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Our Vision

Our mission is to educate members of the public, adults and children, on the benefits of maintaining native habitats by planting native trees, shrubs, perennial grasses and flowers that beautify our community and provides sustenance to our native and beneficial insects. 

Save the Canada 150 Garden, Nix the Tank

A lot has happened recently regarding our efforts to save the Canada 150 Garden, and we want to be sure you are up to date.

 

We are hoping to be able to address the council sometime in the coming weeks, and we will need as many people as possible to attend the council meeting with us to show support and let the council see how many people believe the Canada 150 Garden should remain intact and in its current location. Once we have a firm date, we will let you know; regular council meetings are now always held during the day.

Background

In 2017 the Stouffville Horticultural Society created a beautiful garden to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday. With the cooperation and financial assistance of the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville, the site at Park and Booth Drives was raised to create the berm and garden there today.  Through years of work by Stouffville Horticultural Society volunteers, the garden has matured into a wonderful pollinator and bee friendly space filled with native flora. It is regularly enjoyed by the community.

 
In mid December we were dismayed to hear that the Town is planning to destroy the garden in order to relocate Stouffville’s memorial Cenotaph and install a huge de-commissioned 84,000-pound Leopard 1 tank.  The Town did not notify us in advance of their decision, nor did they consult the public over the proposal. 


We need your help! As climate change intensifies and puts pollinators at increasing risk, it is imperative that gardens such as ours are maintained. Ironically, Stouffville was named a “Bee City” this year, which SHOULD see the town fostering and maintaining such gardens and green spaces. In addition, not disturbing the garden would save taxpayers a lot of money! 


The Stouffville Horticultural Society is asking for your support. By signing this petition, you will contribute to our efforts to appeal to the Town Council to look for an alternate location for the Cenotaph and the tank. 


Should you also wish to contact Mayor Lovatt and the members of the Council you may email them to MayorAndCouncil @townofws.ca.

Please click here to sign the petition.


Please note that while our main concern is saving the garden, we are mindful of the fact that a Weapon of War in the midst of our community may cause trauma to some of our citizens.

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Meetings

July 15,  2024

Julia Dimakos Tea Gardening for Beginners.   

Guest fee $5. 

7:00 pm.

New Location:  St James Church, 6432 Main St, Stouffville

Why Join the Stouffville Horticulral Society
in it's Centennial Year?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Meet new people who share your interest in outdoor and indoor plants

  • Learn about local growing conditions and places to buy plants

  • Receive a 10% discount on some items at select nurseries when you show your membership card (see details under the Memberships tab)

  • Hear knowledgeable speakers on a variety of topics

  • Take part in judged flower shows for horticulture, design, or both

  • Enter our annual judged photo contest

  • Volunteer in the Canada 150 Garden at the corner of Park Drive South and Booth Drive

  • Help organize or participate in special events such as plant sales or bus trips

  • Participate in District 5 events and meet people from other Horticultural Societies

 

We are a fun and friendly group. Some of our members are just beginning their gardening journey and others have many years of gardening experience. Some of our members are Master Gardeners and all of our members are always happy to share their knowledge. Everyone is welcome!

 

We are meeting in a new location in 2024: St. James Presbyterian Church (enter at back door). Enjoy refreshments prior to the start of each meeting (please bring your own mug if possible).

 

We hope you will join us in our centennial year and help keep Stouffville beautiful!

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