A member of the Ontario Horticultural Association
Established in 1969, the Rideau Lakes Horticultural Society is a volunteer charitable organization. Our goal is to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture in our community. Over 50 years of continuous involvement in Rideau Lakes, Ontario!
Hold meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture;
Encourage the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds;
Promote balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification;
Arrange field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and award prizes;
Distribute seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs;
Promote the protection of the environment;
Promote and encourage organic agriculture and discourage genetically engineered products in the community and local food system;
Promote the circulation of horticultural information through any media;
Promote the benefits of therapeutic horticulture
Stimulate an interest in the study of horticulture.
What we do
We have an ongoing Community Orchard Project, launched in 2016 - click HERE for more information
In collaboration with the Rideau Lakes Public Library, in 2020 we created the B.I.G bag project for kids - B.I.G stands for Beginners In Gardening - more information on our YouTube channel
In 2019 we began a collaboration with Rideau District High School and helped with their greenhouse project, and hosted our annual plant sale with their help at the school. We received the OHA District 3 Sowing Seeds award in 2020. The Sowing Seeds Award is presented annually to a District 3 Society or Club which has demonstrated an engagement with youth in their community.
We planted 2 pollinator gardens and received the OHA District 3 Pollinator Haven grant in 2018
We distribute a quarterly newsletter called 'The Lilypad' to our members
We host meetings, garden tours, flower & garden shows
We are always looking for new members and volunteers! Click on the 'Join our Society' button at the bottom of the page
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We are a member society of the Ontario Horticultural Association