Grafton Horticultural Society

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Grafton Horticultural Logo"Celebrating over 90 years of history!" Ontario Horticultural Association Logo

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Officers
 

Co-President - Michelle & Ralf Busse
Past President - Olivia Gibbs
Secretary - Colleen Carriere
Treasurer - Barbara Stanners
 

For more information, contact grafton.hort@gmail.com

Ontario Horticultural Association Website: www.gardenontario.org

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Purple Flowers

 

Grafton Horticultural Society is dedicated to improving the beauty of the Grafton area. Members maintain five gardens in the community - Wicklow Memorial Park, Haldimand Court Apartments, Town Hall and Grafton Heritage Park. In 2008 the Society created the Grafton Heritage Park in the centre of the village which includes native, rock, woodland and scented areas as well as historical information.

Our Horticultural Society was renamed in 2002 to the Grafton Horticultural Society due to the amalgamation of the Alnwick and Haldimand Townships. The original society was organized and named South Haldimand Horticultural Society on April 9, 1925 and then renamed in 1996 to the Haldimand Township Horticultural Society. The first President was William Heenan, a local greenhouse operator, and Mrs. J.C. Hutchison the first Secretary. The first flower show was held on August 29, 1925 and an annual summer show has been held continuously ever since.

Children with shovels standing together

We have a youth program which has been active since 1969. They currently meet at Grafton Public School in the greenhouse and are fortunate to have been given an area on the school grounds for a garden.

Our meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month at St. Andrew's United Church, 137 Old Danforth Road, Grafton at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments and fellowship with meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. We have interesting speakers, mini shows, two flower shows and a plant sale.

Please join us at our monthly meetings and special events.

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2017  SCHEDULE

Picture of nice garden and low stone wall infront of house in the rain

February 14

5:30 p.m. - Chili Supper followed by a short meeting and presenter 
Rosemary Taylor who will give us tips on celestial planting with her “Planting Calendar”.
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you. 
Please bring your own place setting.

March 14
Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Paul Richardson of Richardson's Pineneedle Farms will tell us all about
"Pruning & Plant Propagation of Native Trees & Shrubs"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug
 

April 11 

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Galloway owmer of Chalk Lake Nurseries will regale us with his talk about
"Holes in Leaves"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug
 

May 9

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Flemming Nielsen of Viking Nursery will tell us about
"Looking After & Building Containers" and Perennial Grasses"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug


May 13

9 - noon  -  PLANT SALE
Good selection of plants from members gardens
Location:  Grafton Arena, 10766 Cty. Rd. 2  (sale takes place indoors)

June13

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Kevin Elchuk owner of Giboshihill Hostas tells us all about
"Growing Hostas & What's New in Hostas"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

September 12

6:30 p.m. - SUMMER FLOWER SHOW
Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Joyce Higgs will relay her knowledge of
"Catharine Parr Traill and Canadian Wildflowers"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

October 10

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m.
General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with the youth award presentation
Brenda of Ibey Avant Garden Shop will teach us about
"Attracting & Feeding Birds in Your Garden"
 Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

November 14

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. Our Annual General Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Vikki Whitney, Griffin's Greenhouse "WInter 'Scaping' Your Gardens & Planters"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

December 12

5:30 p.m. Christmas Potluck and Awards Night
Live entertainment
(Please bring your own place setting)
Location:  St. Andrew's United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you

January 9, 2018

5:30 p.m. Chili Supper
"Get to Know Our Members" - a group effort
(Please bring your own place setting)
Location:  St. Andrew's United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you

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Awards Evening

Youth awards are presented in October during our Society's regular meeting. The adult competition awards and prizes are presented in December during our Christmas pot luck.


Social Events

The Society's annual program includes opportunities to share a meal with and get to know fellow members. For a small fee you can enjoy delicious chili supper in January which includes a speaker.  There is a summertime pot luck held at a member's home and a Christmas pot luck dinner.


Formal Garden Tour

The Society sometimes holds a formal tour of members' gardens. This is a fundraising event that is open to the public which provides an opportunity to visit lovely gardens and learn something new.
 

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Honours

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Barbara Stanners


Our Society recognizes the importance of volunteering and nominate members to receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. In 2017 John Logel, Kris Rahn, Barbara Stanners and JoAnne Titus received their 5 yr. pin.

Other recognitions by the society include:


Service Certificates:
A Society can nominate one person per year for this certificate.
The criteria for this award are ten or more years of active membership in a Society, service on Society committees, contributing time or effort to community improvements, encouraging membership enrolment, inspiring horticultural efforts of individuals or groups and having shown sincere interest in and supporting the objectives of a Horticultural Society.  The following people have received this certificate:

1978 - Joan Chalovich 2003 - John Liptay
1989 - Doug Johnson   2004 - Gordon Ficko
1996 - Marianne Pitchler 2005 - Bev. Silk
2000 - Carol Cragg 2006 - Jennifer Darrell
2001 - Bertha Beatty 2007 - Rosemary Dignam
2002 - Shirley Johnson 2008 - Alex Ferguson


Life Membership:
A Horticultural Society honour. Criteria includes long time membership in a Society, preferrably a minimum of 15 years, and continued interest in horticulture.

1998 - Bertha Beatty    2002 - Ted Beatty
1998 - Shirley Johnston    2002 - Joyce Bryant
1998 - Doug Johnston    2003 - Carol Cragg
2000 - Mary Harnden    2003 - Gordon Ficko
2001 - Murial Braham    2003 - Reni Parisius
2001 - Bea Prentice    2007 - Rosemary Dignam


Silver Fir Award:
Presented at the Annual OHA Convention to one gentleman per year from all of Ontario.

2001 - Doug Johnston


Environmental Award:
Presented at the Annual OHA Convention to one or more persons or groups per year from all of Ontario.

2001 - Bob Marshall    2002 - Murial Braham


District 4 Service Certificate:

2003 - Bev. Silk

 

Lilac Award Winners in 2010:
Front yards and front gardens are nominated.

Andrew Colwell &
Richard Ellis


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Websites of Interest


Ontario Horticultural Association

I Can Garden

Gardening in Canada

Great Lakes Gardening

Northern Gardening

Master Gardeners of Ontario Inc.

Municipal Office, 10836 Cty. Rd. 2, PO Box 70 Grafton ON K0K 2G0 Tele: 905-349-2822 Fax: 905-349-3259

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