Eganville Horticultural Society

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Eganville and Area Horticultural Society




Founded: 1955


Floral emblem: Daisy



Society Mailing Address: 67 Columbine Lane, RR6, Eganville ON K0J 1T0




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 or activity.  Floral and/or photo competitions are held periodically throughout the year and are open to members. There is a table displaying Society and District 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 for our social time with coffee/tea and snacks (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:

  • all meetings are free
  • you are invited to the annual summer garden tour
  • you have access to our large lending library
  • participation in society's floral competitions
  • ability to vote on any issues brought to the membership
  • receipt (by email) of monthly newsletter, The Daisy Chain, which is a reminder of upcoming meeting. Other related notices and relevant information is periodically distributed by email. A few copies of the current Daisy Chain are available at meetings.
  • you are invited to the OHA annual convention (costs apply for registration, accommodation, etc.)


2018 Program


Special Garden Ontario Week Celebration

Saturday June 9 & 16

10:00 – 11:00 am:  

The Temperate Garden, 101 Bonnechere St. East
Phone 613-628-1048.

Owners Baxter and Cy will host a demonstration on how to create your own planter pot. This includes how to choose the plants that will grow in the spot you want, how to prepare the soil, frequency of watering, etc. Supplies will be available to purchase so you can complete your own beautiful planter pot at home (optional).


12:30 – 2:00 pm: 

Bonnechere Union Public Library, 74-A Maple St.
Phone 613-628-2400

The Library is hosting movie time for children and their parents. A different movie is featured each Saturday, and both are from the list of top 10 movies with a “Green Theme” recommended by the Smithsonian Institute. Up the hill from the Tourist Information Centre.

June 9 - Disney Pixar’s WALL-E        June 16 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax


12:30 - 4:00 pm:

Seeds of Creation Greenhouse, 8744 Highway 60 (next to Foodland)
Phone (705) 321-3308

A FREE family-friendly event provided by members of the Eganville and Area Horticultural Society. Children will begin with a seedling, some soil and a pot, and will be guided through transplanting the seedling to take home. Adults without children may gain some tips too and are invited to browse through the variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, hanging plants and vegetable seedlings. Organic and heirloom varieties.

Friday, June 15 Greenhouse and Garden Box Tour

Celebrate Garden Ontario Week at a special event on Friday, June 15, 10am to noon. Tour a custom-built greenhouse and 11 garden boxes surrounding the home of Lynne and John Epps, 30 Elsie Street, Eganville. John will offer plans for building a box and Lynne will share vegetable gardening methods. FREE, no registration required, just drop in. Watch for the sign at Elsie St & Bonnechere St. W(Hwy60). Bring your lunch & enjoy the screened-in sunroom or the outside picnic table.


Program of Regular Monthly Meetings and Special Events

January 15

Terry Newcombe, Madawaska Valley

Presentation: Preserving the Harvest

Prize-winning gardener Terry Newcombe returns to discuss all sorts of ways to preserve your fruits and vegetables - freezing, cellaring, dehydrating, pickling, canning and how to extend fridge storage. While planning your garden this winter, know that you can plant more and enjoy it all of next winter with these techniques. Best of all, Terry is bringing free samples!! You'll recognize him as the speaker who entertained us last year with his adventures experienced while teaching organic farming on a Nicaraguan volcano.

February 19

Wayne Remus & Lyndsey Mask, Shaw Woods

Presentation: Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre: A Bit of History, Some Education Points and a Lot of Bragging

Hear about the incredible mix of trees, plants and wildlife, the trails wiinding through this property, and who really visits this wonder located so close to us. Wayne is a member of the Board of Directors and Lyndsey is an instructor who works with the students who visit.

March 19

Trivia Night

We're excited that Baxter Topham-Pitt from The Temperate Garden (Eganville) is returning to host Trivia Night. It will be a fun evening of laughs, prizes, and surprises. No need to be an expert gardener because Baxter includes questions for everyone.


April 16  - Re-scheduled to April 30 due to ice-storm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer Doubt, Museum of Nature, Ottawa

Presentation:Bonnechere Bryophytes: why mosses deserve a place in our hearts (and maybe our gardens)

Like all common plants in Canada's wild landscapes, mosses play huge roles in shaping the nature we know and love. On the other hand, they also have some unique abilities that would turn those other plants green with envy!

The evening also includes review of the Society's logo contest entries and voting for the winner. There will be sign-up sheets for the July 23 garden tour - it has limited spaces.

May 21

Jay McLaren, Pembroke

Presentation: Your Lawn - grubs, weeds, and everyday maintenance

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 to make your lawn the best it can be.

June 18

Carol Peterson, Madawaska Valley

Presentation: Monarch Butterfly Magic

Carol Peterson has been in awe of Monarch butterflies since early childhood. As a teacher, she joined the Monarch Teachers Network and taught her students about this subject. This trained and very enthusiastic Monarch fan will include everything you've ever wanted to know about the fascinating butterflies.

In 2009 Peterson was one of only two Canadian teachers on a Monarch Teachers Network tour to the Monarch wintering grounds in Michoacan, Mexico.

September 17

Perennial Plant Sale followed by Harvest Auction with auctioneer Terry Hoelke

New format for 2018. First, at 6:30 pm, a sale of perennials and shrubs from the gardens of Society members. This is followed by a live auction at 7:30 pm with our popular auctioneer and volunteer, Terry Hoelke. He will auction fresh garden produce, preserves and baking. Fresh – and fun. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Legion that day from 10 am until the time of the sale.

October 15

Kevin Nieman, Kevin’s Flowers, Petawawa

Kevin will create three 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 27 Christmas Dinner will go on sale at this meeting.

November 19

6:00 pm – Pot Luck Dinner

7:00 pm - Cheri McConnell from Seeds of Creation (Eganville) will demonstrate how to clean and save several types of vegetable seeds

7:30 pm – AGM with committee reports for 2018 & election of executive for 2019

Special Events

May 12

Spring Plant Sale & Book Market at the Eganville Legion from 11 am until 1:00 pm.

Great deals on plants from members' gardens, greenhouses and window sills - including vegetable seedlings. Large book sale. The Café offers your morning coffee/tea and a variety of muffins for purchase.

Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Legion that day from 8:30 am until the sale begins. Please label your plants, including the colour of the blooms.


June 9, 15 & 16

Garden Ontario celebration - local workshops and a tour of a private garden with a well-designed custom greenhouse and 11 raised beds. Details will be updated soon. All activities are FREE and open to everyone; no pre-registration is required.


June 23

Local garden tour. Open to members and tour will include 3 stops: a peony garden in Osceola, a visit to Horseshoe Gardens for a tour, purchase of plants, eating our lunches and a Blooming Tea; then a visit to Shaw Woods. Meet at the Eganville Legion at 10:00 am if you would like to carpool. Addresses will be provided for the stops at a later date.

Note: Because we are sharing the first stop with a group of fellow gardeners from Gloucester Horticultural Society, the tour is limited to 30 Eganville members. No limit for the other stops.

Bring lunch, water, hat, lawn chair for lunch time, comfy shoes, bug jacket or bug repellent, and camera.

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 27

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

Social time with bar service opens at 5 pm; turkey dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets cost $20 and must be purchased in advance beginning at the October 15 meeting. Cut-off is the November 19 meeting.

Guest speaker: Dave Lemkay

Topic: History of the Ottawa Valley Lumber Industry

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



Last Updated: 2018-06-11