Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society

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How Amherstburg Fort Malden Society

was Formed



In a letter to the editor of the Amherstburg Echo in 1906 Dr. Oscar Teeter proposed that a horticultural society be formed. The first meeting was May 1, 1906 which a membership cost was $1.00. Mayor Stokes, Joseph Johnson, Charles Cuddy, D.H. Terry, Rev. Thomas Nattress, Chief LaPorte, William Bowrrowman and J.D. Burk, all prominent citizens were among those present at the meeting.


By the middle of May, 1906 the Horticultural Society had 60 members. Dr. Teeter was its first president; Rev. Nattress was secretary-treasurer. By the 1930's the Amherstburg Horticultural Society had a membership of over 300 hundred. The following year, 1000 trees were planted on vacant lots on Alma Street and flowerbeds were planted at the Form Malden Gas Station, Town Hall, Amherstburg Public School and the library. Like many organizations, the Horticultural Society went into a state of remission during the years of World War II but was revived in the early 1950's. Jean Sullivan introduced a 'Junior Gardens' program during the 1950's, which continues today. The Society also helped Richmond Terrace Nursing Home to obtain a 'Gro-Lux' light for the patients' indoor garden.


Currently, the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society plants and tends the flowerbeds around the Amherstburg Recreation and Cultural Central Centre on Victoria Street and Seagram's Park north of town. Begun in 1983, this park has become a horticultural showplace with rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowering plants and trees. Through the guidance and enthusiasm of longtime member Bob Sutherland, rhododendrons and azaleas were also introduced into the King's Navy Yard Park in 1984.


The Horticultural Society continues to hold the Rose Show which has been an actual event for twenty-five years or more. Their main fundraising event is the Garden Tour Weekend in June, which attracts hundreds of visitors to Amherstburg. The society also funds the towns hanging planters throughout the town.

Last Updated: 2018-06-04