The Stirling Horticultural Society celebrates its 125th anniversary


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There would probably have been some astonishment if the founders of the Stirling & District Horticultural Society had been told that the group they had formed in 1897 would continue to go from strength to strength 125 years later. And it’s growing – the Society currently has over 80 active members, with more members every year.

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For over a century the Society has performed many functions in Stirling-Rawdon, from providing general information on the cultivation and care of plants and shrubs to planting trees and collecting funds to purchase the land on which Stirling’s Cenotaph now stands. During both world wars, “victory gardens” were planted by SDHS members, and many public gardens were laid out and maintained throughout the community.

To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the group has created a weekend garden tour and flower festival on July 16 and 17.

Saturday July 16 offers a guided garden tour, with nine spectacular gardens to visit in and around the village of Stirling. The day ends in Farmtown Park, as local radio personality Carson Arthur entertains and educates on all things horticulture. Packed lunches are available for purchase in advance, and ice cream and other goodies will be available in the heritage building.

Sunday 17th July is a day full of activities, all taking place on the grounds of Stirling’s Farmtown Park. The annual Flower Show will feature a wide variety of entries competing for prizes, awards and bragging rights. You don’t need to buy a ticket or be a Society member to attend the show, so bring your favorite cuttings, arrangements and houseplants and you could win a prize. Detailed information on entering the competition is available on the SDHS Facebook page.

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Also on July 17, the speaker series features several informative presentations on beekeeping, flower arranging, instant pot cooking, landscaping, basket weaving, and even cannabis products and their uses. Visitors can browse a multi-vendor craft market offering local produce, pottery, woven goods and handicrafts. A giant birthday cake and tea social close the festivities.

Tickets for this “once in 125 years” event are $20 for either day, or $30 for a two-day pass that lets you attend as many activities as you like. wish it. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting event organizer Caroline Smith at 613-395-6096 or by email at [email protected]


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