SCUGOG: The Pine Ridge Garden Club is celebrating their 40th anniversary with an event next month.
On Tuesday, April 4th, the club will be holding an event at the Nestleton Community Centre, at 7:30 p.m., featuring books and pictures from the 40 years the club has been active. There will also be an anniversary cake, provided by Vos Independent. Inaugural and past members are invited to attend.
The club was founded by Frances Newton, and is a chartered member of the Ontario Horticultural Association District 17.
Started in 1977, with 35 members, it now currently has close to 100.
“There’s the misconception that a garden club is strictly for females,” Past President Shirley Love said. “That’s not the case. We do have male members.”
Club president Marilyn Trunks spoke about what the club means to the local community.
“It means a lot to the community. We do a lot of work in the community and we’re there to support [it] in many facets,” she said. “We put in thousands of hours of volunteer work every year.”
Some of the work they do includes: tending the gardens at the Scugog Shores Museum Village and the Nestleton Community Centre, holding information events for club members, and planting trees in people’s honour. In the past, the club ran the Scugog Spring Garden Show, for a number of years, and formally tended the gardens at the Port Perry Hospital. They’ve also provided bursaries for local high school students.
This year, the club was presented with a heritage award from Scugog Township, at the Mayor’s Honour Roll event, for the work they do at the museum. The club was also a Mayor’s Honour Roll recipient in 2008.
Mrs. Love said one of her favourite memories, from her 36 years as a member of the club, is being a part of their annual float in the Blackstock Fair.
“That’s a lot of fun. I’ve been a pig, I’ve been a cowboy, [and] I’ve been an Indian,” she said.
Mrs. Trunks spoke about the benefits of being a member of the club.
“It gives you a lot of knowledge, a lot of friends and a lot of fun,” she said.
The club will be holding their Plant, Bake and Yard Sale at the Nestleton Community Centre, on May 20th.
For more information on the Pine Ridge Garden Club, visit their website, at www.pineridgegardenclub.ca.