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Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society

Established 1917



Enjoy gardening?

Come learn from our experienced guest speakers or share your knowledge and tips with fellow gardeners.



Our Society was established in 1917 and is one of the oldest Horticultural Societies in Ontario. We are a non-profit charitable organization. We are affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association, which has led Ontarians in all things horticultural since 1906.  There are 19 Districts, with 285 local societies and over 40,000 members.  Society members contribute thousands of hours a year to public service.


  • Give back to our community with tree plantings, bursaries and grants to our local colleges and provide flowers to residents in nursing homes and our local hospital.
  • Promote our local businesses by encouraging them to plant and beautify their properties. 
  • Encourage all of us to respect our environment.
  • Continue working with our Town, be more interactive provincially and focus on the environment.

Our vision is to work together with other Societies and Garden Clubs on both sides of the borders.   
Plus we do much more…..not to mention we have a great time!                                                  

The Niagara-on-the Lake Horticultural Society is part of District 9 which encompasses 13 Societies being…Dunnville, Fort Erie, Lincoln, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Ridgeway,

St. Catharines, Smithville, Thorold and Welland.   


District 9 gardens range from a Zone 5 to 6 with various soil conditions.


Meeting Schedule

When: Fourth Tuesday from January to May & September to November.

Where & Time: 6:30 p.m. at the Community Centre,  14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


Membership Fees for 2012

Individual Membership: $15.00 Couple: $20.00

Business: $30.00

Students (over 18) $5.00

Visitors: $5.00



Tues. Jan. 24th

Growing and Working with Willow • By Lene Rasmussen

Learn how to work with living willow rods, twisting or weaving them into potted trees that can be transplanted to your garden later this year.


Tues. Feb. 28 th

Framework Elements of Great Garden Design • By Evelyn Wolf - Perennial Garden Consultant. 

Showcase of ideas that go beyond the ordinary, and how to modify and manipulate the various non-plant elements in your garden to suit the space and budget. Learn unique ideas to expand the imagination.


Tues. March 27th

Edible Landscaping • By Marjorie Mason of Mason House Gardens radio host and author. 

Make your garden a feast for the plate, as well as the eyes.


Tues. April 24th

Under Utilized Woody Trees and Shrubs • By Darrell D. Bley Curator of Woody Plants and Instructor at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture will show us what can add interest in spring and early summer. 


Tues. May 22nd                                          

Recycled Gardens • By Frank Kershaw, award-winning horticulturalist.

Informative presentation will highlight numerous ways that throw away objects, can be given new life in the garden as both functional and decorative pieces.  You will certainly think twice about what is being put out to the garbage or what you might purchase at a yard sale.


Tues. Sept. 25th                                                   

Building Canada's Newest Botanic Garden • The Heimbeckers will be sharing with us the future unveiling of Canada’s Newest Horticultural Playground in 2012…Whistling Gardens.  Classical gardens, rock/alpine, Asian, perennial,  a conifer collection amongst the largest in the world, formal and informal gardens with water features including Canada’s only all stone amphitheatre.


Tues. Oct. 23rd                                                  

Water Features for the Garden • By Rowena Burns, author, International speaker and owner of Burns Water Gardens. The smallest garden can accommodate a water feature. The possibilities are endless: from ceramic pots to disappearing fountains, there is a way to include water in every garden. There will be tips and techniques for construction of many unusual and effective water features. Introduce the splash of water and the charm of aquatic plants into that special garden corner.


Tues. Nov. 27th                                                         

Pot Luck/Annual General Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm


101 Great Hardy Plants for Niagara Gardens A Wish List for 2013 • By Tony Post, Valleybrook Gardens. 

Bring your notepad and paper to mark down your favourites of 101 perennials, shrubs and trees that should be grown more commonly. Tony will discuss common selections, brand new introductions and rare plants for the collector.



2012 Other Happenings:

Canada Blooms - Bus trip - Wed. March 21st  2 GREAT EVENTS FOR ONE PRICE.  Experience Canada’s largest Flower and Garden Festival & The National Home Show at the Direct Energy Centre.

Fri. March 16th  Welcome… “Spring Celebration” We distribute flowers to seniors in local nursing homes and the Niagara-on-the-Lake hospital.

“WE LOVE SPRING” Submit a picture you have taken in Niagara-on-the-Lake 2012 representing a spring flower or flowers.  What a better way to get our CONTEST off to a bright and cheerful start. Details and contest info to follow on our website and local newspapers.

APRIL - District 9 Spring Forum/AGM Pelham - Date and meeting location to be confirmed.

Sat. May 12th NOTL Horticultural Plant Sale Location: 758 Niagara Stone Rd. (Busy Bee Lavender Farm ) 9:00 am - Noon

Sat. July 7th, 2012    21st Annual Garden Tour  Further info Email:  or check out  for updates

June to Sept. Member Garden Stroll  Members are invited to stroll through other member’s gardens.  Meet & Greet, learn something new.

Fri. Aug. 17th – 19th OHA 106th Convention – Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake - hosted by District 9  “Gardening Then and Now 1812-2012”

September District 9 Fall Forum – TBA          


For further information contact:                                                                                     Marion Boon, Membership Director                                                                                                    Email: Phone: 289-868-9168                                                              OR Shirley Madsen 905-468-2325                                              













Last Updated: 2012-11-22