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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 $15.

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President Colina Taylor president@mvgardeningclub.ca
Past President Jeneene Brunton
1st Vice President Maryjka Mychajlowycz
2nd Vice President Ritsuko Honda
Treasurer Connie Colton
Secretary Liz Sidor
Web Administrator Colina Taylor Colina.presmvgc@gmail.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 $15 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 $15 to our next monthly meeting. Hope to see you there!

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Annual General Meeting 21 Jan 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Information will be sent to members
Winter Sewing 15 February 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Donna Marie Cybulskie
Starting Seeds 21 March 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Stephanie Park and Georgie Van Hoof. How to be successful at starting your own seedlings.
Native Plant Gardening 18 April 2024, 7.30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Trish Murphy, Beaux Arbres Native Plants. Why native plants are important and how to use them.
Edible Ecosystem Design 16 May 2024, 7.30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Zach Loeks, Eco System Solution Institute. Innovative techniques to create edible perennial ecosystems.
Plant Sale 18 May 2024, 9.00 am to noon Combermere Craft Cabin Frontyard Compost for sale $5.00 a bag. Donated by BEI.
Strawberry Social 20 June 2024, 6:00 to 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Tickets are $5.00 each.
Nature and Garden Photography 20 June 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Doug DeLaMatter. Doug will Share tricks of the trade to create memorable photos.
Garden Tour 7 July 2024, 10 am - 4 pm. Outdoors, various locations Tour guides and maps are $5.00 per person.
Garden BBQ and Auction 18 July 2024, 5:00pm TBA Location to be announces at the Strawberry Social
Growing Chrysanthemums and Dahlias 15 August 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Lori Peplinski, Singing Meadows Farm. How to grow amazing Dahlias and mums.
Flower and Vegetable Show 17 August 2024, Royal Canadian Legion, Barry's Bay Placement 8 -10 am. Judging 10 am - noon. Public viewing 1 - 3 pm.
Inez Boehme Dessert Tea 17 August 2024, 1-3 pm. Royal Canadian Legion, Barry's Bay Open 1 - 3 pm. Proceeds from the tea used for bursaries awarded to students pursuing post graduate studies that support ecological care of the environment.
Barry's Bay Plant Sale 14 Sept 2024, 9 am - noon Zurakowski Park, Barry's Bay Plants can be brought in the morning of the sale. Please label and price everything.
Invasive Plants 19 September 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Connie Cull-Matthews. Connie will define what invasive species are and how they affect ecosystems.
Forest Ecology 17 October 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Virginia deCarle. We will learn the lands and water connect to the forests that keep us alive.
Seed Exchange 17 October 2024, 7 - 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Please bring your seeds to share, in small labeled packets.
Potluck Dinner 21 November 2024, 6:00 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Please bring a food dish to share.
Elections 21 November 2024, 7:00 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Bring food donations for the Food Bank.
Winter Decorations 21 November 2024, 7:30 pm Opeongo Seniors Centre Pamela McNichol, Church Street Flowers.
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