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Grafton Green Thumbs

District 4

About Us

Our Horticultural Society was renamed in 2002 to the Grafton Horticultural Society due to the amalgamation of the Alnwick and Haldimand Townships. The original society was organized and named South Haldimand Horticultural Society on April 9, 1925 and then renamed in 1996 to the Haldimand Township Horticultural Society. We have rebranded ourselves to Grafton Green Thumbs. The first President was William Heenan, a local greenhouse operator, and Mrs. J.C. Hutchison the first Secretary. The first flower show was held on August 29, 1925.
Grafton Green Thumbs is dedicated to improving the beauty of the Grafton area. Members maintain two gardens in the community - Haldimand Court Apartments, and Grafton Heritage Park. In 2008 the Society created the Grafton Heritage Park in the centre of the village which includes native, rock, woodland and scented areas as well as historical information.
We have a youth programme which has been active since 1969. They currently meet at Grafton Public School in the greenhouse and are fortunate to have been given an area on the school grounds for a garden. This garden has recently been upgraded and includes seven raised beds where vegetables are grown and donated to Fare Share in Cobourg.
We have interesting speakers, flower shows and a plant sale.
Please join us at our monthly meetings and special events.

Contact Information:
Edith Kift, President


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Our general meeting location is:

St. Andrew's United Church
137 Old Danforth Rd.
Grafton K0K 2G0
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The fee to join our society is:

$15 per person

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
Director Bev. Silk grafton.hort[at]gmail.com
General Information:

Meetings via Zoom @ 7:30 pm until April.
Email grafton.hort@gmail.com for link

Jan. 11 - Water Wise Gardening
Lorraine Johnson

Feb. 8 - Size Small - Fits All
Heinke Thiessen

Mar. 8 - Lavender
Penny Stewart

Apr. 12 - Dahlias
Marian Jean

May 10 - Growing Tomatoes
Suzi Gabany
Spring Flower Show (6:30 pm)

May 14 - Plant Sale
St. Andrew's U.C., 137 Old Danforth Rd.

June 14 - Rock Gardens
Christine Gill

Sept. 13 - Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter
Joan Harding
Summer Flower Show (6:30 pm)

Oct. 11 - Value of Natural Plant Material vs. Non-Native, which is important for attracting birds & pollinators
Paul Richardson

Nov. 9 - Christmas Tips & Tricks
Penni Holdman

Dec. 13 - Christmas Pot Luck & Awards

Join Us!

Membership includes great speakers, delicious refreshments, social, pot lucks, flower shows, yearbook and newsletters.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
Plant Sale May 14 - 9 a.m. to noon St. Andrew's U.C., 137 Old Danforth Rd., Grafton
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