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From Litter Not to community plantings, we provide many opportunities to give back to our community while learning new skills and having fun! To volunteer for any of our community projects, please contact Val Brink firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plantings & Cleanups:
Riverwood Conservancy: We assist Riverwood Conservancy with spring and fall clean-ups and through an annual $1000 financial donation. In July 2016, we created 20 fairy garden centerpieces for the Riverwood Soiree, their annual fundraiser. In 2018 we created and maintained a vegetable garden. The produce from this garden was given to The Salvation Army Food Bank.
Salvation Army: In 2018 we created and maintained a vegetable garden on their property. The fresh produce from this garden was given those in need through the food bank.
The Erinview: Annually we prune, weed and plant, as needed, in the gardens at The Erinview. In 2013 and 2014, we planted hundreds of spring flowering bulbs in various gardens at the residence and in 2015 we planted another 200 daffodil bulbs.
Credit Valley Hospital Gardens: Volunteer members maintain the Courtyard Garden, the Rehabilitation Garden and the Pediatric Oncology Garden at the hospital for the enjoyment of patients and visitors. In 2015 we completely renovated the Pediatric Oncology Garden to create a special place for children and their families. In 2016, the Rehabilitation Garden, dedicated to one of our members, got a facelift.
South Common Community Center Intergenerational Garden: This garden was established in 1999 in celebration of the “Year of the Older Person” and continues to be maintained by CVHS. It is a testament to the ability of plants to not only survive but also thrive in a difficult location with no supplemental watering.
Erin Mills Secondary School: In 2015, we assisted members of the school's Environment club to plan and install a butterfly garden. In addition to our volunteers' labour, our Society provided the soil, mulch and some plants for this project.
Scholarships & Gift Distribution
University of Guelph: The Credit Valley Horticultural Society provides a scholarship of $1,000 for an OAC student studying horticulture at the degree or diploma level. Preference is given to students who are residents of Mississauga.
Peel Science Fair: We sponsor awards to students totalling $250 for projects regarding sustainability of the environment.
Credit Valley Conservation Authority: In 2015 we donated $250 for the purchase of seed trays.
Poinsettia Distribution: Annually, we deliver 80 poinsettias to a women’s shelter, Interim Place and Trillium Heath Care.
Gift Distribution: Every year our members donate gifts for seniors in residences who may not have family and for children in a women’s shelter to give to their mother on her birthday or some other day of celebration.
Salvation Army Food Bank: For the past several years we donate $500 to the food bank as well as hundreds of pounds of produce in September and October.
OHA District 15 William Baker Fund: We contribute $200 annually to this fund which supports horticultural society youth groups in District 15 of the Ontario Horticultural Association.
SIGNIFICANT PAST PROJECTS:
Credit Valley Hospital Gardens: Our commitment to the beautification of the gardens at Credit Valley Hospital is longstanding. Starting in 1986 an annual donation of a crabapple tree was made to create a beautiful copse of trees for the enjoyment of patients and visitors. Unfortunately, due to the expansion of the hospital in recent years, the trees did not survive.
Members Liz and Ron took care of the hospital’s Pediatric garden commencing in 1999 until its close. They also organized the planting and cleanups by our members of the Courtyard (formerly Oncology) garden and the Rehabilitation garden. In 2013, following the passing of Ron, the Rehabilitation garden was dedicated to his memory.
Newell Landfill: Also a former project of CVHS. Just south of Springbank Park there is an open field, which had been a dumping ground for a brick works business. In 2010 we planted many shrubs and perennials in an attempt to encourage regeneration of native plants in the field.
Last Updated: 2019-02-27