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Members Christmas Pot Luck

The members only Christmas Pot Luck dinner is fast approaching, scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, just a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas. As is years past, members are asked to bring a vegetable dish, salad or dessert or anything that will provide a nice accompaniment for the turkey and gravy provided by the Horticultural Society. The Horticultural Society will also provide beverages including punch and coffee and tea. If you would like water with your meal please remember to bring your own.

Vocalist Marilyn Cecil Smith and her guitar accompanist Larry Smith will entertain both following dinner/ before dessert as well as after dessert. Organizer Barb Hunter says that they will play upbeat, age-appropriate music for our group and that there will be a bit of a Christmas sing-a-long near the end.

Doors will open at 4:00 for those who are interested in helping to set the tables and dinner will start at 6:00 for everyone. So far Barb expects there to be a crowd of over 140 people.

Cash donations for the Helping Hand Food Bank in Tillsonburg will be collected at the close of the festivities. We will look forward to seeing everyone there.

Beyond the Garden Gate – July 8

garden gate poster online

The Tillsonburg Horticultural Society and the Station Arts Centre are partnering to present Beyond the Garden Gate, a garden tour with artists featured at some of the gardens. Enjoy the gardens and see some talented works offered by members of the Station Arts Centre. Tour participants can enjoy discounted admissions to Annandale National Historic Site as well as discounts on plants purchased at Tillsonburg Garden Gate with their tickets to the garden tour. The tour goes rain or shine. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Station Arts Centre, Annandale National Historic Site, or Tillsonburg Garden Gate for $10. Day of tour tickets are $12 and will be available as well at the each garden on the tour. Call 519-842-6151 for information.

Wildflowers – June 6

The Tillsonburg Horticultural Society meets on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Centre Auditorium at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Guest speaker Nadia Cavallin’s presentation will focus on Wildflowers in Southwestern Ontario. Nadia in a Field Botanist at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. All welcome.

All About Hostas – May 2

Stephen Douglas, Past Director for District 10 of the Ontario Horticultural Association will be the guest speaker on May 2 when the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society meets in the Senior Centre Auditorium at the Tillsonburg Community Centre.

Stephen is active in the Southwestern Ontario Hosta Society and a self-confessed hostaholic. He will talk about new varieties of hostas and has promised to bring along several plants to be given away.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. All welcome. 2017 Tillsonburg Horticultural Society memberships will be available at a cost of $15 each.

Volunteer Award Recipients Named

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Tillsonburg Horticultural Society members recognized in March for their years of service to the organization and the community were Sandra Carson, 15 years; Monique Booth, 10 years; Jean Mann, 10 years; George Stier, 10 years; Jan Torrell, 10 years. and Monique Trepanier, 10 years.

Pictured above at the Provincial Awards Presentation Ceremony in Aylmer are Horticultural Society President Christine Nagy, Monique Trepanier, Oxford County M.P.P. Ernie Hardeman and Jan Torrell.

What’s New in 2017? – April 4

Matthew Fenn of Tillsonburg Garden Gate will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, April 4 meeting of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society. His presentation will focus on What’s New in the Gardening World for 2017. Matt will help us to get ready for the new gardening season. Come and learn how to update your gardens and get excited about the arrival of spring!

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Centre Auditorium at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. 2017 memberships will be available at a cost of $15 per person.

Also coming up later in April is the Kelsey’s Fundraiser for the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society. Scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, supporters of the Horticultural Society who enjoy dinner at Kelsey’s that day will see 10 per cent of their food bill donated back to the Society.

2017 Society Board of Directors

Tillsonburg Horticultural Society 2017 Board of Directors Front Row, left to right: Albert Acre, Marian Smith, Christine Nagy, Judi Misener, Richard DeRoo. Back row, left to right: Juanita DeRoo, Diana Thompson, Jami Stephenson, Jan Torrell, Dena Luyt, Marie Smith, Penny Esseltine, Angela Lassam, Chris Suttie, Karen Pritoula, Barb Hunter, Catherine Burke. Absent: Monique Booth, Jean Mann, Sandra Rohrer, Woodingford lodge

Tillsonburg Horticultural Society 2017 Board of Directors
Front row, left to right: Albert Acre, Creative Services; Marian Smith, 2nd Vice-President+;  Christine Nagy, President+; Judi Misener, Speakers+; Richard DeRoo, Membership. Back row, left to right: Juanita DeRoo, Membership; Diana Thompson, Legion Gardens; Jami Stephenson, Annandale Gardens; Jan Torrell, Treasurer; Dena Luyt, Greetings; Marie Smith, Scrapbook/Sunshine+; Penny Esseltine, Website; Angela Lassam, Publicity+; Chris Suttie, Junior Gardeners; Karen Pritoula, Competitions; Barb Hunter, Social; Catherine Burke. Secretary+;  Absent: Monique Booth, Senior Centre Gardens; Jean Mann, Station Arts Gardens; Sandra Rohrer, Woodingford Lodge Gardens.

Photo Contest 2016

Karen Pritoula, Competitions Chairperson, announced the winners of the 2016 Photography Contest at the November 1 meeting of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society. There were four categories for the competition and the winning photographers are as follows:


Farmer’s Market Entries

Category #1:
Natural Setting – Any Wild Flower – #1 Closeup and #2 Further Away
1st Diana Thompson
2nd Christine Rodrigues
3rd Angela Lassam


Sunflower Entries

Category #2
Farmer’s Market – Photos of any Produce
1st Christine Rodrigues
2nd Angela Lassam
3rd Elaine Henning

Category #3
Sunflower Close-Up
1st Christine Rodrigues
2nd Elaine Henning
3rd Angela Lassam

Category #4 – Any Flowers – Made for the Shade
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Diana Thompson

Congratulations to the winners pictured here with Photography Competition Judge Shannon Coyle.


Pictured left to right: Shannon Coyle, Diana Thompson, Christina Rodrigues, Angela Lassam and Elaine Henning.

2016 Yummy Pot-Luck Christmas Party

From Social Director Christine Nagy, here are all of the things you need to know about …

The 2016 Horticultural Society Christmas Party

  1. Tuesday, December 6th, starting at 6:00 p.m.
  2. Lion’s Auditorium, Tillsonburg Community Centre
  3. Round Tables of eight, for members only.
  4. Floral decorations at each table as well as poinsettias on the buffet tables.  These are raffled after the last of the entertainment.
  5. Ovens available to keep food warm until buffet starts.
  6. Turkey/Gravy, catered by Vivian’s Country Cooking, compliments of the Hort Society, as well as china plates & cutlery for the main course.
  7. Table numbers are drawn to determine which table gets first choice – it’s very democratic.
  8. Entertainment is “Small Town Girls” starting at approximately 7:00 p.m. and there will be two sets.
  9. Dessert will be “served” between sets.
  10. Instead of Food Bank donations, we are passing the hat; whatever funds we raise will be used to purchase grocery gift cards that can be used to buy milk and fresh vegetables & fruit.
  11. Volunteers needed for set-up at 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Decor Ideas – Nov. 1

Staffers from Twigs Floral Design on Broadway Street in Tillsonburg will be on hand to demonstrate some Creative Christmas Decor Ideas when the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society meets on Tuesday, November 1 in the Senior Centre Auditorium at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. As well as enjoying this presentation you will be able to view the display of photographs and hear the results of our annual Photography Contest.  Start time is 7:30 p.m. Come early as Tillsonburg Horticultural Society membership cards for 2017 will be available for $15.