Members volunteer to maintain two important community gardens in Cobourg. Both belong to the Town of Cobourg and are administered by the Parks Department.
The Edwin R. Haynes Memorial Rose Garden at Victoria Park features our club flower, the white rose, among over 100 varieties of roses as well as climbing roses and clematis on two large pergolas. This garden was designed and planted as a Town of Cobourg competition for the millennium year 2000. In 2013 a plaque was installed highlighting the fact that the Cobourg Horticultural Society maintains the garden for the pleasure of all residents and visitors.
The Five Corners Garden at the corner of King Street West and William Street opposite Cobourg Library was a millennium project of the Society.
On June 20, 2000 the Town Council approved the plans and on June 2, 2001 the Mayor attended the official opening. The objective was to create a gateway to the downtown that would be attractive in all seasons. All the preparation and planting was done by members to a landscape design by Miriam Mutton, an arbor built by Keith Discipline, the sign carved by Arnold Cornelius, and funded by income from the club’s charity bingo participation.
On May 20, 2009, a plaque was unveiled in the Five Corners Millenium Garden by Deputy Mayor Gill Brocanier, to celebrate the Society’s 150th Anniversary, and on the 17th November Mayor Peter Delanty unveiled two beautiful Carl Hoselton sculptures, Virgin and Virgin and Child, generously donated by Society members Murray and Margaret Dillon.
In the Arboretum on Elgin Street West, opposite the YMCA maintained by the Town of Cobourg Parks and Recreation, there is a tree bench constructed by the Cobourg Horticultural Society.
In the late 2015 we received a tree grant from District 4 and we donated it to the Town of Cobourg to help in the restoration of trees that had been damaged during the ice storm. A silver maple was planted in the spring of 2016 in the north section of Victoria Park, just north of Queen, kitty corner to the post office.