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The Collingwood Horticultural Society is a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association. The OHA is made up of 19 Districts stretching right across the province. Each of the 19 Districts is made up of societies and garden clubs.



Our society, the CHS, is a member society of OHA District 16, Simcoe County. District 16, is proud to boast 19 societies/garden clubs.

Our society is actively involved in planting and maintaining the flowerbeds at the Curling Club and along Hume Street, promoting civic beautification throughout the community, managing all aspects of the beautiful Collingwood Arboretum, organizing an incredibly successful plant sale, two delightful flower shows, day trips and workshops for members and the community yearly.

We sincerely invite you to come out to one evening as our guest to see for yourself just why we are so excited about our Society.  Feel free to drop in to hear a specific speaker or take advantage of a day tour and learn more about our area.   Even if you are just visiting the area, taking in a garden club meeting is a great way to spend an evening or afternoon with new friends.  Non-member admission is by donation of a non-perishoble item to our Salvation Army Food Bank Basket. 

Be sure to look at the Meeting Schedule to see the great speakers and events planned!  You won't be dissappointed!


 Our Society is involved in a number of local activities including:

    • Arboretum Clean-Up & Maintenance
    • Our Friends House
    • Community Garden for Salvation Army Food Bank
    • Plant Sale
    • Collingwood Downtown Farmer's Market
    • Annual Flower & Vegitable Show


The Collingwood Horticultural Society is a registered charitable non-profit organization.  All cash gifts to the Society will be acknowledged with a receipt authorized for income tax credits.  Monetary gifts are greatly appreciated and further the society's work in the community.  

Our Monthly Membership Meetings are held in a large hall at Trinity United Church, 140 Maple St. Collingwood.  




In 1997 a variety of coniferous trees and deciduous shrubs were planted; 14 more trees were dedicated and planted in 1998. Each planted/dedicated tree was labeled with Latin tree name, generic name and a numbering system indicating when the tree was planted/dedicated. The horticultural society maintains yearly records for pruning and maintenance of each tree.

In 1999 the society erected the pergola at the centre of the Arboretum. This was made possible, once again, because of inspiring visions and the generous donations from community and friends of the Arboretum. It is worthwhile to note that the steel columns supporting the structure were clad with bricks recycled from the original Collingwood Station when it was rebuilt, another great example for salvaging/recycling. Three lovely carvings were purchased and murals were painted on the garden shed. Our Arboretum was becoming a place of beauty.

In 2000, the Friendship gardens were added to the base of the pergola, made possible again through generous donations. In 2001 the Arboretum expanded to the north of the walkway and a water feature was added.

Since 2001 several garden features have been placed throughout the Arboretum; 10 benches have been installed for relaxation and quiet meditation, including one for the numerous toddlers that visit with their parents.

To date more than 150 trees have been dedicated. There are more than 75 different tree types most of which are indigenous to North America and this area. In some cases, several cultivars of the same species have been planted to illustrate the difference in shape, look and growing habit. All trees have been purchased by members of our community in remembrance of loved ones, for special occasions, weddings and births.

The Collingwood Horticultural Society, with the support of the Town and our community, continues to plant, maintain and cherish this little gem that, once a landfill site, has evolved into a place of solitude and contemplation for all to enjoy.

Come visit and enjoy your walk!!




Last Updated: 2019-02-12