Written and submitted to JSGB for publication by: Joyce Morgan, VP, Wasaga Beach Horticultural Society
I think I was born to be a gardener. Going through family photos, I see myself posing, playing and hiding in gardens. When I was old enough I was given the reluctant chore of weeding my mother’s massive flower beds. I might have preferred spending quality time with my friends doing other things, but c’est la vie!
There was a garden and often vegetables, especially when my boys were young in nearly every house I’ve lived in, as an adult. It was our very last house, and me in my fifties, before I took gardening seriously. I joined CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) and an interest group called gardening, among others. I did it to socialize and learned a lot. I continued with the CFUW garden group, even co-moderating until it folded.
Orangeville and District Horticulture Society came into my life when I attended an urn making seminar hosted by the Society and moderated by Paul Zammit. After Paul’s seminar, I joined the Horticultural Society and was an on-and-off member for more than 15 years, more on than off. In my last year with them I was recruited to act as Secretary for the group and I had a steep learning curve and big shoes to fill. What their Secretary had made look easy became a daunting task with my last minute approach to everything.
A Move to Wasaga Beach
Mid covid-19 we bought and sold property. We realized condo life was not for us and we wanted to be closer to our son and daughter-in-law in Wasaga Beach. It has been tough, not knowing anyone here but them, and to make our own friends. Covid has not been kind that way.
I knew I wanted back into Horticulture and went to a Swap Meet last September. Shortly after that, I spent several days emailing with Lila, the current President of the Wasaga Beach Horticultural Society and by November, I had joined the Board of Directors as Vice President. I believe that coming from a larger club I have a lot to offer and I really enjoy the camaraderie of the other Board Members.
About the Horticultural Society
Garden Clubs and Societies are non-profit organizations that exist to promote education and interest in all areas of horticulture and beautifying the community. Members pay a nominal fee annually to assist in meeting hall rentals – when we can meet in person again – for and providing environmental and horticultural guest speakers. Our meetings are currently held on Zoom, on the second Thursday of the month.
You can find us on Facebook (Wasaga Beach Horticultural Society) and Instagram. Our website is at https://gardenontario.org/society-listing/entry/125/ . You will find notices on our Facebook page of our upcoming events as well as those for other groups in our district. Everyone is welcome to join!
In a perfect world, where a new normal exists, members will meet in person, share coffee and cookies, hints and tips and listen to a guest speaker. Our group has gardeners who focus on several areas of horticulture such as floral, vegetables, and herbs. We have a lot of experts in our club that can help a novice get started.
We have club members who assist the Town gardener in maintaining the Butterfly Gardens, located at the Schooner Parkette and Nancy Island Historic Site. We are in the process of starting on a new project, once Provincial lockdowns allow small groups to get together. We have been asked by the descendants of the Cook family to rebuild and maintain flowerbeds around the family homestead, donated to the Town and located near the soccer pitch at Klondike Park.
Photo Contest 2021
Currently, our members are participating in a photo contest. Jim Sutton, a Wasaga Beach resident who is a featured photographer here on Just Sayin’ Georgian Bay, has agreed to do the judging. With 4 categories to choose from, members can submit as many snaps as they wish. Winter Wonderland, Glorious Spring, Helpers in my Garden, and Judge’s choice, where Jim gets to choose his favourite. The contest will run through to the end of August 2021 and winners will be announced here, in our own monthly newsletter, and on our Facebook page.
I think I jumped into this Horticultural group with both feet. I find myself truly inspired by the women on the Board of Directors and the members who participate. Theirs is a wealth of knowledge to be shared.
In addition to the website and social media included above you can also contact the Wasaga Beach Horticultural Society by email at: Wasagabeachgardenclub@gmail.com