Grimsby Garden Club February 2016 - News Flash

Grimsby Garden Club News Flash
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We are here to help beautify Grimsby.  
Where We Meet
Our meetings are at the Livingston Activity Centre at 18 Livingston Ave. Grimsby ON.  We start at 7:00pm for social time. We'd appreciate it if you bring your mug.
Membership Renewal
We would like to complete  2016 renewals.  Our annual fee is modest at $10 single and $15 family. Our membership chair this year is Ginny Thiessen and you will meet her at the Membership Desk at Monthly meetings.  We hope to see you this month.

Monday, February 29th at 7:00pm 
Our meeting is Monday the 29th and starts with social time. Coffee, tea, and treats will be waiting for you.

Speaker: Connie Dam-Byl
Connie is the granddaughter of William Dam, who founded the seed company, and takes great pleasure in working at his desk, using the same scales and tools as he did.
She has worked for the company throughout her life, and now focuses on the flower side of the business: trialing new flowers, buying seed, and preparing the seed for packaging and selling. Connie and her brother are both judges for the All America Selections, and she is also involved with the All America Selections board.  She is a design and horticulture judge with the Garden Clubs of Ontario and Royal Botanical Gardens, and was a judge at our September Flower Show.

Topic:  Divas at Your Doorsteps

Connie's activities in the Trial Gardens in 2015 resulted in finding the best new flowers and vegetables for 2016. These are the ones that shout out "Hey Look at Me!".  You will get to see and hear about them. She'll also share with us what's involved in the business, show you the Trial Beds from 2015, and encourage you to join the Million Pollinator Garden Network.

Constitution and By-Laws
This was introduced last month - the Constitution and By-Laws are on our website here:
GGC Constitution and By-Laws
About the GGC Constitution and By-Laws

Trillium Hill Hanging Pot Planting March 13th 2016 1:00pm
This is a work event of small effort that is a great social get-together.  Come to Trillium Hill  on Main Street West and enjoy the growing greenhouses, the fun of planting or just the social get together with Club Members.  We would love to have every member experience Spring this way. 

Seedy Saturday in St. Catharines March 6 2016 9:30 - 4:30pm
Seedy Saturdays are very popular everywhere in Ontario.  It is a great event to participate in.  There are speakers, lunch to purchase, seeds to buy (at very low prices) and vendors.  All at the Dunlop Centre for Older Adults, 80 Dunlop Drive. Admission is $2 a person donation. Contact Sandy Martin, 905-688-5882 or for information.

Master Gardeners Conference
Come Grow With Us! Hosted by the Canadian Master Gardeners, this educational and entertaining conference will take place April 8 – 10, 2016, at the Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario. Pre-conference workshops, plenary presentations and dozens of educational breakout sessions will address and provoke discussion about the idea of “doing the right thing” in gardening. And there is a full social program as well. Full information at

District 9 Annual General Meeting April 30th
9:30 - 3:00pm at the St. Andrews Church Parish Hall, 7 St. Andrews Ave, Grimsby Ontario
The speaker is Lizzie Matheson, a Teacher/Assessor and Demonstrator of Floral Art and Design and a qualified U.K. Accredited Judge. She will demonstrate 3 arrangements.