Grafton Green Thumbs

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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.  We rebranded ourselves to Grafton Green Thumbs in 2018. 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.

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 where we have seven raised beds.  Vegetables grown in the garden are donated to Fare Share in Cobourg. 

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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2018  SCHEDULE

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

January 9

5:30 p.m. - Chili Supper followed by a short meeting and
“Get to Know Your Members” game and slide show.
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you. 
Please bring your own place setting

February 13

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Denis Orendt, owner of Blue Frog Water Gardens will entertain us with his knowledge of
"Ponds & Water Features"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you. 
Please bring your own place setting.

March 13

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 10 

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Burley, owner of Burley's Gardens will regale us with her talk about
"Orchids, African Violets, Air Plants & More"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

May 8

6:30 p.m. - SPRING FLOWER SHOW
Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Peter Fuller, of Fuller Native & Rare Plants will tell us about
"Providing for Pollinators with Native Plants"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

May 12

9:00 a.m. - noon  -  PLANT SALE
Good selection of plants from members gardens
Location:  Grafton Arena, 10766 Cty. Rd. 2  (sale takes place indoors)

June12

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Olivia Gibbs & Bev. Silk will provide a hand-on demonstration of building
 "Fairy Gardens" (bring your own supplies)
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

September 11

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

October 9

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m.
General meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with the youth award presentation
Kellie Sherman, Ontario Invasive Plant Council will teach us about
"Alternatives to Common Garden Invaders"
 Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd.
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

November 13

Refreshments & socializing at 7:00 p.m. Our Annual General Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Conrad Grol will demonstrate the making of
"Christmas Wreaths, Garlands & Planters"
Location:  St. Andrew’s United Church, 137 Old Danforth Rd
A warm welcome awaits you.  Please lug-a-mug

December 11

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 8, 2019

5:30 p.m. Chili Supper
"The Weird & Wonderful, Beautiful & Magnificent" Slide Show
(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 enrollment, 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 2004 - Gordon Ficko
1989 - Doug Johnson   2005 - Bev. Silk
1996 - Marianne Pitchler 2006 - Jennifer Darrell
2000 - Carol Cragg 2007 - Rosemary Dignam
2001 - Bertha Beatty 2008 - Alex Ferguson
2002 - Shirley Johnson 2013 - Suzanne Liptay
2003 - John Liptay 2014 - Anne Fenton


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 - Joyce Bryant
1998 - Shirley Johnston 2003 - Carol Cragg
1998 - Doug Johnston  2003 - Gordon Ficko
2000 - Mary Harnden 2003 - Reni Parisius
2001 - Murial Braham 2007 - Rosemary Dignam
2001 - Bea Prentice 2016 - Anne Fenton
2002 - Ted Beatty  

 
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 people or groups per year from all of Ontario.

2001 - Bob Marshall             2002 - Murial Braham

Award of Merit:
Presented at the Annual OHA Convention to one or more people per year from all of Ontario.

2012 - Bev. Silk

Youth Award:
Presented at the Annual OHA Convention to one person per year from all of Ontario.

2012 - Bev. Silk

District 4 Service Certificate:
Presented at the June Celebration Event to one person per year from the District.

2003 - Bev. Silk

Hazel Wilson Award:
Presented at the June Celebration Event to one person per year from the District.

2016 - Bev. Silk

25 Year Service Pin
Presented at the June Celebration Event by the District.

Carol Cragg Mary Harnden
Shirley Johnston Gordon Ficko
Doug Johnston Bea Prentice
Rosemary Dignam Bev. Silk
   

 


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Websites of Interest

www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca www.landscapeontario.com
www.invadingspecies.com www.whatsthatbug.com
www.theplantencyclopedia.org http://nanps.org (N.A. Native Plant Soc.)
www.wildaboutgardening.org www.omafra.gov.on.ca/IPM/english
www.icangarden.com www.ontariowildflowers.com
www.compost.org www.ofo.ca (Ontario Field Ornithologists)

 

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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