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Our Society has been busy celebrating:

  • our 60th anniversary in 2015,
  • the 125th anniversary of the village of Eganville in 2016,
  • Canada 150 in 2017, and also
  • the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.


Special Event - November 7, 2017


Everyone is encouraged to dress warmly and come out to join us in honouring Canada's soldiers and the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. There were devastating losses in that battle but Canadian soldiers played a major role in the progress made there.

A Canadian soldier sent acorns home from Vimy when he realized that all of the trees had been destroyed in the battle. An authentic Vimy Oak sapling has been planted at Eganville's Legion Field and a commemorative stone has been added.  Everyone is invited to the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, November 7 at 11:00 am at Legion Field, 8 Foran Street, Eganville, near the ballpark. Join the Rotary, the Legion, the Horticultural Society, the Municipal Council, soldiers from CFB Petawawa, and a representative from the Vimy Oaks Legacy Team in this joint dedication, followed by refreshments at the Curling Club. June Hansen, our Treasurer, will represent the Society as well as representing Military Families. All are welcome.


Meetings and Activities

Regular monthly meetings take place on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December. See the detailed schedule of visiting speakers below.

Each meeting kicks off with a social time - you can visit over a cup of coffee or tea with treats, and then the meeting follows. Meetings first include Society business and announcements, then doorprizes, followed by the featured speaker.  Floral and/or photo competitions are held periodically throughout the year and are open to members. There is a table displaying Society announcements and information, with a second section for members to display information about other community events.

Meetings are free for members; a visitor's fee of $5 applies to non-members at each meeting. 

Join Us!

Where: All meetings take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville, upstairs banquet hall

When:  7:00 pm with a social time over tea and dessert (unless noted differently below) Always the 3rd Monday of the month. Meeting starts at 7:30.

Who:    Everyone aged 12+ is welcome to attend. Free to members and $5 fee for visitors.

Membership: Come and check us out. Memberships cost only $10 per year or $15 for a family (living at the same address). 

There are perks for members such as joining us for garden tours and borrowing gardening books from our large library. Only members may enter the floral competitions. Members are notified in advance of each meeting when they receive the monthly newsletter, The Daisy Chain.


2017 Program

January 16
Robin Cunningham, Pembroke Field Naturalists, retired forester, Ottawa River Institute Director, experienced birder and much more
Birding through the Seasons

Terry Newcombe, Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society, Barry’s Bay
Organic Farming on an Island Volcano (in Nicaragua)

This expert gardener, learned through trial and error, surprises and challenges, that it took more than good intentions to teach organic farming in this unusual location.

February 20
Christina Anderman, Morninglory Farm, Killaloe
Permaculture: Gardening in Harmony with the Earth following the twelve guiding principles

Permaculture, derived from "permanent agriculture", is a collection of farming/gardening practices combined with everyday life practices. It is based on respect for nature and the quest for sustainability.

March 20 (re-scheduled from January)

Terry Newcombe, Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society, Barry’s Bay
Organic Farming on an Island Volcano (in Nicaragua)

This expert gardener, learned through trial and error, surprises and challenges, that it took more than good intentions to teach organic farming in this unusual location.

April 17 - Easter Monday  Regular meeting is cancelled (replaced with District 2 AGM at Opeongo High School). See Special Events below. 

May 15
Sarah Lawless & Alex Marchant from Fern & Fungi, Killaloe

Sarah is the head herbalist, experienced forager and the founder of Fern & Fungi. Alex is a forager, mushroom whisperer, and herbalist in training. They make products from wild plants, trees and fungi foraged locally. Their presentation is called Identifying Wild Mushrooms & How to Use Them and will include many examples of mushrooms for hands-on familiarization.

June 19
Jay McLaren, Pembroke

This long-time favourite speaker is the former owner of Sunset Nursery and a recently retired teacher from Algonquin College. He will share his extensive experience and knowlege about Low Maintainance Gardening.

September 18
Harvest Auction with auctioneer Terry Hoelke (of Eganville)

Live auction offering fresh garden produce, preserves, baking, perennials and shrubs from the gardens of Society members. Fresh – and fun. The auction begins at 7:00 – no social time – and the pace will be brisk.

October 16
Kevin Nieman, Kevin’s Flowers, Petawawa

Before our eyes, Kevin will create two fall-themed floral arrangements, explaining techniques and details about the materials as he works. His masterpieces will be given as doorprizes. Tickets for the November 28 Christmas Dinner will go on sale at this meeting.

November 20
6:00 pm – Pot Luck Dinner. Winners of the Garden of the Month will be invited and honoured during the dinner.
7:30 pm – AGM with committee reports for 2017 & election of executive for 2018



Special Events:

April 22 - District 2 AGM

Theme: Celebrate Earth Day in Eganville with a special focus on pollinators

The Eganville society members are pleased to be hosting the District 2 AGM. We have done our best to plan a really interesting day for everyone. It takes place at the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre, 20 Rankin Rink Rd, Pembroke, which is located between Pembroke and Eganville. The Centre faces Hwy 41 and has a large sign along the highway. An invitation package was sent to each society in District 2 with a detailed Agenda and other important information. If you need detailed directions, please contact Judy Sauve at

Registration will begin at 8 am and the meeting starts at 9:15. There will be an Ottawa Valley Marketplace open until 9:15, and also during the morning break and at noon.

Speakers will be naturalists Ethan Huner and Michael Runtz.

Our speakers:

The featured speakers are great choices for a celebration of Earth Day and have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

Ethan Huner is a professional naturalist with a strong background in many fields related to natural resource sciences and research, as well as cultural history. He is a skilled tracker, a teacher (Algonquin College) and a resource technician for the Algonquins of Ontario. Part of his career included five years of work and research in Algonquin Park, including some archaeological work.

Michael Runtz is a highly respected Canadian naturalist, nature photographer, and natural history author. A winner of several awards, he has shared his appreciation of the outdoors as TV host,  TV guest, educator, conservationist, speaker and newspaper columnist, and has trekked through provincial parks leading groups on wildlife observation trips.

Other items of interest:
We will also have a marketplace with about a dozen local vendors. This will include several nurseries as well as vendors with honey, maple syrup, goats milk soap, preserves, natural teas, jewelry, pottery and others. We encourage you to come early to register and then go shopping with your coffee and a muffin.  We'll be open at 8 am.

A raffle will be conducted to help defray the costs of the AGM. Prizes will be two gift baskets containing products from the vendors in the marketplace.

AND another reminder to bring your water bottle if possible.  

May 13

Spring Plant Sale & Bazaar at the Eganville Legion from 9 am until 11:00 pm.

Great deals on plants from members' gardens. Book sale and raffle. Our Café offers your morning coffee/tea and muffins for purchase.


July 17

Local garden tour. Open to all members and tour will include 4 gardens, each one very different. Meet at the Eganville Legion at 9:15 if you would like to carpool. Otherwise go to the junction of Opeongo Road and the Baptist Church Road (not far from the Foymount area) and you will be directed to the first garden. This first garden includes a "keyhole" garden which works perfectly in a rocky terrain on the Opeongo Road, as well as some other innovative types of gardens. A keyhole garden is created with a compost area in the centre and the nutrients from this filter out to the surrounding garden. You'll find this is a whimsical garden area with some imaginative and fun recycled items. Other gardens are down the road on the shore of Lake Clear. All gardens are on Wieland Shore Road and they include a breathtaking water garden (where we will eat lunch in the shade), and two other beautiful gardens along the shoreline.

Bring lunch, water, hat, lawn chair for lunch time, comfy shoes, bug jacket or bug repellent, and camera. An umbrella could be useful for walking along Wieland Shore Road to see the last two gardens. 

If you have questions, please email or phone 613-628-9898.

For anyone interested in going on this tour, memberships cost $10 (or $15 for family). You must be a member so that you are covered by our insurance.  

November 28

Annual Christmas Dinner at the Eganville Legion; open to the community so we begin the Christmas season together.

Social time with bar service opens at 5 pm; dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets in advance from Gail Heins, 613-628-2745 beginning October 16.

Guest speaker: Guest speaker: local businessman (Bonnechere Caves) and tourism guru Chris Hinsperger
Topic: Sharing Our Treasure: The Ottawa Valley, as seen through the eyes of a local lad

Lots of other activities are traditionally included at this dinner (silent auction, candy/bake/craft tables).



Last Updated: 2017-11-03