One of our most important activities is arranging flower show competitions for our members, and the enjoyment of the public. We host a Mini Flower Show in May at our meeting in the Columbus Centre. Our summer flower and vegetable show is held at the Cobourg Library on a Saturday in July. Classes include annuals, perennials, container plants, roses, displays and design. We also host a Mini Flower show at our September meeting, for vegetables, flowers, design and canning. Flower Show rules and details of categories are available in our Yearbook.
Members volunteer to maintain two important community gardens in Cobourg. Both belong to the Town of Cobourg and are administered by the Parks Department.
The Edwin R. Haynes Memorial Rose Garden at Victoria Park features our club flower, the white rose, among over 100 varieties of roses as well as climbing roses and clematis on two large pergolas. This garden was designed and planted as a Town of Cobourg competition for the millennium year 2000.
The Five Corners Garden at the corner of King Street West and William Street opposite Cobourg Library was a millennium project of the Society.
On June 20, 2000 the Town Council approved the plans and on June 2, 2001 the Mayor attended the official opening. The objective was to create a gateway to the downtown that would be attractive in all seasons. All the preparation and planting was done by members to a landscape design by Miriam Mutton, an arbor built by Keith Discipline, the sign carved by Arnold Cornelius, and funded by income from the club's charity bingo participation.
On the 17th of November 2009 Mayor Peter Delanty unveiled two beautiful Carl Hoselton sculptures 'Virgin' and 'Virgin and Child' installed in the garden thanks to the generous donation of Murray and Margaret Dillon, chosen by Councillor Miriam Mutton.
In the Arboretum on Elgin Street West opposite the YMCA maintained by the Town of Cobourg Parks and Recreation there is a tree bench constructed by the Cobourg Horticultural Society. This bench will be rebuilt in the spring of 2012.
Two students win Cobourg Horticultural Society Scholarships in 2012
Our most rewarding annual event is choosing a recipient of the Cobourg Horticultural Society Scholarship of $500 to a deserving local high school graduate with exemplary marks who wishes to pursue post secondary education in a field related to horticulture or the environment.
The Cobourg Horticultural Society has awarded $500 scholarships to Jesse Miedema of CDCI East and Wyatt May of CDCI West.
Jesse is enrolled in Kemptville College at the University of Guelph. He plans to study agriculture for a career in dairy farming on the third generation dairy farm owned by his family. He has been enthusiastically involved in agriculture from an early age working with cattle and raising crops to feed the animals.
Wyatt Is studying for a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Biology at Lakehead University. He plans to pursue a career with the Ministry of Natural Resources when he completes his studies. Wyatt has worked at the YMCA Northumberland as a part-time lifeguard and swimming instructor. He also worked as an educational assistant at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre.
To see our previous bursary recipients, the application requirements, and the application form click SCHOLARSHIP