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Smiths Falls Horticultural Society

Welcome to the web site of the Smiths Falls Horticultural Society.




Everyone is welcome.  We are a membership of over one hundred, mostly novice, gardeners who share a passion for gardening and growing plants.  Meet people who have the same interest in gardening, learn new skills and share your experiences with others.


Each meeting consists of a short but informative presentation on a gardening related topic, society announcements and a social hour (with wonderful snacks!).  We bring in speakers to share their expertise on subjects that vary from landscaping, herbs, organic gardening, seed starting, growing annuals/perennials, and many other subjects.  During the year we also have �Funflower� shows, photography contests, trips to sites of horticultural interest and plant sales.


We do our very best to make sure our meetings are fun, interesting, interactive and entertaining.


Not sure?  Not a problem!  Visit us for one meeting and then decide �.

Can�t come on regular basis?  Not a problem!  Come to the meetings that you can. 


Monthly Meetings

Date:           Usually the third Tuesday of the Month.

Location:      Smiths Falls Legion (7 Main Street East)

Time:           7:15 pm. (Some meetings may begin earlier, as noted in the newsletter. )


Flying Dragons & Damsels
Michael Runtz will be the speaker at the next meeting of the SFHS on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  His presentations are reputed to be always interesting, enjoyable and rewarding.


Michael Runtz is one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. He has written numerous books including Moose Country, Algonquin Seasons, The Explorer’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Beauty and the Beasts: The Hidden World of Wildflowers, Wild Things: The Hidden World of Animals, Wild Wings: The Hidden World of Birds, The Howls of August: Encounters with Algonquin Wolves, The Revised Explorer’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Algonquin Souvenir, and Dam Builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds.
He has also hosted the international television series Wild by Nature and is a popular guest on numerous television and radio shows such as CBC Radio Noon.
 He is a professor of biology at Carleton University.  Since its inception, more than 40,000 students have signed up for Michael’s Natural History course. Televised from Carleton University, this is the most popular course of its type in Canada. This popularity arises largely from Michael’s infectious and enthusiastic teaching style, for which he has received excellence in teaching awards from students and peers alike.

Be sure to save the date and bring a friend.   The presentation is free for members but there is a $5 fee for all nonmembers of SFHS. The good news is that you can become a member if you wish at a cost of $10 which includes admission to this presentation as well as all of the benefits of horticultural society membership for all of 2018. 


2018 Program





February 20


March 20

Flying Dragons & Damsels (Michael Runtz)

April 17

Square Foot Gardening (Carolyn Klickermann)

May 15

Flower Pots that Wow (Laura Moses)

May 26

Spring Plant Sale (Legion)

June 20

/ SFHS Official Flower Show

June 19

Modern Hostas (Suzanne Patry)





September 18

Attracting Birds (Gillagalou)

October 16

Creating an Edible Landscape (Telsing Andrews)

November 20

Annual General Meeting



2018 Photo Contests

Due to its popularity, we will continue the photo contests which added some fun to our monthly meetings and give our shutterbugs a chance to exercise their imaginations.  Here are the assignments for 2017. Enter every month to share your photos with all of us.


Ontario Horticultural Association photography rules apply. These can be found at

Rules for us are basically the sizes as stated and no ID visible. Photos must be taken by the member.



February           Spruce trees, ice, and snow.     

March               The melting snow.        

April                  Spring has sprung (show those sprouts)

May                  My favourite picture (must include a flower in it)

June                 A picture of a dragonfly on a flower

September      Picture of a sunflower

(The winning picture will be profiled on the cover of the 2019 yearbook)

October             Fall’s beautiful colours









Last Updated: 2018-02-26