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 Valley Regional Hospital Courtyard and 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, 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 recognize efforts of individual businesses to beautify their properties; from demonstrations on flower arranging to talks on landscaping.
In May, the Club holds a plant sale for the public. This is our most important fund-raiser. The Club relies on the money raised to support our Philanthropic activities.
We have two tours annually. One summer Saturday afternoon is spent visiting members who have invited us to tour their gardens. The second summer tour is spent visiting gardens and/or Nurseries owned by non members either locally or, more usually, outside our club area. Transportation may be arranged by car pools.
Annual Horticultural Show
This is held each August and is open to both Club members and the general public. This is a judged competition but ample opportunity is provided for those who wish to just display their gardening successes. This is an opportunity for people to enjoy seeing the best of flower, vegetable and baking displays in a congenial atmosphere. A tea is provided, allowing a place to sit and chat.
Before the September meeting we enjoy either a Harvest Pot Luck or a Corn Boil. At present this is held at the Wolfville Farmers Market.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM, held in November, takes the form of a banquet with reports, election of officers, presentation of awards and a speaker. It is held in a different venue each year
NSAGC Annual Convention
We are members of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs (NSAGC) and attend their Annual Convention. Each spring we have a District Meeting with other member garden clubs in our area.