MacDougall Park Bridge


The dry stone bridge in MacDougall Park is a wonderful feature of the village of Russell. The Russell and District Horticultural Society worked with Cindy and Scott Cluett from Beyond the House to design and organize the build of this stunning bridge. This project was a true community effort. The Lion's Club helped with funds and many, many volunteers helped in so many different ways.


This beautiful bridge has now become one of the most photographed spots in our township!

Junior Gardeners


We have a lively program for young people aged  5 to 16 who want to learn about growing things.


Registration for the program is in March each year and then at the end of May the kids can pick up their free plants - 2 varieties of vegetables and 2 flowering plants. They'll learn how to take care of their plants and watch them grow over the summer. In the fall, at the Russell Fair, they can display what they've grown.


It's a great way to meet new friends, learn about gardening and have lots of fun!


    Each year we hold two flower shows. One in June, the Spring Flower Show, and one in September, the Russell Fair Flower Show.

  • Flower Show Rules

    Here is where you can find the rules that govern the Russell and District Horticultural Society flower shows.

  • Guide to Entry Preparation

    Here is a guide that will give you some tips on how to prepare your entries for the flower shows.

  • Guide to Peonies

    Peonies are very special flowers and they have some terminology all their own. Here is a guide to help you to figure out what it means.

Children's Reading Garden at the Russell Library


With help from Beyond the House and support from the Township of Russell, RDHS installed a Children's Reading Garden at the Russell Branch of the library. Fun and learning were the goals. Children and adults alike love the garden and look forward to spending time reading and exploring this wonderful spot.


RDHS also installed a lovely flower bed and trees at the front of the Russell Branch of the library to greet you when you visit.

Rejuvenation of MacDougall Park

Living Locally Fair


The Living Locally Fair is a fantastically popular annual event!


In partnership with St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, RDHS holds a one-day event each January that features local artisans, producers and community groups. We want to get the word out about the fantastic products that are available locally and the wonderful local community groups we have.


We want to shout the praises of this great place we call home.

Join us in January to celebrate all things local !

Serenity Garden at

the Russell Meadows


We hold our meetings at Russell Meadows Retirement Community at 475 Church Street in Russell. In 2018 in thanks for the use of this wonderful facility, RDHS installed the Serenity Garden for residents to enjoy for years to come.

Every year in March, we hold an event that helps our community to put less things in our landfill by finding new homes for unwanted items.


The night before the event, everyone is welcome to bring in their unwanted items. We sort them into categories and place them on tables.

The next day the doors open and for a small fee you can take home as much or as little stuff as you like!


We don't have room for large furniture items, so anyone can take a picture of their item and post it with their contact info on our "free for pick-up bulletin board".

March it on Out

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