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100 years young

Sudbury Living Magazine March 1, 2011 Home & Garden No Comments on 100 years young

100 years youngCelebrate the Sudbury Horticultural Society’s 100th birthday May 28 and 29 at Market Square.
Visit http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2011/05/garden130511.aspxSpring 2011

2011 Events
An Evening With Paul Zammit, May 27
Gardening Festival SHS Spring Show Spring Plant Sale, May 28, 29
Open Garden Weekend, June 25, 26
Anniversary Picnic at John Street Park, June 26
OHA Convention at Radisson Hotel, July 15, 16, 17
Floral Design Demonstration, Nov. 20

The Sudbury Horticultural Society won a Community Builders Award Feb. 18 in the Environment category. The awards are presented by Northern Life.

One has to admire the tenacity of the Sudbury Horticultural Society. According to historian Matt Bray, members had to cancel their inaugural exhibit in 1912 because most of the plants had been severely injured by sulphur fumes.*

One hundred years later, the good work of these pioneer environmentalists is evident. Despite many challenges, the Sudbury Horticultural Society has been successful in its mandate “to encourage the improvement of private and public grounds, including highways and streets, by the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers, and by promoting outdoor art, beautification, balcony gardening, therapeutic use of horticulture, community gardens and plot gardening while preserving the environment, and sharing of information, knowledge and expertise.”

The organization, which has close to 300 members, is governed by a 12-member board of directors.

The Sudbury Horticultural Society is the 2011 winner of the Community Builders Award for the Environment.

Each year dedicated volunteers plant and maintain the beautiful garden at the corner of John St. and Paris St., which is located near the Bridge of Nations. For its efforts, the group won Community Enhancement Awards in 1995 and 2003.

The gardens at Tom Davies Square were designed by a Erik Hansen, a former society president, and maintained by volunteer gardeners for many years.

Over the years members have donated their time to help the winners of the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest make improvements to their schoolyards, and these enthusiastic gardeners have also planted trees and perennials at Pioneer Manor, University of Sudbury, St. Joesph’s Villa, the Elizabeth Fry Society office, the CNIB building, and Science North.

For a $15 membership fee, members can take part in annual events such as seed sharing and exhibitions on the production of vegetables, plants, flowers, fruits, trees and shrubs, as well as photography.

As part of its mandate to encourage interest and involvement in horticulture, the group donates gardening resources to the Greater Sudbury Public Library, and partners with several environmental groups in the region. It is a member of EarthCare Sudbury, and has representation on the city’s regreening committee (VETAC) and other community organizations.

Monthly general meetings, except during the gardeners’ busiest months of May to August, in CNIB’s auditorium on Regent St. Sudbury members are also members of OHA District 13, which includes societies from Sault Ste. Marie to French River. District 13 also holds annual meetings and competitions.

This centennial year promises to be an exciting one. In late May, the society will host the Sudbury Gardening Festival at Market Square. The festival will feature products and services for Northern Ontario gardeners, as well as speakers on a variety of horticultural topics. The society’s spring garden show and annual perennial plant sale will also be part of the festival.

Celebrity gardener Paul Zammit will be the guest speaker at a special event Friday, May 27 at the Howard Johnson Hotel.

In June, members will open up their garden gates and invite the public in during the Open Garden Weekend.

In July, OHA District 13 and the Sudbury group will host the Ontario Horticultural Association’s Convention at the Radisson Hotel. Gardeners from throughout the province will attend this event which will include gardening workshops, tours of nine of gorgeous gardens in three different neighbourhoods of our city, and an overview of the city’s regreening efforts.

The Sudbury Horticultural Society “has made a strong impact on the local community, not only through its devotion to its members, but also to students, local committees, park programs, private initiatives and more,” says Jessica Watts, co-ordinator of outreach, programs and partnerships for the Greater Sudbury Public Library. “Members of the society demonstrate what it really means to be committed to making our community a better place, not only for now but for future generations.”

* Sudbury: Rail Town to Regional Capital (1993)
For more, see Northern Life http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2011/05/garden130511.aspx

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