OUR HISTORY

  • A group of Central Park residents met in January 1901 to form a Farmers Institute that was incorporated in May 1901. 

  • They leased seventeen acres of Central Park from the Provincial Government and arranged for government grants to construct a two-story building.

  • The building was ready in time for the September 1901 Fall Fair and was described as “second to none outside Victoria and New Westminster”.

  •  In 1903 the Institute amalgamated with the South Vancouver and Burnaby Agricultural Society to become the Central Park Agricultural Association & Farmers Institute.

  •  They continued to improve the building and grounds and to hold successful Fall Fairs.

  •  The club’s efforts were rewarded in 1906 by a visit from B.C. Premier
     Richard McBride to their annual Fair. 

  •  In 1907 the membership doubled to five hundred twenty members.

  •  Increasing urbanization and World War 1 saw the last exhibition on 1919. 

  •  The lease expired in 1921 and building was demolished in 1924.

  •  The society continued to meet and hold small exhibitions in rented halls under the name The South Burnaby Horticultural Association. 

  • After several name changes, the association became the SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB in 1960.

  • Today the SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB is affiliated with the B.C. COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS.

 

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