WHO WE ARE
We are a bunch of enthusiastic gardeners -- neither stuffy nor pompous. We're just very keen on all things gardening. PLUS, we want to learn as much as we can about our environment, our plants and about one another!
From the very beginning (June 29th 1857) we have stood for two primary principles: sharing the theory and study of gardening PLUS city beautification. These two passions have guided the Society through more than seventeen decades of history. There is no way, we can fill you in on everything we have done! Several diligent members have indeed tried to immortalize important memories, and for our 150th birthday, we had a fabulous history book printed.
These days, each month, we have incredible lectures from guest speakers, in a great meeting spot, where we share laughs and giggles and delight in one another's dirt and mud stories.
We are a not for profit organisation. From our very early days, we chose the beautiful City of St. Catharines to be our main place to give back to. In return, the City of St. Catharines provides us with a small grant, free access to an arena to conduct our plant sale, advertising in its publicity magazine and other small, immeasurable services we are truly grateful for.
We hold two major fundraisers a year -- our plant sale and our garden tour. We take those funds and help keep our city beautiful, award bursaries to horticulture students, and sponsor the Trillium awards -- the City's awards recognising homeowners who beautify their properties.
We are proudly one of the oldest and largest societies in Ontario and one of the first to affiliate with the Ontario Horticultural Association in 1907.
These days, we are just shy of our 17th decade and we are still very young at heart. That's why we are formulating plans to teach young people the joys that gardening brings.
We'd love to meet YOU and share our hopes and dreams with you.