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Erin Garden Club

Welcome to the Erin Garden Club, we are a service group of volunteers in the town of Erin, Ontario, since 1922. The Erin Garden Club is part of District 7 of the Ontario Horticultural Association. 

We are a non-profit organization. All proceeds go towards running the garden club, planting and maintaining MacMillan Park flower beds and other garden related projects in town. There are currently over 120 members.

Our monthly meetings bring individuals with a common interest in gardening together, to share their knowledge and experiences. It's an opportunity to socialize, meet people and have a lot of fun!

Let us look at our horticultural society as a garden. The members being the seeds and the society the soil they grow in. Speakers, workshops and activities provide the fertilizer to strengthen our roots, and experienced members help weed out any gardening problems. The result blossoms well, in turn propagates new ideas and then the cycle continues.

Thank you for becoming a member of the Erin Garden Club for 2024.

Jenny Frankland

President

Events Coming Up in June

A quick look at events coming up this month

June 1, 2024 9:00am -1:00pm

Plant Sale

Located at McMillan Park, Erin. Gardeners know that the selection of locally grown plant material offered by Garden Club members is worth lining up for! Plants available will be perennials, canna lily & dahlia bulbs, and a number of native plants. This is Erin Garden Clubs' main fundraiser event of the year, thank you to all who support and help to keep Erin looking beautiful!

Contact Jen  at jenedwards@sympatico.ca

June 9, 2024 11:00am-2:00pm

Erin Garden Tour

Grab a friend or family member and enjoy this fantastic outing viewing private gardens in Erin. You will be amazed at these 4 spectacular gardens we have for you!

Open to the public $10 per person. Tickets & map available at Country Crops & Sharpes Farm Supplies, Erin. Unfortunately, no pets allowed.

Enter your ticket stub to win a prize! Light refreshments at each location. 

June 26, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show & Speaker #3

Speaker: Molly Shannon speaking on Perennials.

We are delighted to be able to have Molly Shannon come and talk to us about Perennials. We had her last year talking on Succulents, and she is so incredible we just had to book her again for this year!

Photo Show:

Category 1: Stopping to smell the Roses

Category 2: Another visitor in my Garden

Please scroll down to see full details of Flower Show categories.


Join our club

There are many advantages to being a member of the Erin Garden Club and Horticultural Society. Here are just a few:

  • Guest speakers and workshops

  • Flower shows

  • Field trips & garden tours

  • Social events

Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm at the Erin Firehall, 2 Erinville Drive, Erin. 

Membership fees: Individual $15   Family: $20

Membership includes an Erin Garden Club calendar of events and a membership card.

Fees can be paid at any club meeting, or e-transfer to eringardenclub@gmail.com

2024 Events

January 24, 2024 7:30pm

Gardening Trivia Night

Join us for this new event! It's going to be a fun night of Garden Trivia. Prizes will be awarded for each section, as well as the overall winner. It's also Bring a Friend night and a chance to join or renew your annual membership!

February 28, 2024 7:30pm

Toonie Treasures

Gather up all your unwanted garden related items and donate them to our Toonie Treasures meeting. Draw tickets are a Toonie for a packet of 10 numbers. Draws takes place the same evening for all the items.

March 27, 2024 7:30pm

Workshop

At this workshop we will make a fresh floral centerpiece just in time for Easter. Only space for 25 participants. Registration is closed.

April 24, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show & Speaker #1

Speaker: Susanne McRoberts. The Bethell Hospice Healing Garden.

Please scroll down to see full details of Flower & Photo Show categories.


May 22, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show & Speaker #2

Speaker: Liza Benedikt. Cut Flowers. From your garden to your vase.

Please scroll down to see full details of Flower & Photo Show categories.


June 1, 2024 9:00am -1:00pm

Plant Sale

Located at McMillan Park, Erin. Do you have plants, small shrubs or trees you would like to donate to our annual fundraiser? Contact Jen  at jenedwards@sympatico.ca

June 9, 2024 11:00am-2:00pm

Erin Garden Tour

4 spectacular gardens to view. Public Welcome. $10 per person.

Tickets & map available at Country Crops & Sharpes Farm Supplies, Erin

June 26, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show & Speaker #3

Speaker: Molly Shannon speaking on Perennials.

Please scroll down to see full details of Flower & Photo Show categories.

July 24, 2024 6:00pm

Members BBQ

Enjoy a BBQ with fellow members. This year the venue is being hosted at Joy's house. A great gathering and annual social event. Food and refreshments are provided by the club. 

August 28, 2024 7:30pm

Workshop #2: TBA Members Farmers Market

Bring in your home grown produce to sell or trade with members.

September 25, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show & Speaker #4

Speaker: Birha Farooqi: It’s a little bit Batty – all about Bats

Please scroll down to see full details of Flower & Photo Show categories.

 

 


October 23, 2024 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting

A summary of the year's programs, budget and outcomes are presented. Elections of Officers and Directors for 2025.

Best Photo

Members will vote for the best overall entry submitted during the year for the Annual Photography Award.

November 27, 2024 7:30pm

Presentation of Awards & Potluck Dinner

All members are invited to join us for our annual Potluck dinner! This is the perfect social event to get to know each other, chat, laugh, share some good food and congratulate the Flower Show winners. Please bring a favourite dish to share for the potluck.

December 4, 2024 7:30pm

Christmas Workshop #3: TBA

Flower & Photo Show Categories

April 24, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show

All entries need to be submitted by 7:15pm.

Photo Show:

Category 1: Something Yellow            Category 2: Panoramic (e.g. 4x12in)

Flower Show:

Cultural Class:

  • 1 Bulbs, small, flowering, 3 stems, named, can be different

  • 2 Crocus, 3 stems

  • 3a Daffodils mini, 3 stems

  • 3b Daffodils single, 3 stems

  • 3c Daffodils double, 3 stems

  • 4 Hellebore, 1 stem

  • 5a Houseplant, named, not known for flowers

  • 5b Houseplant, named, flowering

  • 6 Pansies, 5 stems, any colour

  • 7 Pussy  Willow, 3 stems

Design Class:

  •  8 "Little Sweetie", miniature (5" or 12.5  cm max.)

  • 9 "Golden Glory" featuring yellow

  • 10 "First Signs of Spring", your  interpretation

  • 11 "Spring is Busting Out All Over", all round design

Novice Design Class:

  • 12 "Child's Play", design in a toy

May 22, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show

All entries need to be submitted by 7:15pm. 

Photo Show:

Category 1: Best Buds (flower buds) Category 2: A Gardener’s Tools

Flower Show:

Cultural Class:

  • 1 Bleeding Heart, 1 stem

  • 2 Hyacinth, 1 stem

  • 3a Iris bearded, 1 stem

  • 3b Iris Siberian, 1 stem

  • (for Iris award)

  • 4a Tulips single, 3 stems, any colours

  • 4b Tulips double, 3 stems, any colours

  • 5 Flowering branch, 1 stem, max 20" or  51 cm from table top

  • 6 Allium, 3 stems, any colour

  • 7 Flowering perennial, named, any, 3 stems

Design Class:

  • 8 "Natural Elements" featuring wood, no soil permissible

  • 9 "Fire and Ice", red and white flowers

  • 10 "Out on a Limb", your interpretation

  • 11 "Moving Up the Ladder", line design

Novice Design Class:

  • 12 "Little Wonders", small design 13.9- 25.4 cm (5-/2-10") in any direction

June 26, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show

All entries need to be submitted by 7:15pm.

Photo Show:

Category 1: Stopping to smell the Roses Category 2: Another visitor in my Garden

Flower Show:

Cultural Class:

  • 1 Jacob's Ladder, 1 stem

  • 2 Lupin, 3 stems, any colour

  • 3a Peonies single, 3 stems, any colour

  • 3b Peonies double or semi-double, 3 stems, any colour (for Peony Plaque)

  • 4a red rose, 1 stem (for Red Rose Tea Trophy)

  • 4b rose, single, floating in a bowl, no edges touching

  • 5 Any other bulbs, 3 stems, named

  • 6 Any other perennial, 3 stems, named

  • 7 Columbine, 3 stems, any colour

Design Class:

  • 8 "Glorious Extravagance", all round design

  • 9 "Peony Profusion", your interpretation

  • 10 "Pure Elegance", using lily or lilies (for Lily trophy)

  • 11 "Rhapsody", parallel design

  • 12 "Sitting Pretty", your interpretation

Novice Design Class:

  • 13 "Keep it Green", design using foliage

September 25, 2024 7:30pm

Flower, Photo Show

All entries need to be submitted by 7:15pm. 

Photo Show:

Category 1: Farmers Market          Category 2: Calendar Cover 2025

Flower Show:

Cultural Class:

  • 1 Dahlias, 3 stems, any colour

  • 2 Asters, 3 stems, any colour

  • 3 Grasses, ornamental, sedges or bamboo, 5 stems, may be mixed

  • 4a tomatoes, 3 

  • 4b any other vegetables, 3 may be mixed

  • 5 Hydrangeas, 3 stems

  • 6 Sunflower, 1 head

  • 7 Wildflowers, 3 stems, any kind

Design Class:

  • 8 "Night and Day", your interpretation

  • 9 "Standing Tall", vertical design       

  • 10 "Delicious", using fruit and vegetables

  • 11 "Annual Delights", using annuals 

  • 12 "Singularity", single bloom design

Novice Design Class:

  • 13 "Bits and Pieces", arrangement of roadside materials, flowers, grasses, natural materials

Flower and Photo Rules & Regulations

Flower Show
  • The exhibitor must be a member of the Erin Horticultural Society and Garden Club.

  • Anyone under 18yrs old, does not need to be a member to enter.

  • Group or joint entries are not allowed.

  • Tagged entries will be accepted at the show before 7:15 pm. Entries not placed by this deadline will be disqualified. Entry tags available on site.

  • Each exhibitor may make only one entry in each class.

  • Flowers used in the Design Class entries need not to be grown by the exhibitor but must be home grown.

  • Design Class entries must be arranged by the exhibitor and may include ornaments or accessories.

  • Cultural Class entries must be grown by the exhibitor.

  • House plants and hanging baskets must have been owned by the exhibitor for at least 3 months.

  • A Novice is an exhibitor who has not shown in the Design Division in any Horticultural Society prior to this year. A novice may show in both novice and regular classes.

  • Only a Flower Show Committee member is allowed to touch or move an exhibit other than his/her own.

  • Unless otherwise stated in the schedule, Ontario Judging Standards apply.

PHOTO SHOW

  • Each entrant is allowed only one photo per category.

  • Photographs must have been taken during the last 12 months.

  • The person submitting the photo must have taken the picture. No internet photos will be accepted.

  • Prints to be no larger than 5x7”.

  • Tagged entries must be made before 7:15pm to qualify.

  • Photo entries will be judged by Erin Garden Club Members.

  • Overall winner will be awarded People’s Choice Award at the AGM in November.

Awards & Trophies

1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded in each class at each Flower Show, at the Judges' discretion.

The Judge will award a special ribbon to the best exhibit in each show for Cultural, Design and Junior Division

  • JUDGE'S CHOICE RIBBON: Best exhibit in Cultural and Design Division

  • PEONY TROPHY: Best 3 Peonies

  • RED ROSE TEA TROPHY: Best Red Rose

  • STAINED GLASS LILY TROPHY: Best Lily Design Division

  • NON-RESIDENTIAL GARDEN TROPHY: Best horticultural grounds of a place of business, school or church

  • EGC AWARD: Most points combined

  • BEST IRIS AWARD: Best Iris

  • PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: Best Iris Best Photograph

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Supporters

Garden Club Members receive 10%off select items with these supporters of the Erin Garden Club 

Country Crops Garden Centre

9478 Wellington Rd 124, Erin ON

Snowberry Botanicals

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Country Garden Concrete

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Executive & Board of Directors

  • Jenny Frankland 
    President

    Commitee Chair:  Online Plant Sale 

  • Jackie Clark
    Vice President

    Commitee Chair: Membership, MacMillan Park, Town Planting

  • Dawn Roberts 
    Secretary

     

  • Peter Volkes
    Treasurer

     

  • Jen Edwards
    Board of Directors 

    Commitee Chair: Plant Sale, Seedy Saturday, Seed Library

  • Birha Farooqi 
    Board of Directors

     Workshops, Town Planting,

  • Joy Griffin 
    Board of Directors 

    Commitee Chair:  Members BBQ, Membership

  • Sarah Luehof
    Board of Directors 

    Commitee Chair: Refreshments, Field Trips, Garden Tour, Workshops

  • Joanne Macksey 
    Board of Directors 

     Commitee Chair: Speakers

  • Christine Pascoe
    Board of Directors 

     Members BBQ

  • Catherine Stone
    Board of Directors 

    Commitee Chair: Website, Facebook, Calendar, Photo Show

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