Chester Garden Club

Chester Garden Club

Chester Garden Club is a not-for-profit organization whose members are a group of Chester-area residents, who are interested in gardens and gardening-related activities, both horticulture and design. The Chester Garden Club is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs.

Our Activities and Responsibilities

The aims of this club are to stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening and to encourage and aid in the beautification of Chester through horticulture. In addition to presenting interesting speakers and workshops, the club is responsible for maintaining the plantings in two public green spaces in the Village of Chester.

These are the garden at the village Parade Square, which is owned by the municipality; and the Cove Garden, which is actually owned by the club itself. Both areas require planting, pruning and weeding, all of which is done by volunteers from the club as part of the member’s commitment to the club.

How it all began…

In 1939, a small group of women founded the club with the aim of beautifying the area. Their first project was to plant a garden and lawn on the Parade Grounds to enhance the surroundings of a bronze statue of a soldier (representing the Nova Scotia Highlander’s Regiment), which had been erected as a war memorial in 1922.

Chester Garden Club Annual Flower Show & Tea
The annual Flower Show and Tea is a popular summer activity

Many years later, changes in the design of the adjacent roadway opened a new space and a Victorian garden was created, quite separate from the war memorial. Members of the club planted the new garden with rugosa roses, bulbs, perennials and a variety of shrubs, and they have continued to maintain it as a focal point of the parade grounds from that time.

A second ambitious project, also started in 1939, was the conversion of the former village dump to what is now known as the Cove Garden. It took several years but those same determined women cleared away all the debris in the dump and also got rid of the vermin that lived there. By layering topsoil onto fill, the women slowly transformed the space into a little park. In 1948, the admiring municipality deeded the land to the Trustees of the Club, and the club has been responsible for its maintenance ever since. The grassy park is bordered by shrubs and rugosa roses and shored up by a stone sea-wall. A plaque on a boulder in the Cove Garden indicates that the park is dedicated “To Gardeners Everywhere”.

The Club’s annual Gardeners Sale draws customers from far and near.
The Club’s annual Gardeners Sale draws customers from far and near.

Membership

Membership in the club is open to anyone with an interest in gardening, on payment of the club’s annual $20 dues.

New members are always welcome!

Go to the Membership Page

Ongoing  Activities

Every spring, the Club holds its  Gardeners Sale for members and the public, and summer brings the well-attended Flower Show and Tea.  The Club also arranges tours to distant gardens and other locations of interest to members.  The club occasionally partners with like-minded groups to work on a project related to ecology and the environment in the area.

Go to the Events & Meetings Page

CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS

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It was a great day to weed in our gardens today.Thank you to Esther and Susan for helping me spruce up the Parade Square prior to Chester Race Week events in August.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

It was a great day to weed in our gardens today.Thank you to Esther and Susan for helping me spruce up the Parade Square prior to Chester Race Week events in August. ... See MoreSee Less

9 hours ago

4 CommentsComment on Facebook

So many people stroll through these gardens every day !! They are just so, so pretty! Thanks for taking such wonderful care of them !

They looks so great thank you

We worked on the Cove gardens today also.

The Chester Garden Club’s annual flower show is always a great community event.Here are a few highlights of the day.Award winners as well as a few arrangements and candid photos.Hope to see you all again in 2025.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

The Chester Garden Club’s annual flower show is always a great community event.Here are a few highlights of the day.Award winners as well as a few arrangements and candid photos.Hope to see you all again in 2025. ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

3 CommentsComment on Facebook

Very disappointed my schedule didn’t allow for me to attend. I used to take my mom every year.

Congratulations ribbon holders. Thanks for sharing the photos. Sorry I missed it.

Excellent show! Thank you Gardeners. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

This is prep day for so many gardeners and participants.
Looking forward to seeing your lovely garden specimens,designs and welcoming the community to the annual Chester Garden Club Flower Show tomorrow. Chester Legion 2-4 pm.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

This is prep day for so many gardeners and participants.
Looking forward to seeing your lovely garden specimens,designs and welcoming the community to the annual Chester Garden Club Flower Show tomorrow. Chester Legion 2-4 pm.
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7 days ago
We had a wonderful Reception &Tea at the Lordly House Museum to celebrate our 85th.All members are reminded that if they would like to drop off a fresh flower arrangement to the exhibit space they would love to find a space for it.Our exhibit is on all summer.
Our annual flower show is July 18th 2-4pm Chester Legion.
Don’t be shy anyone can put specimens and arrangements in the show. Schedule has been posted on this site and we will repost for your convenience.Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

We had a wonderful Reception &Tea at the Lordly House Museum to celebrate our 85th.All members are reminded that if they would like to drop off a fresh flower arrangement to the exhibit space they would love to find a space for it.Our exhibit is on all summer.
Our annual flower show is July 18th 2-4pm Chester Legion.
Don’t be shy anyone can put specimens and arrangements in the show. Schedule has been posted on this site and we will repost for your convenience.
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2 weeks ago

Looking forward to this great workshop .CGC members and quests welcome.July 15th 7 pm St Stephen’s
More details to follow.
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2 weeks ago
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