The Valley Gardeners Club – its purpose and history.
 

The Valley Gardeners Club has been involved in the community since its inception in 1983, through meetings and workshops, financial contributions and in planting and maintaining such public places as the Atlantic Theatre Festival garden in Wolfville. This involvement in the community is integral to the spirit of the Club and is reflected in the Objectives contained in the Memorandum of Association: to encourage interest in all kinds of recreational gardening and to promote better horticultural practices; to encourage the conservation of natural resources; and to provide a medium for the exchange of gardening ideas.

In April 1984, the Club joined the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs which encouraged members to interact with other garden clubs in the Province through meetings and conventions. This, amongst other things, enabled participation in Provincial activities, contests, borrowing from a slide/video library and group insurance coverage.

Many other varied activities, designed to promote gardening in the community and to stimulate interest and enjoyment among members, have been presented by the Club. These have ranged from workshops for beginner gardeners to clinics to address specific problems; from planning and planting at community locations, to recognising efforts of individual businesses to beautify their properties; from demonstrations on flower arranging to talks on landscaping.

A Club Yearbook has been kept every year and provides a complete and illustrated record of Club activities. Members have contributed articles, poems, pressed flowers, etc. Two of these Yearbooks are available at each meeting and members are encouraged to look through them.