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 10 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
Welcome to the website for The Garden Clubs of Ontario. In this, my first official message as President of the organization, I would like to say how honoured I am to represent all of the members of this wonderful group.
I was fortunate enough to attend the World Association of Floral Artists (WAFA) show which was held in Barbados this past June. We had a record number of Canadians attend the show –forty-five from GCO, and about ten others from coast to coast. Of that number, thirty-four entered the show and thirteen received ribbons. Canada was awarded two gold, two silver and four bronze medals as well as five commended.
I can’t tell you how proud I was to be a Canadian and to see how well everyone did at the show. The WAFA Barbados committee should be very proud of the event that they produced which, as well as the actual flower show, included fantastic demonstrations and side tours to see their beautiful island home. I have included photos of some of our exhibits so that those of you who were unable to attend can see the work that was presented at WAFA Barbados.
The garden club season is beginning once again and I hope you all are excited to back with your individual clubs, ready and willing to contribute to all of the educational and entertaining activities which are planned for all of you. I know I am!
I look forward to seeing you at the GCO General Meeting to be held at Royal Botanical Gardens on November 6th, hosted by Judges Council. Further information will be forthcoming to the club presidents.
Yours in flowers and fellowship,
Wendy Downing, President
Past President's Summer Message
Congratulations to Wendy Downing from Hamilton Garden Club on her new appointment as our President for 2017 – 2019! We wish you much success in your administration. At the Annual General Meeting held in Toronto at The Granite Club, it was a privilege for me to highlight what you, our members, have accomplished during 2015 – 2017 and I look forward to continued responsibilities as your Immediate Former President. Forty-five members from The Garden Clubs of Ontario will travel to attend the WAFA Barbados Flower Show 'Flowers in Paradise' this June. We wish you success in your competitive design installations. Our Canadian Judge for this International Show will report back to you at our Fall Meeting and Wendy will bring greetings from all our WAFA friends we reunited with at this event. Have a restful and happy summer!
Immediate Former President
Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers
Niagara Wine Tour & BBQ - Saturday, June 18, 2016
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