The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, MI

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

 36th GARDEN WALK, 2018--July 19 from 12-7 p.m.
More information on the EVENTS page

The annual garden walk will feature five gardens in the hills west of Downtown Traverse City with a special stop at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.  The gardens are identified by green banners and may be viewed in any order.  On the day of the event, tickets will be available at The Botanic Garden, the Traverse City Visitors Center, and at specially marked sponsors shown on the "Events" page of our website and all garden walk locations.

              COME JOIN US IN 2018!

If you enjoy gardening or anything relating to horticulture, flower arranging, the environment and more, you may want to visit one of The Friendly Garden Club meetings!   This year our club is celebrating its 95th year since we were organized in 1923 with 35 members.  Currently, our club has 49 active volunteers that keep Traverse City beautiful, which is reflected in our annual projects such as the Garden Walk, geranium sale, and the planting of the "open space" by the Bay.  We, also, support a summer long program at the Grand Traverse Area Children's Garden that teach children how to grow and enjoy eating vegetables.  These are just a few of our projects!  Be sure to check out the "Photo" section of our website for more information and see all the awards our club has earned this year.

All monies raised from our projects are totally given back to the community by way of grants and scholarships. If you are interested in learning more about us, our club holds monthly meetings from April through November, where we feature guest speakers, have hands-on projects, and field trips, all emphasizing horticultural tips and the love of gardening.  To attend any of our "OPEN" meetings or become a member, please send an email to our membership chairperson, Beth  We would love to have you join us in 2018!  See what being a "FRIENDLY" is all about!

In Memory of Susan Kuschell:

       On May 18, 2018, Susan Kuschell passed away at her home. She served as President of The Friendly Garden Club in Traverse City from 1998-1999 and was a former District Director of the Michigan Garden Clubs as well as a Board Member and State Photographer.

       She was an integral part of The Friendly Garden Club and served for many years as the Chairperson for the Junior Gardening committee until the day she passed away. The Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden, a summer long program that is held at the Traverse Area District Library, was a big part of her life. This program teaches area children from ages 7-12 how to grow plants and enjoy eating vegetables. The “Roots to Mouth” program has been successful for over 18 years largely due to Susan’s love and devotion to this project. She will be sorely missed.  For more photos, visit our "Photos" page on this website.