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Schomberg Horticultural Society

District 15

About Us

Since its inception on April 12th, 1935, the Schomberg Horticultural Society has been an integral part of King Township. The objectives of the Society is to hold meetings with guest speakers that will encompass all aspects of horticulture to encourage all types of gardening. It promotes the protection of the environment through good gardening practices, tree plantings, public beautification and educational materials and how to be good stewards of our lands. Furthermore the Horticultural Society is to provide competitions, exhibits, field trips, contests and awards to promote these objectives, which are in the bound by their constitution and are governed by the Agricultural & Horticultural Organizations Act of the Province of Ontario.
The Schomberg Horticultural Society has not taken these tasks lightly, which is evident by the numerous projects, installations, maintenance and beautification of gardens it has taken on over the years.
While the monthly meetings always have interesting speakers, the main events are the plant sale on the weekend before Mother's Day and the Annual Garden Tour on the last Sunday in June.
More information on the garden tour: http://experienceking.ca/schomberg-horticultural-society-annual-garden-tour/
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Our general meeting location is:

Anglican Church
116 Church Street
Schomberg L0G 1T0
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The fee to join our society is:

Single yearly memberships $ 20.00, family memberships $ 25.00. If you wish to just attend one meeting it is $ 5.00 at the door

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Jill Watts-Hayward haywatts@yahoo.com 905-939-2781
Past President Linda Jessop linda-bruce.jessop@bellnet.ca@belln 905-939-2059
1st Vice Mary Tzarik marytzarik@rogers.com 905-939-7206
2nd Vice Barb Prince barbprince@sympatico.ca 905-939-8181
Directors Liz MacPherson, Eleonora Schmied, Sheila Kelly, Susan Zweep, Angela Rose, Joan Rice, Trish Maguire, Pat Janse, Janice Crone
Garden Tour Committee Barbara Niemeyer, Eleonora Schmied niemeyer@aol.com, eschmied@rogers.com 905-939-2216, 905-939-7454
Plant Sale Committee Kathleen Gorsline gorsline@sympatico.ca 905-939-2505
General Information:

We meet every last Tuesday of the month (March to June and September, October) at 7:30
Besides inspiring speakers we feature a flower show and refreshments after the presentation.
Guests are always welcome. $ 5.00 at the door

Join Us!

Join our enthusiastic group of volunteers, experience comradery, meet new, like minded people and help beautify the place we live in, encourage our young generation to learn how to take care of our environment.
Join our meetings with exciting speakers, a fabulous flower show and refreshments after the presentation. Our signature events are the plants sale on the first weekend of May which features hard to find rare perennials, treasures from our member's gardens, herbs, annuals, small shrubs and trees and a children's program. 9am - 4pm. The second annual event is the garden tour on the last Sunday in June, it features 8 outstanding gardens and properties in and around Schomberg in picturesque King Township. Members of Arts Society King display their art in the gardens.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Annual Garden Tour June 28th, 10am - 4pm Schomberg Library, 77 Main Street Self guided tour of gardens in and around the village of Schomberg. Members of Arts Society King display their art in each garden. Some gardens are in walking distance.
Maple Syrup - nature's sweet gift March 24th, 7:30 - 9:30 Schomberg Anglican Church, 166 Church Street in Schomberg TOPIC: Backyard Sugaring SPEAKER: Have you ever wanted to try making maple syrup? This year in King Township, the third week of March is shaping up to be the perfect time to tap trees and make maple syrup. When the daytime temperatures rise above freezing and the evening temperatures dip below freezing, the conditions are ideal for sap to flow. With a cordless drill and a few basic syrup making supplies you can take part in one of the most Canadian of all spring rituals. Karen Hollingshead has been tapping trees on her property for many years and produces syrup from five different varieties of maples. Karen planted all of the trees in her yard herself and was thrilled when they were finally large enough to tap. In the past few years she happily “branched out” when her neighbours offered her their trees for tapping as well. This will be an interactive presentation full of information with lots of opportunity for you to ask questions. Make sure you plan to attend and make 2020 the year that the big juicy Norway maple tree in your front yard is introduced to some pancakes!
Farming and Zero Waste April 28th, 7:30 - 9:30 Schomberg Anglican Church, 166 Church Street Shannon Lee Stirling has been growing gardens since she was a child. Inspired by her permie-guru of a father, she developed curiosity of the world’s natural cycles. Moving out on her own at 17, realizing the disconnections in our food, housing, medical and social systems, she set out to find ways to reconnect. Shannon grew food, built houses, and studied natural health including a yoga teacher’s certification and training in herbal medicine, and massage. She became involved with community building, place making and creative ways to engage in society and move towards a life that is in balance with the natural world. In 2009, Shannon held the position of Project Coordinator for Backyard Bounty – an urban farming business in its first season in Guelph. In this capacity she coordinated the first Urban Agriculture Symposium at the University of Guelph. She also became involved with the GFRT and have most recently found herself working with Foodshare as a facilitator of youth urban agriculture projects. Flower Show, refreshments after the presentation Guest Night, free admission
Frankie Ferragine April 15th, 7pm King Township Municipal Offices Frankie Ferragine presents: Garden Crazy A look into the way we garden and how others have gardened thru history and what makes avid gardeners Crazy – fun humorous talk diving into old garden books, with some tips and tricks. Tickets will be available on eventbrite.ca as of February 21st. Limited Seating, car pooling strongly recommended, parking across the street at Heritage Centre at 2920 King Road
"Foraging" - Alexis Burrett May 26th, 7:30 - 9:30 Schomberg Anglican Church at 166 Church Street in Schomberg This presentation will focus on learning how to ethically harvest plants for food and medicine from the wild. We will talk about both native and non-native plants and explore what it means to work with these groups of plants in a way that helps to sustain and regenerate local populations. As the popularity of foraging increases, it is more important than ever to learn what plants can be harvested in a sustainable manner and how we can help other plants to increase their populations in the name of caretaking and land stewardship.
"Roses" - Queen of Flowers by Elizabeth Schleicher June 23rd, 7:30 - 9:30 Schomberg Anglican Church at 166 Church Street in Schomberg Informative presentation on anything to do with roses, how to grow them, propagate and take care of them. Flower Show, refreshments after presentation. Free for members, Guests pay $ 5.00 at the door
"After the Harvest - what's next?" Julia Dimakos September 22nd, 7:30 - 9:30 Schomberg Anglican Church, 166 Church Street in Schmberg After the Harvest - What's Next? This presentation covers what to do with your harvest after bringing it indoors. It does not cover canning. Instead, it shows you how to properly store your vegetables, either whole or converted, in order to enjoy them for as long as possible into the winter. I cover storage techniques for a list of vegetables, whether in a cold cellar/cold room, fridge, cold basement, etc. If the vegetables can not be stored whole, I discuss how to convert them through freezing, freezer canning, fermenting and more. The second half of the presentation shows examples of some of the creative and interesting ways I have used my harvest, offering alternative ways to preserve what we grow.
Annual Plant Sale May 9th, 9am - 1pm TBA Interesting, hard to find perennials, treasures from our members gardens, annuals, perennials, small trees and shrubs, Mother's Day Baskets, Planters, Children's Workshop.
"Creating Seasonal Wreaths & Urns" by Darlene Rupke, Seasons Floral Studio October 27th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Schomberg Anglican Church, 166 Church Street Creating seasonal wreaths and urns for your home and front door.
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