A Chapter of The North American Rock Garden Society
Member Society of OHA District 2

2020-2021 Meeting Calendar


September 12th 2020

Member's Garden Expo

A series of short presentations of 5 member's gardens in the Ottawa area:

  • Judy Wall presents her newly constructed smaller rock garden that fits in her new space 

  • Nora Lee's garden

  • Jeff Hurtig's alpine troughs

  • Josie Pazdzior's garden

  • Rob Stuart's scree garden

Click here to see recordings of these presentations

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January TBD

Kayaking the Baye de Toutes Isles 

Presented by member Sue Hoegg, a multiday Kayak trip off the coast of Nova Scotia with wildlife and botanical insights

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April 19th

Spring Flowers in the Ottawa Valley

Presented by Brian Carson.  As many of you know Brian is a superb speaker on anything plant related and in particular with regards to all types of plants in the Ottawa Valley.

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October 24th

A GRAND TOUR: The Rock Gardens of the Czech Republic

Click here to see recordings of this presentation

The presenter Paul Spriggs has been building crevice gardens for many years. He is, owner of Spriggs Gardens Landscaping company, and President of the Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society.

The whole world is currently looking towards the Czech Republic as leaders and innovators of modern-day rock gardening. Paul has now journeyed to the Czech Republic 3 times. 2 as a conference attendee, and one on an independent mission to photograph these amazing gardens and their plants. While the conferences featured tours of a number of gardens in and around Prague, after the conferences Paul was treated to other private tours, which took him to all corners of the country to view the crème –de -la-crème of modern Czech rock gardens. This presentation look at the history of how the Czechs have become a rock-gardening powerhouse, and will offer a sneak peek into some less accessible and rarely seen gardens of some of the world’s most accomplished rock gardeners.

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February 13th

Trough Gardening in Scotland

Presented by Ian Young, renowned speaker from the Scottish Rock Garden Club.


Showing a number of ways to make troughs including using Styrofoam fish boxes, pain and cement.  Continually updated presentation to show his latest methods.
It also includes how to landscape, plant and maintain troughs and raised beds.

Come and ask Ian any trough troubleshooting questions you have

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November 14

Flowers of Gatineau Park 

Presented by Tom Delsey and Gwennyth Evans

Gwynneth and Tom are both nature enthusiasts, and since their retirement they have been regular visitors to Gatineau Park, walking the trails from spring through fall, and skiing them in the winter.

The presentation is centred on a selection of 32 species of native wildflowers photographed on trails in Gatineau Park. The selection is representative of species flowering in different seasons from April through September and in different habitats within two major ecosystems, the Three-Lake Chain and the Eardley Plateau. The presentation contains 22 of the native species organized around three seasons (spring, early summer, late summer). The presentation includes additional 10 native species is oriented more directly toward habitat and locale: the first section is centred on species in the forests of the Three-Lake Chain ecosystem found on trails accessed from the O'Brien and Meech trailheads; the second on species found on forest edges and wetland margins on the Eardley Plateau accessed from the Étienne Brulé and Champlain lookouts; and the third on species found in marshes and on shorelines accessed from trails skirting smaller lakes – Brown, Renaud, Fortune, and Black – in the two ecosystems

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March 13th

In process

We are in process to arrange a presentation from an avid rock garden speaker from Western Canada - watch this space. 



​The Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society (OVRGHS).
We are affiliated with both the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).


Our Society was formed in November 1992. Although the faces have changed somewhat since then, the objectives of the Society have remained the same: to promote and support "rock gardening" on a non-profit basis.

Over the years, we have built upon the solid foundation of the original group. We offer our members:

  • monthly meetings from September through May featuring local, national and international speakers,

  • periodic newsletters per year

  • an annual seed exchange,

  • spring plant sales each year,

  • garden tours and field trips,

  • workshops and demonstrations,

New members are always welcome.



Until it is safe to do so all planned meetings will be held by Zoom Video conference.  Zoom details for each meeting are sent by email or can be accessed on the members-only page

Thomas Neatby Building
960 Carling Avenue

K1A 0Z2
Free Parking in adjacent lot


Doors open: 12:45pm 


Duration: approx1.5hrs

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