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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. This year we also helped plant barrels and cubes that will be placed around town by the Parks Department. The Society is also entirely responsible for maintaining the gardens and barrels 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, in conjunction with the Rotary Club, we planted several new small gardens at Orchard Park and Avery Beach.

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Our general meeting location is:

The Annex
1 Minerva Street East
Huntsville P1H 1W4
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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 Shelley Cowan shelleycowan.school@gmail.com 705-783-2046
Garden Tour Shelley Cowan shelleycowan.school@gmail.com 705-783-2046
General Information:

We will be able to hold in-person meetings this year or a combination of in-person and virtual meetings. For in-person meetings, participants will be expected to self-screen and masks will be required. Our meetings are 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. Meetings comprise of a short business section usually followed by a speaker, demonstration, or workshop, or visa versa.

Join Us!

Everyone is welcome to join the Huntsville Horticultural Society. Our membership includes novice to expert. We have an active Junior Horticultural 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 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 time of purchase. Exceptions may apply

Thank you to our business members Cindy's Gardening&Home Services.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
General Meeting - Speaker Mar 8 @ 7 pm Zoom Speaker - Cindy Mortimer from Cindy's Gardening and Home Services
General Meeting - Speaker April 12 @ 7pm Annex- 1 Minerva Street Street East Speaker -Laura from Hidden Habitat
General Meeting -Speaker May 10 @ 7 pm Annex- 1 Minerva Street Street East Speaker -Peter Wood - Buffalo Garden Walk
Daffodil Farm Field Trip May 14 @10:30 am Nobel Members to visit Valleyhaven Narcissus Farm in Nobel. Open to members only.
Spring Plant Sale June Cancelled 2022 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 3 @ 9:30 am Behind the Royal Bank Members meet behind the Royal Bank. Bring your tools, gloves and hat.
General Meeting - Speaker June 14 @ 7 pm Annex- 1 Minerva Street Street East & Zoom The meeting will have a speaker followed by the business portion of the meeting. The Green Elephant Table will be available. Our speaker for the evening will be Anna Leggatt. Anna has a lifetime of experience to impart. Her credentials are lengthy and can be found listed below. She says she is " basically a mad gardener, gardening in a comparatively large garden in Toronto with lots of shade and visiting mink, deer, and groundhogs. The title and topic of his presentation is “Clematis, the Queen of the Flowers.” The presentation will cover differing types of Clematis, how to grow them (including pruning), and how to solve problems with their culture. A range of different cultivars will be shown. Anna will be joining us over Zoom, so attendees have the option to view the presentation online as well. A zoom link will be sent to members a couple of days prior to the meeting. If you are not a member please request that a link be sent to you if you wish to view the presentation. Donations to cover the cost of the speaker are always appreciated. Following a brief business meeting -
Garden Tour July 16 Gardens throughout Huntsville 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.
General Meeting, Speaker September 13 @ 7 pm Annex- 1 Minerva Street Street East Speaker Cortney LeGros - Seed Saving presentation and workshop. See poster.
General Meeting and Speaker October 11 @ 7 pm Annex- 1 Minerva Street Street East Speaker Dr Richard Marshall from Valleyhaven Narcissus Farm
2022 AGM November 29 @ 7 pm Huntsville Public Library -7 Minerva Street Street East AGM, Installation of directors, Christmas Social, Gift exchange, awards presentations and Forcing Bulbs Presentation & Workshop (Pre-registration required for workshop)
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