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Published on Friday, September 22, 2017

Oakville Horticultural Society 60 years old

Guest speakers and official greetings highlighted celebration

Oakville Horticultural Society 60 years old
Oakville Horticultural Society celebrates 60 years
The Oakville Horticultural Society (OHS) celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 10. About 80 current members, past members, guests from other horticultural societies, and past board members gathered at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre on Burhamthorpe Road to celebrate the diamond anniversary
By Florenda Tingle, Oakville Horticultural Society

Mother Nature smiled upon local gardeners providing wall-to-wall sunshine Sunday, Sept. 10 as the Oakville Horticultural Society (OHS) celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Guest speakers and official greetings highlighted the day, which wrapped up with high tea in the garden of the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, which hosted the celebration.

Approximately 80 members and board members, current and past, along with guests from other horticultural societies gathered at the Burnhamthorpe Road centre and its garden, which served as the backdrop for the diamond anniversary celebration.

“Oakville is one of the greenest communities in Canada. Trees and plants are one of the hallmarks of Oakville that continue to attract new residents, making us a very coveted community,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, who brought greetings from Town Council.

“Fall is all about abundance, so make your planters look lush,” said Monique Theriault of Holland Park Garden Gallery, who gave a demonstration on fall planters and how to dress up a front porch or balcony.

“Things have changed a lot since I got into the business of horticulture,” said Jane Arnett, of the Town of Oakville’s Operations Department, as she spoke about new trends in designing plantings and planters that included cacti, succulents, and even acquascaping — growing plants in water tubs.

Congratulations were offered by District 6 of the Ontario Horticultural Association, represented by Bob Wilt, treasurer, and Cat McGill, director.

Many attendees went home with prizes donated by members as local nurseries that have supported the society, including Agram, Bulow’s, and Holland Park Garden Gallery.

The OHS is a volunteer organization that promotes interest in plants, outdoor beautification, and protection of the environment, including removal of invasive species.

The group meets the second Monday of every month, from September to June. Recent speakers have presented on lavender, container gardens, the futuristic gardens of Singapore, and garden design.

OHS membership can include a discount at many local nurseries and the offering of unusual and uncommon plants and bulbs at special prices at monthly meetings.

Each May, typically around Victoria Day weekend, the OHS organizes a plant sale offering a wide selection of locally grown plants that are known to thrive in the area. Great prices and excellent gardening advice from OHS volunteers and master gardeners are the reasons that locals ‘in the know’ head to this sale.

To attract and educate future gardeners, the OHS also offers the Junior Garden program every spring, when those aged six to nine years accompanied by a parent or grandparent, learn to tend their very own veggie plots.

Each June, Oakville residents get to peek at private gardens in Oakville in the Secret Gardens of Oakville Garden Tour, which is gaining popularity annually.

English gardens, Japanese gardens, formal gardens, xeriscaping, and everything in between can be found tended by Oakville gardeners.

New members are very welcome, so consider coming out to the next meeting, make some new friends or visit the OHS website at www.oakvillehort.org for more information.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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