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The Brampton Horticultural Society traces its roots to February 1895. Twice the Society has been dormant; the first in the late nineteen twenties and then from just before the Second World War until the early nineteen sixties. After both lapses, members of the previous group were founders of the reorganized group and thus continuity has been maintained for more than a century.

The Society actively promotes an appreciation of gardening both in the public and private domain.

Excellence is the keystone of the Society's existence.

Knowledgeable speakers give presentations at most general meetings and here is a lending and a reference library.

People come to the Society for many reasons. Some are looking for an answer to a specific problem or for the identity of a plant; others are seeking knowledge in a more general form. The company of others interested in gardening is another attraction.

It is not necessary to either be an expert or have a spectacular garden to be a member of the Society. In fact, many members live in apartments and very few members would miss an opportunity to learn more about gardening.

To obtain the most benefit, new members are invited to get involved with the Society rather than remain just passive observers.

Depending on individual interests and talents, a new member may be able to assist with public plantings, write for the newsletter, or join one of the many committees that are essential to the operation of the Society.

Annual memberships are available as follows: Single Membership $19.00; Family Membership $26.00; Senior Single $14.00, Senior Family $20.00; Junior $2.50 - effective January 1st, 2006.

General membership meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Membership is over 100, with typically 60 to 100 people attending meetings.

The evening consists of a brief review of the Society business and upcoming events, an invited speaker, and a social period.

Ordinary meetings are held seven times a year. Additionally, the Annual General Meeting is in November and the Strawberry Social is in June.

To help keep up to date with Society programs, members receive eight or nine newsletters per year.

Flower shows give members the opportunity to display the results of their gardening efforts and to see what others are able to produce.

Five of the General Meetings have an associated flower show with both cultural and decorative classes. Ribbons are awarded for each class and, at year's end, trophies go to members with the most points.

The major event is "June Flower Show." This show is open to the general public and the exhibit standard is high. Exhibitors at the June show have gone on to win at both the provincial and national levels.

The Society has a long history of planting in public spaces.

Before the municipality and developers took responsibility, the Society was involved in street planting. Among the projects of the 'sixties were the Mountain Ash trees on the median of McMurchy Avenue, and trees in the Northwood Park sub-division. There has also been a long association with charitable institutions.

A popular and long-standing feature of the General Meetings is the sale of plants. Annuals, perennials and houseplants are donated by members and are sold at very reasonable prices. In May the Giant Plant Sales is held. This event is open to the public and is a major fund raising activity for the Society.

Contact:

Email: bramhort@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.bramptonhort.org

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