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Growing season: Garden club welcomes new members in 2023

The Chateauguay Valley Garden Club (CVGC), which is still going strong in its 32nd year, has a wide range of activities planned for 2023, and hopes its membership will blossom this year so that even more Valley gardening enthusiasts can enjoy them.

With a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, the club provides many great opportunities for “seeing like-minded people,” says board member Darlene Rember. There are also plenty of occasions to learn new skills, from the first activity in April – a presentation on succulents – to one of the last planned events, a tabletop centrepiece workshop in November.


Image of a flower, rock garden with a house at the back. Purple irises and other pink flowers are in bloom, with other perennials waiting to bloom.
In addition to the other events planned for 2023 the Chateauguay Valley Garden Club board hopes to schedule a number of visits to members gardens as it says on the clubs website We all love to visit gardens and every garden is worth visiting In years past Lynne Stockwells garden pictured here has been one those toured by members PHOTO Suzie Ovans

The spring and fall plant exchanges are also highlights of the year; these get-togethers allow gardeners to share extra plants from their gardens while discovering fellow members’ contributions. Rember notes that these provide far less costly ways of diversifying your garden than buying plants elsewhere.

Most activities are held in the Valley, mainly at the community centre in Saint-Antoine-Abbé, but there are also chances to go further afield, such as a bus trip to the Great Gardening Weekend at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

Those wishing to join can visit the club’s website at and fill out the form under the “contacts” tab – they will be put in touch with Rember, who will guide them through becoming a member.

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