About FOGS

Friends of the Gardens (FOGs) is a group of volunteer gardeners at Western University, located in London, Ontario, Canada. Volunteers include Western staff and others from the community.


FOGs members work and cooperate with the UWO Physical Plant, the Herbarium, and the Arboretum.

FOGs members meet in the Biological and Geological Sciences Building courtyard in the spring, summer and autumn to garden, weather permitting. The group is dedicated to assisting and maintaining the beauty of the Western campus. This involves in hands-on gardening such as weeding, trimming, pruning, dividing, planting, and mulching.  

During the winter months FOGs members start growing seeds and cuttings to sell in FOGs annual plant sale in the spring and to grow in our gardens. 

The highlight of the year is the Annual Plant Sale held in May.  Proceeds from the sale assist science students to help them further their studies through annual student bursaries and cover FOGs' operating expenses. 

Volunteers are always needed
and are welcome.

As a group, FOGs activities are:

To Work

FOGs volunteers work in the St. Mary's Cement Rock Garden that lies between the Collip Building and the Biological & Geological Sciences Building, stretching down from Middlesex Drive to the lower greenhouses.  

To Learn

FOGs mostly learns by doing! 

In addition, periodic workshops are held  on topics such as making troughs, pruning, taking cuttings, grafting, taking care of plants and plant identification. 
 
Past field trips include rescuing plants in areas under construction, travelling to public gardens to obtain plants and be inspired, and visiting gardens of fellow FOGs' members or friends. 

Members of the group are encouraged to show off their own gardens.

To Share

Occasionally there are FOGs get-togethers, often combined with a business meeting. 

This gives FOGs opportunities to meet and mingle with other like-minded people and swap plants and stories.

FOGs volunteers also impart their expertise on visitors during the annual plant sale — by the plants that they sell & and their knowledge on how to care for them!