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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.

New Location for Our Meetings

Starting with our next meeting on October 16th, we will now be meeting at the Russell Meadows Retirement Community at 475 Church Street in Russell. We are really looking forward to meeting in our new location! Come and join us!

Local Events

Art in the Dark

October 14, 2017
Russell High School

This event offers a unique experience as you learn more about deafblindness. For more information, visit the website of the Deaf Blind Ontario Services.

Paul Mussell Comedy Show

Saturday, November 18th at 7pm
Russell Township Public Library

Paul's blend of clean, genial humor is a breath of fresh country air. For more info, you can go to the Russell Township Public Library website.


The Russell and District Horticultural Society celebrated Canada’s 150th on June 15, 2017 at MacDougall Park. The past, present and future presidents were invited by the society for a group photo shoot followed by a tea and luncheon.

In the picture standing are Jon Funston, Carole Van Die, Marcel Beauchamp, sitting Louise Houle, Pegi Holtz, Grace Stapper, Lindley MacPhail. Absent were Trudy Lentz and Pat Stachon.

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.


At our regular meeting on May 15, 2017, our guest speaker Richard Hinchcliff, presented a history of the ornamental gardens at the Central Experimental Farm. He spoke about his two books Blooms and For the Love of Trees, A Guide to the Trees of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. For more information on the CEF, you can visit


Coming Up

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 - TBA

Monday, November 20, 2017
RDHS AGM and Potluck Supper
6:30pm - TBA

Monday, January 15, 2018
7pm - TBA

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 - TBA

Monday, March 19, 2018
Regular meeting with a guest speaker on Organic Farming
7pm - TBA

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.




Living Locally Fair

flower shows

junior gardeners



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