Goderich Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety Re­port

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

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.

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