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 Fall Message
Southern Ontario trees are ablaze in brilliant colours. Migratory birds have left their summer nests with arrival of crisp cool winds while our winter feathered friends enjoy backyard feeders. Rainy days, frosty nights give time to reflect on gardening benefits. Studying plants teaches about health and healing. Wisdom and insights gained are: patience, life rhythms, beauty, harmony, spirituality, physical activity, social interaction, creativity, self-confidence and peace of mind. Physical labour growing plants and interaction with other gardeners is a most healthful hobby. Gardening maintains joint flexibility and range of motion for arthritis; people with serious illnesses gain a mental boost by interacting with nature. Nature’s restorative environment gives a sense of peace and feeling of wholeness, a chance to reflect on what’s important in life. Spread the word of these benefits to all your friends to increase our club membership. Grow people, mentor volunteers into leaders with encouragement one step at a time. Working together in fun and friendships results in a strong organization.
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.