Horticultural Societies or garden clubs, are a wonderful way to keep in touch with others who love gardening, as well as increase your knowledge and pleasure of plants. Whether you are in the midst of winter or summer, located in North or South America , Europe, Asia or places beyond, these societies or clubs are wonderful meeting places!
Whether listed as a horticultural society or a garden club, despite having a different focus depending on the members needs and wishes, both provide a source of energy, information and shared interest that promote a collected sense of well-being for us as members . In addition, the community we live in will also improve when we make positive changes in our gardens whether being ecologically more friendly or putting in one of many beautiful native plants.
Horticulture societies, are not complicated groups of higher learning but are people sharing a positive love…of plants and gardening. Whether locally, provincially, nationally or internationally represented, all members share that one common interest and use the societies, or garden clubs to promote the science , art and joy of gardening.
Local garden groups have meetings where speakers talk, demonstrate or show slides on any give topic related to plants. Members are not required to have a green thumb, a big garden or even one plant, but merely an interest in growing, propagating, studying their classifications or anything else related to plants. Most groups meet monthly, have speakers series, demonstrations lending libraries, bus trips, garden tours as well as volunteering their members at local community gardening and greening events.
On a province wide scope, horticultural associations represent all local groups or clubs in that province. In Ontario, for example, all horticultural societies are themselves member of the OHA or Ontario Horticultural Association. They are the parent of the tiny off springs and through their promotions, show, information and training, enthusiastic gardeners have a valuable tool. In addition, website www.gardenontario.org provides people with a wide variety of information at their fingertips.