Our society got off to a great start in March 1925 when it was founded as Mount Albert Horticultural Society. With $75 in provincial grants, 93 members held competitions in store windows every two weeks for the best flowers and vegetables! Our members now come from all over East Gwillimbury and in 2014 we officially changed our name to East Gwillimbury Garden and Horticultural Society, more commonly known as East Gwillimbury Gardeners.
For almost 100 years we have been beautifying East Gwillimbury, caring for gardens in the community, teaching about plants and the environment and encouraging the love of gardening.
Photo by Stephanie Stearn
East Gwillimbury Gardeners is a not-for-profit association of new gardeners and old hands passionate about beautifying our community.
We are governed by a membership-elected President and Board of Directors guided by a set of bylaws. We receive funding from the Town of East Gwillimbury, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), dues paid by our members, and our fund-raising activities.
We maintain five public gardens in East Gwillimbury, two of which feature drought-tolerant plants.
The objectives of the Society are to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture by:
A) by holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture
B) by encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds
C) by promoting balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification
D) by arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and awarding
E) by distributing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs
F) by promoting the protection of the environment
G) by promoting the circulation of horticultural material through any media
H) by encouraging therapeutic horticulture
I) by stimulating an interest in the study of horticulture