About Us

We are a lively, active group that includes all age groups, with varying levels of horticultural expertise from novice to very experienced, and a shared love of gardening. The club was founded in February, 2003 and response by community residents was enthusiastic. Since then, the club has moved from its original location to larger quarters at Athens District High School and has taken on a number of community projects in addition to its regular club meetings. In 2005, the club became a member of District three of The Ontario Horticultural Association.

Our membership of about seventy includes residents of several area communities as well as Athens.


Our Executive Committee

Co-Presidents: Katherine Killins/Donna Washburn
Vice President: Mark Bailey
Past President & Community Garden Coordinator: Mary Slade
Secretary: Freda Schaafsma
Treasurer: Gail Boynton
Program Coordinator:  Ann Marie Newsome
Newsletter Editor: Celia Godkin
Membership Secretary: Noni Pietersma
Membership Registrar: Karen Sanders
Tree of Knowledge Coordinator: Ursula Quantz
Program & Publicity Coordinator: Ann Marie Newsome
Memory Garden Coordinator:Otie Vanderkloe
Fundraising Coordinator:Susan Irwin
Newsletter & Design Director: Celia Godkin
Website Administrator: Christopher Hanna
Bus Trip Coordinator: Susan Irwin
Club Photographer: Linda Earle
Club Scrapbook: Diane Webb
Members at large: Paula McCammon, Trudy Kennell

  1. Edith George

    My name is Edith George and I am an Advsior to the Ontario Urban Forest Council. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2013 as a non-profit. I travel the province with a presentation titled “Heritage Tree – Preserving Our Natural Roots”. I would very much like to come and speak to your group. Please google Edith George Heritage Trees for additional information. Letters of reference are available upon request.

  2. Below is a contact address to our website in order to view the 40 different 2016 community presentations which we would be prepared to give to your gardening group at one of your future meetings. You may leave a message on our website if we can be of assistance.


    Bill Allen
    Rideau1000islands Master Gardener

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