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. The club then moved from its original location to larger quarters at Athens District High School and had taken on a number of community projects in addition to its regular club meetings. We now meet at Athens Free Methodist Church, 58 Elgin Street North, Athens, which is fully accessible. 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.
2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Board positions are underlined.
President: Jean Brassington 613-924-1944
Past Presidents: Katherine Killins 613-924-7142, Donna Washburn 613-923-2116
Secretary: Freda Schaafsma 613-924-9036
Treasurer: Gail Boynton 613-924-0106
Membership Secretary: Noni Pietersma 613-342-4080
Newsletter & Design Director: Celia Godkin 613-275-7204
Tree of Knowledge Program: Ursula Quantz 613-924-1091
Memory Garden Coordinator & Telephone Contact Coordinator:
Pat Blanchard 613-924-9050
Community Garden Coordinator: Mary Slade 613-9340-1404
Membership & Facebook Coordinator: Jane Hart 613-924-9714
Website Coordinator: Chris Hanna
Club Photographer: Linda Earl
VACANT EXECUTIVE POSITIONS:
Program & Publicity Coordinators
Interested in becoming more involved in the Garden Club? Please call a Board Member to find out more or send an email to: email@example.com
PUBLIC GARDENS CREATED BY ATHENS GARDEN CLUB AND MAINTAINED BY OUR MEMBERS
The Garden Club has created a number of gardens in the village of Athens and we continue to maintain those listed below. Please consider volunteering to help us keep your community looking beautiful. It’s a great way to actively participate in Athens Garden Club and get to know your fellow gardeners.
The Memory Garden is located next to the Joshua Bates Centre. It was created as a place for quiet contemplation, in memory of the 11 young men from Athens who gave their lives in the First World War. If you’d like to work with Pat Blanchard in the Memory Garden, please contact her at 613-924-9050.
The Library Garden is a small garden in front of the Athens Public Library. If you’d like to work in the Library Garden, please contact Gail Boynton at 613-924-0106 or Freda Schaafsma at 613-924-9036 to book a date with them.
The Community Garden is located on Elgin Street North, beside the Township of Athens Works Garage. Each spring, students from Athens District High School plant vegetables (and some flowers) in this garden. We need volunteers to weed and water from the time school is out until the end of the growing season. Sign up for one week and have the flexibility to work when you please during that time. To book your week, please call Mary Slade at 613-340-1404. Mary harvests the produce and delivers it to the Athens Food Bank.