Association holds a public registration meeting in early March each year (see
the main web page for date, time and place).
Registrants at this meeting receive a discount. Helping the association also produces a discount (see the Volunteer tab on the main
web page). The annual plots are tilled in May, staked by volunteer gardeners and a cubic yard of compost dumped on each plot by
a contractor that the Association hires. Water is provided during the growing season and the pathways mowed. Members clean-up
the gardening area on the first Saturday following Thanksgiving (if the weather does not cooperate, clean-up occurs the following day
or the following week-end). The City maintains the access roadways, repairs the underground water system at Orient, stores the troughs that were formerly used at Anderson Road, blows the water pipelines at both sites and removes the garbage at the end of the year.
More information & photos of special events of interest may be gleaned from the following reports:
This year there was an excellent turnout with over 150 gardeners in attendance. The current slate of Officers was returned to office for another year. In addition, President Bushell introduced a new sub-committee of volunteers to assist the committee with the on-going maintenance and cleanup duties at the two gardening locations. He explained the importance of volunteers to assist in the daily activities of the gardening group and he was hopeful that these new members would consider executive positions in the future which would help to ensure continuity of the Gardening Association.
The President also recognized
the contributions of many of the community business partners and
organizations. He was ever grateful for the financial and material assistance
of these partners in helping to provide an effective recreational gardening
program. The various organizations that were recognized included, City of
Ottawa Councilor Rainer Bloess, Terri ONeil from Just Foods, and David Townsen
of the Canadian Organic Growers who provide valuable workshops on organic
gardening. President Bushell also recognized Ray
Vetter and Cherril Boyer of Friends of the Mer
Bleu for their financial assistance in the
The meeting concluded with a successful registration program.
Gloucester Allotment Garden Association held it's Annual General Meeting on March 8, 2011 with nearly 150 in attendance. Members received an update on the financial health of the club, new projects and a discussion paper on a few proposed changes to rules & regulations. The Election of Directors included one new Board member (John Ross) with no additional nominations from the floor.
One highlight of the evening was the recognition of two members for their service and dedication on the Board of Directors for 30 years. The presentation was made by Frank Bogdasavich on behalf of membership to surprised George Bushell and Roger Eyvindson. Frank spoke of Roger's long service as "Minister of Finance" to keep the club in the black.
He has been Treasurer of GAGA for 30 years.
George Bushell was described as a leader who inspires each member to work for the good of the association. He is an avid gardener, has written many articles on organic gardening and promotes good gardening practices to one and all. George has spearheaded many programs to obtain provincial & city grants for the benefit of the club. George has been the President of GAGA for 30 years.
Consequently, the Association decided to find funding to build a protective fence around the Anderson Rd. Garden site. As the City of Ottawa was operating the Green Partnership Program (GPP), we decided to apply to this program for fence funding. However, because this program excludes capital projects, we had to apply to the Ottawa Planning & Environmental Committee (PEC) for a funding exception. Our local Councillor, Rainer Bloess, and his assistant, Lynn Leduc, as well as a neighbouring Councillor, Bob Monette who sat on the PEC, were very helpful and persistent in acquiring the necessary funds that allowed us to buy the fence materials. Volunteers from the Anderson site erected the fence a total of 665 hours of volunteer time were spent on planning and construction (actual ground work started on September 8th and was essentially finished by October 24th). You may view a slide show portraying some of the volunteers who helped build the fence at:
We expect great gardening in 2009 and beyond most Anderson gardeners have already indicated that they will be returning in 2009; and we plan to open 10 new gardens at the site (five of these plots are already spoken for)!