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Innisfil Garden Club

District 16

About Us

Our club was established in 1979 as Gilford & District Horticultural Society - which is still our legal name - but a decision to adopt the front name Innisfil Garden Club came into effect on November 13, 2016 after a positive vote of 44 to 7.

The list of members has changed greatly over the years, but fortunately we still have a few members who date back to 1979. We are a very diverse group of people with members from all walks of life, life experiences, knowledge and what have you. I believe you can get an answer to almost anything you want to know, if you ask.

Our motto is to have fun, laugh and enjoy whatever we are doing.

Most of our members are of the female kind, but the menfolk and the younger generation are beginning to show up at the meetings, realizing that we have fun, some darn good speakers and a well stacked coffee and snack table – and last but not least a chance to compete in the Flower and Vegetable Shows, Floral Designs and, at the end of the year, in the Photo Competition.

You can be a member who shows up at general meetings, listens to our speakers and enjoys our coffee or you can be a member who joins in, helps out and participates in everything that we have going. Whatever you do, do yourself a favour and become a member.

DO YOU BELONG?
Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed? Or are you just contented that your name is on the list? Do you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock? Or do you stay at home and criticize and knock? Do you ever go to visit a member who is sick? Or leave the work to just a few and talk about the clique? There’s quite a programme scheduled that I’m sure you’ve heard about And we’ll all appreciate it if you’ll come and help us out. So come to the meetings often and help with hand and heart – Don’t be just a member, dig in do your part. Think this over, member; you know right from wrong –
Are you an active member, or do you just belong.

– Author Unknown –


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Our general meeting location is:

Churchill Community Centre
6322 Yonge Street (County Road 4) just North of Killarney Beach Road
Churchill L0L 1K0
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The fee to join our society is:

$15.00 per person or $20.00 for a family of three, Lifetime- and Youth Memberships are free

Society Contacts:
Title First/Last Name Email Phone
President and Pagemaster Lucy Valente valente145.mv@gmail.com 705-716-5848
Secretary and Membership Marilyn Elliott elliottmarilyn@yahoo.ca 705-436-5141
Flower Show Chair Jenni Murrell jenni.murrell@gmail.com 705-456-3163
General Information:

We meet the second Monday of the month from March to October. Meeting time starts at 7.30 pm. No meeting in August. We have 6 flower shows a year, entries for these are from 6.30 – 7.10 pm. In May and September our flower shows are on Saturdays, entries for these are from 9.30 – 11.00 am.

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Membership 2019
Joining the Innisfil Garden Club / Gilford & District Horticultural Society it is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Just click on the
REGISTRATION FORM, print it, fill it in and bring it to the next General Meeting or mail it to our P.O. Box in Lefroy. Cheques should be made out to Gilford & District Horticultural Society. You will receive a Membership Card and your Yearbook.

During the year you will receive by mail or e-mail, a copy of our newsletter the ‘Iris’ and by e-mail or phone, you will be informed and/or reminded about up-coming programs and events.

You will receive a 10% discount from some of our advertisers by showing your Membership Card.

Event Schedule:
Event Name Date/Time Location Description
- General Meeting - Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7.30 p.m. Churchill Community Centre Speaker David Hawke on "Invasive Species"
General Meeting and Flower Show April 20, 2020 - 7.30 p.m. Churchill Community Centre Speakers Judith Rogers and Donna Wice on "the Sights, Sounds and Scents of Horticulture"
- General Meeting - May 11, 2020 - 7.30 Churchill Community Centre Speaker Ken Brown on "3+1 Tenor, including Peonies and Lilies"
Spring Flower Show and Social Tea Saturday, May 16, 2020 Churchill Community Centre Bring in entries from 9.30 – 10.30 a.m. Judging starts promptly at 10.30. Entries may not be removed before 1.30 p.m. Open to the public from 12 noon when tea and a light lunch will be served at a cost of $7.00 per person.
Annual Plant, Tailgate, Bake Sale & B.B.Q. Saturday, May 30, 2020 – from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. South Innisfil Arboretum, 1474 Shore Acres Drive (Hwy 89) and the 20th Sideroad in Gilford We are looking for donations of garden plants and home baking. Call Lucy Valente at 705-716-5848 if you want to rent a space for the tailgate sale. Call Mona Rea at 705-456-0132 if you need help with digging and potting. Call sharon Wice at 705-456-3316 about baking donations.
General Meeting and Flower Show Monday, June 8, 2020 - 7.30 pm Churchill Community Centre Speaker Paul Zammit on "Surrender to Succulents, Great Alternatives for the Garden"
General Meeting and Flower Show Monday, July 13, 2020 - 7.30 p.m. Churchill Community Centre Speaker Andrea Khanjin on The environmental plan of the Provincial Government"
Fall Flower & Vegetable Show and Social Tea Saturday, September 12, 2020 Churchill Community Centre Bring in entries from 9.30 – 10.30 a.m. Judging starts promptly at 10.30 p.m. Entries may not be removed before 1.30 p.m. Open to the public from 12 noon when tea and a light lunch will be served at a cost of $7.00 per person.
- General Meeting - Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7.30 p.m. Churchill Community Centre Speaker Paul LaPorte on "Importance of Bio Diversity with Native Plants in their role in the Cycle of Insects and Pollinators"
General Meeting and Flower Show Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7.30 p.m. Churchill Community Centre Speaker Joan Nieman Agapas on "What's that Smell"
Annual General Meeting with Appetisers and Dessert Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.. Churchill Community Centre Please join us for A Celebratory Evening - Appetisers & Desserts - Presentation of Awards - Photo Contest Results - Election of the 2021 Executive - Door Prizes - Call Social Director Betty Lou Flear for advise on what food to bring

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