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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 four gardens in the community - Wicklow Memorial Park, Haldimand Court Apartments, Town Hall 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:
Michelle & Ralf Busse, Co-Presidents


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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:

7:00 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. meeting unless otherwise noted.

“The Wonderful World of Soil Health”
Speaker: Susan Antler & Glenn Munroe,
Compost Council of Canada

MAY 14
“Miniature Design Workshop”
Speaker: Bev. Silk

6:30 p.m. - JUNE FLOWER SHOW
7:30 p.m. - “Favourite Herbs & Homemade Recipes”
Speaker: Kerry Hackett

7:30 p.m. - “How Climate Change is Affecting our Flora & Fauna”
Speaker: Drew Monkman

“Garden Invaders & Alternatives”
Speaker: Ontario Invasive Plant Council
Youth Awards Presentation

“Creating Outdoor Wonder”
Speaker: Julie McCuaig, Quinn’s Blooms & Greenery

Christmas Pot Luck & Awards

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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 12 - 9:00 a.m. - noon Haldimand Community Memorial Arena, 10766 County Rd. 2, Grafton You will find quality plants from members gardens and garden related items

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