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

2023-2024 Meeting Calendar


Sat. Feb 10th 2024  1:30 PM

Julie Boudreau - Alpines for Beginners

Full Description pending

Julie Boudreau is a horticulturist who trained at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. She’s been working with plants for more than 25 years. She has published many gardening books and hosted various radio and television shows. She now teaches horticulture at the Centre de formation horticole of Laval. A great gardening enthusiast, she’s devoted to promoting gardening, garden design, botany and ecology in every form. Born a fan of organic gardening, she’s curious and cultivates a passion for all that can be eaten. Julie Boudreau is “epicurious” and also fascinated by Latin names.

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Sat. March 9th 2024 1:30

Rocks, Plants and Habitats: the NARGS 2023 AGM

Presented by Nora Lee, OVRGHS member and newsletter editor

The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the North American Rock Garden society was held in Truro, Nova Scotia at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus. Our member, Nora Lee, attended both the meeting and the post-conference tour. The program featured field trips to see the very rich diversity of plant habitats in Nova Scotia from coastal barrens and gypsum deposits to the Bay of Fundy coast and the Acadian forest. In the evenings, presentations included an Introduction to Mi’kma’ki, the legends of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia flora as well as national and international rock garden specialists, such as Todd Boland, Esther Wrightman, Julia Corden, Jiří Papoušek, and more. Nora will share highlights of her experience and hopefully make you wish you had gone, too!

Nora has been a member of OVRGHS since around 1999, not long after she first had a garden of her own. She took several courses in horticulture at Algonquin College, years ago, but has mostly learned the informal way. Recently, she has become more interested in being a better land steward by converting her garden increasingly to native plants to support native pollinators and other beneficial insects and encouraging other gardeners to do the same. 

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Sat. April 13th 2024 1:30

Michael Runtz - Wild about Wildflowers (w Barrhaven Garden Club)

Member & non-members must register (Registration FULL)

($10 for non-members)

Doors open at 1:00 pm - address here 

Wild for Wildflowers

We love wildflowers for their unrivalled beauty. But there is so much more to these stunning plants than just good looks. Behind the veil of beauty lies a fascinating world full of chemical weaponry, explosive devices, bribes, and even downright lies. Michael Runtz, award winning university lecturer, author and photographer will give a highly visual overview of this fascinating world. After the presentation, some of Michael’s and Britta’s books, calendars, and prints will be available for sale.




​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.



 Zoom details for each meeting are sent by email or can be accessed on the members-only page

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St. Mark's Anglican Church

1606 Fisher Ave,

Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6


Doors open: 12:45pm 


Duration: approx1.5hrs

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