Garden Aurora had a spectacular 100th year in 2018. We had many celebratory events to mark this auspicious year. Messages we received from the Prime Minister, Governor General, Aurora Mayor, our local MPP, and MPs. As well, a commemorative American Sycamore Tree was dedicated in the Aurora Community Arboretum.
            Our list of speakers this year was chosen to celebrate, and included Ken Brown, Lorraine Johnson, Marion Jarvie, David Dobson, and Darren Heinmbecker. What great information they all provided.

            Our Garden tour held a special note as it showcased only member's stunning gardens. And we have amazing gardeners.

            Garden Aurora proudly paraded on Canada Day in the Aurora parade. A photo of that event graces our cover this year thanks to Anna Lozyk Romeo /

            Our volunteers were fabulous this year hosting the District 5 AGM, treating 238 District 5 gardeners to David Tomlinson's wisdom, and Mark and Ben Cullen's sage advice. Thanks to our amazing floral design artists who won the highest points in the Adult Design Competition for the 8th year in a row. While celebrating our 100th year our society won the Dave and Bev Money Trophy for the highest combined points in Design and Horticulture for the very first time. Congratulations to all our members who worked hard creating floral designs and entering their horticultural entries of house plants, garden grown flowers, and Special Exhibits.

            Our plant sale in May was supported by Aurora Home Hardware, whose staff helped with the location and prizes.

            Garden Aurora continued some community outreach including the therapeutic garden at CHATS and providing beautiful festive decorations at both Hillary House and the Aurora Cultural Centre.

             We hope you enjoyed our 100th year, and being part of our club. Your Board of Directors really appreciates your involvement and your support, and the many helping hands that make for such successful event.

Respectfully submitted by

Garden Aurora, Board of Directors

Our Association

Member of O.H.A.

Aurora Garden & Horticultural Society is a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association.

A Welcome Message from the Board…

We are always pleased to welcome new members and guests to our monthly meetings, and to join us in participating in Aurora community events.

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

Meet Our Board of Directors

1990 - Illustration by Holly Williamson


Member of O.H.A. District 5

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

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
Bobby Pandolfi
Sonia Koczekan
Shirley Binns

Helen Sedo

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