Garden Tour 2020 Cancelled:
Given the nature and extent of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the CFUW Garden Tour Committee is cancelling the July 4, 2020 Town & Country Garden Tour.
We are saddened to arrive at this conclusion but base our decision on concern for the well-being of participants.
Keeping in mind the club’s on-going efforts to award scholarships every year to deserving local students, we remind you that donations to the Scholarship Trust Fund are always welcome. Go to the cfuwbellevile.com website, click on “Scholarships” in the upper tool bar and scroll down to the “orange” print line, “Make a donation…”.
On a more cheerful note, we look forward to hosting the CFUW Town & Country Garden Tour in 2021, featuring the usual lovely gardens, a nourishing lunch, an extensive raffle table and more.
See you next year!
Irene and Karen
This year’s Valentine Luncheon Bridge was held on February 13, 2020 at St. Thomas Church. Twenty-two tables of four, or 88 people enjoyed a luncheon provided by club members followed by an afternoon of bridge. This year’s menu was Carrot Soup (Jess Chamber’s recipe from our very own cookbook), an assortment of sandwiches and Sticky Toffee Date Cake. At the end of the afternoon prizes were awarded to the winners as well as a number of door prizes.
Twenty-six members of the club contributed to the event in some way or other by donating prizes, providing food, setting up the tables, greeting the guests at the door, serving and cleaning up. A true team effort! As a result, $1710 was presented to the scholarship trust fund.
Thanks to all for a very successful event.
Sylvia Doyle and Susan Pine
A message from the co-chairs:Good evening, Ladies,
Despite the shower in PEC and the humid air mass over the area, today’s
20th Annual Town & Country Garden Tour was a wonderful event.
For folks who like numbers, we sold about 260 tickets.
Just as importantly, our gardeners, our guests and our volunteers tell
us that they greatly enjoyed the day.
Here are some quotes:
* “That sandwich in the lunch: I am picky about sandwiches but
wow, that sandwich was REALLY good!”
* “Beautiful gardens plus vintage cars: perfect combo!”
* From four new attendees from Deseronto/Napanee: “We heard the
interview promoting the Garden Tour this morning on the Steve
Marlin radio show and we decided to attend! It has been great!”
* A returning guest: “I am from England and I come every year:
why wouldn’t I, with the gardens you have around here?”
* A local guest: “I had such a fabulous time as a gardener/host at
last year’s tour that I had to come this year as a guest”.
* After spending the afternoon in the SW-style garden, Carolyn
Cockerline predicts that “many local gardeners will be inspired
to incorporate SW-style features into their gardens, in the
We thank you, the members of CFUW Belleville and District, for helping
to make today’s tour such a rewarding and memorable experience for
everyone involved. It was great fun!
Irene Hiebert and Karen Mouck
Garden Tour 2019 Committee Co-Chairs
A message from one of our garden owners after the pre-tour viewing which allows the garden owners and the volunteers who will be busy on Saturday to see every garden:
I was impressed by all the work and planning that you and others have to do to pull off such a worthy project. I’m pleased that my garden will help your club to raise money for scholarships and especially pleased that you are offering a scholarship to an adult student. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it.
Tickets available from:
Susan Pine: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sylvia Doyle: email@example.com
Yesterday, after a celebratory lunch hosted by Martha Griffin and Carol
Sayeau, the 2018 CFUW Garden Tour Committee held its wrap-up meeting.
One highlight of this meeting was the presentation of a cheque to Janet
MacDonald, Scholarship Trust Fund Treasurer, by Garden Tour Committee
Treasurer, Linda Connelly, in the record-breaking amount of $16,000.
In turn, in 2019, the Scholarship Committee will be able to award this
amount and more to deserving local students proceeding to college and