ABOUT US

South Burnaby
Garden Club

We are a non profit club of all ages and ethnicity.
We share a love of gardens and gardening and a desire to share our interest with others.
We encourage the sharing of ideas and expertise and keep our members advised of new developments in cultivation and pest control.
We maintain a balance of activities catering to a mix of both experienced and inexperienced gardeners.

We hold our monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month (except Jan. and Sept.) on the 2nd floor of the Bonsor Recreation Complex at 6550 Bonsor Ave in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Come join us at no cost, and you can decide if you would like to join....

We are lead by dedicated committee who fill the role of chairperson on an alternating basis each month. We make decisions by committee and with support from our club members.

Our Club Activities

Throughout the Year we Hold Activities Such as...

Monthly Show Bench

At our monthly meetings we showcase bounty from our gardens, and our creative abilities in flower arranging. To see a slideshow of some of our latest bounty click the picture.

Spring Plant Sale

In the Spring our members divide up their plants for sale at very reasonable prices.
Shop early for best selection!

Garden Tours

We have frequent tours of our members' gardens throughout the season. To see some of the highlights click the picture.

Fall Harvest Fair

Come join us for our Fall Harvest Fair as we display our harvest of Fruits,
Vegetables, Flowers, Canning, Baking, Crafts, Photographs, and much more!
You can even bring in your own entries for judging, no membership required.

Club History

1901 to Today

Our history, 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.