Welcome to the Garden Club of Kitchener Waterloo
To encourage an active interest in all subjects pertaining to the cultivation and use of flowers and plants.
The Garden Club of Kitchener - Waterloo is a non Profit Group formed by 12 members in 1957. We will celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2017. The Kitchener - Waterloo chapter is one of the member clubs that form the Garden Clubs of Ontario.
Our home base is our own portable classroom-studio on the University of Waterloo grounds where small group meetings are held and courses, seminars and workshops are given relating to Floral Design and Horticultural topics.
Since 1967 we have held bi-annual Flower Shows, open to the public, to highlight our interests and skills in floral design and horticulture. Recent shows have been held at Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, Renison University College in Waterloo and the Pavilion at Victoria Park in Kitchener.
Our members enjoy other Garden Club shows such as "Canada Blooms", the Royal Botanical Gardens, and tours of public and private gardens in Southern Ontario.
Our Plant Sales:
Every year in May, on the Saturday before Mother's Day, a plant sale is held by the members of the Garden Club with plants donated from their gardens.
Civic and Conservation:
Betty's Garden - An entrance garden was established in 1994 at KidsAbility in Waterloo and dedicated in 1996 in memory of Past President Betty Stuart. Betty's Garden has grown as a living tribute to be enjoyed by all throughout the years. This garden receives constant tender, loving maintenance from our members.
We meet on the third Monday of each month from September to June. If the third Monday happens to fall on a holiday the following Monday is used to meet. Meeting Times: 1:15 pm
Meeting Location: Albert McCormick Arena in Waterloo.
AGM Date: Third Monday in June
Club Shows: Mini Shows are held usually twice a year and a Club Show is held every other year alternating between Spring and Fall. Email us for more information.
60th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
On Monday April 17th, 2017 we held our 60th anniversary celebration luncheon at the Charcoal Steakhouse in Kitchener. Thank you to Claudette Smith, President of GCO for attending & congratulating us. It was a wonderful event. Our celebrations included words from Claudette Smith, recognition of our new Life Members, introduction of our newest member, recognition of our Honorary members in attendance and recognition of our past presidents in attendance. Most importantly ... we enjoyed the company of very special friends!
60th Anniversary.....AND suddenly it's 1957 again
... hats & gloves, celebrating the formation of the Garden Club of Kitchener Waterloo 60 years ago. Lots of reminiscing, photo displays and anniversary cake!
A very special thank you to Janet Schoenhofer for putting together a fantastic photo display which was enjoyed by all.
Just the first of a great lineup of special activities for this 60th anniversary year.
Hogarth Curve Design
Workshop with Ann Diebel - February 8, 2017
Workshop with Trudy Grantham November 29, 2016
"Designs for Contemporary Living"
Photo gallery Garden Tour 2016
In August of this year, eight of our members attended a tour of "Gardens and Estates of the Hudson River Valley" in New York state. We visited three private gardens which were absolutely divine & eight Estate gardens which were overwhelming. It was a wonderful learning experience, a time to make new friends and a gardener's delight.
Upcoming Programs for 2017
Five of our design judges using a one word title will present a design and explain the process by which they created their design.
The designers are:
Jana Heemskerk "Innovation"
Charmian Patrick "Inspiration"
Mary & Elizabeth Smith "Imagination"
Darlene Irwin "Sophistication"
by Colour of Paradise
Upcoming Special Events
March 20 – 60th Anniversary Celebration
April 20 - Anniversary Luncheon
May 20 - Plant Sale
June 2 - 3 – Anniversary Flower Show