The Garden Clubs of Ontario
The Garden Clubs of Ontario is an association of garden clubs in the Province of Ontario, Canada, founded and incorporated in l954.
The GCO comprises 10 independent garden clubs;
Each member club is self supporting and raises funds for their community projects through sales, flower shows and private donations.
The Garden Clubs of Ontario member clubs promote horticulture and the floral arts in their communities
• with teaching programs for both members and the general public.
• by holding public flower shows, church flower festivals, plant and craft sales.
• by the construction and support of; gardens for the handicapped, hospitals, historic buildings, libraries, children’s parks and public spaces.
• by the giving of scholarships for excellence in horticulture and landscape design, in both secondary and post secondary educational institutions.
• with support of time, expertise and monies to botanical gardens, conservation programs and public spaces.
The Garden Clubs of Ontario aims to encourage knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native plants, trees, birds and soil, to encourage civic planting and promote responsible ecological care of the environment and to promote flower shows.
About The Garden Clubs of Ontario
The purpose of the Garden Clubs of Ontario is to stimulate knowledge of horticulture and the art of floral design.
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President's Winter Message
Happy 2017, in Canada’s 150th Year as we try to change and improve the way we subsist! As we all embark on new beginnings, this president’s wish is for everyone the ability to reach our goals and wisdom to remember that small steps will get us there.
Spring will soon arrive and with it lots of great opportunities to show off our many talents to capture the beauty and richness of our great organization. It is time to reflect on what we have done and what we want to do. Seed catalogs will be arriving so as we plan our gardens, let us also bring renewed interest in preserving and protecting our environment. Take time to enjoy and appreciate the world around us.
Invite a non-clubber to your meetings or events and this president is confident they will be eager to become involved in The Garden Clubs of Ontario.
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Niagara Wine Tour & BBQ - Saturday, June 18, 2016
PAST PRESIDENTS OF GCO IN ATTENDANCE AT THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Listed from left to right sequentially: Mary Kernohan, Janice Maciver, Jane Heming, Kay Thorfinnson, Helen Skinner, Beth Frost, Marisa Bergagnini - President, Pat Harris, Peg Spence, Ann Diebel, Elizabeth Coons, Lil Haworth, Maureen Naylor
Beverly Hargraft and Elaine Mayo were present at the events but missing in the photo
We are adding a new listing called ONTARIO LINKS - GARDENS AND ENVIRONMENTAL. This addition addresses the lack of attention that has been given to environmental issues very clearly stated in the GCO Purpose & Aims.
Preparing such a list meant selecting and winnowing and looking at each site, and it is the beginning of what will be a ‘living’ list that will need cultivating and attention. If any member has suggestions for improvements, please send me your ideas. Thank you.