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1909: For­ma­tion of the Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety with Wal­ter Ram­say as Pres­i­dent.

1912: The cities of Ed­mon­ton and Strath­cona amal­ga­mate and so do their hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­eties.

1918: The Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety and the Va­cant Lots Gar­den Club join to be­come the Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural and Va­cant Lots Gar­den As­so­ci­a­tion.

1924: Gla­dys Reeves is elected as the hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety’s first fe­male pres­i­dent. As a gar­den­ing ad­vo­cate she has no equal. That year the so­ci­ety’s an­nual flower show at­tracts over four thou­sand pay­ing vis­i­tors.

1926: Wil­liam J. (Bill) Cardy is elected pres­i­dent of the hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety. It is Cardy who shep­herds the so­ci­ety through the years of the Great De­pres­sion and the Sec­ond World War. Un­der his lead­er­ship the Ed­mon­ton hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety is an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the pub­lic life of the City and the Prov­ince of Al­berta.

1935: The so­ci­ety’s an­nual flower show, which was to have been held Aug. 20 to 22, is can­celled due to a “very early frost.” This is the only time be­tween 1909 and 1997 (the year of the so­ci­ety’s last an­nual show) that a show is can­celled on ac­count of weather.

1943: The Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety holds meet­ings through­out the city to pro­mote the grow­ing of Vic­tory Gar­dens. That year ap­prox­i­mately 380 acres are rented out as va­cant lots. The sec­re­tary of the so­ci­ety writes to the chair­man of the agri­cul­tural sup­plies board in Ot­tawa es­ti­mat­ing the quan­ti­ties of veg­eta­bles be­ing pro­duced on these lots. This in­cludes 75,000 bushels of pota­toes and 56,000 pounds of both turnips and cab­bage.

1973: The hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety of­fi­cially changes its name back from the 1918 “Hor­ti­cul­tural and Va­cant Lots Gar­den So­ci­ety” to the sim­pler “Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety.”

1995: Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent, Pa­trick Brown, works out a plan with the city of Ed­mon­ton and the Mut­tart Con­ser­va­tory to de­velop 3,000 square feet of new flower beds on the grounds of the con­ser­va­tory. This ar­range­ment per­sists to the present day.

2009: The Ed­mon­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety cel­e­brates its cen­ten­nial year with a pub­li­ca­tion, a com­mem­o­ra­tive bench show, and the cre­ation of a cen­ten­nial gar­den in Hen­ri­etta Muir Ed­wards Park. The gar­den has since been moved to the grounds of the Mut­tart Con­ser­va­tory.

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