June - Garden Tour

Sunday, June 23, 2024
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Enjoy a self-guided tour through four wonderful, diverse gardens.  A monetary donation to the food bank would be appreciated. 

The brochure for the Garden Tour is available here OR you can use the information below for a self-guided tour.    

Groves Memorial Hospital, Healing Gardens, Aboyne

To get to the Healing Gardens, take the Service Entrance at the traffic circle and drive down behind the hospital to the staff parking area. We have permission to park here during the Garden Tour.

The Grand River Agricultural Society’s Healing Garden, behind Groves, is in full bloom and now features comfy Muskoka chairs. Gardens are maintained by volunteers of the Elora & Salem Horticultural Society and are  much enjoyed by staff, physicians, patients and visitors.

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121 Halls Drive, Elora


This small garden in an Elora subdivision is packed full of perennials. There is interesting use of ground covers, lots of verbascum, Japanese maples, and trees for small spaces. An instant burst of colour in May is provided when plants are moved from the plant room and greenhouse. Coleus, impatiens, and orange marigolds are the most dominant annuals. Lots of varieties of hostas and clematis, as well as tree peonies, add beauty to this garden. Come, sit, and have a glass of lemonade.

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486 & 492 Washington St, Salem

The two properties on Washington Street in Salem are neighbours.  Enter the properties on the path between the two gardens. Additional parking can be found across the street at the Potato Board parking lot.

492 Washington St – Our garden is a ¼ acre riverside garden on the shore of the Irvine River. We have a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, on the gently sloping terrain. Raised beds for growing cut flower, grown from tubers, seeds, corms, or bulbs adorn the edge of the river.

486 Washington St – We have a gently sloping backyard garden on the shore of the Irvine River, located directly across from the Salem Park. The garden has several defined beds filled with early spring bulbs and a wide variety of annual flowers which have all been grown from seeds in-house, under lights.

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Coffee in the Gardens

June TBD 10am at Terry Fox Park
July TBD  10am at Templin

Members are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee in our parks. One day in June, coffee will be served at Terry Fox Park. One day in July, coffee will be served at Templin Gardens. Dates will be update more closely to the event(s).

July - Grand Gardens of Fergus

July 2024

The Grand Gardens program recognizes homeowners who make a contribution to the beautification of our community.

Nominations are made by society members, the Grand Gardens committee and by the public by sending an email to

Homeowners are selected and receive:

  • a Grand Garden sign for their garden
  • a one-year complimentary membership to our Society
  • an invitation to the Society’s monthly meeting for recognition
  • a certificate honouring their selection

In early July, gardens are selected based on curb appeal, visual appeal and impact, design, maintenance, and environmental stewardship.

March - Seedy Saturday

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Seedy Saturday was a huge success!


District 7 Meeting & AGM

Saturday April 13, 2024

Hosted by Clifford & District Horticultural Society at the Clifford Community Hall, 2 William St North, Clifford

Speaker: Paul Judge, Town Landscape Coordinator for Minto

Plan to attend the meeting. Cost is only $10 for the morning. Coffee and mi-morning break provided by the hosts.

Plan to enter the Flower Show. Entries are place between 8:30 and 9:15.

Advise Fergus Hort. President, Ken Johnston, if attending – he will advise of numbers for the hosting Society for set up purposes.

Spring District 7 Flower Show - April 13, 2024

Entries must be placed from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Judging starts at 9:30 a.m.

Division 1 – Horticulture

Points- 1st-6, 2nd-4, 3rd -2
Prizes- 1st-$5, 2nd- $3, 3rd- $2

Class 1. Hellebore – 1 bloom
Class 2. Any other Spring Flower – 1 stem/spray, named
Class 3. Flowering Branch** – max. 75 cm. (30″) including container, named
Class 4. Any Plant Grown for Foliage** – named, 1 pot not to exceed 20 cm/ 8 in.
Class 5. Bedding Plants – cell pack, one cultivar, grown from seed, named (min. 4 plants)

Most Points in Horticulture- Prize donated by Guelph Township Horticultural Society – $10.00 

* Two entries per class are permitted in Horticultural division only but must be from different cultivars. House plants and garden plants must have been cared for by exhibitor for at least three (3) months or have been grown from seed or a cutting by exhibitor. Judging in accordance with Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards, 2019. Substandard entries may not necessarily receive a prize.

** Branch can be forced  

Division 2 – Design

Points- 1st-8, 2nd-6, 3rd -4
Prizes- 1st-$7, 2nd- $5, 3rd- $3

Class 6. New Beginnings- a miniature design
Class 7. Reaching Out – a satellite design***
Class 8. Rivers Flowing – your interpretation
Class 9. Spring Magic – a small design
Class 10. Winter’s Joy – a pot-et- fleur ****

Judge’s Choice – Prize donated by Guelph Township Horticultural Society- $10.00

*** Satellite Design: A design with a main unit and a smaller unit of the same colour, form and/or texture that do not touch but have a connective line between the units that become a vital part of the rhythmic pattern of the
design. (Page 150, Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Floral Design and Horticulture, 2019)

**** Pot-et-Fleur: A combination of growing plants (foliage and/or flowering), in or out of pots, packed lightly with soil and/or other moisture retaining materials, plus cut flowers in tubes of water, floral foam or other material, assembled in one container. Moss, decorative wood and rock may be included. No cut foliage is permitted; cut flowering and/or fruiting branches may be use. (Page 149, OJES 2019)

May - Best Bloomin' Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25, 2024
8:00am- 11:00am 
(volunteers needed 7:45am-Noon)

Stone House (next to tennis courts), Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex

Our plant sale is made possible by the generous donations of plants and gently used gardening equipment from our members. 

Donated plants should be bagged or potted and labeled. Volunteers are needed to help pot plants on Tuesdays and Fridays, May 14, 17 and 21, as well as on Friday, May 24 for sale setup from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm.

For more information or to volunteer, please email Michelle Goff at Email Michele if you need help digging up plants or if you need items picked up.

May - Mother's Day Pansies

May 8, 9, 10, 2024
5:30pm – 9:30pm 

The Pansy giveaway to the kids at the Lions Home and Leisure Show is always a great success.

This event is to encourage the children in our community to enjoy gardening. Our volunteers help young children plant a pansy which they can give to their mothers.

A reminder to keep those small pots for next year’s show. We will be glad to take them off your hands. Susan and Jüri