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Huntsville Horticultural Society

District 18

About Us

Welcome to the Huntsville Horticultural Society's website.

The Huntsville Horticultural Society was founded in 1925 and is a non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. Our goal is to promote Horticulture in the Town of Huntsville.

Anyone can join by paying a yearly membership fee. Members enjoy a discount at some of our local Garden Centres. We are open to all age groups and have an active Junior Horticultural Society.

We hold monthly general meetings that feature speakers, demonstrations, or workshops. We usually offer a yearly Plant Sale, Flower Shows, and a Garden Tour. The Society also sponsors a bursary for any student graduating from Huntsville High School who is pursuing a course of study in horticulture or a related field.

We actively participate in the beautification of Huntsville. We are responsible for purchasing and planting the flowers for the planters in Downtown Huntsville. In the fall we remove all of these annuals in preparation for winter. We also help plant barrels and cubes that will be placed around town by the Parks Department. The Society is also entirely responsible for planting and maintenance of the barrels and garden at the Huntsville Public Library. In recent years, we have helped the Parks Department maintain the Veteran's Memorial Garden & plant the gardens at the Brunel Locks and the Flag Park. As well, we aided the Rotary Club by planting several small gardens at Orchard Park and Avery Beach.

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Our general meeting location is:

The Huntsville Public Library
7 Minerva Street East
Huntsville P1H 1P2
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The fee to join our society is:

Single Membership $10.00/yr, Family Membership $15.00/yr, Youth (Age 6 to 16) $2.00 /yr, Guest Fee $2.00/ meeting

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Debora Marshall huntsvillehorticulture@outlook.com 705-787-0905
Treasurer Karen Fell kfellgdanks@gmail.com 705-787-0750
Secretary Shelley Cowan shelleycowan.school@gmail.com 705-783-2046
Membership Nancy Huttenlochner 705-789-4087
Flower Show Convenor open
Beautification Jessie Snell
Youth/Garden Tour Shelley Cowan shelleycowan.school@gmail.com 705-783-2046
Green Elephant Table Carol Stevens
General Information:

Our meetings are usually held on the 2nd TUESDAY of every month from March to November (except July and August). Meetings start promptly at 7:00 P.M. unless otherwise stated. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meetings comprise of a short business section usually followed by a speaker, demonstration, or workshop, or vice versa. Refreshments are served. We have a time of questions/answers and sharing of knowledge. A "Green Elephant' table where members donate garden related items or plants available for a donation.

Join Us!

Everyone is welcome to join the Huntsville Horticultural Society. Our membership includes novice to expert. We have an active Junior Society as well for children aged 6 to 16.

The Huntsville Horticultural Society Membership period is from January to December each year. All renewals are due at the beginning of each year regardless of the month the member originally joined.

Memberships may be purchased at any of our meetings or special events. To mail in a membership, please use the form located at the bottom of the page

Members enjoy a:
- 10% discount from Lake of Bays Garden Centre and Hidden Habitat & W.H Perron catalogue. Please present your card at the time of purchase. Exceptions may apply.

Business member Cindy's Gardening &Home Services & Mike's Landscaping

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
General Meeting - Speaker Mar 12 @ 7 pm Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East Hugelkulture
General Meeting - Speaker April 9 @ 7pm Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East Shoreline Vegetation Requirements
General Meeting May 14 @ 7 pm Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East Blues in the Garden -Anna - Leggatt
EcoFest May 25@ Huntsville Public School We may have a table at Ecofest.
Spring Plant Sale TBD Sale features locally grown plants from the gardens of Huntsville Horticultural Society members. This year we will also be selling hybridized dallies donated by Near North Dallies! Proceeds help fund Society activities. 8 am to 11 am (while quantities last) (Weather Permitting - Postponement will be announced by 6 am)
Downtown Planting June 6 or 7@ 9:30 am TBD Behind the Royal Bank Members meet behind the Royal Bank. Bring your tools, gloves and hat.
General Meeting - Speaker June 11 @ 7 pm Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East & Zoom Garden Travel - Finding Inspiration in Botanical Gardens and Public Places -Anne Bossart
Garden Tour (2025) 2025 Gardens throughout Huntsville Gardenes wanted -Self Guided Tour of several local gardens $10.00 per person includes a $10.00 coupon for Sandhill Nursery. Chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Lake of Bays Garden Center . Maps will be available at The Great Vine - 36 Main Street East.
Pot Luck, General Meeting, Speaker September 10 @ 6 pm potluck 7 pm Meeting Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East The potluck will start at 6 pm followed by our meeting at 7 pm. If attending the potluck you will need to bring a food dish of your choice and your place setting (plate, cup, cutlery, and placemat (optional). The library does not have any dish wear for our use. Our speaker will be DAvid Hawke - Fabulous Fungi
General Meeting -Speaker October 8 @ 7 pm Huntsville Public Library - 7 Minerva Street Street East Bats in the Garden -Muskoka Conservancy
2024 AGM & Workshop Saturday November TBD Huntsville Public Library -7 Minerva Street Street East AGM, Installation of directors, Christmas Social, Gift exchange, awards presentations and workshop TBD (registration required for workshop)
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