About Us

Our Mission

To inspire passion, respect and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment.

What We Do

We support horticulture by:

  • exploring the theory and practice of horticulture at our meetings
  • encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds
  • promoting balcony and community gardening, and outdoor beautification
  • arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and awarding prizes
  • sharing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs

We also promote:

  • protection of the environment
  • sharing of horticultural information
  • the benefits of therapeutic horticulture
  • interest in the study of horticulture


The Pickering Horticultural Society has deep roots in our community—pun intended! The society was founded on April 28, 1933, in the midst of the great economic depression. Our first speaker was John F. Clark who gave an illustrated talk on “Continuous Bloom in the Garden”.  Later that summer, the society held its first flower show at St. Andrew’s Hall.

The joy and satisfaction of growing beautiful flowers, and enjoying nutritious food from your garden, is timeless.

You can read more about our History here:

PHS Complete History

Keeping Pickering Beautiful – Community Projects

We have a volunteer crew who learn, socialize and have fun by maintaining public gardens in the community. See our work in the colour and texture of the perennial flower beds in Esplanade Park at Pickering City Hall. The Bicentennial Garden on Valley Farm Road at the recreation complex was created by us as our contribution to the bicentennial celebrations in 2011. Near Frenchman’s Bay, we created the xeriscape garden in Progress Park as part of the Communities in Bloom project. We also design and maintain the flower bed at Liverpool Road and Krosno Boulevard. The next time you’re strolling by the lake at the end of Liverpool Road, notice the 30-odd planters spilling with colour that we maintain for everyone to enjoy.

Learn More

OHA Website:  www.gardenontario.org
District 17 Website:  https://www.ohadistrict17.ca/