Goderich Horticultural Society Report
On Nov. 20 the Goderich and District Horticultural Society held their Annual General Meeting. Karen Redmond, District 8 Representative, swore in the Directors and Executive Committee and President, Paula Harris, presented awards. The OHA Award went to George Sager and was accepted by his wife, Helen, in his absence. This award is presented to a person who has served for many years and is acknowledged not only by his or her society but also by the entire association. Lifetime Memberships were presented to Emma Franken and Anne Turton.
The outgoing President, Paula Harris, summarized the achievements of the year in her report.
In 2017 Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary and the Goderich Museum held a Christmas Tree competition. The Horticultural Society was invited to participate and we decorated our tree in red and white.
It was voted the best tree and we won a gift basket and an invitation to watch a film at the Museum. We purchased a film called The Gardener and it will be shown at the Museum as part of our Christmas Festive Gathering on Dec. 4. We hold a number of events during the year to which we invite the public: St. Patrick’s Day Tea in March, a plant auction in May, a flower show in June and a Garden Tour in July. New members can be signed up at any one of these events. There have been some excellent speakers during 2018 too: an Indian Travelogue, and presentations on owls, monarch butterflies and invasive species.
But the society is not only about events and speakers. Using the money raised at our events, we maintain the gardens at the hospital, the gaol, and the MacKay Centre. The Butterfly Garden adjacent to the washrooms at Lion’s Harbour Park and the Hovering Garden at the Cove are also the responsibility of the society’s volunteers. Each year we apply for a $200 Tree Grant from the Ontario Horticultural Society, and this year that money bought three trees: a red oak, a pin oak and a tulip tree. They have been planted in the cemetery in the area where veterans are buried, and where 30 trees were lost to the emerald ash borer. The Society welcomes new members. Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the MacKay Centre and if you are interested in gardening, nature and the environment, do come along and check us out.
If you like what you see, sign up as a member for 2019 for a modest $10 membership fee.