~ Making the World a Better Place, One Plant at a Time ~
The Sooke Garden Club was established in 1971 as a means for residents of the Sooke Region to come together to share experiences, learn from experts, and enjoy the camaraderie and benefits to be derived from a common interest in gardening and horticulture. In turn, the Club contributes to the community through monetary donations, gardening-related volunteer work/support, and committee participation.
Membership: Membership is open to anyone over 12 years of age and costs $15 for the calendar year. Persons may join the Garden Club at any time during the year. A membership card entitles the cardholder to discounts at various garden centres in the area.
Meetings: General meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from January through May and from September through November, 7:00-9:00 pm in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2191 Townsend Road, Sooke. The Annual General Meeting in November is also a Club celebration of the Christmas season.
Refreshments are available at each general meeting for a small donation. Members are encouraged – on a rotating basis – to bring sweets or savouries to these meetings. Members are also asked to bring their own cups for tea or coffee.
The Club also holds two outdoor summer events. June features the annual Strawberry Tea & Parlour show. The Mid-Summer Social takes place in late July or early August. These gatherings are held at members’ homes from 2-4 p.m. on a weekend day of the host’s choosing.
Plant Sales: Members are invited to donate plants, seeds, pots, etc., for sale at most general meetings. Donated plants should be well rooted and labeled with at least their common name. Un-sold plants are to be taken home by the donor. The Club also holds an annual Spring Plant Sale which is open to the public. Proceeds help fund the schedule of monthly educational presentations.
Parlour Shows: Parlour shows are an important and delightful aspect of most meetings and all members are encouraged to participate. Qualified show judges evaluate the entries, provide useful feedback, and award placements within the various categories established for each show. Four major trophies are handed out at year-end for parlour show achievements.
Potato Contest: Each spring, a member of the Potato Contest Committee purchases seed potatoes. Members are urged to buy a potato (for a nominal amount) and plant it. Members can win prizes in various categories.
Pumpkin & Squash Contest: At the October meeting, prizes are award in various categories for homegrown squashes and for decorating a pumpkin.
Photo Contest: A photo contest is held each fall. Members are urged to make good use of their cameras year round and submit their best garden-related photos for judging. Prizes are awarded within various categories.
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