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
I’m sure most of you share my view that this past winter was WAY too long and spring cannot come soon enough; it is around the corner as I write this message. We are now being gifted with more and more sun-filled days. These warming rays awaken desire to go outside to do yard work with a variety of outdoor chores.
Truthfully, this president prefers shovelling peat moss and compost than snow, dividing perennials to share with neighbours. Gardening was passed to me from my late father who integrated top soil with manure into his rose bed and planted a vegetable garden: rows of tomatoes, radish, leaf lettuces, beans, carrots, beets and potatoes – all back in trend for those in the know. A promise of new life springs forth so I wish you energy and time in your gardens.
This is a good time to look out at your yard to start planning plants to add splashes of bright colour, fragrance or a moonlight area. Perhaps you joined a garden club due to someone who impacted you with this common interest, passion or focus. Embrace the earth, inspire our future – invite a friend or neighbour to your garden club meetings to increase membership. Growing horticulture may lead to love of floral design.
If there is no garden club in your area, start a new one with 10 like-minded friends or neighbours.
Happy Spring !
Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers
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