About Us

Gardening Rocks!


Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society

est. 1984


We are all gardeners ....enthusiastic beginners, accomplished hobbyists and professional horticulturists from across Canada, many parts of the United States and overseas.


  • alpine plants
  • related hardy perennials
  • creation of rock gardens
  • suitable habitats for all hardy plants
  • exchange of ideas and activities with other plant societies
  • support for the planting and care of rock and hardy plants in botanic and public gardens

Join now for these benefits and more


   (Only members can view the Handbook. Log in with your e-mail address.  "Handbook" will then appear as a drop down menu item under "About Us")

  • published annually
  • calendar of events
  • descriptions of members' gardens which are open for visits
  • businesses and services
  • contact information for each member


  • usually on the second Sunday of the month at Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • outstanding speakers, Members Showcases and auctions


Plant sales

  • 3-4 seedling and plant sales each year
  • unusual and choice plants 
  • very reasonable prices
  • many plants would never be found in commercial nurseries


Seed Exchange

  • seed from members' own gardens and international botanizing trips
  • choose from a very extensive list
  • up to 60 packets for just $15


  • "Journal" is published ten times a year.
  • includes articles and images about plants, write-ups of our speakers' talks, descriptions of gardens, book reviews and correspondence.

Garden visits

  • summer tours and occasional picnics at the gardens of various members.