Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January to June and September to November at the Ancaster Old Town Hall on Wilson St. Meetings begin at 7:30pm with an opportunity to meet and greet and enjoy refreshments. Meeting begins at 8:00pm
Meetings and Speakers for 2017:
March 21, 2017: William Roman, General Manager of Rosewood Estates Winery - "Rosewood Estates Winery and the use of Apiary Mead to Make Wine".
You don't want to miss this one - there will be sampling involved!!! The Rosewood story began over 80 years ago when R.W. Roman's passion for beekeeping and mead began as a teenager in Ukraine. After arriving in Canada, he continued keeping bees alongside his son Eugene who quickly fell in love with the craft. The rest, as they say, is history!
April 18, 2017: Tara Nolan, Freelance writer, Editor and Digital Consultant - "Why Raised Beds Rule".
Tara Nolan is a garden and lifestyle writer who lives in Dundas, Ontario. Fascinated by ornamental plants, Tara loves to experiment by partnering spirited colours and textures, and using "new-to-her" cultivars and combinations in both container gardens and flower borders.
May 16, 2017: Paul Sparrow, Professional Photographer and Audio-Visual Producer - "Garden Photography".
As a photographer, Paul tries to capture both the natural and the manmade world and his intention is to use the medium in unique and imaginative ways that have a strong visual impact. Through the use of the audio-visual medium, he also explores ideas that tell a story or reveal a personal idea or concept that he has captured with his photography. Come and learn!
June 20, 2017: Lizzie Matheson, Floral Demonstrator - "The Pleasure is all Mine!"
Lizzie is a Teacher/Assessor and Demonstrator of Floral Art Design. She perused her passion at Swindon College, England in vast areas and historical periods of floral design. She then went on to teach at the college until she and her husband relocated to Canada in 2010. She has continued to amaze audiences with her charm and creativity as she makes beautiful arrangements, all while weaving tales to make it all come together. Lizzie is amusing and fun to watch!
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO SOCIETY MEETINGS DURING THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST.
Our September, October, November meetings will be held at the Ancaster Library, Murray Ferguson Room (lower level) due to renovations at the Old Town Hall. Meetings will start at 7:30 sharp to meet the library closing time of 8:45pm
September 19, 2017: Jon Wells, Reporter with the Hamilton Spectator relates his "Experiences in Exploring the Natural Areas of Hamilton - 'Jon's Journey'."
Jon is a man of many talents, writer, author and winner of more than 25 national and provincial journalism awards. He has written many serial stories for the Hamilton Spectator and and has interviewed a half-dozen convicted killers in prison and research in Western Canada, India, Ireland and France. This evening we will learn about parts of Hamilton that most of us didn't know existed - Jon has explored them all!
October 17, 2017: Peter Thoem of The Hamilton Naturalists Club - "My Bird of the Day website - 'Ferns and Feathers'."
Peter is a busy volunteer who combines his extensive business, civic and political experience with a lifelong love of nature. Now retired, he volunteers with the RBG contributing to the success of various special events, guiding visitor tours and working on various natural area projects. He also serves on RBG's Board of Directors. He also volunteers at bird observatories monitoring bird populations and collecting data and loves to travel to distant places where he can usefully use his love of birding.
What We Do
- We plant and maintain municipal gardens in 3 locations and the gardens at Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum.
- Ancaster Square Millennium Park.
- Brandon Park.
- We run the annual Trillium Awards program in Ancaster for the
100 most beautiful front gardens.
- We hold an annual Flower, Vegetable & Photo Show
and Afternoon Tea in August of each year.
- We decorate the Old Town Hall for Christmas.
- Our annual fundraiser—our popular Plant Sale - is held on the May long weekend, which supports our
- And…we have a lot of fun! Come join us!