About the Garden Club…
FOCUS OF THE GARDEN CLUB OF LONDON
- having FUN WITH FLOWERS and plants with an emphasis on education in the areas of design, horticulture and conservation
DESIGN has two divisions…
- flower arranging
- decorative applications
- both divisions involve the creative use of fresh and dried plant materials and found objects
- the cultivation of indoor and outdoor plants
- care of indoor and outdoor plants
- garden planning
- plant identification
- the practical use of plant materials, herbs, compost
- the preservation of natural areas
- the enhancement of public properties
- financial support for community project
September is the beginning of a new year of ‘Fun with Flowers’ for the Garden Club of London. The members who participate in the Monday morning gatherings of the Studio group reconvened on September 8 to continue the production of items to sell at our annual Boutique. The Boutique is Saturday, November 15th this year from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Civic Garden Complex, our Club home.
We welcomed new members this season with an orientation on September 9th and look forward to their participation in all Club events. Courses and workshops are set for this year as well exciting speakers and demonstrators for all of our General and Horticulture programs.
The Woodland Restoration Project has never looked better. The team has cleaned and planted all spring and summer to make the area look like a beautiful, quiet retreat and it is enjoyed, each and every day, by many of the public who walk through Springbank Park. The new bench, dedicated June 8th to the late Sheila Schaus, is a favourite resting place for many of the visitors where they are able to relax and view the area.
In June, nine members participated the World Association of Floral Artists World Show, A Floral Odyssey, in Dublin, Ireland with one of our members, Audrey van Holst, winning a silver ribbon. The Class was ‘Designing Line’ a Small Design. Congratulations to Audrey and all who entered. Garden Club members may visit our website to see all of the designs and the ‘WAFA Ireland Results’ website to see all of the winners of all the classes from 31 different countries around the World. This was followed by a tour around Ireland with 34 Garden Clubs of Ontario members, spouses and friends who saw gardens, castles and the Titanic Museum while appreciating the fine hospitality and cuisine of the Irish.
Over the summer, most members tended their own gardens and took time off from the Club to visit with family and friends. However, the new year will see all back to work keeping this Club the vibrant and wonderful association it has become. New friends and old friends will connect again through the Garden Club of London and ‘Have Fun with Flowers’.
Jeanne Anne Goldrick