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St. George Garden Club

District 6

About Us

Welcome to the St. George Garden Club! St. George is a small village with a population of 3350 located in the County of Brant between Cambridge and Brantford. There are many historic buildings on Main Street, including gift shops, restaurants, pizzerias, a deli and tea house. The St. George Mill built in 1869, known as Snowball Mill, began as a flour mill in 1885, became the Feed & Seed from 1967-1993 and the current owners have converted the buiding into business units including a coffee shop, flower shop and animal hospital. There is a three storey red brick mansion built in 1888, known as Sunnyside, which is the home of the current County of Brant mayor.

Applefest, which takes place on the third weekend in September, draws thousands of people from surronding areas. The Garden Club sponsors a "Porch Decorating Contest" during the festival.

Our club has approximately 116 members and within that membership we have a range of ages and experience. Our membership meetings are composed of guest speakers, floral competitions and social time. We often include field trips and workshops over the course of the year as well. It's very important to the clubs executive that we keep our membership engaged.

Our annual meeting is held with our Christmas social at which time we have games, door prizes and a gift exchange. We also take this time to recognize those members who have gone above and beyond.

We offer a $1,000.00 scholarship each year to a Brant County secondary school student who is going on to post secondary studies in horticulture, agriculture, forestry or environmental studies.

Our mission is to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture:
By holding meetings with an instructional value on subjects connected with the theory and practice of horticulture
By encouraging the improvement of private and public grounds
By giving awards and scholarships
By distribution of plants, bulbs and flowers
By promoting the circulation of horticultural information
By promoting gardening activities with children and youth

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Our general meeting location is:

St. George Fire Hall meeting room or Gaukel Memorial Community Centre
72 Main St. N. at Mansfield or 7 Gaukel Dr.
St. George, N0E 1N0
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The fee to join our society is:

Single $15 & Family $20 Dropins - $5

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Dorothy Donkers
Vice President vacant
Secretary Maggie McGuire
Treasurer Wendy Johnstone
General Information:

The SGGC meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from February to June and September to November (unless otherwise indicated). Doors open at 6:30pm for those who want to enjoy social time. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm with a short business session followed by the speaker of the evening. We end the meeting with the judging of the floral competition and the door prize draw. All are welcome! Please bring your own reusable water bottle.

Membership Benefits allow you a discount with area supporters as follows:
10 % discount at Antler's Garden Center, Brantford
10% discount at Forest of Flowers - Brantford (not on sale items)
10% off purchases at Dragonfly Landscaping - St George
10 % Walter's Greenhouse on Tuesdays

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Some of the activities our club gets involved in are:
Planting and maintenance of the cenotaph planters, downtown planters, garden across from the post office and the Anniversary garden in front of the arena.
We support the adopt-a-road program with roadside cleanups in April, July and September
Hold our Annual plant sale every year in May
Introduce gardening to community youth
Promote tree planting
Support Paris Fall Fair
Participate in St. George Apple Fest to promote our passion in gardening and our club
Annual scholarship for Brant County student pursuing post secondary education in Horticulture, Agriculture or Environmental studies.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Membership Meeting Tuesday March 19th @ 7pm St. George Firehall Connie Byl-William Dam Seeds-What's New-Tips and Tricks Deign Challenge-A 4-inch pot of seedlings started from seeds or cuttings
Membership Meeting Tuesday April 16th @ 7pm St. George Firehall Rick Gray-Why we Should Grow Native Plants Design Challenge-one-sided arrangement in a unique container not more than 14" tall with native plants
Adopt-A-Road Saturday April 20th @ 9-11am Anglican Church parking lot. Help keep our community clean. Bring gloves
Membership Meeting Tuesday May 21st @ 7pm St. George Firehall Christine Thompson-The work they do at Rare Charitable Research Reserve Design challenge-Arrangement with wildflowers
SGGC Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 25 @ 9:00 am Arena-Gaukel Memorial Community Centre Fundraiser- May 24th-Set up for plant sale and donation of plants 3-8pm
Garden Bus Tour-Guelph area Wed. June 12th Meet at the Gaukel Memorial Community Centre at 8:30 am Contact us at st.georgegc100@gmail.com for more information
Membership Social Gathering Tues. July 16th Time and location TBA
Adopt-A-Road Saturday July 20th @ 8-10am Anglican Church parking lot Help keep our community clean. Bring gloves
Membership meeting Tues., Sept 17th @7:00pm St. George Firehall Jeff Leader-Photos of the Grand River Valley in Autumn Design challeng-Photo Contest-Must include the Grand River
Applefest September 21st and 22nd St. George, ON More details to come
Adopt-A-Road Saturday September 28th @ 9-11am Anglican Church parking lot Help keep our community clean. Bring gloves
Joint Lynden &Glen Morris Membership Meeting Sat. Oct. 19th @ 7pm Gaukel Memorial Community Centre Cathy Kavassalis-Canadian Coalition for Alien Invasive Plant Regulation
SGGC Annual Christmas Social & AGM Saturday November 23rd Gaukel Memorial Community Centre More details to come
Christmas Floral Workshop Tuesday Dec. 10th @ 7 pm Time and locationTBA More details to come
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