On Saturday at the Five Corners garden, the Cobourg Horticultural Society awarded a $1000 scholarship to Thomas Burgess, a graduate at St. Mary’s high school. The $1000 value was an increase from previous awards of $750. Thomas was selected from 5 applicants who were all judged to be “good”. He had high marks and is planning to study for a degree of Conservation Biology at Trent University. He describes himself as interested in all things outdoors and has experience in farming, tree culture, and eco-system management in parks including Presqu’ile Provincial Park where he studied the flora and fauna of the park. Thomas wants to work as a research scientist doing field work in environmental studies and conservation investigating diverse biomes and ecosystems across Canada observing the effects of global warming on human populations and plant and animal species.
The scholarships are for students at either of Cobourg’s two high schools with exemplary marks who wish to pursue post-secondary education in a field related to horticulture or the environment.
The presentation was made by Society President Brian Garrison. In the photo at top/right are (left to right) Secretary Karen Roberts, President Brian Garrison, scholarship recipient Thomas Burgess, Treasurer Suellen Stratton (with Jack the dog) and Director Ron Weisfield. A large amount of the work in organizing the scholarship and choosing the recipient was done by Jeanne Guillaume who was unable to attend.
The Cobourg Horticultural Society was founded in February 1859 and current activities include an annual plant sale, speakers at monthly meetings, tours, workshops and of course funding bursaries for local high school graduates. The Society participates in activities and studies initiated by the Town of Cobourg that relate to horticulture or cultural interests.
The garden at Five Corners (at King and William) has been maintained by the Horticultural Society since its creation in 2001 and was a fitting location for the presentation.