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, 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.
Cornerstone Community Church (not in 2022)
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).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Cornerstone Church location is not being used this year. Meetings are either Zoom meetings or outdoors.
Annual membership is $10, and guests are welcome. There are 10 meetings each year. To get a membership form, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
|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.|