Fonds BGC - Records of the Belleville Garden Club

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CA ON00156 BGC


Records of the Belleville Garden Club


  • 1932-2008 (Creation)

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6 boxes of textual records, photographs and newspaper clippings

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Originally established as the Belleville Horticultural Society on January 5, 1876, the Belleville Garden Club took on its present name in 1973 to reflect the change in emphasis from rural to urban interests. The Belleville Garden Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization interested in growing flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees for pleasure. The club's mandate is to inform, educate and beautify, both for the knowledge and interest of the members and for that of the community at large.

Over the years, the Belleville Garden Club has undertaken a variety of annual projects such as the Big Dig, a sale of chrysanthemums, and the Trillium Awards, a program in which city gardens were judged by club members with the best publicly rewarded. A Memorial Garden was established in 1988 and dedicated two years later, the intention being to provide a place of reflection and quiet meditation for those who had lost club members.

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Donated in May, 2012 by Audrey Pot.

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Administrative records of the Belleville Garden Club. These include minutes of club meetings, Presidents' reports, financial records and details of projects.

Box 1: 1960s to early 1980s; financial statements for 1932, 1949, 1966-1969
Box 2: 1982-1989
Box 3: 1989-1994
Box 4: 1995-2003
Box 5: 2004-2008 including some records of Trillium Awards; Ontario Horticultural Association
Box 6: Financial records, 1970-1975, 2002-2006; Big Dig 1992-1996; Trillium Awards 1998-2003; scrapbook 1960s; historical research; yearbooks; framed award from Communities in Bloom Committee, 1999

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Records have generally been arranged chronologically.

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HCHS textual records file 0545: Membership list for 1895
HCHS textual records file 0546: Newspaper clippings.
HCHS textual records file 0547: Letter dated Jan. 22, 1891, from William N. Ponton to W. J. Diamond of the Belleville Horticultural Society concerning a September Exhibition in Belleville.

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Arranged and described by Laurel Bishop, September-October 2016.




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