The little club that grew

The Applewood Garden Club had its first meeting in January, 1999, in the living room of one of the Dianne 2011 222founding members. Twelve people were present.

Since then the group has grown beyond the confines of Applewood Acres to surrounding neighbourhoods as far away as Oakville, and membership has grown to about 70 (at this writing).

The club’s goal is to inform and entertain gardeners at all levels with lively meetings that feature interesting and provocative speakers. There’s also a social aspect, with an annual Christmas supper and a summer social in a member’s garden, plus excursions to gardens of interest.

The club’s annual garden tour and plant sale help raise funds to pay for club expenses such as speakers IMG_6708and hall rental.

But part of our mandate is to give back to the community. Each year a sum is set aside from general revenues to donate to a worthwhile local organization, and the proceeds from an annual special meeting featuring a well-known speaker, such as Mark Cullen, Frankie Flowers and Ed Lawrence, is donated to a chosen charity or appropriate organization. Over the past few years, the AGC has been able to donate more than $14,000 to places such as Trillium Health Centre’s butterfly garden, Ian Anderson House’s garden for hospice patients, The Riverwood Conservancy, and Our Place Peel, an emergency shelter for homeless youth in Peel Region.

The club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month except during the summer at St. Lukes’ IMG_6632Anglican Church, 1513 Dixie Road South (across from Dixie Valu Mall). Annual membership is $20, $30 for families.

See Events for speakers at upcoming meetings.