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Madawaska Valley Gardening Club

District 2

About Us

Now known as the Madawaska Valley Gardening Club, the first general meeting for the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society was held in Combermere, Ontario on February 15, 1990.

· On August 22, 1990 the Honourable Davis Ramsey, Minister of Agriculture and Food, approved the incorporation of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society under the Agricultural and Horticultural Act.

· On September 15, 1990, Barbara Commandant, Charter President, received our Charter certificate.

· Our society's flower is lily-of-the-valley.

· We are a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association, created in 1906. The objective of the OHA is the advancement of all horticulture through the use of 19 individual districts throughout Ontario. We, as a society, are in District 2 and receive from OHA their quarterly newsletter, awards structure, and an opportunity to attend their annual convention. The OHA newsletters are printed in co-operation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture.

On January 17, 2019, our membership voted to adopt a second name, the Madawaska Valley Gardening Club, while retaining our original charter name for legal purposes.


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Our general meeting location is:

Opeongo Seniors Centre
19 Stafford Street
Barry's Bay. Ontario K0J 1B0
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The fee to join our society is:

Our annual membership fee is only $10.

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Jeneene Brunton president@mvgardeningclub.ca 613-756-5685
Past President Jeneene Brunton
1st Vice President Eden Guidroz edenevan at sasktel.net
2nd Vice President Ritsuko Honda rihonda at hotmail.com 613-602-3404
Treasurer Connie Colton ccolton72 at gmail.com
Secretary Liz Sidor branchout@hotmail.com
Web Administrator Colina Taylor ColinaTaylor at outlook.com
General Information:

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, we will endeavour to hold any club events in the outdoors or by Zoom. This includes monthly meetings.

Check our Upcoming Events calendar below for 2022. If we need to change the schedule due to provincial requirements we will email all members.

When it is safe to gather indoors, our meetings will once again be held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (except for our July BBQ and December). Bring your monthly competition exhibits. Bring your enthusiasm. And please bring your indoor footwear when the weather is wet!

Join Us!

Becoming a member of the Madawaska Valley Gardening Club costs just $10 a year, and lets you participate not just in the meetings but also in all of our competitions, auctions, plant sales, barbeques and pot-lucks. You'll never find a better deal than this for having fun while learning tons.

To join, just bring your $10 to our next monthly meeting. Hope to see you there!

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Annual General Meeting 20 January 2022 By Zoom Invitations will be sent to members
"Native Plants": Stefan Weber 17 March 2022, 7.30 pm By Zoom
"Panama Flora and Fauna": Terry Newcombe 21 April 2022, 7.30 pm By Zoom
"Succulent Gardening": Molly Shannon 19 May 2022, 7.30 pm By Zoom
Plant Sale 28 May 2022, 9.00 am to noon Combermere Craft Cabin Frontyard
Strawberry Social 18 June 2022, 1.00 to 3.00 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Backyard
"Wild Turkeys": Brian Gray 18 June 2022, 3.00 to 4.00 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Backyard
Garden Tour 10 July 2022 Outdoors, various locations TBA
Garden BBQ and Auction 21 July 2022, 5.00 pm TBA
"Mosses and Lichens": Cassandra Robillard 18 August 2022, 7.30 pm 1920 B River Road Home of Peter and Anna Dolan
Flower and Vegetable Show 20 August 2022 TBA
Annual Plant Auction 15 September 2022, 7.30 pm TBA Auctioneer Miko Czerny assisted by Peter Langtvet
Fun Trivia Night 20 October 2022 By Zoom
Elections 17 November 2022, 7.30 pm TBA
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