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     The St.Thomas & District Horticultural Society has the distinction of being the oldest, continuous running society in Elgin County. The Ladies Temperance Society held the record until closing a few years back, but since 1870 we have had a horticultural society in St.Thomas and District. Like our banner states "Urbs Bella" we really do have a beautiful city, thanks in part to our active members. Our red rose symbol for our society and the City of St. Thomas is the 'Crimson Glory' an historic Hybrid Tea.

We encourage new members to join us, you can be sure of a warm welcome, no experience necessary just a love of gardening and plants. 

We meet the 4th Wednesday of the month Jan to May then September to June at 7:00 at The CASO: Canada Southern Railway Station, 750 Talbot St. W., St.Thomas, Ontario.


There are committees to join that require membership support. These include:  Seedy Saturdays for both March 3rd. and the 17th., Community Gardens (CASO Station and at the Elevated Park), Annual Spring Plant Sale (May 12),  Flower Show-June 20th., 2018 with setup on the 19th.,  Garden Tour for July of 2019, Adopt a Highway (April, October), Canadale Kids' Club (April 6-8, Nov.17,18,24,25),  Canadale Spring Garden Show (April 6-8), St. Thomas-Garden Ontario Website, Facebook, Picture Archive, Newsletter, Refreshments,  Speakers, Mini Show planning, membership, Grant Applications.
These positions are not elected positions so a nomination to join is not required. Please help out anywhere you can. Training and support is always available.  The Society is as strong as the participation of all its members. Many hands make light work!
Please note that coming as a guest to a Board meeting or sitting on a committee to see the opportunities is a good way to test the waters.  






February 28th, 2018    SEED EXCHANGE  Bring seeds or plants to swap


                                     SPEAKER:   David Collins


                                    Topic:  "St. Thomas Phragamite Free City - 2020"




Design:                "My One and Only"  A design using 1 red rose, pg. 108, OJS


                              "Morning Sunshine"  A fresh design using yellow flowers to brighten up your day


Horticulture:      A cactus or succulent (named if possible)                           


                              An African violet


Craft:                    Valentine card using dried or pressed flowers (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 which is on 8 1/2” x 11" sheet folded)



St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society


 GENERAL MEETINGS:  4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm.


CASO  Canada Southern Railway Station

750 Talbot St. St. Thomas, Ontario (behind Giant Tiger)



EXECUTIVE MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

 Monsignor Morrison Catholic School 

 10 South Edgeware Rd. St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2H3





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Our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 24th.  This meeting will have Diane Vaughan as or guest speaker.  We will also have our annua

Last Updated: 2018-02-12