Welcome to The Garden Club of Hamilton
The Garden Club of Hamilton was founded in May of 1951, and together with the Garden Club of London and the Garden Club of Toronto, founded Garden Clubs of Ontario in 1954. At present we have approximately 60 members and meet monthly from September through June.
The objects of the Club are, amongst other things, ‘to cultivate beauty in the home and its environs; to make the community a better and more pleasurable place in which to live by learning to know and to grow the finest flowers and plants and to use them to complement our daily lives and to stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening amongst amateurs and to aid in the protection of native flowers and trees, birds and soil and to encourage civic planting’.
Over the years, the Garden Club of Hamilton has provided funds and labour to assist a wide variety of organizations in the City including the planning and planting of a serenity garden for the Cancer Assistance Program, the planning and planting of a garden at Charlton Hall’s ‘Live and Learn’ house for young women and at Inasmuch House.
We contribute annually to Keep Hamilton Blooming and to the RBG Young Gardeners’ Program as well as sponsoring two scholarships in the Floral Design programme at Mohawk College. A substantial donation has helped realize the restoration of the gardens at Dundurn Historic Site. An ongoing project which provides much fun and fellowship for our members is the annual decorating of Dundurn in the Victorian manner for Christmas.
Over the past few years, we have established an Education Committee which has been instrumental in presenting workshops for our members in various floral design techniques as well as propagating plants by means of seeds and cuttings. We offer a basic floral design course for our new members as well as members wishing a refresher.
Many of our members volunteer as judges in the annual Trillium Awards Program (formerly the Hamilton Beautification Program’. We are very proud of our contributions to our community and thankful for the friends and fellowship we have gained by our participation in these projects.
The photographs below show some of our members at work at our various educational sessions and the results of their labours. Enjoy!
Decorating for Christmas at Dundurn Castle
Decorating Dundurn Castle in the Victorian manner has been an ongoing project of our club for many years. In fact, we celebrated our 50th year in 2017! This project is enjoyed by all of members who take part in many ways. In addition to contributing to our community, we enjoy working together to create a memorable experience for visitors. The castle is open for tours from late November through to the end of the Christmas school break. We hope to see you in the future. Be prepared to find knowledgeable interpreters, lovely Christmas decorations and sumptuous smells from the castle kitchen.