Founded in 1997 by Gordon and Doris Strathy, the Petawawa Horticultural Society is an organization of interested volunteers who are dedicated to the good of their community. 

Our meetings are held the second Monday of each month (excluding July and August) at 7:00 p.m. in the Fundraising Lounge (Fund Raising Lounge, 2nd floor ) at the Petawawa Civic Center.


Come join us for interesting speakers, door prizes, coffee and goodies!

Everyone is welcomed! 

Our society is organized under the authority of the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act (bill 66-186).  It is affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) and is one of nineteen societies that make up District 2.

Funding is granted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and is based on membership. We gratefully acknowledge this support.

The objects of a Horticultural Society are to encourage

interest and improvements in Horticulture.

by holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture.

by encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds.

by promoting balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification.

by arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to  horticulture and awarding prizes.

by distributing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs.

by promoting the protection of the environment.

by promoting the circulation of horticultural information through any media.

by encouraging youth in horticulture.


Foxglove's Latin name, Digitalis, means "finger-like", referring to the beautiful thimble or bell-shaped blooms of the plan.  The genus Digitalis includes 20 or so poisonous biennial and perennial species native to Europe, the Mediterranean and Central Asia.

The blooms are closely packed on tall, wiry spikes and generally flower in early or mid-summer.  Their plentiful, fine seeds often self sow in the garden, germinating easily. 

The plants enjoy a humus-rich soil that is well-drained, with some species requiring more moisture and shade than others.

Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove) is well suited for the shaded, moist garden.  Hardy from Zone 3 to 8 it prefers high humidity and acid soils.  When the purple, pink of white flowers are in bloom, the plant easily reaches 4 - 5 feet.

It is important to realize/remember that foxgloves are the pharmaceutical source of the cardiac drug digitalis, which is poisonous in overdose.  Sap, flowers seeds and leaves of foxgloves are all poisonous, but the greatest concentration of the toxin occurs in vigorous growth shoots.