THE FRIENDLY GARDEN CLUB of TRAVERSE CITY
The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City was organized in 1923 and federated in 1931. We are a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Region; and the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., District V. Listed below are this year's projects. As you can see, we are very involved and supportive of our community.
Objective--The objective of our club is to provide education and to promote the love of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and floral design and to encourage civic beautification and environmental responsibility.
Theme--The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City has a long history of serving the local community from designing and planting the Logo Garden at the Open Space to supplying funds to help families landscape their Habitat homes. It is through education our members learn the basics of horticulture, floral and landscape design, and environmental responsibility. This enables us to continue our service to the community we share and love.
Any individuals wishing to join The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City can attend any of the open meetings by checking the website calendar or the Record Eagle newspaper for the date, time and place of the meeting. Also, please contact our membership chairperson, Letha at 231-271-6831.
Prospective members need to attend at least two general meetings and must be sponsored by two members who have belonged to the club at least one year.
Each year we undertake many projects to continue to promote our club's objectives. Our projects included:
The commemoration of Arbor Day by planting trees with local school children.
Junior Gardening: Our club continues to mentor children from the Traverse City Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Program. At present approximately 70 children ranging from seven to twelve years old attend a once a week program. This gives our club the opportunity to promote the love of gardening through education.
Annual Garden Walk held in July. This is our main fundraiser to finance our club projects and grants. The garden walk committee works on obtaining six gardens to showcase on our walk with sponsorships for each garden from local area merchants.
Civic Beautification. This committee is busy planning, designing and planting the Logo Garden in the Traverse City Open Space. The Logo Garden requires all the club members participation and is appreciated by our members, the community and all visitors to Traverse City. Planting the gardens at the Visitor Center is our second beautification project. We also present two landscaping awards to two Traverse City businesses for their efforts in beautifying their business grounds to make Traverse City a beautiful place to visit.
We also commemorate Arbor Day by tree planting in the community.
In order to help our members learn more by continuing their education, we provide qualifying members' tuition to the Michigan Garden Club Schools.
At our monthly meetings we discuss horticultural and environmental concerns to promote horticultural knowledge and membership participation.We also provide ongoing support to the Traverse City Botanic Gardens and the Blue Star Memorial project.
We support the MI Garden Clubs, Inc. PLANT IT PINK project in recognition of breast cancer. This year our new projects are supporting the "Global Partners Running Waters" project to bring potable water to families and individuals in Guatemala, recycling materials at all FGC events and meetings, and promoting the NGC's children's book, THE SACRED SEED, a children's book.
For more pictures of our projects and to get ideas for lovely flower arrangements, be sure to check our "Photo Gallery."