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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 Southerns Railway Station, 750 Talbot St. W., St.Thomas, Ontario.




 All general meetings are open to the public.



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


CASO  Canada Southern Railway Station


750 Talbot St. W., 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



March 23rd, 2016        SPEAKER:   Jess McDonald, Canadale Nurseries

                                    Topic:  “New Plants for 2016” 

MINI SHOW                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Design:              "Spring Thaw" A water viewing design. Pg.108 OJS

                        "Fairies in my Garden" A dried miniature design. Pg.101 OJS

Horticulture:      A forced flowering branch, maximum 30”.

                        A blooming houseplant - not to exceed 12"

Craft:                 A natural egg (blown out or boiled) decorated for Easter with dried and/or pressed material.


Page numbers refer to Publication # 34 Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Design.  This publication is available at the general meetings for $6.00.  If you have further questions please speak to any of the current Directors.


The monthly Mini Shows are a great learning opportunity to further your knowledge of what will be expected when entering larger shows. The Exhibitors as well as the Judges must follow what is asked for in the schedule. Points earned at the monthly mini-shows will be totaled for the Annual Meeting in January and a prize will be awarded to the people with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest number of points.




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140 Years
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140 Years
For The
St.Thomas & District
Horticultural Society

Richard W. Cartwright

Planting a Gingko biloba tree at the St.Thomas Comm

Last Updated: 2016-03-16