Eganville Horticultural Society

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Eganville and Area Horticultural Society




Founded: 1955

Floral emblem: Daisy


Society Mailing Address: PO Box 246, Eganville ON K0J 1T0




Meetings and Activities

Regular monthly meetings take place on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December.See the detailed schedule of visiting speakers below.

Each meeting kicks off with a social time - you can visit over a cup of coffee or tea and treats, and then the meeting follows. Meetings first include Society business and announcements, then doorprizes, followed by the featured speaker or activity.  Floral and/or photo competitions are held in June and November and are open to members. There is a table displaying Society and District announcements and information, with a second section for members to display information about other community events.

Join Us!

Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville, upstairs banquet hall

When:  7:00 pm for refreshments and social time (unless noted differently below) Always the 3rd Monday of the month. Meeting starts at 7:30.

Who:    Everyone aged 12+ is welcome to attend. Free to members; visitor fee is  $5 for each meeting (so an annual membership for $10 is very economical).

Membership: Come and check us out. Memberships cost only $10 per year or $15 for a family (living at the same address). 

There are perks for members such as:

  • all meetings are free
  • you are invited to the annual summer garden tour(s)
  • you have access to our large lending library
  • participation in society's floral competitions
  • ability to vote on any issues brought to the membership
  • receipt (by email) of monthly newsletter, The Daisy Chain. Other related notices and relevant information are periodically distributed by email. A few printed copies of the current Daisy Chain are available at meetings for those with no access to email.
  • you are invited to the OHA annual convention (costs apply for registration, accommodation, etc.)



Regular Monthly Meetings and Special Events


January 21

Terry Newcombe, 2-time winner of Madawaska Valley’s Gardener of the Year

Presentation: Gardening with Raised Beds

Find out how various designs of raised beds can extend your gardening season, while also making your gardening easier and more comfortable, with the bonus of reducing weeds and bugs.

February 18

Alastair Hugli, Greenhouse Manager, Sunset Nursery, Pembroke

Presentation:Tips and Tricks for Designing a Garden - and some cool new plants you might want to include.

The tips will be of interest to newbies and experienced gardeners both. He'll provide an early preview of a half dozen or so really cool plants, new for 2019. Come and be inspired.


March 18

Michele and Gregg Parsons, Firefly Meadows Farm

Presentation: Moving to the Valley: Taking on Farm Life and a Market Garden with Gusto

Gregg and Michele recently moved to the Valley and took on farm life with gusto. They have chickens, turkeys, sheep, and horses. She has work horses; he has the back-up tractor. They have repaired the old barn and a lot of fence, established an organic market garden business, built a new house, and learned non-stop about everything on their farm. That's the tip of the iceberg. Fascinating, humourous and impressive.

April 15

Baxter Topham-Pitt, The Temperate Garden, Eganville

Baxter Topham-Pitt from The Temperate Garden (Eganville) is returning to host Trivia Night. It will be a fun evening of laughs, prizes, and challenges. No need to be an expert gardener because Baxter includes questions for everyone. We make up the teams; winners receive gift certificates from The Temperate Garden.

May 20

Judith Cox, Master Gardener from Ottawa

Presentation: Creating a Night Garden

What is involved in creating a garden that can be enjoyed after dark? Colours, plants and other tips.

June 17

James Robertson and Blaine Marchand, "the Osceola Peony Gardeners"

Presentation: Peonies: The Queen of Flowers 


An overview of the genus paeonia, touching on its history and the different types of peonies, as well as the how to’s for planting, maintenance, and dividing plants.

September 16

Perennial Plant Sale followed by Harvest Auction with auctioneer Terry Hoelke

Two events in one! First, at 6:30 pm, a sale of perennials and shrubs from the gardens of Society members. This is followed by a live auction at 7:30 pm with our popular auctioneer and volunteer, Terry Hoelke. He will auction fresh garden produce, preserves and baking. Fresh – and fun. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Legion that day from noon until the time of the sale.

October 21

Kathryn Lindsay

Presentation: Fall Fancy; a demonstration of seasonal floral designs for inside and out. Kathryn is an an experienced judge for floral competitions, certified by the Ontario Horticultural Association, and in fact, is a member of the OHA Judging Committee which provides guidance and standards on judging matters.

Tickets for the November 26 Christmas Dinner will go on sale at this meeting.

November 18

6:00 pm – Pot Luck Dinner

7:30 pm – AGM with committee reports for 2019 & election of executive for 2020. Special awards when applicable.

Special Events

May 11

Spring Plant Sale & Book Market at the Eganville Legion from 9 am until 11:00 am.

Great deals on plants from members' gardens, greenhouses and window sills - including vegetable seedlings. Large book sale. The Café offers your morning coffee/tea and a variety of muffins for purchase.

Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Legion the previous evening from 6pm until to 8 pm. Please label your plants, including the colour of the blooms.


June garden tour

On June 16, celebrate Father's Day with us at Kiwi Gardens near Perth for the annual Art in the Garden. It is a show combining art, music, food, nature, and people enjoying it all. Hours 9:00am - 5:00pm. Admission is $5. Car pooling will be discussed.

For anyone interested in going on our tour, you must be a member so that you are covered by our insurance.


July garden tour

To be announced. 

November 26

Annual Christmas Dinner at the Eganville Legion; open to the community as we begin the Christmas season together.

Social time with bar service opens at 5 pm; turkey dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets cost $20 and must be purchased in advance beginning at the October 21 meeting. Cut-off is the November 18 meeting.

Guest speaker: Tina Liu, Landscape Architect with the National Capital Commission, Ottawa; Design Manager of the Capital Floral Program; National Judge – Communities in Bloom


Presentation:  The NCC Tulip Legacy: Over 70 years of Friendship between Two Countries. Includes the history of how the Canadian Tulip Festival started, as well as the design history of tulip beds in Ottawa.

Lots of other activities are traditionally included at this dinner (silent auction, candy/bake/craft tables).



Last Updated: 2019-02-01