The Garden Clubs of Ontario
The Garden Clubs of Ontario is an association of garden clubs in the Province of Ontario, Canada, founded and incorporated in l954.
The GCO comprises 8 independent garden clubs;
Each member club is self supporting and raises funds for their community projects through sales, flower shows and private donations.
The Garden Clubs of Ontario member clubs promote horticulture and the floral arts in their communities
• with teaching programs for both members and the general public.
• by holding public flower shows, church flower festivals, plant and craft sales.
• by the construction and support of; gardens for the handicapped, hospitals, historic buildings, libraries, children’s parks and public spaces.
• by the giving of scholarships for excellence in horticulture and landscape design, in both secondary and post secondary educational institutions.
• with support of time, expertise and monies to botanical gardens, conservation programs and public spaces.
The Garden Clubs of Ontario aims to encourage knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native plants, trees, birds and soil, to encourage civic planting and promote responsible ecological care of the environment and to promote flower shows.
About The Garden Clubs of Ontario
The purpose of the Garden Clubs of Ontario is to stimulate knowledge of horticulture and the art of floral design.
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GCO President's Message
I’ve always felt that the President’s message should be upbeat and filled with a sense of anticipation for things to come. Our member clubs are filled with interesting and talented individuals who are eager to learn, to share knowledge with others and to actively contribute to their communities with outreach programs, scholarships and bursaries and hands-on beautification projects.
At the end of February, some nineteen members of the Garden Clubs of Ontario headed off to Hyderabad and Cochin in India for the WAFA India seminar, ‘Floral Tales’. I was fortunate to among the attendees and cannot say enough about the wonderful hospitality and kindness shown to us by our hosts. We enjoyed four workshops, a judging seminar with the non-judges amongst us preparing floral designs for us to judge later in the day. This was an imposed class on a larger scale with several people working together in teams to prepare the designs. We also enjoyed the local cuisine and sightseeing. The flower show in 2020 will be held in Jaipur. I hope that you will think about going to this fascinating and colourful country.
This spring, the Garden Club of Toronto, partnered with Landscape Ontario got our thoughts turned to spring and walking through the display gardens and floral and horticulture entries in the Toronto Flower Show made me start to believe that winter would end and we soon be out of doors enjoying nature in all its manifestations. Mother Nature, being her usual fickle self, presented us with some nasty weather. Most of our members have been subjected to rain, snow, freezing rain, ice pellets and high winds over the past few weeks. As I look out the window today at the beautiful sunshine and much more acceptable temperatures, I have to believe that spring has finally decided to arrive in Southern Ontario.
Many of the clubs are finalizing plans for their flower shows. I hope you will check the website for further information and try to attend and support these events.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the GCO Annual General Meeting to be held at the Burlington Golf & Country Club, hosted by The Garden Club of Hamilton. Further information is available under the ‘Club Events’ tab above.
Yours in flowers and friendship,
Wendy Downing, President
PAST PRESIDENTS OF GCO IN ATTENDANCE AT THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Listed from left to right sequentially: Mary Kernohan, Janice Maciver, Jane Heming, Kay Thorfinnson, Helen Skinner, Beth Frost, Marisa Bergagnini - President, Pat Harris, Peg Spence, Ann Diebel, Elizabeth Coons, Lil Haworth, Maureen Naylor
Beverly Hargraft and Elaine Mayo were present at the events but missing in the photo
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