Bath Gardening Club and Horticultural Society - Key Annual Activities

Key Annual Activities   


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Membership Renewals are due yearly at the September meeting, the beginning of our Club's Calendar Year.
Please remember to bring your coffee or tea cup!

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Summer Barrels on Main Street

The barrels and planters on Main Street are maintained by Bath Gardening Club volunteers. In the spring members help to renew the soil, plant the annuals, and supervise the placement of the barrels by Loyalist Township workers. Throughout the summer, a local resident waters the barrels and BGC members help maintain the flowers. The barrels are collected and stored by Loyalist Township after Thanksgiving. The three planters at Centennial Park are permanent, and a flower bed at Schell's Market is also planted and maintained by BGC.

Volunteering

There are always opportunities for members to volunteer. Sign-up sheets are available at our monthly meetings, or you may Contact us by email.

Denys Mailhiot Bridge Garden

The Bath Gardening Club supports a long time Bath resident in the care and upkeep of the Denys Mailhiot Bridge Garden.

Many of those who pass by the memorial gardens along the West Bridge on Main Street had never met Mr. Mailhiot, and those who had quite probably did not know much about him. Denys was a Renaissance man, of immense intelligence, ability, vision and talent. He was a painter, photographer, and a passionate gardener. He won awards for interior design, choreography, acting and singing.

Denys was one of the first members of the Bath Community Revitalization Committee (BCRC). He cared deeply about beauty and our Village. It was his hope that funds raised by BCRC for physical improvement would cover the cost of beautifying the appearance of the bridge at the westerly entrance to Bath. Just a few months before his death of multiple myeloma in 2010, Denys bought and planted all the Spireas along the north side of the bridge. After his death, to honour him and his love of beauty and passion for gardening, his friends and admirers contributed funds to BCRC, now entrusted by the Bath Gardening Club, to develop a garden for the public in his memory.

Bath Sunday Market

Located at Centennial Park on Main Street, the Sunday Market is open from May to September. For Vendor information please call 613-881-0164.

Plant Sale

Bath Gardening Club & Horticultural Society holds a plant sale each spring in Centennial Park. A volunteer committee of club members organizes and runs the event. Plants are donated for sale and include an excellent selection of annuals, perennials, seedlings, dish gardens, herbs, vegetables and houseplants. Also available is the Club's special blend of fertilizer. The plant sale is very popular and it is a great way to expand the variety of plants in your garden at very reasonable cost.

Fertilizer Sale

The Bath Gardening Club is famous for its unique blend of fertilizer, known as Fritz Mix. Each spring a team of volunteers mixes ingredients and bags the fertilizer. Orders are taken in advance, and the fertilizer is also sold at the annual Plant Sale. Pre-orders for fertilizer are accepted from members. Read more...

Canada Day Parade

Club members volunteer to design, build and enter a BGC float in the Bath Canada Day Parade. The Club has received awards for its elaborately decorated and colourful floats.

Bugtel Insect Hotel

An average garden can hold around 2,000 species of insects, and not all of them are bad. In fact, most of them are good, helpful and necessary. Also, there are many different creatures that can help control harmful insects. By providing the right habitat, we can greatly increase the numbers of beneficial insects in the garden. Bumblebees and solitary bees are declining, so that by providing homes for them we can contribute to their conservation.

The Bath Gardening Club built an "Insect Hotel" on property owned by Loyalist Township in Bath Park, behind the outdoor classroom at the Bath Public School. It was constructed entirely of recycled materials. The main structure is made of discarded wood pallets donated by Kaitlin Group and Schell's Market. Other natural materials provide "rooms" in the "hotel."

Dead wood is essential for wood boring beetles and it also supports many fungi. Crevices under the bark hold centipedes and woodlice. In the structure can be seen hollow bamboo tubes and logs that were drilled with holes in which solitary bees can over-winter. The female bee lays eggs at the end of the hollow tube, then seals the tube with a plug of mud. In the spring the eggs hatch and pop out from their safe winter hiding place.

Frogs, who eat slugs and other garden pests, need water, and therefore the "hotel" was built in a spot where water is available nearby. Straw, hay, loose bark and dry leaves provide a frost-free space for centipedes, millipedes and spiders. These insects break down the material to form compost, an essential part of a garden recycling system. Adult ladybugs, who are champion aphid munchers, need dry sticks in which to hide over the winter.

When the structure was completed in the summer of 2017, students of Bath Public School were asked to give it a name. The Grade One class of Mrs. Hay named it "The Bath Bugtel" and a plaque was mounted to tell the story of the Bugtel. A pollinator garden has been started around the Bugtel, and a rain barrel was donated by one of the Club members to assist in watering the plants.

Main Street Christmas Planters and Decorations

The Bath Gardening Club volunteers decorate the permanent planters with festive greenery and create Christmas swags with boughs and red ribbons. Loyalist Township staff attach the swags to the lamp posts along Main Street.

Carol Singing

Early in December the Bath Gardening Club invites the community to join in an evening of carol singing and good cheer around the tall decorated tree in Centennial Park. Hot chocolate and goodies are served from the verandah at Hetherington Hall on Main Street for the gathering.

Uploading Photos

Members may also submit their own gardening related photos to appear in our Photo Gallery. If you have a special photo or two of your own garden or a place you have visited that you would like to share with other members, then Contact us by email and attach your photo files with brief information about your photos.