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Painswick Garden Club

District 16

About Us

On November 29, 1972, a group of community members got together at Warnica Public School in the heart of Painswick to share their knowledge and talk about "flowers" and "civic beautification". This was the first organizational meeting of the Painswick Horticultural Society (PHS). That year several projects were planned; the Painswick Park (east side of Ashford Drive between Yonge Street and Big Bay Point Road) was planted with trees by hardworking PHS members, and the first society flower show was held at Sandy Cove Acres (11th and 25th sideroads) in nearby Innisfil Township. In 1973, the Shasta Daisy (yellow center with white petals) was selected as the Painswick Society's official flower. Several more plantings were undertaken including the park at the center of the then "new" Bayshore Estates (Pine Drive and Big Bay Point). Other locations where flowerbeds and plantings have been made include:
- ten separate plantings at the "Stroud Complex"
- The Historical site on the s/s Big Bay Point Road east of the 25th sideroad
- planters at the Innisfil Town Offices
- flowerbeds at the Knock Community Center
- beds on the n/s of Big Bay Point Road at the 20th sideroad and Strathallan Woods
- plantings at "the meadows" on Hwy. 11 south of Stroud

The "Warnica Juniors" was the first young gardener's group associated with the society and was started in 1973 with the help of some of the founders of the PHS. Since then other young gardener groups have been formed including the Goodfellow School group in Alcona and the Sunnybrae School group in Stroud. Although the schoolyards have benefited greatly from the flower beds and landscaping added by the groups, it is the lives of the students over the years that have truly been enhanced through the new found knowledge and appreciation of horticulture.

Please join us for our Monthly Meetings, Flower Shows, District Seminars and Workshops!


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Our general meeting location is:

St. Paul's Anglican Church Hall
54 St. Paul's Crescent
Barrie L9J 0E2
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The fee to join our society is:

Our yearly membership is $15 per member, $20 per couple

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Joanne Rachfalowski joannerachfalowski@gmail.com 705-717-9843
General Information:

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm except July!

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Our Monthly Meeting is the third Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm with the exception of January to March and July.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
March Meeting cancelled due to the Covid-19 Virus Thursday, March 19, 2020
April Meeting cancelled due to concerns of the Covid-19 Virus! Thursday, April 16, 2020 St. Paul’s Church Main Hall
May Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St. Paul's Church Main Hall Bird Feeding 101 with Kristen Martin/Wild Birds Unlimited
Plant & Bake Sale Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Foodland Plaza, Stroud Lots of perennials, houseplants & much more!
June Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Paul's Church Main Hall 20+ Bulletproof Plants with Sean James
July Outing Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Barrieview Retirement Home Flower Arranging Workshop
August Meeting and Mini Flower Show Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Monarch Butterflies with Ron Beaumont & Carolyn Mollison
September Meeting & Mini Flower Show Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Container Gardening with Vikki from Griffins Greenhouses
October Meeting & Mini Flower Show Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Paul’s Church Main Hall Cleaning Up with Master Gardener, Patty Duncan
November AGM & Pot Luck November 19, 2020 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm St. Paul's Church Main Hall AGM, Pot Luck & Entertainment

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