2017 Program

Unless otherwise noted, we meet at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from January to June and from September to November. Meetings take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Athens Free Methodist Church, Elgin Street North.

Please note that we cancel or reschedule our meetings when school buses are cancelled due to winter storms. Check our Facebook site or the Upper Canada District School Board website https://www.steo.ca/delays/ for up-to-the-minute information.


The January meeting is membership night. Annual dues are $10 individual, $15 family. Non-members pay $3 per evening. Members unable to attend may renew by mail. Cheques payable to the Athens Garden Club should be sent to the Club Treasurer, Gail Boynton at P. O. Box 92, Athens Post Office, Athens ON K0E 1B0. Please include contact information (including e-mail, if possible).


Athens Garden Club Members receive three newsletters via e-mail each year, in January, May and September. Printed copies may be picked up at meetings. We welcome submissions from our members. To submit articles, please contact the Newsletter Editor, Celia Godkin celia@godkin.ca




Nature’s Garden: Native Plants from the Ground Up

Don Ross, Executive Director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere


A Workshop on Building Bird, Bat, Butterfly and Bug Houses

A round table “show and tell” about sustaining birds, bees, butterflies, bats and beneficial bugs by providing homes for them in the garden.

If you have a house for any of those creatures, please bring it to the meeting.  If that’s not possible, please take a digital photo and send it to us atathensclubexec@gmail.com .  (The address also in the January issue of our newsletter which you received recently. )

We also hope you will show us any interesting bird feeders, or ones that you have found birds favour particularly, and send us any photos of bird’s nests in unusual or interesting locations. We’ll have a slide show of all the photos of houses and nesting sites. Please send in your photos by Saturday, February 11, to give us time to arrange the slide show.

We have already received word about some of the “exhibits” and know we are going to learn some fascinating things by sharing our experiences in attracting living things to our gardens.  Marianne Van Berlo (from Brockville Hort. Soc.) will tell us about making her insect house and Mark Stephens (from Rideau Lakes Hort. Soc.) will show us the houses he builds for native bees.

As an added attraction, member Mike Kerr has been busy making cedar birdhouses, as well as kits to make your own, and they will be for sale at the meeting.  Mike will even demonstrate how to assemble a kit. The money you spend will go to Garden Club funds, thanks to Mike’s generosity.

Free handouts and building plans will be also available!


Cooking with Herbs

Luke Thomas of Harvest Cafe



Judy Wall of Rock Wall Gardens

MAY 16


Presented by an Ecologist at the St. Lawrence Islands National Park – tba

JUNE 20 – start time is 6 p.m.

A Tour of the Lori and Cicero Garden

– a members only event


Kelly Heath and Kevin Toole: Growing Great Grass:  lawn care


Christine Foreman and Natasha Abrams of Foreman Farms, Seeley’s Bay: Decorating with the Fall Harvest

NOVEMBER 21 – start time is 6 p.m.

AGM, Potluck Supper

& Share Your Best Gardening Tips


  1. Elaine Collins

    Including the address of the High School meeting place would be helpful to those using GPS to find the meetings. Thanks.

  2. My father in law sent me a message about attending the Gardening Club. It was indicated that something was happening soon. He only saw this by something that may have popped up on Facebook from one of my recent likes. So question 1) Is there an upcoming event. 2) If not, how do we join. He’said an old time gardener, I’m a newer at it. We’do live to become a part of this.


    Karen Guillot

    • My deepest apologies Karen. I did not recieve a notification regarding your comment and only discovered it today. I believe the event you are refering to is the Vimy Oak Tree planting ceramony which will be held on September 24 in memorial park at 2pm. Again, my apologies for the lateness of my reply.


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