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Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce (RGGB) is an organization which invites gardeners of Grey and Bruce Counties to share their expertise and enthusiasm for gardening by opening their gardens to visitors. Our organization meets twice a year, publishes an annual brochure and maintains this website, www.ruralgardens.ca, which features information about all the gardens. New members are always welcome.

Vision of RGGB
To share the rare and diverse garden experiences of Grey and Bruce Counties.

Mission Statement
We build and promote a network of gardeners committed to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of gardening through Grey and Bruce Counties.

Membership Guidelines
We invite members to select one of the following categories for their gardens. Membership fees are based on this choice, however, any RGGB members who have a PST registration pay a membership of $100, regardless of the size of their gardens. These members might offer a retail outlet, a Bed and Breakfast, production and/or sale of goods and plants, gardening and landscaping or other services, etc. In the membership form these members can still indicate the size of their gardens by circling the letter of the appropriate category .

A. Sharing Gardens
  •  Small gardens up to a quarter of an acre or specialised plant collections(minimum 200 square feet).
  •  Visitors by appointment or by chance
  •  Liability coverage required
  •  Donation for entry
  •  Plant sales not advertised in brochure
  •  Membership fee $25

B. Viewing/Touring Gardens

  •  Gardens up to one acre in size
  •  Open at least one day a week for set hours as well as by appointment or by  chance.
  •  Guided tours of the garden provided by the gardener if requested.
  •  Plant sales noted in brochure

  •  Recommended $2 admission/donation

  •  Liability coverage required

  •  Washroom access recommended

  •  Membership fee $50

C. Key Gardens

  •  Gardens of more than one acre in size
  •  Open for set days and hours
  •  Liability coverage
  •  Washroom facility
  •  Provision for group tours
  •  Plant sales noted in brochure
  •  Sale of garden products and/or garden related services available
  •  Answering service for telephone enquiries
  •  Admission fee/donation
  •  Email access
  •  Web page on the Rural Gardens website
  •  Promotional materials for the garden (eg individual brochures)
  •  Membership fee $100

For more information or a Membership form please contact:

Anne Bartlett   riverwoodh3@hotmail.com  519-369-1659









 

D. Associate Membership

This category is available to persons or businesses who would like to support RGGB with their membership but who do not necessarily offer a garden visit experience. Associate Membership fee is $100. For more information or an Associate Membership form please contact Anne Bartlett   riverwoodh3@hotmail.com  519-369-1659

 RGGB Meetings

Annual meetings are the 3rd Wednesday in April and September, at 10:00 am followed by a potluck lunch and plant auction.
The 2014 Fall Meeting is Sept.24 at Keppel Croft Gardens #6.
Membership fees are due at the Fall Meeting of each year.

The Spring 2014 meeting was held at Carpe Diem, Jane Dykstra’s garden near Clarksburg.

Arriving
Members arrived with items for the auction and food for our pot luck lunch.  

Bidders
After our meeting we ventured outdoors for the auction.

      

Auctioneers
Brenda Sutherland assisted Bill Loney in auctioning off plants, bulbs, seeds, jam, pies, garden art, and eggs,  

Bidders
There’s always lots of laughter and often confusion during the auction.  

Lunch
A delicious pot luck lunch brings the meeting to a close.

RGGB Brochure

The deadline for inclusion in the upcoming season’s brochure is November 1, 2015. Our annual brochure is published in early winter and lists all the gardens with a description, hours, services and contact information. Over 35,000 copies are circulated throughout southwestern Ontario. Membership fees provide the majority of the funding for the brochure. If you wish to join RGGB after the brochure deadline your garden is still listed on our Website so visitors can get information about your garden there.

RGGB Website

Your garden information will be listed on this website  -   www.ruralgardens.ca

The cost for inclusion on the RGGB website is part of your membership fee. Your own website can be linked to our website in your garden description.

If you do not have a website but would like to have a webpage about your garden created for our website or photos added to your listing then contact Wendy Holmes, our webmistress, who offers members very reasonable service and very well designed webpages. Wendy will bill you directly for her services. Contact her at 519 363 5656 or wh@equi-libra.com

Click here for RGGB member webpage information.

Signs

RGGB signs are available for posting at the entrance to your garden. The new larger (16" x 16") two sided sign costs $25. They are available from Karen Charron. See below for contact info.


We are always delighted to welcome new gardeners to Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce (RGGB). If you need any further information, please contact

Anne Bartlett   riverwoodh3@hotmail.com  519-369-1659

RGGB Officers

President: Brenda Sutherland earthbound@bell.net 519-534-2483
Vice-president Anne Bartlett

riverwoodh3@hotmail.com

519-369-1659

Secretary:

Karen Charron

info@yesterdaysgarden.ca

519-364-2731

Treasurer:

Marilyn Hammer

blossomhills01@gmail.com

519-794-0945

Marketing:

Sarah Taylor

grangehollow@gmail.com

519-794-3444

Membership/Mail:

Anne Bartlett

riverwoodh3@hotmail.com

519-369-1659

Founding President:

Dawn Loney

keppelcroft@bmts.com

519-534-1090

 

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