1901 to Today
In January 1901 a group of Central Park residents met to form a Farmers' Institute
(incorporated in May 1901). They leased seventeen acres Of Central Park from the
Provincial Government, With surprising speed they arranged for government grants
and constructed a "magnificent two-story building". The building was described as
"second to none outside Victoria and New Westminster" and was ready in time for the
September 1901 Fall Fair.
In 1903 the Institute amalgamated with the South Vancouver and Burnaby
Agricultural Society and became the Central Park Agricultural Association & Farmers
Institute. They continued to hold successful Fall Fairs and improve the building and
grounds. In 1906 their hard work was rewarded with a visit to their annual Fall Fair
from B.C. Premier Richard McBride. In 1907 the membership doubled to five
hundred twenty members. However, this was the pinnacle as increasing urbanization
and World War I saw the last exhibition on 1919. The lease expired in 1921 and the
building was demolished in 1924.
The society continued to meet and hold small exhibitions in rented halls under the
name The South Burnaby Horticultural Association. After several name changes, the
association became THE SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB in 1960.
Today the SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB is affiliated with the B.C. COUNCIL
OF GARDEN CLUBS.