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MEMBERSHIPS ARE $10/person; $18/family


Our October 24, 2018 meeting takes place at 7:30 pm at the usual place;

Essex Retirees Centre, 32 Russell Street, Essex.

Access from the parking lot off Day Street


 Please come out and enjoy the fun!


Our speaker is a yearly favourite!

We welcome back Maria Pap, owner of Flora Gardens, Oldcastle, along with her very humourous technican husband,Tim Traynor.

She will speak on new and/or interesting plants she has found at shows, or has been growing in her greenhouses,

many of which she will be carrying at the nursery in the coming year.‬


Please have your volunteer hours ready at this meeting for Lynn Imeson. She will have forms for you to fill out but the process will go much smoother if you have the hours ready ahead of time. If you are unsure what counts as a volunteer hour, please email Lynn at

These hours are very important as they enable us to continue to receive the OMAFRA grant each year. 



This will be a good meeting to start getting ready for winter weather, Why? Because we will have all your winter reading covered. We will have many, many books and magazines for sale at bargain prices. Please bring in any extras you may have to help us out. Also we will have a Silent Auction, so start fall cleaning by bringing in donated items for this sale. We take pretty well anything except clothes unless it is a special piece. How does it work? Easy Peasy! there will be a basket of blank papers.

Write the amount you want to pay along with your name on it, fold it and place under the item. At the end of the night the person the highest bid will get the item. If there are multiple bids for the same amount, we don't look, but pick one, thats how it goes. You cannot look at the other bids so its a bit of a game of chance. So if you seriously want an item, bid higher than normal. It's fun and you may go home with a new treasure and get rid of some items you no longer need. If your item does not sell, take it back home at the end of the night or we will probably donate to a charity.


As usual, our lunch table volunteers for the evening will provide a tasty lunch





 2018 Speakers Schedule 

January 24, 2018: Our President, Joe Dicker, will present a video from the 2017 UK Chelsea Gardens Show. There will also be two short videos of two gardens we are visiting on the June 9, 2018 Essex Horticultural Society Bus Trip; also discussing our responsibilities as members of the Society at the 2019 OHA Convention being hosted by District 11 and being held in Windsor in July of 2019. We are in charge of the bus trips. You will be able to sign up for the bus trip at this meeting.
February 28; Kevin Roath – Member of Essex Windsor Master Gardeners speaking on soils and organic gardening. He is the author of ‘The Natural Home Garden’ which is currently available on Amazon. He specializes in growing many kinds of garlic and vegetables using natural organic techniques
March 28: Ted Kloske from Henri’s Camera Shop, Howard Avenue, Windsor; Speaking on Garden Photography. 
April 25: Louie Fiorino from Tecumseh; Speaking on Monarch butterflies and his experiences raising them at his home in Tecumseh. Louie will talk about attracting monarchs and other butterflies to our gardens and share his experiences in visiting the Monarch Biosphere in the mountains of Mexico. He will also be sharing Sara Dykman’s incredible 16,000 km journey by bicycle from Mexico through the states into Canada and then back home following the monarchs on their amazing migration.
May 23; Susan Boucher on making framed, hanging succulents.
June 27; Margaret Dudley, from the Essex & also Belle River Society, on how to follow & create arrangements according to the categories in the July Flower Show schedule 
September 26; Arlene Welsh from the Belle River Society – Gardening TIPS & SNIPS
October 24, 2018; Maria Pap owner of Flora Gardens, Oldcastle: new and/or interesting plants she has found at shows, many of which she will be carrying at the nursery in the coming year.‬
November 28; Pot Luck Dinner & Annual Election of Officers, followed by speaker Terri Dent from Chatham – Her topic will be Winter Interest OR Four Seasons Gardening.











                                                                                    SECOND YEAR:   


For further information please call President, Joe Dicker at 519-839-4666

or Secretary, Lynn Imeson at 519 839-4751.



Parking and entrance off Day Street


The meetings continue to be the 4th Wednesday of the month

(not necessarily the last Wednesday of the month)

at 7:30pm

We meet in the Gymnasium.


Ample parking is available off Day Street 

Walk-in entrance off the parking lot 

is enhanced by a ramped assisted entrance


From County Road 34 Turn South onto Centre Street

(lights in centre of town)

and travel past Russell Street to Day Street, turn left and again left into lot. 

From Hwy 3 turn onto Victoria Avenue;

Right if coming from Leamington, left if from Windsor.

Continue to Day steet, turn and follow to the Retirees Centre Parking Lot.


The Society members hope you can attend our meetings this year.  

Membership continues to be $10 per person per year and $18 for families.

The meetings include a special speaker and a free luncheon.


We are quite excited about our new, large, meeting space.

Thank you to the Retirees Centre for welcoming us into their home.


We are a small, friendly group with a lot of experience within our membership, including Master Gardeners.

All your gardening questions are welcome.



The Essex & District Horticultural Society, which is in District 11 of the Ontario Horticultural Association, has been in existence since 1974 when a group of area residents, led by Rev. Gordon Geiger, met to discuss the possibility of forming a society.

Our flower emblem is the Swamp Rose Mallow.

Our general meetings are held in the ESSEX RETIREES CENTRE, 32 Russell Street, ESSEX, ON 519-776-6689.      

Our meeting time remains 7:30pm the fourth Wednesday, not necessarily the last Wednesday, of the month, January, February, March, April, May June, September and October.  There are no meetings in July, August & December.  We do however have an Annual Election of Officers and Pot Luck Dinner in November. This is usually held at the Essex Legion.


The Society is funded by membership fees of $10.00 per year per person or $18 per year per family and a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Its aims are to provide members with a place to share information on gardening and co-ordinate efforts to beautify the area. Each year the Society has interesting and informative speakers, with their topics horticultually related, at its monthly meetings, and arranges special events related to horticulture, ranging from plant sales, and plant and seed exchanges to day trips and flower shows.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to join our organization and hear a speaker. Although many of our members have considerable knowledge of gardening and horticulture and a few are Master Gardeners, most members are average home gardeners. The only requirement to being a member is an interest in gardening.

Each May we hold a Plant and Bake Sale at the Essex Railroad Station and each July a Flower Show in the Essex United Church Auditorium on the Saturday during the Fun Fest.

High School Students who need volunteer hours may contact us to help at our yearly plant and bake sale at the Essex Railroad Station and the annual Flower Show during the Fun Fest. 

Until September 2013 our volunteers planted, weeded and maintained the downtown flower beds. 

Until around 2006 the Society also maintained the Heritage Gardens at the Essex Railroad Station which the Society created in 1999 and 2000.


The ESSEX & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY celebrated its 40th year in 2014!

As part of our celebration we hosted the District 11 AGM April 12th, 2014 at the Cottam United Church Hall, COTTAM. We were very pleased with the turnout.  We all had a very enjoyable day.







Last Updated: 2018-10-21