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Russell & District Horticultural Society

The Russell and District Horticultural Society is a group dedicated to developing interest and education in horticulture in gardeners of all ages. The Society promotes the protection of the natural environment and the beautification of the community as well as holds meetings and educational workshops and encourages the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers in the community.

Living Locally Fair

The 2017 Living Locally will be on January 21, 2017, so be sure to mark your calendar! To see the list of vendors that will be there this year, click on the Living Locally Fair logo on the sidebar.

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario had a very nice article about the 2016 Living Locally Fair. You can read it on their website.

Tips for attracting beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden

1. Always have something flowering. Plant for staggered flowering throughout the growing season so that pollinators always have some food. Clovers are great for providing fairly continuous flowering.

2. Keep a water source available.

3. Become familiar with good identification websites or books so that you know whether something is neutral, a pest or a beneficial for your garden goals.

4. Let cilantro, dill and parsley go to seed.

Herb Presentation by Fran Dennett

You can find the notes on Fran Dennett's presentation on herbs here.

Here is a document on how to build a herb spiral.

Seeds of Diversity

The cold dark days of winter are a great time to start planning your beautiful garden for next year. If you find yourself looking at magazines, catalogs and websites as you plan what to plant next year, a great place to check out is the Seeds of Diversity website.


Coming Up

Monday, November 28, 2016
Annual General Meeting
Pot Luck Supper and Seasonal Arrangements Workshop. Hear all about the fun we had over the year, dine on fabulous food prepared by our members and create a gorgeous wreath, swag or planter.
Convenors: Marilyn MacMillan and Lindley McPhail
6:30pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, January 16, 2017
Indigenous is the New Exotic: The Whys and Hows of Gardening with Native Woody Plants by Owen Clarkin. Many of our indigenous plants are quite attractive, useful, and hardy. Adoption of underutilized native plants into the human landscape is not only novel, but will also help better balance current horticultural practice.
Convenor: Grace Stapper
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Living Locally Fair
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School

Monday, February 20, 2017
Learn about seed starting edible plants from the basics - when, how and what to start - to more advanced germination techniques such as stratification and scarification” with Telsing Andrews from Aster Lane Edibles. (
Convenor: Carole Van Die
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, March 20, 2017
Dog Strangling Vine presentation by Iola Price of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.
Convenor: Marcel Beauchamp
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

TBA (a Saturday in March 2017)
March it on Out St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School

For a fulll list of the upcoming meetings and events, go the the Meetings/Events page.




Living Locally Fair

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