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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We have had a few grey days with lots of snow .It is time to think about the bright days ahead .If you have an arrangement or a bouquet that you would like to share on this FB site please let me know.
Here are a few from posts in the past.
I hope they brighten your day.Early Spring in the forecast.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

We have had a few grey days with lots of snow .It is time to think about the bright days ahead .If you have an arrangement or a bouquet that you would like to share on this FB site please let me know.
Here are a few from posts in the past.
I hope they brighten your day.Early Spring in the forecast.
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2 weeks ago
Chester Garden Club is celebrating their 85th Year .
We are so excited to be able to share our rich history with our gardening community and friends.Stay tuned for regular posts on our activities and upcoming programs April- November.Guests are always welcome at our meetings.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Chester Garden Club is celebrating their 85th Year .
We are so excited to be able to share our rich history with our gardening community and friends.Stay tuned for regular posts on our activities and upcoming programs April- November.Guests are always welcome at our meetings.
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4 weeks ago

Last day of November here in our little Seaside Village 🐳❄️a little frosty but oh so fine! How lucky are we to have the Chester Garden Club to spruce up the bandstand every season! And here's a #HOLIDAYhint 🎅🐳Our Special 3-NIGHT WINTER STAY SPECIAL makes for the perfect present! You'll find details via the link below OR just drop WINTER in the comments and we'll message you with all the details.
thewhalehousechester.com/2023/11/04/winter-stay-special/
#WINTER #Seaside #Chester #NovaScotia @visitnovascotiasouthshore #grateful #supportLOCAL #ChesterGardenClub
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3 months ago
Our bow expert.Thank you Susan Davis for your demo.

Our bow expert.Thank you Susan Davis for your demo. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
Always a great time creating an arrangement with Chester Garden Club and friends this time of year.A great evening.
Thank you Esther for the photos.Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

Always a great time creating an arrangement with Chester Garden Club and friends this time of year.A great evening.
Thank you Esther for the photos.
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3 months ago
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