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Russell & District Horticultural Society

Everyone is always welcome at our meetings. Come to any of our meetings or events and see for yourself what a great group it is.


Meetings are held at 7:00 pm, the third Monday of each month excluding July, August and December.

We are very excited that we now meet at the Russell Meadows Retirement Community at 475 Church Street in Russell. Come and join us!

It is almost always free to attend and everyone is welcome, whether you are a member or not. We would be delighted to see you at our next meeting. Hope to see you soon. See below for a full list of meetings and events for the upcoming year.

Meeting Minutes

Click on the month below to view a pdf version of the minutes from the meeting. You will need Adobe Reader in order to read these files. To get this program free, go to the Adobe Reader Download site.

January 2018

2017-18 Programme


Monday, April 17, 2017
Rejuvenating a Tired Garden
Laura Moses, master gardener (Ottawa-Carleton) and certified landscape technician, will present ‘Rejuvenating a Tired Garden’.
Convener: Grace Stapper

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Ontario Horticultural Association District 1 Annual General Meeting Hosted by Kemptville Horticultural Society

Monday, May 15, 2017
The History of Horticulture at the Central Experimental Farm
Richard Hinchcliff from the Friends of the Farm will speak. He will focus on the history of horticulture at the Central Experimental Farm and notable plant breeders like W. T. Macoun, Isabella Preston and Félicitas Svejda and use slides of old photos which can be found in his new book “Blooms”, a history of the Ornamental Gardens. Richard is also author of “For the Love of Trees” about the Arboretum. Both books contain many of his excellent photographs. Books for sale that night.
Convener: Marcel Beauchamp

Monday, June 19, 2017
Spring Flower Show
Conveners: Marilyn MacMillan and Pegi Holtz

Plant Auction
Conveners: Lindley McPhail, Louise Houle, Marcel Beauchamp

July 21 - 23, 2017
Ontario Horticultural Association Annual Convention
“Green From Shore to Shore”

Monday, September 18, 2017
Gifts from the Garden Auction
Conveners: Louise Houle, Lindley McPhail

Monday, October 16, 2017
“How it was in the Olden Days”
Odette Ouellette is an entertaining speaker, and tells stories of how Mother’s and Grandma’s lives were.
Convener: Marianne Vedder

Monday, November 20, 2017
RDHS AGM and Potluck Supper
Conveners: Marilyn MacMillan, Louise Houle

Monday, January 15, 2018
Convener: Marcel Beauchamp

Monday, February 19, 2018
Dwarf Conifers
Cindy Cluett from Beyond the House Garden Centre Russell, Ontario; speaking on dwarf conifers for our gardens.
Convener: Carole Van Die

Monday, March 19, 2018
Organic Farming
Jonathan Naf from Luxy Farm speaking on organic farming, soil improvement, farmers markets, growing veggies, CSAs etc.
Convener: Linda Duhamel


We occasionally have hands-on workshops. For a small fee, just to cover cost of materials, you get to make something or acquire new knowledge through expert guidance and practice. Oh yes, and they are lots of fun too!

Glass Mobiles

Saturday, August 12, 2017
At Pegi’s house, from 9:00 am to 12:00pm

Using pieces of colorful glass, glass baubles and wire make a beautiful mobile to hang in your garden, veranda or house. Limited number of participants. $8.

Create a painting in 4 easy steps

No talent required. All supplies included (canvas, acrylics, paint brushes, tape). Limited number of participants. $10

Gourd painting workshop

Sunday, October 1, 2017
At Pegi’s place from 12:30 to 3:30

Turn a dried gourd into a work of art to display in your home or in your garden. Limited number of participants. $5

Other day trips and workshops may be organised throughout the year. They will be announced at the monthly meetings or through e-mail. Many have a minimum or limited number of participants so you must sign up for them.

Walking Tours

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2pm

“If you go out in the woods today” A guided spring tour through a local woodlot with Marcel Beauchamp.

Sunday September 24, 2017 at 2pm

“If you go out in the woods again” A guided fall tour through the same local woodlot with Owen Clarkin.

Day Trips

Value Village Treasure Hunt

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
11:00am at the Innes Road store

Come have fun hunting for specific items and your own “finds” in a funfilled atmosphere. Consider this Retail Therapy. This is a 2-hour activity followed by lunch.

Mosaii-Canada at Jacques Cartier Park

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10:00 am

An exhibition of up to 40 huge sculptures made of plants. Count on 90 minutes for the visit. Wonderful picture taking opportunity. Likely followed by lunch.

Peony Tour at the Canadian Experimental Farm by the Friends of the Farm

Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9 am to noon

Take a guided tour of the CEF Peony Beds with the Friends expert Peony Team. Visit the award-winning and heritage peonies in 12 garden beds with 400 named species and over 600 individual plants. This includes over 105 different cultivars in the Saunders Collection of peonies introduced by the most prolific peony breeder of all time, A.P. Saunders, son of the first Director of the CEF, Dr. William Saunders. Get tips on what works best in your garden and ways to keep your peonies happily blooming

On the same day, June 10, 2017 at 2 pm, there’s a tour of the Preston lilac collection. Take a guided tour of the CEF Isabella Preston Heritage Lilac Collection with the Friends expert Lilac Team. Preston was a renowned breeder at the CEF (1920-47) of lilacs, roses, lillies, Siberian irises, crabapples. She produced the first Canada-hardy late-blooming lilac and put Canada on the world lilac map. The Preston Collection honours her work with plantings of the Villosae Group of hybrids that begin blooming in June. Her unique naming scheme included Canadian lakes and rivers, women workers at the CEF office, Allied fighter planes in the Second World War, and Shakespearean characters.

Note: There is also an organized tour of the lilac collection on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2pm. Take a guided tour of the CEF Lilac Walk with the Friends expert Lilac Team. Visit more than 200 lilac varieties in the Collection, some dating to the turn of the last century. Some of the original lilacs planted in the Arboretum in 1886 were moved to the Lilac Walk in 1919.

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