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The Guelph Horticultural Society

 is one of 14 societies in District 7 of the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).  Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Dublin Street United Church in Guelph, ON.  Unless otherwise indicated, meetings start with announcements at 7:30 pm, followed by a speaker on current and relevant horticultural topics, at 8 pm

Our Society's Mission is to:

~ encourage a love for horticulture
~ encourage the cultivation of home gardens and vacant spaces
~ promote conservation
~ promote and assist in plans for civic improvements and beautification of the natural environment
~ interest youth in horticulture


 A Tribute to Monica Bibby 

 Please click above to view the Tribute



Tuesday, May 28rd @ 7:30 pm
General Meeting
Speaker: Catherine McGill
Topic: " Through the Judge's Eyes — Aging, Round, Humour in a Nutshell"

Catherine will discuss exhibitor help, schedule input and show committee do's and don'ts

Catherine McGill

Catherine was a chef for over 20 years, a blacksmith, a horse trainer and a riding instructor. However, the one you want to know is her own garden maintenance business for way too long, 40+ years. Her clients are mostly seniors. She is also a horticultural and design judge, so, yes, she knows a little about a whole bunch of plants. She was also Ontario Horticultural Association Director of District 6 with 21 horticultural societies with the largest membership in Ontario. In 2023, she retired from the board of OHA as the southwest rep where she helped the directors of all 19 districts.

Officially, retired from it all, but you know once a volunteer, always a volunteer. Catherine is still the admin for several Facebook pages including GardenOntario, the OHA’s group page, the District 6 page, and the Haldimand Horticultural page.

She also sits on two judges groups where they review and answer judges’ questions and clarify the changes that happened with the “new” Ontario judging and exhibiting standards book that rule all floral judging. The judges group also host updates for judges that keep the active judges current with changes and the rules fresh.

The motto she strives to maintain is; “If you can’t see the humour in what you are doing, why are you doing it?”




2024 Garden Showcase — Sunday, June 9

Enjoy this self-guided tour of outstanding Guelph and area gardens.

This popular event is of great value at only $15.


Annual Summer Flower Show — Saturday, June 22

Old Quebec Street Shoppes, 55 Wyndham St. (downtown Guelph)

See page 22 of the 2024 GHS yearbook for the entry schedule


The Ontario Horticultural Association Convention 2024 — July 12-14

Entitled: "The Heartland of Gardens Growing and Rivers Flowing"

Hosted by District 7 & 8 at the Delta Hotel, 50 Stone Road West, Guelph.
See the OHA Website ( for more information.



Complimentary Visit to Royal Botanical Gardens for GHS Members

For details about upcoming events, please see Events.



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Guelph Horticultural Society Indigenous Territorial Acknowledgement

The land we cultivate today, and all of Turtle Island, has been under the stewardship of Indigenous peoples, and has been the site of Indigenous tilling for over a thousand years. ...The Guelph Horticultural Society recognizes that the land we work on is ancestral land of the First Peoples and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We offer respect to the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis peoples of this land - past, present and future. We recognize the significance of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty, an old treaty that encourages us to take what we need, leave enough for future generations and keep the dish clean. From this treaty we understand our role in preserving the habitats for the future of all living species. We are grateful for the knowledge of native plants that our Indigenous people share with us. We are grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to gather, celebrate, learn and cultivate this land.

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The Guelph Horticultural Society is a registered charity with a Charitable Registration Number of 11894-9221-RR0001.