Welcome Members and Guests
We hope you enjoy your visit to our web page. Guests, if you are interested in becoming a member, please go to the bottom of this page and click the blue button that says Complete Form. Once you have submitted your information, our membership chair will contact you, answer your questions, and explain the simple process for becoming a member. We welcome your interest, and hope you will find our club stimulating and enjoyable, regardless of your gardening experience.
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To stimulate and further the interest of horticulture, landscape design and flower arranging. We also encourage conservation and protection of all natural resources. It is our objective to promote the Kalamazoo Garden Council and the Michigan Garden Clubs. We have a long tradition as a garden club and the advantages of belonging are both educational and social as well as being part of a larger organization.
FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Since 1928, the members of this club have met to learn from each other, to create art from the plants the earth provides, to support and crerate thier community’s gardens, and to benefit fom the vast knowledge of the natural world provided by interesting and inspiring speakers on an endless array of subjects.There is something for each of us in the wonderful programs that have been planned this year! – Donna Robinson
- President: Donna Robinson
- 1st Vice-President: Sue Conat
- 2nd Vice-President: Betty Ference
- Recording Secretary: Shelley Metz
- Corresponding Secretary: Rosemary Sillars
- Treasurer: Norma Stancati
- Nominations: Chris Morgan
- Council Director: Phyllis Straw
Our meetings are typically held at 12:30 PM on the 2nd Friday of the month. The location varies depending on our program. Typically, a short business meeting is followed by an interesting speaker or a workshop. A seasonal centerpiece and light refreshments are arranged by a host committee and club members enthusiastically share their gardening knowledge and their friendship. There are also a number of events throughout the year that you can participate in according to your interest and available time. All of these events are terrific opportunities to have fun, meet talented fellow gardeners, increase your knowledge of gardening, and provide valued community service.
Fiscal Year: July through June
Annual club dues also include membership in Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc. If you are interested in more information about expenses associated with being a member, please complete the form at the bottom of the page and our membership chair will contact you. Dues and other costs are very reasonable.
Standing Committees; Auditor, Communication, Council Director, Finance, Historian, Life Membership, Membership, Nominations, parliamentarian, Program, Social, Ways and Means, Yearbook.
Special Committees: Artistic Design, Boutique Items for Greens Sale, Bows for Greens Sale, Civic Beautification, Council House Sign Garden, Floral Arrangements, Horticulture, Landscape/Design and Nature Study, Hospitality House, Photographers, Schools, Website and Facebook.
- Planting seasonal container gardens at the Hospital Hospitality House.
- Floral arrangements presented to individuals and organizations.
- Annual Spring Plants and More Sale
- Annual President’s Project
- People’s Choice Award at a local flower show
- Active participants in the Kalamazoo Garden Council Annual Greens Sale
- Active participation in the Kalamazoo Garden Council biennial Standard Flower Show.
- Maintaining the Welcome to Kalamazoo Northside Neighborhood sign planting area.
Upcoming Monthly Meetings
Please contact us if you are interested in attending!
January 13, 2023 – Ecological Stewardship
February 10, 2023 – We Love a Challenge!
March 10, 2023 – Moles, Mice, and Menaces
April 14, 2023 – River Street Flowerland “What’s New in 2023?”
Our civic Beautification Committee assures a cheerful welcome to both residents and visitors to our great city!
Guest Day Luncheon, November 11, 2022
Fun with Fancy Fascinators, September 9, 2022
Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Jun 9, 2022
Our Annual Plants and More Sale May 13-14, 2022
Interpreting Art with Flowers March 11-12, 2022
Five teams of members were led by our expert designers in interpreting a work of art by a local Kalamazoo artist. The exhibiy was displayed over the weekend at Martell’s restaurant.
Holida Tea December 0, 2021
How to Arrange Fresh Greens for the Holidays!
Organized in 1928 — Federated in 1934
In 1928, there were three garden clubs in Kalamazoo, comprised of men and women. The men worked in the garden and the women acted as hostesses. However, women could spade, hoe and rake too, so on June 22, 1928, seven women with a common interest in flower gardening and beautifying the city, banded together and formed a new club created exclusively for women.
This new club was called “The Kalamazoo Unit of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association”. They met twice a month and dues were $2 a year. The club grew slowly (15 members in 1929) and was the smallest Garden Club in the city through the 20’s and 30’s.
The club was first federated in 1934 and the name was changed several time before finally establishing the name of Kalamazoo Garden Club, in 1950. In 2003, Kalamazoo Garden Club celebrated its 75th birthday with a big garden party.
Early fund raising events included bridge parties; quilt raffles and finally guest day luncheons with popular speakers. Today plant sales and auctions of garden related sales and silent auctions help fund a wide variety of programs and speakers.
The club also plants trees in local parks. Members of the Kalamazoo Garden Club have long been active in beautifying the Kalamazoo community. Currently members work in the garden of Hospital Hospitality House bringing beauty and serenity to those staying there while their family member is in the hospital. Our latest project, begun in Spring of 2021 is the revamping and maintenance of the Welcome to Kalamazoo Northside Neighborhood sign planting area. We are proud to be helping this under-served neighborhood look it’s best!