Societies in Ontario
Pelham Garden Club
The Botanical Emblem of the Pelham Horticultural society is the Petunia.
Founded in 1928 with 68 Charter members, the Pelham Horticultural Society began with a branch in Fenwick and a branch in Fonthill. At that time, societies were encouraged to work with Highway and Forestry Departments in beautifying the Highways of the Province. School-ground improvement competitions were also held.
In 1937, in recognition of the Coronation of George VI, Ontario adopted the Trillium as the provincial flower. This was a longtime project of the Ontario Horticultural Association.
With greater access to transportation in the 1940’s, the two branches of the Pelham Horticultural Society amalgamated. At the end of the war, members participated in public plantings, installation of relief gardens and Arbour Day promotions. Horticultural societies collected seeds to send to military bases in Britain and for distribution to prisoners-of-war. Communities were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens as well as backyard vegetable gar¬dens. At this time the Pelham Horticultural Society supported plantings and the installation of benches throughout the municipality including at: public schools, churches, the cenotaph, a park, and at the Fenwick flagpole. A garden encyclopedia was donated to the library.
There were 132 members of the Pelham Horticultural Society in 1967. In recognition of the Canadian Centennial, the society planted shade trees, flowering crab trees, geraniums and numerous annuals at Centennial Park, Triangle Park in Fenwick. Picnic tables were placed for tourists; plants and bulbs were given to schools.
To date, the highest membership of the society was in 1970 with 190 members. That year the society began encouraging the beautification of member’s private residences and commenced a June garden tour which has continued annually since.
In recent years a bench was donated in memory of past members and placed near the seniors’ residence in Pelham Square. The Pelham Horticultural Society also worked in conjunction with the then newly formed Communities in Bloom Committee to help establish their Annual Garden Tour and Trillium Awards for best front yards. Monies were also donated toward a tree for the Ridgeville beautification project.
The Horticultural Society continued a community planting at Fenwick flagpole until 2006 when it was taken over by the Town; and has continued to plant annuals each year at the Fonthill Royal Canadian legion grounds with plants donated by Rice Road Greenhouses.
The Society strives to encourage youth participation in horticulture. For many years’ annual donations have been given to the E. L Crossley School’s Horticulture program. The Society now awards an annual scholarship to a student studying Horticulture or Landscape Design. An annual donation is also given to Niagara College, Glendale Campus towards the development of the College grounds by students.
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Fonthill and the 100th Anniversary of the OHA, the Horticultural Society redesigned and replanted the front garden of the Fonthill Library. The Weeping Cut Leaf Caragana tree at the main entrance was planted in memory of a former Horticultural Society member, Rena Burns with a bequest from the family. Our Society was also pleased to contribute a brick for the bandshell.
In April 2007 we hosted a very successful Spring Annual Meeting for OHA District 9, welcoming members from other Horticultural Societies of the lower Niagara Peninsula to Fonthill.
In February 2016, members voted to adopt the "Pelham Garden Club" as a more inclusive and public-friendly, informal name; maintaining Pelham Horticultural Society as our official legal name. In March of the same year, the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society were updated.
The Society continues to meet monthly January through November, hosting informative guest speakers. There is a raffle, door-prizes, refreshments and time following the meeting to socialize with friends. The annual spring plant & bake sale is held the long weekend in May at the Fonthill Legion - rain or shine. This is a highly successful fundraiser and gets everyone excited about spring planting.
As with all community groups, we benefit greatly for support from other organizations, local businesses, merchants and municipal government. Pelham Public Library, Town of Pelham, Rice Road Greenhouses and Vermeer's Garden Center.
(Most of the historical information given above was published in THE VOICE of Pelham on September 3rd, 2008 in an article by Muriel Roden, President of the Society at that time.)
Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch
43 Pelham Town Square
$15 PER PERSON FOR A ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP
The Garden Club has cancelled the March general meeting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are keeping abreast with Health Canada's recommendations and will alert members of any other changes to our 2020 program.
Our April meeting is scheduled to take place on April 27th. Karin Vermeer of Vermeer's Garden Centre will be speaking about the importance of curb appeal.
As usual, the evening will also involve a general business portion as well as door prizes, refreshments and socializing.
Meetings are typically held on the 4th Monday of the month from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m at the Pelham Library, Fonthill Branch
Join us for our monthly general meetings, which open with an informative guest speaker on a select horticultural/garden topic. The regular business portion of the meeting follows and the evening is capped off with draw prizes, raffles, refreshments and socializing.
There are no meetings in June (Garden Walk), July (Members' Picnic), August (Flower & Vegetable Show) and December (no meeting)
|ANNUAL PLANT & BAKE SALE||MAY 16, 2020||FONTHILL LEGION||GREAT SELECTION OF ANNUALS, PERENNIALS & TASTY BAKED GOODS AVAILABLE FOR SALE|
|EVENING GARDEN WALK||JUNE 22, 2020||MEET AT FONTHILL LIBRARY||TOUR VARIOUS LOCAL GARDENS,, REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW. FREE FOR MEMBERS,$15 FOR NON-MEMBERS|
|MEMBERS' SUMMER PICNIC||JULY 27, 2020||TBD||ANNUAL PICNIC FOR MEMBERS|
|ANNUAL FLOWER & VEGETABLE SHOW||AUGUST 17, 2020||FONTHILL LIBRARY||AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE MEMBERS SUCCESSES IN THE GARDEN|
|CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & AGM||NOVEMBER 23, 2020||FONTHILL LIBRARY||HOLIDAY SOCIAL & AMG, COLLECTING FOODBANK DONATIONS|