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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.

2017 Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 20th starting at 8am
MacDougall Park in Russell

Come on out and join us for the RDHS Annual Plant Sale. You're sure to find lots of wonderful plants to add to your garden. Our very knowledgeable members will be on hand to offer expert advice. There will be vegetable plants grown by the students at STACHS as well as plants shared by members from their own gardens. Rain or shine! Click for a copy of the 2017 Annual Plant Sale poster.

2017 Spring Flower Show

In June each year we hold our annual Spring Flower Show. For more information, including the show shedule, visit the Flower Show page.

Photos by Grace Stapper

Long time member, Grace Stapper, is a talented photographer. Some of her favourite subjects are the flowers and plants in her garden as well as the creatures that live among them. To have a look at some of the photos that she has shared with us, visit the album Grace Stapper's Garden on our Flickr page.

2017 Yearbook

The digital copy of the 2017 Yearbook is now available!

Click here to download a digital copy of the 2017 Yearbook.

Invasive Plants

At our meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017, Iola Price of the the Ontario Invasive Plant Council spoke to us all about dog strangling vine, garlic mustard, and buckthorn. She talked about how to recognize these three invasive plants as well as how to combate them. To learn more you can go to the Ontario Invastive Plant Council website.

Starting Seeds

At our meeting on Monday, February 20, 2017, guest speaker Telsing Andrews shared a lot of information about starting seeds. Telsing mentioned some helpful websites.

Aster Lane Edibles (Telsing's own website) (information on how to winter sow seeds)

Rob's Plants (a personal journal of one man's adventures in seed starting - great resource)


Coming Up

Monday, May 15, 2017
Regular meeting with a guest speaker to talk on the subject of the History of Horticulture at the Central Experimental Farm
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Annual Plant Sale
MacDougall Park, Russell

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Peony and Lilac Tour at the Central Experimenal Farm

Monday, June 19, 2017
Flower Show and Plant Auction
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Value Village Treasure Hunt day trip

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 21 - 23, 2017
OHA Annual Convention

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Glass Mobiles Workshop

September 8 - 10, 2017
Russell Fair Flower Show

Monday, September 18, 2017
Gifts from the Garden Auction
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Fall guided tour of a woodlot

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Gourd Painting Workshop

Monday, October 16, 2017
Regular meeting with guest speaker on "How it was in the olden days"
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, November 20, 2017
RDHS AGM and Potluck Supper
6:30pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, January 15, 2018
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Living Locally Fair

Monday, February 19, 2018
Regular meeting with guest speaker Cindy Cluett presenting on the topic of Dwarf Conifers
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, March 19, 2018
Regular meeting with a guest speaker on Organic Farming
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

March 2018
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.




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