Community and Philanthropic Activities

The Courtyard Garden at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.

In 1993, Valley Gardeners established, and until the summer of 2009 planted and maintained, the garden in the hospital courtyard. It was Valley Gardeners' major contribution to the community and served as a place to rest and reflect for visitors, patients and staff who were in search of a brief respite from the inevitable stresses of their involvement in the Valley Regional Hospital.

The Gerry Schofield Memorial Bursaries.

Students attending Kingstec Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College and studying horticulture are eligible for one of 2 bursaries awarded by Valley Gardeners each year. One bursary is awarded in each section – the Nursery and Landscape Program, and the Greenhouse Program.

The Book Donations to Libraries.

One of the ways in which Valley Gardeners Club has supported gardening activities in the Cornwallis-Valley Region is through an annual donation of $300.00 to the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) for the purchase of books related to gardening. The first donations were made in 1987 at a cost of $126.11. While the AVRL does the actual purchasing to take advantage of the discounts offered to libraries, the Club recommends the titles. In recent years Club member Nancy Chipman has taken suggestions from Club members and made recommendations to the library.

The complete list of books donated includes volumes on all aspects of gardening, landscaping, flower arranging and gardening books for children.

Donations include those suggested by Club members and the library, as well as books which have received good reviews or which looked particularly interesting. The aim is to promote interest in gardening in adults and children, through books that are a pleasure to read, and to look through. Input from members is welcomed.

Your local library will obtain any of these titles for loan, or they may be ordered online, from the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, for pickup at your nearest library..

Other Philanthropic Activities

Valley Gardeners supports the Annapolis Royal Historic Garden through annual donation.

Club Members have acted as Judges for the Town of Wolfville for the Christmas Lights Competition and for the gardens entered in the Communities in Bloom contest.

In recent years, Special Donations have been made for plantings at Fidelis House, for a stone trough at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, for the Peace Garden at the Nova Scotia Community College, Kingstec Campus, and Applewicks.

All of these activities are made possible by the participation of members who volunteer their time, energy and talents to make things happen.