Welcome to the Garden Club of Niagara
The Garden Club of Niagara has a unique relationship with the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. We are able to hold our meetings in their building on the Niagara River Parkway with the beautifully maintained gardens within sight. We fund two scholarships each year to deserving School of Horticulture students. A highlight each year for our club has been to decorate the lovely McFarland House for the Rotary House tour. McFarland House, restored by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1959, portrays life in Niagara in the early nineteenth century. Our members also maintain the kitchen garden in front of the house during the summer. Working on these projects gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and share common interests.
The Garden Club of Niagara is welcoming Spring with lots of exciting speakers and activities! So far this year, ladies have learned about garden design, bonsai and ikebana designs. We have enjoyed workshops on leaf manipulation as well as using floral mechanics in design. A discussion of how to interpret class titles in design was a direct result of members responses to a questionnaire that was circulated by Diane Hockey. This questionnaire attempted to provide information on what programs members would enjoy. Another initiative that is starting as a result of the questionnaire is the formation of a Design Group.
We continue to provide workshops for the Arts in Medicine program that is offered at the Niagara Health System Hospital for cancer patients and their families. These workshops have been very well received and there was a full page report in the St.Catharines Standard.
As the weather warms up, we look forward to resuming our work at McFarland House Gardens. We are very proud of how this garden represents a typical period garden that matches the house.
In April, we will host the Garden Club of Ontario meeting in Grimsby. Many members have offered their talents and time to provide baked goods and floral designs as well as the organization required to host a meeting like this.
An exciting Schedule for our Spring Flower Show has been circulated and many members are looking forward to entering. We hope to have a “Standard Show” with enough entries in each class. It’s going to be fabulous!
Lastly, a Basic Design Course will be offered this spring. Many of us have already enjoyed the class more than once and all members are encouraged to take this opportunity. There is so much to learn.
It is an honour to be President of such an exciting club!
President Garden Club of Niagara
The Garden Club of Niagara's gallery and slide shows
Rotary Holiday House Tour - Six Nations House, Christmas 2017
Rotary Holiday House Tour - McFarland House, Christmas 2017
Riverbrink Art Museum - ART & BLOOMS - April 2017
February Workshop - Alstroemeria Topiary Tree
Holiday House Tour December 2 & 3, 2016 - Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Garden Club of Niagara decorated
the historic McFarland House and Glen Willow, the York Road home
Christmas Centerpiece Workshop
"Rooted in the Garden" - September 10, 2016
Rooted in the Garden was held at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture celebrating their 80th birthday. The event involved lectures and workshops, provided an opportunity for horticultural groups to provide information to the public plus a display of floral designs by the Garden Club of Niagara which enhanced art work by the Niagara Parkway Artist Guild.
The Garden Club of Niagara celebrated our 20th Birthday with a floral cake at the GCO AGM we hosted on June 6th. We had 7 Floral Design student judges graduate and receive their pins and diplomas.
Modern Mass design demonstration by Celia Roberts. April 25
Modern Line Workshop given by Celia Roberts - April 25
'Easter workshop in an egg carton' given by Barbara Bedell - March 21st
'Elegant Design Using One Flower' - instructor Lindy Fedchun. . . lots of practice using glue dots and lily grass!
January Workshop with Wendy Downing on Leaf Manipulation
The GCN decorated Coyne House
GCO Spring Meeting
MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018
Hosted by the Garden Club of Niagara
St. Andrew’s Parish Hall,
156 Main Street West, Grimsby
Registration: 10:00 am
Coffee and assorted Pastries
Meeting: 10:30 am
Luncheon: Bring your own lunch,
dessert and coffee will be provided
Program: 1:00 pm
Presentation by Joanne Young
“The Five Senses
of Garden Design”
Please advise Garden Club of Niagara of the number attending from each member club by Monday, March 26, 2018. Contact Ruth Boulton, 905 468 3765, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: Niagara Bound: Exit QEW at Casablanca Blvd. turn right on Casablanca (toward the escarpment) follow to the T intersection at Main St. W (R R 81), turn left on Main St. W travel 2.2 k, will see cemetery and Church on left, turn in at the Church driveway and come down to the parking lot and Parish Hall.
From Niagara: Exit at Casablanca and turn left on Casablanca and follow as above.
The Parish Hall is wheelchair accessible. Complimentary parking.
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