100 years at the Almonte Garden Cultural Association – The Mill

The Almonte Horticulture Association was established as part of the Ontario Horticulture Society on April 8, 1921. Preliminary reports focus on flower shows, public gardens, educational conferences, and sponsorship clubs throughout the years. Junior work was mentioned in early 1936.

World War II affected everyone, and in 1943 the flower show was canceled with a bouquet of flowers for the financial support of foreign soldiers. The “British race” also received a $ 25 gift.

Janet Horton and Eileen Henmanman greet members and guests.

In 1954, flower beds in Senotaf were cited as a project and given light bulbs to churches and old Rosamond Hospital. The following year, new flower beds were erected in front of the city hall with 43 bushes.

A.D. In 1961,59 Jr. was sentenced to gardening, and in the 1967 century, there was an improvement in the fields where the children were enrolled in the youth garden club. A.D. In 1969 there were 125 small gardens to judge – mostly in rural areas.

Eileen Henneman and Ed Lawrence wear their 100th anniversary pin designed by Heineman Stanley and dedicated exclusively to members.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Sandy Patry and Kevin Ddsbury conducted a successful program in which seeds were delivered in schools and 48 children met for educational purposes four times a year.

More recently, Carol Kenward, Janet Horton, Gerda Franንois, Anne Warren, and Mary Ellen Petrunevich gave seeds and instructions on the high beds at Naismith School.

For the past several decades, we have provided financial assistance to high school graduates to pursue studies related to environmental or science courses.

Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lawry and A&HS President Cindy Zorgel listen as Marilyn Snyden reads A & DHS history for 100 years.

In the 1970’s, flower beds were added to the Bay Hill area of ​​Gemil Park. My father, George Robertson, takes care of these and every spring when they pick up a few oranges, I remember him. He also cared for the beds in the senate for many years.

Over the years, the spring fundraiser has been a major fundraiser and during the COVID crisis, Nancy Timons has paved the way for improved sales. Carol Alexander and Sandy Jackson were in charge. It was a good place for new gardeners to pick plants, but soon there was a lot of earthquake cover.

Director Sandy Jackson unveiled the statue of “Antophilia” by Kayer Condemnation.

Over the years, the local community has taken it upon itself to host major events such as District 2 Flower and Garden Exhibitions in 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2017.

Some members of the OHA have spent over the past 40 years taking courses from Helen Halpney, Cindy Zorgel, Margaret Inwood, and Marilyn Snyden for eight years, 2 days a week. Helen and Marilyn also received the District Service Plak and Gladys Skufa in 1986. She has been our treasurer for decades.

Over the past decade, we have sponsored a “Garden of the Week” competition in which members receive front gardens and owners’ gift bags and their gardens appear in local newspapers.

Statue “Antophilia” by Dyer Sandy Jackson, A and DHS President Cindy Zorgel and treasurer Carol Alexander at Kern Connie

Then there is no organization that is as successful as we are at organizing meetings and getting to know their members. There are 4 two-year directors and 4 one-year directors as well as a president, secretary and treasurer. Over the years, Cindy Zorgel has been a longtime president of Nancy Timons, producing excellent newspapers and taking minutes. Carol Kenward wrote the book of the year for years, but Anne Warren received it. Nowadays we have Carol Alexander, the cashier by sending email reminders and maintaining the website, Anne Warren is an advertisement and Aileen Heineman is updating on Facebook. The Wendy Dahl and Nancy Timons Social Committee are also important when we can hold meetings. Melanie McKenzie is now our writer and news editor.

The City Beauty Committee is probably the hardest working group and I won’t name them because someone might miss me but those members are all very grateful. Raise your hands so we can know you. They plant barrels on Mile Street, caring for this garden in the library and on the old sidewalk and Senotaf.

The “Garden of Peace” on the streets of Perth and Bridge was first cared for by our community, but now Alan Godard is cared for.

This round garden was designed by Alan Godard in the 1990s and is a fundraising workshop sponsored by Ed Lawrence and Leonard Lee. Many years have been spent on weeding and self-cutting. Last year it was upgraded to a Burmese bed next to High Street and pollen plants have now been identified.

A.D. In 2004, after the death of Paul Eggton, 300 Emperor Tulip was planted in Albert’s Garden. It was a NCC-supported global warming project. For 5 years Paul kept track of the days when the bulbs went out, first blooming and blossoming. It seemed like the beginning of the year. Helen Halpani planted other flowers to follow the tulip. It is now the home of the plum tree in memory of Peter Godard.

Another memorial tree is a crab crab that grows on the side of the road in memory of Bernard Cameron, who was tragically killed in 2016. That is a strong tree because a few years ago I was backing up my truck, but I did not notice the tail. The door is closed. She was dragging me to stop her, but it was too late, so I could still see the scary look on Gerda Frances’ face. I was sure he had killed the tree, but he still had scars on his trunk to remember my recent call.

Another feature of this garden is the bench purchased in 2016 for our 95th birthday. So today we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of this wonderful new monument that we hope will be a reminder of the great contribution that our society has made to Almonte in the years to come.

It was convened by Marilyn Snyden to celebrate August 28, 2021

Photos: Allan Stanley | Aileen Henneman.

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