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St. Catharines Horticultural Society

District 9

About Us


The very first meeting of the St. Catharines Horticultural Society was held on June 29, 1857. Since then our members have provided countless hours of volunteer service to make our city more beautiful.

We are a non profit organization. Our members share a common interest in gardening, and a desire to increase their knowledge of plants and other aspects of gardening.


To provide leadership and assist in the promotion and education in all areas of gardening, horticulture, and environmental issues, thereby beautifying and providing enjoyment for all.

- maintain the gardens at the historic British Methodist Episcopal Church on Geneva St.
- work with the city to keep St. Catharines beautiful by donating funds for parks and other public places.
- provide bursaries and awards for horticultural students
- encourage homeowners to beautify their properties by sponsoring the City's Trillium awards for residential gardens.
- annual garden tour
- annual plant sale

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. ~Gertrude Jekyll

Please consider joining us this year!

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Our general meeting location is:

Grace Mennonite Church
677 Niagara St.
St. Catharines L2M 3R4
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The fee to join our society is:

Annual (January to December) membership dues are $20.00 per person.

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
Past President Jan Harte stchort@gmail.com
General Information:

The Society meets on the third Monday of each month except June, July, August, and December. Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Grace Mennonite Church, 677 Niagara St., St Catharines (between Linwell Rd. and Lakeshore Rd.) The doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time to get a coffee or tea before the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

November's Meeting is for our Annual General Meeting.

Each meeting includes a guest speaker, refreshments, door prizes, 50/50 draw and information on our many gardening activities.

Visitors are always warmly welcomed. There is a visitor fee of $5.00.

Don't forget to "lug a mug" to enjoy your coffee or tea.

Join Us!

Annual (January to December) membership dues are $20.00 per person. This includes 9 newsletters (Chrysanthemum Chronicles) that are sent by email. We usually sell earlybird memberships during our September and October meetings. The earlybird memberships go into a draw for a free annual membership.

Memberships may be purchased at any meeting.

Memberships are also available at Stems Etc. from Tuesday through Saturday. Stems Etc. is located at Unit 3, 101 Lakeport Rd., St. Catharines.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Plant Sale Sat., May 11, 2019: 9 a.m. to 12 noon Bill Burgoyne Arena The St. Catharines Horticultural Society's annual plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Come on out to the Bill Burgoyne Arena, 129 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines, ON., L2N 6H2 for a great selection of plants at great prices that have been grown by members and friends of the club. 
May Monthly Meeting Mon., May 20, 2019: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Grace Mennonite Church Sean James: Fusion Gardening What is Fusion Gardening? One definition states that is blending eco-friendly design elements into a traditional landscape. Sean James of Sean James Consulting and Design defines fusion gardening as “grafting rainscaping with xeriscaping (drought-tolerant landscaping)”. Come on out for an informative presentation that will provide some ideas to help us deal with the unusual and unpredictable weather that we experience.
Garden Tour Sat., May 25, 2019: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various Gardens in and around St. Catharines The St. Catharines Horticultural Society invites you to our annual garden tour on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Please see the poster below for more information.
September Monthly Meeting Mon., Sept. 16, 2019: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Grace Mennonite Church Our guest speaker will be Michael Albanese, owner of Avesi Stormwater and Landscape Solutions. Michael will be sharing his knowledge on how to build rain gardens.
October Monthly Meeting Mon., Oct. 21, 2019: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Grace Mennonite Church The Hamilton Spectator’s Garden Writer, Rob Howard, will be presenting, “Nine Things I Learned in Other Peoples’ Gardens.
November Monthly Meeting and AGM Mon., Nov. 18, 2019: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Grace Mennonite Church Peter Thompstone will be doing a demonstration - How to Make a Christmas Swag. Peter, aka “Mr. Horticulture” is a member of our society and Chair of the St. Catharines’ Green Advisory Committee of St. Catharines. His demonstrations are always excellent. You are sure to get some new ideas.

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