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.

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.

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.  On occasion, the club partners with like-minded groups to work on a project related to ecology and the environment in the area.

CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS

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Thank you Esther for your photos of the progress.
New design for the Parade Square.´ Year of the Garden’ off to a great start.Old growth removed.Unmanageable shrubs and over growth for many years.New additions and easier care and maintenance for our aging membership .Please help yourselves to plants that have been removed.Tarp will be taken away on Monday.
Out with the old in with the new as they say.Thank You Elaine Collicutt.

Thank you Esther for your photos of the progress.
New design for the Parade Square.´ Year of the Garden’ off to a great start.Old growth removed.Unmanageable shrubs and over growth for many years.New additions and easier care and maintenance for our aging membership .Please help yourselves to plants that have been removed.Tarp will be taken away on Monday.
Out with the old in with the new as they say.Thank You Elaine Collicutt.
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19 hours ago

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We still have a few clumps of hosta at the Parade Square as of 4pm on Sunday. I cut the biggest clumps into smaller clumps awhile ago. Donna

A good morning’s work.Plants have been divided,watered,wrapped in newspapers waiting for new owners.Well established hostas ,several varieties.Let me know if you would like to purchase a clump or two prior to our Gardeners’ Sale on May 28th. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago
Big day at the Parade Square.Keith and I removed several hostas in preparation for the redesign work being done by Elaine Collicutt and team .Some of these plants will be available for sale at the Gardeners’ Plant Sale on May 28 th at The Train Station.
If you want to pick up some plants/ shrubs you may be in luck if you go to The Parade Square this Saturday and Sunday.Members are encouraged to do so.The tarp will be removed by Collicutt’s on Monday so we do not damage the grass too badly.
Please help us save the healthy plants.

Big day at the Parade Square.Keith and I removed several hostas in preparation for the redesign work being done by Elaine Collicutt and team .Some of these plants will be available for sale at the Gardeners’ Plant Sale on May 28 th at The Train Station.
If you want to pick up some plants/ shrubs you may be in luck if you go to The Parade Square this Saturday and Sunday.Members are encouraged to do so.The tarp will be removed by Collicutt’s on Monday so we do not damage the grass too badly.
Please help us save the healthy plants.
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3 days ago

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Take some plants Donna Donna.

The Parade Square is looking great,,,so far . I can't wait to see it finished.

I loved the old garden, I really hope it won’t be changed too much.

Spread the word please.I would hate to see healthy plants thrown away.

Thank you, Jayne and Keith.

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Please put us on your calendar for May 28th.
We promise great weather and a wide selection of plants as well as vendors.
Bring your gardening tools for their seasonal sharpening.The Blade Runner will be there to help you out.
Cash sales.Bring your bags for transporting your plants.
See you there.

Please put us on your calendar for May 28th.
We promise great weather and a wide selection of plants as well as vendors.
Bring your gardening tools for their seasonal sharpening.The Blade Runner will be there to help you out.
Cash sales.Bring your bags for transporting your plants.
See you there.
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