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Typical Club Activities

TGOA/MGCA clubs across America are diverse and creative, so there are not really any typical clubs. However, most do have certain features, activities and priorities in common. These commonalties include emphasis on:

  • Gardening education for members and the community.
  • Community beautification and green space preservation.
  • Encouragement, help and assistance to youth and disabled in gardening activities.
  • Establishment of good friendships and camaraderie with fellow gardeners.

Most clubs have monthly meeting programs that emphasize an educational phase of gardening or horticulture. Listed below are special or ongoing activities for some clubs, listed in order of the States. Please go to Member Clubs page to see club meeting locations, times, and contact information.
 
Note:  If your TGOA/MGCA club is not listed you are invited to submit a list of its major annual activities. Also updates are encouraged.
Submit by email to: tgoasecy@qwestoffice.net

Arizona

            Valley of the Sun Gardeners (Phoenix, AZ)

Colorado

            Garden Club of Littleton (Littleton, CO)

Kansas

Gardeners of Overland Park (Overland Park, KS)

Sunflower Gardeners of America (Kansas City, KS)

Ohio

Gardeners of Greater Akron (OH)

Gardeners of Greater Cleveland (OH)

Findlay Men & Women's Garden Club (OH)

Gardeners of  Van Wert County, (OH)

Texas

             Arlington Men's Garden Club (TX)

The Garden Club of Austin (TX)

First Men's Garden Club of Dallas (TX)

Men's Garden Club of Houston (TX)

 Washington

Gardeners of Spokane (WA)                                           

Wisconsin

Gardeners Club of Green Bay (WI)
 

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Arizona

Valley of the Sun Gardeners (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Conducts a spring private home garden tour. On March 26, 2005 the event will be the "Spring in Bloom" 10th anniversary tour.
     

Colorado                                                                       

Garden Club of Littleton (Littleton, CO)                       

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Kansas                                                                   

 Gardeners of Overland Park (Overland Park, KS)

  
A fun group of gardeners who like to get dirty.     Members include Master Gardeners, newbies, and everyone in between.  All are welcome.  Meetings are the second Monday of the month at Colonial Church, 71st and Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS.  Social time 7 PM, meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  

Some of the coming year’s club events are listed below. (for 2011)

-   December 13th, 2010 meeting is our annual Christmas Social.  Members bring appetizers or desserts.  Bring a gift ($10 or less) get a gift exchange.  A Barbershop Quartet will provide the entertainment.

 -  January’s meeting will be a Round table discussion on plant propagation and seed starting.

-   February meeting will be Master Gardener Honey Barnekoff speaking on Shrubs.

-   April 14 – 16 annual plant sale at Church.  Features a large variety of professionally and member grown plants.

-    May meeting Butterfly Lady.

-   June 16-18 Chapter is hosting the National Convention at Double Tree Hotel in Overland Park.

-   September annual club potluck picnic.

-   October annual members meeting and club officers election.

-   Our chapter also gives two scholarships per year to students.

The club web site is www.op-goa.org, with current newsletters and other club information




Sunflower Gardeners of America (Kansas City, KS)

  • Since 1998 partnered twice with the KC Metro Water Garden Society to provide plantings for two of their water feature installations (A retirement community and a local middle school).

  • Maintains a floral garden area in front of the Vietnam Memorial at the Wyandotte County Lake Park.

  • Club members volunteer at the historical garden at the Wyandotte County Museum and at the Agricultural Hall of Fame.

  • In 2003 and 2004 sponsored garden tours of seven member gardens as community educational projects.

  • Donates funds to newly organized GOA clubs and the region's scholarship fund.

  • Offers two field trips each summer to members and guests to places they might not otherwise visit.

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Ohio                                                                                                                   

Gardeners of Greater Akron (OH)

  • Sells 700 dozen geranium plants each May - main fundraiser for youth gardening and scholarships.
  • Conducts a plant auction and fish fry - members bring and buy plants.
  • Provides beautification awards for outstanding home, business, and institutional gardens.
  • Sponsors an annual Horticulture Show open to the public.
  • Installed and maintains a perennial garden at  Crown Point Ecology Center.
  • Plans and installs landscaping for new Habitat for Humanity homes in connection with the TGOA  Gardening From the Heart program.
  • Provides college college scholarships to Horticulture students at Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute.
                                                                            

Gardeners of Greater Cleveland (OH)

  • Provides guided tours at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
    for their Hershey Children's Garden.
  • Provides guided tours at the Cleveland Rockefeller Park Greenhouse for city public school 2nd and 3rd graders for two 8-week sessions annually.
  • Maintains a section of the gardens at Ronald McDonald House serving patients of Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital.
  • Prepares and staffs booths at the Clifton Art Festival and Cleveland Botanical Gardens to answer questions and sell plant material with proceeds for student scholarships.
  • Provides a booth at the Cleveland I-X Center Home and Garden Show to answer questions and recruit members.
  • In 1999 planted an early settlers herb garden at the Carter Cabin on the Cuyahoga River in the Cleveland Flats.
  • In 1998 rejuvenated several gardens in the Cleveland Flats as part of the Crooked River Project.
  • In 1992 restored the Courtyard Garden at the Cleveland Child Guidance Center.
                                                                   

Findlay Men & Women's Garden Club (OH)

  • Conducts a large fund raising auction each spring, featuring plants, garden related items and good home baked items then uses the funds to support community projects.
  • Holds a Horticulture Show at the Findlay Mall, open to everyone.
  • Plants and maintains a large flowerbed at the junction of two main routes in Findlay.
  • Maintains flowerbeds at the Red Cross, Masonic Temple, and other locations.
  • Participates in the TGOA/MGCA pumpkin/sunflower contest.
  • Conducts a flower and vegetable contest/show for youth at the county fair.
     

Gardeners of Van Wert County (OH)

  • Conducts an annual plant sale, Friday & Saturday before Mother's Day.
  • Plants and maintains community flower beds in various parks and public areas.
  • Plants and maintains pots in downtown areas in partnership with Starr Commonwealth School.
  • Holds a horticulture show at the County Fairgrounds in June along with three area garden clubs.
  • Hosts a bus trip in June and organizes a garden tour in July
  • In summer three members mow the interstate cloverleaf at State Routes 30 and 127.
  • Hosts an annual picnic with other area clubs.
  • Presents civic beautification awards to businesses and homeowners.
  • Sets up a booth at the County Fair,
  • Hosts a  fall banquet.
     

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Texas                                                                                                                  

Arlington Men's Garden Club (TX)

  • Maintains a church landscape.
  • Manages and teaches gardening using on-site garden at Children's University.

 The Garden Club of Austin (TX)

  • Conducts educational meetings to make horticulture information available to their community.
  • Members volunteer to design, plant, water and care for the gardens at Zilker Botanical Gardens.
  • Conducts an annual plant auction, open to the public, netting about $900.
  • Provides an annual Ice Cream and Cookies Family Night with a special program.
  • Participates with other garden groups to maintain a Healing Garden for the  Austin State Hospital.
  • Conducts Summer/Fall flower and vegetable shows, open to the public.
  • Conducts, in conjunction with their shows, sale of plants propagated by members for an annual net of $1500.
  • Members volunteer to work the gate for the annual fundraiser for Zilker Botanical Garden.
  • Participates in their club, Region and National slide contests.
  • Members donate door prizes and Trade-A-Plant for the monthly meeting.
  • Awards scholarships to deserving students who are majoring in horticulture.
  • Celebrated their 50th Golden Jubilee in 2003, established in 1953.

Men's Garden Club of Dallas (TX)

  • Sponsored a new plant collection called the "Hardy Palm and Tropical Collection" at the Dallas Arboretum in 2005.
    See more at: http://www.dallasgardeners.org/palm_garden.asp
  • Conducts monthly third Tuesday club meetings (7 PM) with guest speakers at North Haven Gardens Nursery. Club provides refreshments, door prizes and nursery gift certificates at each meeting.
  • Conducts monthly Saturday seminars on gardening topics by club and guest speakers at North Haven Gardens Nursery in Dallas.  See more at: http://www.nhg.com/index.asp
  • Celebrated 25 years of public plant shows in 2002.
  • Celebrated 60 years of Gardening Excellence in 2001. Established in 1941.
  • Celebrated their 50-year Golden Anniversary in 2000, Affiliated with MGCA/TGOA in 1950.
  • Hosted the MGCA/TGOA National Convention in 1995.
  • Conducts Spring and Fall Plant and Vegetable Shows at local Malls.
  • Conducts annual fund raising and created a special club calendar as a fundraiser that benefits the club scholarship fund and community projects.
  • Members provide content for a local magazine.
  • Club members provide gardening information at garden shows both spring and fall.
  • Has an annual picnic to thank local members and friends.
  • Provides scholarships to horticultural students of  Richland College (Dallas).
  • Provides plants and landscaping to a home for the mentally challenged and planted a landscape at a Habitat for Humanity location.
  • Club website: http://www.dallasgardeners.org
     

Men's Garden Club of Houston (TX)

  • Sponsors annual Cylinder Gardening Program for over 3000 grade school students.
  • Provides training to teachers on how to teach horticulture.
  • Constructed and maintains the Iris bed at the Botanical Garden.
  • Conducts plant sales at each Flower and Vegetable Show.

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Washington                                                                                                 

Gardeners of Spokane (WA)

  • Has its own four-building greenhouse used for Community Education and Service and Club fund-raising.
  • Provides plants and landscaping to a women's shelter, a men's shelter, a home for the elderly, a museum, etc.
  • Conducts an annual plant sale in local mall to finance community projects.
  • Supports horticultural education at a Children's Home.
  • Celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1999.

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Wisconsin                                                                                                   

Gardeners Club of Green  Bay (WI)

  • Conducts monthly meetings with gardening and related programs.
  • Co-sponsors with Master Gardeners a spring plant sale for fund raising purposes.
  • Participates in the local Landscape and Gardening Show with a booth to disseminate club information and greet and educate the public.
  • Conducts a produce weigh-in at the Green Bay Farmers' Market in September.
  • Conducts sunflower and pumpkin contests for youths in September and October.
  • Arranges an annual bus trip in September for members and guests.
  • Provides volunteer time, plants, and money for a new perennial garden and rain garden at the Brown County Agriculture and Extension grounds.
  • Provides annual individual awards for horticulture service to the community and to owners for their exceptional residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional gardens.
  • Hosts an annual Harvest Awards Banquet for members, guests and awards recipients for all club awards including recognition awards for members' service.
  • Provides financial assistance to the Green Bay Botanical Garden and the Northeast Wisconsin Endowment Fund for Horticulture Education.
  • Maintains a club web site and monthly newsletter with current club information.
  • Hosted the TGOA/MGCA National Convention in 1999.         

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