Join us on the last Monday of each month at the Grimsby Livingston Activity Centre at 18 Livingston Ave. We begin at 7:00 p.m. with social time. At present, while the pandemic is active, meetings are on line via Zoom.
The mission of the Garden Club is to further the knowledge and interest in horticulture, and related environmental issues in the community, along with being dedicated to the beautification of our community’s public and private spaces.
We are affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association, which has led Ontarians in all things horticultural since 1906. There are 19 Districts, with 285 local societies and over 40,000 members. We have more than 100 garden club members who contribute thousands of hours a year to public service.
The Society is dedicated to the beautiful of its community (outlined in Article 36 of the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act.)
January 18, 2021
A message from Roberta Blackie, our 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
Report for 2020 from Past-President Stephen Hargrave
The Grimsby Garden Club had an outstanding 2020 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. I encourage everyone to embrace our Club mission to maintain and beautify our home of Grimsby.
The Monthly Speakers Series of 2020 presented entertaining, informative speakers on a host of captivating topics. Although in-person meetings had to be suspended due to the pandemic, the club successfully pivoted to an online format and carried on. Thank you to Joe Fisher, the club's treasurer, for taking the technical lead and facilitating our online Zoom meetings.
The Annual Plant Sale was a great success in 2020 despite the challenges of the pandemic. A special thanks to our Plant Sale Chair, Liza Fuller, for her perseverance and quick adaptation to pandemic social distancing protocols. Liza’s innovative use of online pop-up plant sales and traditional sales resulted in one of the most successful plant sales for the club. Many thanks Liza and to all the volunteers who donated their time and efforts to make this such a success.
Our Trillium Program recognizes the outstanding gardens of Grimsby. With the support of the Town of Grimsby, this year's event received over 200 nominations, with 70 winners. Thank you to our Trillium Chair, Sue Rigato, and all the judges and volunteers and sponsors for making this happen.
Thank you to Wendy Frank and Beth Sommers for continuing to award the Garden of the Month to tireless gardeners who demonstrate a love of gardening.
Our community gardens were maintained through our hot dry summer - thank you club volunteers! With Town and DIA support, our downtown was beautified with seasonal planters and baskets. Thank you to Betty Repa for heading up civic improvements.
Special thanks to Mary Mclaren and Marilyn Cornwell for ongoing support, where-ever needed. Thank you to Emma Parkinson for taking on our social media presence this year. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram @grimsbygardenclub.
As this year comes to an end, so does my two year term as Club President. I will continue to support the board and new President, Roberta Blackie. It has been my delight to represent the Grimsby Garden Club.
Please look through our pages to see what events are coming up and discover the joys and beauty of gardening. We invite you to come to our monthly meetings and enjoy engaging presentations, friendship and learning. Looking forward to seeing you!
Stephen Hargrave, 2020 President
November 30, 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes can be found Here