Introduction to our Club
The Georgian Bay Garden Club was formed in 1990 by a group of women interested in promoting a beautiful environment in the Georgian Bay Region. In 1991 they joined the Garden Clubs of Ontario to be able to network and share information with other like clubs. Currently they have a membership in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton and are a national member of CAFAH. They also have representation in WAFA (World Association of Floral Artists) who will have a world stage show in Barbados this year.
What do we do?
In 1993 a Bursary Committee was set up to sponsor two $1000. Bursaries to a graduating secondary school student in Grey Bruce Counties. The student would be enrolling in Landscape Design, Horticulture, Environmental Studies or Floral Design or a program in that field of study.
In 1994 they began meeting on the second Monday of each month at the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority on Inglis Falls Road. A guest speaker is invited to speak on a number of topics related to club activity. Most recent speaker’s topic was the habitat of the Monarch Butterfly and its’ migration patterns.
In 1996 they sponsored their first Annual Plant Sale. People line up for the sale to begin. The date for this year is May 20, at Harrison Park Community Centre. Most gardeners start their planting on the long weekend in May.
In 1993 they hosted their first Flower Show and each year since then have hosted either a Symposium (educational) or Flower Show for the public to enjoy. This year they are sponsoring the Gardening for the Future Symposium, April 29th at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Guest speakers are Paul Zammit; “container gardening – four seasons of interest”, Dugald Cameron; “Recent trends in Hort” and Carson Arthur with “Show me the Money”.
In 1993 the club began an Annual Garden Tour which proved quite popular. This has become the main fundraiser and includes the donation of 7-9 local gardens that are hosted and on tour for the afternoon followed by refreshments. This year’s tour is June 25th and refreshments will be available at Legacy Ridge Golf Club in Georgian Bluffs.. This is truly a popular event and our members sell tickets, host in gardens and provide a multitude of other services for the event. In 2001 there were 900 tickets sold for the event.
2000 was the year the club created The Garden on the Bay. A beautiful garden is financed and maintained by club Members. This garden is located on the shore of Georgian Bay in front of the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The members also maintain gardens at Inglis Falls and contribute financially ($2000/yr) to the local DIA for the flowers downtown Owen Sound as well as on the Bridge railings. The club also contributes financially to the local Community Mental Health Association for the purchase of seeds for their community gardens.
Since 1995 as active members in their club, they also provide flowers both in and outside of the Public Library in Owen Sound. Flowers are also maintained outside the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. They also donate handmade Christmas Wreaths for a fundraiser for the Festival of Northern Lights.
Beginning in 1993, every year the club enjoys 2-3 Bus excursions. A number of guests join us on these trips and lots of adventure is had by all. They usually have a floral theme to them, but include a variety of garden centres, shopping and lunch at a popular venue. We have travelled to Barrie, Hamilton, Stratford, Toronto, etc.
A group of members assist with the Owen Sound Fall Fair yearly. We offer guidance, judges, exhibitors and more. Floral Design, Horticulture and other skills are tested at this time. We provide a lot of assistance to theFall Fair Board.
The club has a website www.georgianbaygardenclubowensound.com as well as a Facebook page for current events. For information on the club, joining, attending a meeting or tickets to events, contact Club President, Joan Vanderschans firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Club Events
Gardening for the Future
Twenty First Annual Plant Sale
Twenty Fourth Annual Garden Tour
for information on any of these events, please contact Club President, Joan Vanderschans email@example.com
2017 Club Program
January 9, 2017
“Creating Habitat for Monarch Butterflies”
February 13, 2017
“A Tour of National Trust Spring Gardens in Britain”
March 13, 2017
“Floral Designs for Those Who Think That They Can’t Design”
& Jan Middleton
April 10, 2017
“Trees: Their Importance to the Ecosystem, Human Health
and Climate Change Mitigation”
May 8, 2017
“Roses Suitable for Zone 5b Gardens: Varieties & Culture”
June 12, 2017
Pot-Luck Lunch & Auction of Gently Used Garden & Floral Design Items.
June 25, 2017
Annual GARDEN TOUR
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
August 14, 2017
Picnic in A Member’s Garden
September 11, 2017
“Fabulous Foliage; Think Beautiful Foliage & Ensure a Long Season of Interest in Your Garden”
October 16, 2017
“The Language of Flowers; A floral Design Demonstration”
November 13, 2017
December 11, 2017
For more information, please visit our website here
For more information about on events and shows please contact the club:
Georgian Bay Garden Club
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
237897 Inglis Falls Rd., R.R. # 4,
Owen Sound, ON., N4K 5N6
Contact Club President
Joan Vanderschans firstname.lastname@example.org