President: Donna Lewis

Vice President: Branislava Milosevic 
Secretary: vacant
Past President and Treasurer: Cindy Scythes

Directors, and Committees
Membership - Heather McFarquhar
Publicity - Jovan Milosevic

Members at Large
Sonia Koczekan
Shirley Binns

Linda Bulloch

Jetta van der Pels (corresponding)

Event Planning Chairpersons
Plant Sale - tba
Garden Tour - Judy Ryan
Flower Shows - Silvana Croce and Donna Lewis
Special Events - Shirley Binns, Cindy Scythes

Meet Our Board of Directors

We are always pleased to welcome new members and guests to our monthly meetings, and to join us in participating in Aurora community events.  To join our online meeting as a guest/visitor please contact Cindy at 

2018 marked our 100th Anniversary

In 1991, our Society adopted the Aurora Geranium as its floral emblem. The Aurora Geranium grows in Mexico and Costa Rica.

2012 - Photograph by Ray Matsalla

​Our club board would like to firstly thank each and every one of our members for sharing of their time and talents to support Garden Aurora. We hope that our members and their families have weathered the Coronavirus storm and are safe and well.

In 2020 Garden Aurora had a fabulous start-off with a well-attended February meeting, and despite the challenges of social distancing during the rest of 2020, the board continued to reach out and keep connected to our members. Garden Aurora sustained its community outreach activities at the CHATS’ therapeutic garden and at Hillary House and had a successful virtual photography competition while keeping our members unexposed.

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus situation has resulted in the cancellation of the rest of our monthly meetings as well as our scheduled speaker series and events and it has limited some of the services we historically provided to our community.

In 2021 Garden Aurora board continues to work via Zoom, and behind masks, to make things happen. So, while all in-person events remain canceled as per regional and provincial regulations, we thought we’d give the on-line monthly membership meetings a try (check our roster of fascinating speakers on the Calendar page of the website), including three virtual flower shows as well as a virtual photography competition.

This year we are also looking forward to present the deserving recipient with our newly established Margaret Howard-Gun Memorial Award (read more about the award on our Award page).

We encourage you to participate in Garden Aurora on-line monthly meetings and together with us celebrate our club’s positive attitude, initiatives and continued commitment to our members and community in these unsettling times. Although we cannot meet face to face, we are available for information and support. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Our members are always welcome to join in on the planning by being part of the board and/or any of the club’s committees. Again thank you for your support and we hope you will become involved!!!

With much appreciation, your board.


Member of O.H.A.

Garden Aurora is a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association.

A Welcome Message from the Board…

1990 - Illustration by Holly Williamson

Member of O.H.A. District 5

Garden Aurora is a part of the O.H.A. District 5.

Our Association