Time: 7:30 p.m. (Note: there will be a mini-workshop on floral design at 6:45pm and social time at 7:00pm)

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston

Speaker:  Mary Ann Van Berlo

Title:  Rideau Trail Gardens

Plus, In the Spotlight Spring Design Show

On April 11, Mary Ann Van Berlo will speak about the Rideau Trail Gardens.  She will show us a slide show of the fourteen spectacular private and public gardens that lie on a trail east of Kingston along the shores of the St Lawrence River and up the Rideau corridor. These gardens are open for viewing by appointment and pre-booking each summer.  The money collected is donated to Brockville Palliative Care.  Mary Ann will show us her own garden in Maitland where sun-loving shrubs surround the house.  Under a stand of majestic oak trees, shade-loving plants take over the show with a stunning backdrop of the St Lawrence River.  The property is registered as a Canadian Wildlife Federation ‘Backyard Habitat’ and a ‘Monarch Waystation’.   

April will also be the first “In the Spotlight” design show and competition of the spring. For show categories and rules, see our Flower Shows page.


Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. There is no charge for members of the Kingston Horticultural Society or other garden clubs. For others, entry is $3.00. KHS and garden club members should please show their membership card when coming to meetings. 


Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston. The entrance to Ongwanada is on Portsmouth Ave, just south of Johnson St. It is immediately past the Health Unit on the left when going south. Park at the end of the driveway. The building is forward from the end of the drive. [There is more parking to the left.] 

There are bus stops on Portsmouth near Ongwanada for evening route E12.