About Our Club

Who We Are

Chester Garden Club is a not-for-profit organization whose members are a group of  Chester-area residents, who are interested in gardens and gardening-related activities, both horticulture and design.  The Chester Garden Club is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs.

Our Activities and Responsibilities

The aims of this club are to stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening; and to encourage and aid in the beautification of Chester through horticulture. In addition to presenting interesting speakers and workshops, the club is responsible for maintaining the plantings in two public green spaces in the Village of Chester.

June 27th Cove Garden Planting the Haase Garden (2)These are:  the garden at the village Parade Square, which is owned by the municipality; and the Cove Garden, which is actually owned by the club itself. Both areas require planting, pruning and weeding, all of which is done by volunteers from the club as part of the members’ commitment to the club.


How it all began …

In 1939, a small group of women founded the club with its aim of beautification of the area. Their first project was to plant a garden and lawn on the Parade Grounds to enhance the surroundings of a bronze statue of a soldier (representing the Nova Scotia Highlander’s Regiment), which had been erected as a war memorial in 1922.

The annual Flower Show and Tea is a popular summer activity

Many years later, changes in the design of the adjacent roadway opened a new space and a Victorian garden was created, quite separate from the war memorial. Members of the club planted the new garden with rugosa roses, bulbs, perennials and a variety of shrubs, and they have continued to maintain it as a focal point of the parade grounds from that time.

A second ambitious project, also started in 1939, was the conversion of the former village dump to what is now known as the Cove Garden. It took several years but those same determined women cleared away all the debris in the dump and also got rid of the vermin that lived there. By layering topsoil onto fill, the women slowly transformed the space into a little park. In 1948 , the admiring municipality deeded the land to the Trustees of the Club, and the club has been responsible for its maintenance ever since. The grassy park is bordered by shrubs and rugosa roses and shored up by a stone sea-wall. A plaque on a boulder in the Cove Garden indicates that the park is dedicated “To Gardeners Everywhere”.

The Club's annual gardeners sale draws customers from far and near.

The Club’s annual Gardeners Sale draws customers from far and near.

Ongoing  Activities

Every spring, the Club holds its  Gardeners Sale for members and the public, and summer brings the well-attended Flower Show and Tea.  The Club also arranges tours to distant gardens and other locations of interest to members.  On occasion, the club partners with like-minded groups to work on a project related to ecology and the environment in the area.


The club’s activities are planned by a board of directors and carried out by many members who volunteer their time and talents to realize the club’s projects.

Serving on the current executive are:

President – Jayne Campbell;

Vice President – Esther Amiro;

Rec Secretary – Jocelyn Cameron;

Treasurer – Sandy Dumaresq; and

Past-President – Heather MacKinnon.


Membership in the club is open to anyone with an interest in gardening, on payment of the club’s annual dues. For 2020, the dues have been set at $20. New members are always welcome.

10 Responses to About Our Club

  1. Leah Veinot says:

    Good morning!
    I’m reaching out to Garden Clubs across Nova Scotia to try to create a partnership with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute to increase awareness of Monarch butterflies, their reliance on milkweed and their decreasing populations! We have established a Butterfly Club of which we have over 1000 members. The main goal of the club is to increase awareness and also to create habitat for the Monarchs- the club kits come with two swamp milkweed plants. The content of our kits and the act of planting habitat for Monarchs is important and can be accomplished by, but not only through, our Butterfly Club. We are discussing with other groups what more can be done to create awareness.
    If there is any interest I would be more than happy to provide more information and give examples of some of the conservation efforts we planned with other clubs and organizations- some of which involve our Butterfly Club and others that do not!
    For more information feel free to look at our website: http://www.merseytobeatic.ca/butterfly-club.php
    Is there an email I can contact?
    Leah Veinot
    Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

  2. Jacqueline Nielsen says:

    Hello: I am trying to locate Denise Adams, and I see she was on your web page at one time. We are trying to get in touch with her to see if she will speak at a Dartmouth Horticultural Society meeting. I would appreciate your response.

  3. Cheryl Bolivar says:

    Wondering if there is a garden tour scheduled for this summer?

    • doubledaisy says:

      Hi Cheryl:

      Yes, we have a small garden tour scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 as part of the annual district meeting of local garden clubs held this year in Chester. Those interested in attending may register from our website under Current Activities. The Chester Municipal Heritage Society’s House and Harbour Tour may be of interest as the home gardens are usually spectacular. Check it out at their website. Thanks for your interest in Chester–a unique village that our club seeks to beautify and promote.
      Doubledaisy–Chester Garden Club blogger.

  4. Rob says:

    Thanks for the reply and the offer to attend. Unfortunately my primary residence is in Halifax as I work in Halifax and won’t be able to accept the invitation this time around. I’ll check back if someone can still respond for a recommendation for a top soil delivery company in your area as that’d be very helpful for me.
    Thanks and regards

    • doubledaisy says:

      Hi again Rob:

      I understand that it must be difficult to find various services when you are new to a community. Unfortunately, recommending one commercial enterprise above another does not fall within our mandate. We appreciate your interest in the club, however, and look forward to meeting you at some point.

  5. Rob says:

    My name is Rob. I hope to start revitalizing a garden in Gold River and will need to start with a top soil and compost mixture for grown in beds and to start new ones. It will be a two summer project and have space to dump a load of soil to use at my leisure and would greatly appreciate assistance in this club recommending a reputable company in the area that would also deliver?

    • doubledaisy says:

      Hi Rob:

      It’s always a pleasure to hear from other local garden enthusiasts. It sounds like you will have your hands full. I’d like to invite you to our next meeting, Monday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. See our site under Current Activities. Perhaps some of our more experienced members will be able to help you out.

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