Day Lily Garden Project at OVBG
Members of the Oshawa Garden Club attended the Official Opening and Plaque Unveiling of the New Daylily Collection located within the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens on Friday, July 20, 2018. The daylily collection was established in 2017, and was made possible by the generous donation from Henry Lorrain and the late Douglas Lycett founders of We’re in the Hayfield Now. A number of members of the Oshawa Garden Club were instrumental in the Daylily Garden project, volunteering over these past years with the planning, dig out, transportation and dig in. The Daylily Garden was designed to resemble a typical daylily flower. The collection includes 269 daylilies showcasing a variety of bloom times, sizes and colours.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Oshawa Garden Club, it was decided in April of 2004 to make a major contribution to the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. In September of 2004 it was agreed that this contribution would be a gazebo for the centre of the Peony Garden. After two years of hard work and partnering with the City of Oshawa, the Gazebo Dedication Ceremony took place on June 14, 2006.
Tree Planting in Honour of the Queen’s Jubilee
This event was made possible through a donation from the Ontario Horticultural Association to the Oshawa Garden Club in recognition of the Queen’s Jubilee. A Bur Oak tree was planted in Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, south of John Street in Brick Valley Park.
Horticultural Therapy is a recognized form of therapy for children, the elderly, those with various illnesses both physical and mental, those with alcohol and drug addiction and those incarcerated in penal institutions. This therapy uses plants, gardens and the natural landscape to improve cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being, build self-esteem and feelings of independence. With this in mind the Oshawa Garden Club started a project in February 2010 providing monthly Horticultural Therapy at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
On May 30th, 2009, despite all the wet weather, phase one of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG), Memory Garden at the southwest corner of Kaiser and Adelaide was planted. Members from Oshawa Garden Club as well as City Staff, The Rotary Club of Oshawa, Parkwood Rotary and the Air Cadets joined the OVBG and the neighbourhood volunteers to beautify what was once a ball diamond. Over 300 trees, fall shrubs and plants now create a masterpiece for all to enjoy.
Healing Garden at Hearth Place
Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre was established in 1997 to serve the community as a support centre for cancer patients and their families. As a drop-in centre in the comfort of a homelike atmosphere, Hearth Place offers peer support, information, a resource centre, wellness programs and an ongoing lecture and discussion series. In 2009, with funding from Great-West Life and London Life, a new Healing Garden was established.