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Welcome to the Pakenham Horticultural Society, your local garden club! Gardeners helping Gardeners


Join us at 

St. Andrews United Church Hall, Pakenham

7:30 pm

3rd Wednesday  most months 
















You don't need to be an expert to join our club!!

We are a group of energetic gardeners of all ages and levels of experience.

We happily share our love and knowledge of gardening in the Ottawa Valley.



Wed Feb 20 2019 7:30 p.m.

Bob Volks, Gilligallou Bird Inc.,

“Backyard Birding and Native Plants”

Bob and Louise Volks opened their backyard birding store in Almonte in 2011. Their success continues to be built upon the founding philosophies of providing an enhanced birding experience through quality seed, resources, and service. Bob will share the secrets of attracting birds to your garden all year long—from nesting boxes to native grasses.

First instalment of Garden Lecture Series


Magic in Your Own Backyard















         For over 90 years, the volunteers of this Society have been "Making Ontario Beautiful".  We maintain plantings at the Five Span Bridge Park, the Arena, the Cenotaph, as well as barrels and planters along the main street of Pakenham.


We also stage three fun Flower Shows each year, including the Flower and Vegetable Show at the Pakenham Fair. Not sure about how to show your flowers, check these helpful hints.

The 2018 Award winners are........ 




For kids interested in learning more about growing, we have a Junior Gardeners Club 




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Presidents’ Report

 2018 we continue many activities to Make Ontario Beautiful

  • Jill Moxley and Lori Ray acted as Co-Presidents. We received funding from the OHA and Mississippi Mills to sustain our efforts. Special grants also received by RBC.

  • In addition to the beautiful barrels on main street, Sherryl Smith and the beautification committee worked in co-operation with the Pakenham Library to install a new garden; we replaced two maple trees that died the previous winter; Sherryl Smith and Julia Peisley built, maintained and harvested veggies from new vegetable garden at Pakenham Public school; for the 50th anniversary of Pakenham Public School we relocated the pollinator garden and transformed the entrance garden. We have wonderful volunteers on the Beautification Committee.
  • We increased membership through a three part garden speakers series in the spring called The Bright, The Beautiful and the Edible.
  • Pakenham Horticultural Society is recognized as one of the best in the valley when it comes to Flower Shows. Many of our members display and their creativity ensures these are genuine shows!

  • Members also visited Stonebridge Gardens in nearby Middleville for their annual summer picnic.
  • Successful fundraiser - the movie THE GARDENER in October
  • Our Web-based Yearbook keeps the membership informed throughout the year of events through its pictures, links and reminders.We also created a Facebook page and a Facebook Group.


Jill Moxley and Lori Ray


All photos courtesy of Judy McGrath and Lani Holland




Celebrating 90 Years - Reflections on how things change
by Mimi Edmondson

Pakenham Hort's membership has varied over the years from 200 to just making up the 50 members to make the provincial grant.  Always, the diversity of the age groups and people enrich the experience.  Also, by having the executive and committee members rotate responsibilities, new concepts and ideas are experienced.  

One of the earliest things I remember about Pakenham flower shows are those members bringing in entries "to help make the show".  This willingness to contribute has made the Pakenham flower shows a joy to attend and famous in the Dist

Last Updated: 2019-02-01