Harvest Potluck Dinner as well as a Mini Flower Show. Bring your own plate, cup and cutlery. Note: flower show entries to be placed between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.|
|FALL PLANT SALE||Saturday, September 16, 9-11 am||BEHIND Almonte Library in GARDEN area; 155 High Street, Almonte||Perennials, bulbs, houseplants, produce and preserves. Something for everyone!|
|September meeting||Monday, September 25, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Speaker: Tina Liu, Landscape Architect with the NCC. Tina will give a presentation on tulips, and other spring bulbs that make up the spectacular flower beds in Ottawa.|
|October Meeting||Monday, October 23, 7:30 pm||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||Scott Sigurdson of Indian Creek Gardens will give tips on best gardening practices as well as best varieties to grow in a vegetable garden.|
|Annual General Meeting and Banquet||Monday, November 27, 6 pm (note earlier start time)||Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte||this will be a pot-luck extravaganza. Bring your own plate, cup and cutlery, and decorate your place setting. Program includes AGM, awards, elections and Christmas Quiz.|