Upcoming Events

SWOHS hosts several events each year in Southwestern Ontario which might include meetings, auctions, a bus tour, a summer picnic, and a corn roast. SWOHS Members are also eligible to participate in all Ontario Hosta Society chapter events, and vice versa!

All upcoming events will be posted on this page for everyone to check out but the specifics of each event will be posted in the "Members Only" section, as you can appreciate that some of the information is private.

**Please note all events mentioned may be altered or cancelled due to COVID-19 rules and regulations. The Executive Committee will do their best to update events as situations change. Check the Facebook Group page for regular updates.

Spring Social

Date:   May 2, 2020


New in 2019!!!! This is our newest event.... – a chance to reconnect after the winter season – discussions on hosta care as it pertains to the growing season of spraying, dividing, planting as well as spring and fall clean up.


Come to our "Spring Social" in 2021 and start a brand new season with us!!!



Hosta Road Trip

Date: June 6, 2020


  • Bill Gibbons Annual Hosta Sale

  • Haight’s Garden Centre & Landscaping

  • Lotsa Hostas


Each summer we endeavour to have at least one "Ontario Hosta Adventure" where members can travel, as a group, to visit private and public hosta gardens. Members will not want to forget their cameras and hosta "wish" list as each tour includes planned stops at retail nurseries and other attractions.


This year we are going on a Hosta Road Trip.


June 6, 2020

This will be a self guided tour of 3 locations. Make sure you get your tickets at each stop for the raffle draw at the end of the trip.

The first stop is at Bill Gibbons Annual Hosta Sale starting at 8 am at RR2 -786153, Innerkip. After purchasing you will be able to tour their gardens.  Come early for selection.

We then move on to our second stop at 10 am to Haight’s Garden Centre & Landscaping at 1446 Dundas St. Woodstock. Haight’s is a mainstream garden centre but still has a good selection of hostas

Our final stop is Lotsa Hostas for a BYOB picnic and draw at 12pm located at 15 Orkney Rd. Lynden (just west of Copetown).  Viewing of the gardens and sales after.

Annual Hosta Garden Picnic


~details in "Members Only"  section~

Geared towards camaraderie, our SWOHS picnic will take place in the summer and will be in the private gardens of one of our members or at the display gardens of one of our retail members. Beverages will be provided at our annual picnic however all members are usually responsible for their own "lunch basket" however the host may provide lunch as well, check the details below for more information. A lawn chair is highly recommended. Picnics are a great way to meet new friends and learn firsthand about garden design, companion plants and hosta growing.

July 25 2020

Hosts Richard & Sherry Hiiuvain

Location Woodstock

Tour their garden. Lunch will be provided but desserts and salads are welcome.

Address will be made available in Members Only Page


Here is a sneak peak at Richard, and Sherry Hiiunain's Gardens and what we can look forward to for the 2020 Hosta Garden Picnic. for more information go to the members section.

Corn Roast &

Annual General Meeting

Date: September 19, 2020

~details in "Members Only"  section~

Another opportunity to visit a second lovely garden and to catch up with friends. This event is usually  held in conjunction with either the picnic or the AGM and is traditionally held a little later in the summer. Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to wrap up the year. Come and share your growing successes with us, enter a contest, listen to a speaker and find out how to become more involved. Whether you would like to run for an Executive position, offer your garden for the following year's events or just come to socialize.... we look forward to seeing you!!!!

Date Sept 19 2020

Location Anne Gooch’s Place

Friends, Food, and your Love of Hostas and most of all bring your appetite.

2019 SWOHS Corn Roast and Annual Genneral Meeting
2019 SWOHS Corn Roast and Annual General Meeting.
2019 SWOHS Corn Roast and Annual Genneral Meeting


Fall Social

Date: Nov 7, 2020

Due to COVID-19 our "Spring Social" has been moved to the fall, this will be a chance to celebrate a great season. Discuss your successes and your challenges from the past season and look forward to the next one. This event is open to all members and guests.

Date Nov 7 2020

Location St John’s Anglican Church Glencoe

Gathering of Members and Friends to reflect on the years events.

**Please note all events mentioned may be altered or cancelled due to COVID-19 rules and regulations. The Executive Committee will do their best to update events as situations change. Check the Facebook Group page for regular updates.