Gardening Day will be marked Aug. 7, in the city following a unanimous decision of Yorkton Council Monday.
In making the request to Council on behalf of the Yorkton and District Horticultural Society, Debbie Hayward noted the group has been active in the community since September, 1906, when we had our very first flower show at City Hall.
“And we’re happy to report that we are still “growing strong”,” she added.
The Aug. 7, date is significant as it is the day the Society will hold its annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show.
“The horticultural group celebrates the best of the gardening season with our August show,” said Hayward.
Hayward said the Society does far more in a year than the show as they are also busy all year long with monthly meetings, speakers, presentations and spring and fall plant sales. Our members are also active in the community as volunteers at various seniors and special care homes, helping them to plant and maintain their garden spaces, and maintaining the beautiful and restful solarium at the hospital. We also have a gardening website with group activities.
“While many aspects of the Horticultural Society have changed and evolved over the years,” said Hayward. “The main goal is still the same: to encourage and nurture a love of horticulture.
“Gardening provides many benefits, such as a healthy outdoor activity, exercise, the satisfaction of growing one’s own food, and the pleasure of making the home environment and by extension, the city, more beautiful.”