The Kingston Horticultural Society has taken part in numerous community events over the years:
1967 – Present – The annual Spring Plant sale has been a perennial favorite with savvy Kingston residents who know a good deal when they see one.
2003 – 2007 – Participated in the Lung Association of Canada’s “Garden Festivals”.
2005 – Created a Community Improvement Fund to provide grants (when financially viable) to local groups and individuals.
2007 – Participated in Communities in Bloom (CIB) – Kingston. Logged 13,387 volunteer hours, helping make us one of the CIB National Award Winners for 2007. Awarded the “Canada Lands Company Sustainable Development Award”.
2007 – KHS was honoured with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism to recognize its members’ contributions to their community and the province.
2008 – Present – Seedy Saturday is a Canada-wide initiative to swap and sell hertigage seed, and promote education and techniques about seed saving. KHS has participated in Kingston’s Seedy Saturday since 2008.
2010 and 2017 – Joined the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners and the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) (insert link) at the Kingston Home and Cottage Show.
2018 – KHS hosted the OHA Annual Convention under the theme “Shore to Shield”.
2019 – Following the example of the OHA, which was rebranded to Garden Ontario in 2017, KHS rebranded itself to Gardening Kingston.
2019 – Garden tours have been a staple offering for many decades. In 2019 it was decided to hold the “Hidden Treasures” of Kingston Garden Tour as a bi-annual event.
2020 – Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic we embraced technology by re-launching The Columbine as an e-newsletter in July; organizing an on-line sale of spring bulbs in September; holding our first virtual Monthly Meeting via Zoom in October; and conducting a virtual AGM with on-line voting in December.