This page is dedicated to our members who have passed away - a small tribute to their memory
Sheila has been a Life member of the Hort Society since 2009. Members will remember Sheila for her amazing and unique garden at her home on York Road. She was so proud to share it with our members on many occasions, whether it was for a “wee visit” for a small group or opening up her garden for hundreds of people as part of our annual Garden Tours. In addition to our society, she was a member of many other gardening and horticultural groups, including the Master Gardeners of Niagara, the Niagara Chapter of the Rhododendron Society of Canada, the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society, and many others. Sheila was instrumental in creating and building the beautiful Daffodil Gardens of Hope throughout the Niagara-on-the-Lake community in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Our society recently recognized Sheila’s many years of promoting and nurturing gardens with a Garden Hero award as part of the 2022 Year of the Garden.
The NOTL Hort Society will miss Sheila, her energy and enthusiasm, her wit, her extensive knowledge of plants, trees, and native specimens, and much more. A tribute to Sheila will be planned for spring 2023. For information on Sheila’s funeral service on Saturday, January 7, 2023, see this link.
Lifetime Member Sheila Hirsch Kalm passed away on December, 18 2022
We were all very sad to learn of the passing of Jean Cochrane on Saturday, Jan 7. Jean was a life member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society, joining as a member in 1988.
She was instrumental, along with
Sheila Hirsch-Kalm, in developing and nurturing the Gardens of Hope Daffodil gardens, and was a founder of the popular Garden of the Week program. The loss of both Jean and Sheila Hirsch-Kalm, both within weeks of each other, marks the end of an era for our society.
A memorial for both members will be planned for the spring.
Ellen Elizabeth Williams (nee Henry), beloved mother, grandmother, and retired teacher, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2023, at Hospice Niagara, in St. Catharines, Ontario after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on January 17, 1945, Ellen dedicated her life to her family, her teaching career, and being an active member of her community. Ellen will be fondly remembered by her friends at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society where she was an active member for many years.