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Waterloo Horticultural Society
Where gardeners come to grow.

About Us

Since 1895, we have encouraged interest in horticulture, floral design, and reconnecting with nature and the environment; we promote conservation and the beautification of our urban spaces.

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We are affiliated with the

Ontario Horticultural Association.

Land Acknowledgement

The Waterloo Horticultural Society acknowledges that our work is taking place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

Photography Contest - July 2024

Attention photography lovers! Do you have photos of your garden, nature, or landscapes that you’d love to show off? We are now accepting submissions for a PHOTO CONTEST!  On top of having your photos featured on our website/social media, there are small monetary prizes* for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Deadline to enter is JULY 31, 2024.

Each WHS member can submit ONE photo PER CATEGORY. These are the 5 categories:

Category 1: Up Close and Personal
Category 2: Channeling Trees
Category 3: Patterns
Category 4: Textures
Category 5: Landscapes

Contest rules…

Winning photos will be featured on our website and social media accounts. All photos will include photo credit - if you want to be tagged in the photos, please include your Instagram username in your email submission.

Can’t wait to see your photos!  The deadline to submit photos is Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

*1st place prize is $5, 2nd place is $3, and 3rd place is $2.

Garden Tour

It's Garden Tour Time


Wednesday, July 17th - 6:30 pm -9:00 pm


This year our garden tour will take place in the Forest Hill/Forest Heights area of Kitchener. We have four front and back yard gardens to tour, as well as viewing some exceptional gardens from the sidewalk. These neighbourhoods have so many beautiful properties, it's sure to be a pleasant evening. The garden tour is a great time to see the wonderful creativity of gardeners and we're sure you'll pick up some ideas to try at home. We will have volunteers on-site at each location and the gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. The tour starts at 244 Greenbrook Drive. Please park on the street. You will receive the list of gardens at this location. The Garden Tour is a members' event; if you don't have one, you may purchase your membership at the first garden. Please bring cash for your fee ($15/Adult or $25/family). For current members, please bring your existing membership card to the event!


There will be light refreshments served at the last garden. 

​As there might be uneven pathways on the tour, please wear appropriate walking footwear. If you have any questions, please contact us!

There is no need to pre-register for this event.

See you there! 

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Planting a garden this year? Read our latest blog post on what NOT to plant. Invasive species destroy our native eco-systems. There are excellent alternatives that will thrive in our climate, while playing nice with the other plants! 

Unfortunately some garden centers still sell invasive species, so do your part and shop wisely!

Membership 2024

Membership for 2024 is now available online! Why become a member? 

  • Discount at local nurseries

  • Special event access

  • Support local sustainability initiatives

  • Join a community of fellow plant lovers!

Image by Ceyda Çiftci of plants in pots and on ladders
Public Events
Next Public Event:
Garden Design Secrets with Robert Pavlis
Friday, September 27

Location:  Albert McCormick Community Centre

Albert McCormick Community Centre
500 Parkside Dr, Waterloo, ON N2L 5J4

Refreshments after the event (bring your own cup!)

Draw table for prizes. 


Thank you for considering Waterloo Gardeners in your donations. As a registered charity, all funds go towards maintenance of gardens and events. Currently we accept payment via PayPal with the button below. 

We issue tax receipts for amounts over $25.

Thank you again for your generosity

Registered Non-Profit Number: 119289072RR0001

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Buy, Sell & Trade

Do you gardening tools, plants, books or decor to sell or trade?

Looking for a specific item?

Post it on our Facebook page today. 

Garden gloves, twine, garden fork, a teracotta pot and garden clippers

Garden Talk

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Sometimes it's nice to ask a question and get a personalized answer! This group is for all gardeners whether you're just starting out or have been gardening for fifty years. Share your knowledge, ask a question and become part of the advice exchange. 

This group is open to everyone. 

Join today! 

Waterloo Gardeners is a community group with a passion for gardening. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization located in Waterloo, Ontario. Since 1895, when we were known as the Waterloo Horticultural Society, we have offered presentations, workshops and other activities to encourage knowledge and awareness of horticulture and the environment in the community. ​Our programs and activities are for anyone who has an interest in gardening. Join our gardening club in Waterloo today! 

We are currently seeking new volunteers to work with our Board of Directors.  Volunteers are needed to help at public and members events and in the public gardens that we maintain. Waterloo Gardeners is a volunteer group.  All of the programs, activities and events need many volunteers to make them a success.

The Volunteer Program recognizes the support of our volunteers. Anyone who volunteers 45 hours or more in a calendar year (January to December) will receive a free membership for the next fiscal year.

Our Gardens

The Waterloo Gardeners maintains two gardens in the City of Waterloo.  The gardens are planned and maintained by an amazing group of volunteers. 

  • Memorial Gardens -30 Erb Street West - between Caroline St. and Albert St., beside the Marsland Centre.

  • Carnegie Green Gardens -35 Albert Street in Waterloo - junction of Albert St. and Dorset St. in Uptown Waterloo. 

Stop by, take a selfie and tag us on Instagram at @waterloogardeners1895 and let us know what your favourite part of the garden is!

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