Grimsby Garden Club

January 18, 2021


A message from the President:

What a year 2020 was for organizations like the Grimsby Garden Club.  We changed the way we conducted all of our activities - and completed them all.   I remember feeling confident that in 2021 we would be able to meet in person once again, plan all the events we enjoy so much and continue to help beautify Grimsby; just as we always had in the past.   Well, didn’t 2021 come roaring in with a different idea!

I would like to reassure you that we are working hard to stay connected.  You will be able to enjoy our monthly speakers via Zoom.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a meeting via Zoom please give it a try.    I have no doubt you will enjoy it.   Our presence on Face Book and Instagram are other ways to stay in touch and get some great gardening ideas.  Be sure to follow Grimsby Garden Club on either or both!  In fact, invite friends to like our pages and share our posts.

As much as the Board is working to keep things going we need your help.  Over 80% of our members rejoin from January to March at our meetings.  Even though you can’t renew in person this year, we do need you to renew as usual.  Membership numbers are very important to the future of Grimsby Garden Club.  You will be hearing more about how to rejoin from our Membership Chair, Mary McLaren.  

When I say we need you it isn’t just for your membership fees (although this is critical to sustain our various programs).  We always need volunteers to help with our events.  I know we can count on all of you to keep Grimsby Garden Club strong.

You can be sure that when we can all meet in person again we will make it a celebration.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay strong.

Yours in Gardening

Roberta Blackie, President



Grimsby Garden Club March 30th Meeting Cancelled

For those planning to help out with planting on Sunday at Trillium Hill, this event is still on. See you there, 1pm.

As a precaution, to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, the upcoming March 30th monthly meeting will be cancelled. We look forward to rescheduling our speaker, Paul Bongers, and seeing everyone again in April. Take good care and be well.

Grimsby Garden Club - January 27th 7:00pm

January Meeting
Mon. Jan. 27 at 7pm

Join us at 7pm to enjoy refreshments and greet other members. Get your free door prize ticket on the way in and visit the raffle table for a chance to win cash and support the club. T-Shirts are still available for purchase.

Have you considered adding native plants to your garden? Don't miss out on this meeting's speaker. Joanne Tunnicliffe will be joining us to talk about the Carolinian Life Zone!

Joanne Tunnicliffe
Educated at the University of Guelph in sciences and ecology, Joanne has spent the last 30 years creating habitat for wildlife. In the last ten years, she has concentrated on Carolinian plant species. These species are designated to flourish in Southern Ontario, need little watering and grow quickly when placed properly. Joanne recently won the prestigious Monarch award demonstrating her knowledge of the associations between plants and animals for survival. Joanne is passionate about our Carolinian Life Zone and has shared her knowledge, through classes, with her community.
2020 annual membership fees are due now. Single membership is $15. Family membership is $20. We have a great line-up of monthly speakers and look forward to seeing all of our returning members and new friends.

Trillium Chair position for 2020 is open. If you're interested in co-ordinating the annual Trillium awards program, please contact Stephen Hargrave or email

Grimsby Garden Club President, Stephen Hargrave's message

The Grimsby Garden Club had an outstanding 2019 and we want to thank our members for their invaluable support and the good citizens of Grimsby for their interest and participation in our yearly events and programs.  Last year a 20ft. Norwegian Spruce was planted outside Town Hall, the tree called Hope.  This year Hope was adorned with new lights and given company with a new seasonal display in front.  Hope, and the Town of Grimsby, are thriving thanks to dedication and foresight. As the President of the Grimsby Garden Club for 2020, I encourage everyone to embrace our Club mission to maintain and beautify our home of Grimsby.
The Speakers Series of 2019 presented entertaining, informative speakers on a host of captivating topics and will be repeated with an outstanding lineup of speakers for 2020.  Something not to be missed and an ideal evening for friends and family.
The Club successfully hosted the Garden Clubs of Niagara District 9 Annual General Meeting as we put our best foot forward for all to see.  
The Grimsby Garden Tour of 2019 highlighted some of the finest gardens in Grimsby and provided everyone who attended the opportunity to see and appreciate the beauty and elegance of nature.
The annual Plant Sale was a great success and will be held next year on May 16, 2020, 9am until sold out at the Livingston Activity Centre.  We will again offer an abundance of plant varieties, at great prices, to enhance and beautify your gardens.
Our Trillium Program recognizes the outstanding gardens of Grimsby.  With the support of the Town of Grimsby, 2019 saw dedicated gardeners awarded a special thanks for their tireless efforts to beautify their homes and Grimsby.  We invite you to participate in the 2020 Trillium Program and help us in the beautification of our town.
Please look through our pages to see what events are coming up and discover the joys and beauty of gardening.  We invite you all to come to our meetings and enjoy engaging presentations, and baked goods, for you, your family and friends.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Stephen Hargrave, President