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.
We are beginning our new year
Spring in Ontario: When one day the sun is warm and rising in the sky and our spirits soar as we see early shoots and flowers emerge from the soil, but then the next day .. the golden sun disappears and the snow drifts down and the cold winds deflate our spirits and so it goes from week to week until we feel in our bones that it really is Spring. The temptation now is to get out into our gardens to tidy up and prepare the soil for new plants and vegetables, but, wait… it’s still to early for that. There are solitary bees and other beneficial insects overwintering in the plant debris in your garden. By mid May, the outdoor temperatures should be consistently above 10C and that is the time to venture forth.
After shuttering our meetings during 2020, the first year of this pandemic, Stouffville Horticultural Society has embraced the virtual world and has been hosting meetings via Zoom.
What a great tool this is. We can keep in touch with our members and pass on garden and plant related topics and of course we are here to answer your questions. We have meeting events planned this Spring for our members that you will be interested in.
Success at District 5 AGM
On April 17, 2021, the Ontario Horticultural Association District 5 Annual General Meeting was hosted, virtually, by East Gwillimbury Gardeners and was attended by representatives of all societies within the District. In pre-covid times, a large part of the AGM was the flower/design show that provided a wonderful showcase for flowers grown and designs created by gardeners within the District. This year entries were submitted by photo on line. The members of the Stouffville Horticultural Society were well represented and did especially well. As a group, we received a certificate for High Points in Horticulture and tied with Aurora Garden & Horticultural Society for High Points in Show.
Carolyn Ratcliff won “Best in Show” for her picture of her magnolia tree in bloom and a first prize ribbon for her “Home is Where the Heart Is” entry. Pam Stierhof won second prize for her design “Heart and Soul” and three third prize ribbons for entries in the “I Grew This”, “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “First Sign of Spring” divisions. Murray Painter won a third prize ribbon for his grouping of “I Grew This”. Congratulations to you all! The full District 5 AGM 2021 Flower Show is now available for viewing on East Gwillimbury Gardeners' YouTube channel.
8 Park Drive South,
Third Monday of each month @ 7:30 pm
(NO August Meeting)