To inspire passion, respect and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment.
The purpose of our Society is to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture:
- by holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture
- by encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds
- by promoting balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification
- by arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and awarding prizes
- by distributing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs
- by promoting the protection of the environment
- by promoting the circulation of horticultural information through any media
- by promoting the benefits of therapeutic horticulture
- by stimulating an interest in the study of horticulture
This statement forms part of the Constitution of the Pickering Horticultural Society. All members are encouraged to adhere to these practices.
Since the beginning, strong leadership and enthusiastic members have helped to maintain the vitality of this organization. On April 28, 1933, a meeting was held in a Pickering school room for the purpose of considering the formation of a Horticultural Society. Mr. John F. Clark was the first speaker to address the Society on June 12th. He gave an illustrated lecture on “Continuous Bloom in the Garden” and our first flower show was held on Wednesday, August 23rd in St. Andrew’s Hall.
Since its earliest days, the Horticultural Society has been concerned with the education and the beautification of the community. For several years, we have been actively involved in planting and maintaining perennial flower beds in Pickering’s Esplanade Park. In addition to that, we are proud to have been given responsibility for planning, planting and maintaining of a flower bed at Liverpool Road and Krosno Boulevard, as well as 30 planters in the Nautical Village at the south end of Liverpool Road, now a very popular area.
In the last number of years, we have seen many changes. New schools, fire halls, town hall and subdivision upon subdivision of new homes have developed across the landscape. Large and small malls for retail and service outlets, new churches and a large recreational complex have been built to serve the needs of the community.
In 1997, after much debate, our Society chose the Peony as its official flower. We hope that the Town of Pickering will also adopt the Peony as its own. 1997 was also the year when the Society realized that it had outgrown its favourite meeting location, notably, St. Andrew’s Church. We made the difficult decision to relocate our meeting place to the Pickering Recreational Complex and have been happy there ever since.
Ontario Horticultural Association