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 3 bursaries awarded by Valley Gardeners each year. One bursary is awarded in each section – the Nursery and Landscape Program, the Greenhouse Program and the Retail and Marketing Program.

Other Philanthropic Activities

Valley Gardeners makes annual donations of books relating to gardening to the Valley Regional Library. It also supports the Annapolis Royal Historic Garden and Applewicks.

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, and for the Peace Garden at the Nova Scotia Community College, Kingstec Campus.

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