Pakenham Horticultural Society

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Welcome to the Pakenham Horticultural Society, your local garden club! Gardeners helping Gardeners


Join us at 

St. Andrews United Church Hall, Pakenham

7:30 pm

3rd Wednesday  most months 















 You don't need to be an expert to join our club!!

We are a group of energetic gardeners of all ages and levels of experience.

We happily share our love and knowledge of gardening in the Ottawa Valley.



Wed May 16 2018 -7:00 to 9:00 PM

Spring Flower Show and presentation “Tour the Farm’s Fabulous Ornamental Gardens”: Richard Hinchcliff, history buff, photographer and author of “Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Experimental Farm,” will take us through the history of the gardens and some of the fascinating stories behind them. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.














         For over 90 years, the volunteers of this Society have been "Making Ontario Beautiful".  We maintain plantings at the Five Span Bridge Park, the Arena, the Cenotaph, as well as barrels and planters along the main street of Pakenham.


We also stage three fun Flower Shows each year, including the Flower and Vegetable Show at the Pakenham Fair. Not sure about how to show your flowers, check these helpful hints.

The 2017 Award winners are........ 




For kids interested in learning more about growing, we have a Junior Gardeners Club 




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Presidents’ Report

 2017 we continue many activities to Make Ontario Beautiful

  • Toby Barratt acted as President. We received funding from the OHA and Mississippi Mills to sustain our efforts.

  • More than 1000 spring bulbs were planted along the roadsides; seven red maples were planted in Fred Millar Park; pruning and garden maintenance has been a focus of many of our volunteers; Sherryl Smith and Margie Hill worked with students at the Pollinator Garden and Pakenham Public School
  • Pakenham Horticultural Society is recognized as one of the best in the valley when it comes to Flower Shows. Many of our members display and their creativity ensures these are genuine shows!

  • Pakenham co-hosted the District 2 Flower and Edibles show in Almonte, a fantastic show with great floral designers from the Ottawa Valley which was well attended by the general public. As a fundraiser for this show, we sold Solitary Bee Nests, which helps pollinators winter over in our gardens.
  • Happy Birthday Canada - special 150 Birthday "Marigold Hat" which attracts pollinators planted at Five Span Bridge Park - winning Mississippi Mills Yard of the week in July
  • Members also visited MosaiCanada 150 in Gatineau and the historic MapleLawn Gardens in Ottawa
  • We again participated in the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in partnership with PTBA in late November

  • Our Web-based Yearbook keeps the membership informed throughout the year of events through its pictures, links and reminders.


Toby Barratt


All photos courtesy of Judy McGrath and Lani Holland




Christmas in Pakenham
by Lori Ray


Some photos of the 2013 Lighting of the Christmas tree at Five Span Bridge as well as the Hort Float in the Santa Claus Parade


Photos courtesy of Judy McGrath



Last Updated: 2018-04-21