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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.

Scientific Study - Looking for Gardens

Jessica Guezen is a Masters student in biology at the University of Ottawa. This summer she is conducting a study on bees around farms that are growing squash, pumpkin or zucchini in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Ideally she is looking for growers who have at least 25m x 5m area of squash planted. Is that you? Would you like to participate? For more information you can go to Jessica's website at or contact her directly at

2016 Yearbook Now Available

Our new 2016 Yearbook is now available. To download an electronic copy (pdf), click here or on the "Yearbook Download" button on the right hand side of the screen.

Living Locally Fair

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario had a very nice article about the 2016 Living Locally Fair. You can read it on their website.

Tips for attracting beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden

1. Always have something flowering. Plant for staggered flowering throughout the growing season so that pollinators always have some food. Clovers are great for providing fairly continuous flowering.

2. Keep a water source available.

3. Become familiar with good identification websites or books so that you know whether something is neutral, a pest or a beneficial for your garden goals.

4. Let cilantro, dill and parsley go to seed.

Herb Presentation by Fran Dennett

You can find the notes on Fran Dennett's presentation on herbs here.

Here is a document on how to build a herb spiral.

Seeds of Diversity

The cold dark days of winter are a great time to start planning your beautiful garden for next year. If you find yourself looking at magazines, catalogs and websites as you plan what to plant next year, a great place to check out is the Seeds of Diversity website.


Coming Up

Monday, May 16, 2016
Floral Arrangement Basics
- a hands on workshop to help you bring your garden indoors by Louise Houle and Johanne St-Denis. Bring secateurs, scissors or a paring knife.
Convenor: Louise Houle
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Plant Sale
MacDougall Park

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Day Trip to Agape Gardens and Kiwi Gardens

Monday, June 20, 2016
Flower Show and Plant Auction
Enjoy a fun filled evening at the plant auction with auctioneer extraordinaire, Lindley McPhail and then come and see the lovely Flower Show which will have been judged during the auction.
Convenors: Lindley McPhail and Pegi Holtz
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Garden Totem Workshop

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Day Trip to Maplelawn Historic Garden in Ottawa

July 29-31, 2016
OHA Convention

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Framed! Workshop
Make an old window or picture frame into an piece of art.

September 7 - 11, 2016
Russell Fair

Monday, September 19, 2016
Gifts from the Garden Auction
Bring in you extra plants, pots, gardening magazines and books, preserves, dried flowers, produce and anything else you want to donate!
Convenors: Lindley McPhail and Pegi Holtz
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Day Trip to Miracle Farms in St-Anicet, Québec

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Day Trip to Domaine Perreault Winery

Monday, October 17, 2016
Putting the Garden to Bed by Lindley McPhail
A talk on what needs to be done, what’s nice to be done and what you can change next year to make it easier to bed your garden down for the winter.
Convenor: Marianne Vedder
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Day Trip to the Unrefined Olive

Monday, November 28, 2016
Annual General Meeting
Pot Luck Supper and Seasonal Arrangements Workshop. Hear all about the fun we had over the year, dine on fabulous food prepared by our members and create a gorgeous wreath, swag or planter.
Convenors: Marilyn MacMillan and Lindley McPhail
6:30pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, January 16, 2017
Indigenous is the New Exotic: The Whys and Hows of Gardening with Native Woody Plants by Owen Clarkin. Many of our indigenous plants are quite attractive, useful, and hardy. Adoption of underutilized native plants into the human landscape is not only novel, but will also help better balance current horticultural practice.
Convenor: Grace Stapper
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Living Locally Fair
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School

Monday, February 20, 2017
Learn about seed starting edible plants from the basics - when, how and what to start - to more advanced germination techniques such as stratification and scarification” with Telsing Andrews from Aster Lane Edibles. (
Convenor: Carole Van Die
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

Monday, March 20, 2017
Dog Strangling Vine presentation by Iola Price of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.
Convenor: Marcel Beauchamp
7pm - Russell Legion/Lion's Den

TBA (a Saturday in March 2017)
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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