75th Anniversary

In March 1939 Mrs. WK [Myrtle] Kettle saw her dream come true when The Omemee District Horticultural Society was formed. In later years, the ‘and ‘ was added to reflect the area covered.

In honour of our society’s 75th Anniversary – the following activities were posted so that members would know what was coming in the future. Please read on to see what did happen in the big 75th Year!


  1. Yearbook: Our 75th Anniversary Year book will long be a keepsake. It is in full colour this year, due to the support of our many wonderful advertisers. Please read the many 75th Anniversary greeetings and please support our advertisers by shopping locally!
    Tell them that you saw their ad and thank them.
    A special thank you to Suzanne and Mike Castell from NP Media Business Solutions, Omemee for organizing the printing of the books. Suzanne also helped design the amazing “exploding” cover of this year’s celebratory book.
  2. A special Gift to All Paid Up Members: Beginning at our March meeting, all paid up members will receive a special anniversary gift to commemorate the first meeting of our society. If you weren’t able to attend in March … no problem. We will have them at our April and May meetings as well.
    For more information Click here.

    1. An Anniversary Logo:
      As part of the printing of the Anniversary Gift, a new logo was created. This logo was then used for our current year’s correspondence, sign boards, and advertising.
  3. A Few Minutes in History: Every meeting in 2014 will have a short segment of the program devoted to “history highlights” – anecdotes and highlights of our 75 years as a horticultural society.
  4. Omemee’s Pioneer Days: Our Garden Group’s Presence:
    1. A History Display Featuring the 75 Years of our Society’s Growth in the Community: Saturday June 28th a public display of our history books, trophies, awards & some historical articles will be set up in the Coronation Hall as part of the Pioneer Day celebrations.
    2. A Dedication of the Two Original, Custom Made Art Pieces now in Village Gardens: held on Sat June 28th at approximately 11:30 – 12:00 in the Coronation Hall gardens (following the pancake breakfast). We will be hosting a ceremony to dedicate two garden art pieces. The first is a special tree structure to honour the past Presidents who provided 75 years of leadership and the second, an obelisk, will be dedicated to all past and current Volunteers who have done such a wonderful job of beautification in the village. Cake and lemonade will be served.
  5. Garden Tour of 14 members’ gardens: Save the date: Saturday July 5th , 10 – 4. Tickets $20.00 including a light lunch. Contact Donna Hunter for tickets 705 799-6656 or dphunter@sympatico.ca For further information Click here.
  6. Anniversary Garden Signs: New signs with our 75th Anniversary logo will be placed in LCBO flower bed, Canadian Legion Memorial Garden, and the Coronation Hall gardens proudly announcing Happy 75th Anniversary Omemee Hort.


Special Speakers & Anniversary Highlights at our General Meetings

We always have special speakers at our meetings but for our Anniversary Year, our Speaker Committee decided to bring back some of our favourites. Our theme was “The Oldies and Goodies!” with the oldies meaning repeat engagements (certainly not age!!!) Since we have had many, many favourites – the following list was narrowed down mainly by availability. Our other favourites will have to continue on into our 76th year!!!
The following is a list of the meetings hosting Anniversary special happenings. For the entire list of all our 2014 speakers click here.

February 15th : a Pot Luck luncheon was the “kick off” event for our 75th Anniversary celebration.

Speaker: Cathy Dueck, spoke on the topic of “Homes for the Homeless” providing homes for the birds and bees. Cathy is always delightful and engages everyone with the opportunity of both listening and learning.”
For photos and a report of that meeting click here.

March 17th: This is the official anniversary of our society. On March 13th, 1939 the Omemee and District Horticultural Society was organized under the guidance of District Director, Mr. Chas. H. Lane of Valentia, and the Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario.

Speaker: Drew Monkman: The Changing Seasons
Anniversary Photo Category: “The Omemee Dam”
Anniversary Design: St Patrick’s Day
Anniversary Highlight: – an anniversary gift for each member
For photos and a report of that meeting click here.

April 21st: Peter Keeping: Propagating Clematis

Special anniversary Highlight: TBA
Anniversary Photo Category- “A traditional Farm”
Anniversary Design: Easter: A Horizontal Design

May 19th: Our horticultural meeting will feature a slide show of 2013 activities & highlights but with a few historical photos adding a “then and now” feature.

The spring flower show will include an Anniversary Category featuring the tulips that were sold as an anniversary fundraiser.
For photos and a report of that meeting click here

June 16th: Our on-site meeting

This year held at Gardens Plus. Dawn Golloher (Tack) will be speaking to our group and then we can experience some ‘retail therapy’!
More information to follow

July 5th: This year our regular members’ garden tour is replaced with our possibly first ever public garden tour.

Don’t miss “the Omemee Blooms Garden Tour”
Click here for more information

July 21st: An evening of garden related demonstrations, led by our talented members.

More information to follow.

August 18th: This is our 75th Annual Flower & Vegetable Show. Wow! 75 years of competitions!

The first show was held on August 22nd, 1939. It proved to be “a venture of wide interest” said Horace Hill (a member & Secretary from 1940 – 1949). “Being new in the community it was quite an experiment as everyone had to more or less find out just what one did at a flower show.”
At our 75th show, there are special history related categories in both the Photography and Design Sections.

Sept 15th: Victoria Whitney: Decorating for Fall

Special Highlight: A fall plant sale and auction
Anniversary Photo Category: “An Old Fence”
Design Category: “A Thanksgiving Centrepiece”
Our Garden trophy awards will be presented

October 20th: Our Fall Pot Luck Festive Occasion!

Our fall potluck has been an annual event since at least 1941. Our present day celebration is a popular event! This year we are excited to have James Graham past president of the OHA be our special guest speaker. James is a vibrant and humorous speaker. He should fit right in with our group! Come join the fun!

November 17th: Our Annual General Meeting

Annual Photography Show
Trophy Presentation: for overall points Nov 2013 to Oct 2014 winner
Design Category: “Christmas- an arrangement/wreath/swag etc, using mainly natural materials. Decorations, ribbon & candle are allowed.
We will end our “anniversary year” as well as our “meeting year” by enjoying the award winning growers, Joe and Hazel Cook, speaking on “Blossom Hill Then and Now. 75 years and counting”. It is fitting that our anniversary year program will end with Joe & Hazel, long time members and supporters of our group. Joe and Hazel made their very first public speaking engagement in front of our group! Now they travel all over southern Ontario to speak but admit that they still like to return to where they started.

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