What do garden clubs do?
Garden clubs are made up of members who have a passion for growing things. Its members respect plant life, animals, nature, and the environment. They feel the need to give back to their community. Each garden club is individual, and may emphasize growing, landscaping, wildlife habitats, flower arranging, or other specific interests. Members come from all ages, backgrounds, experiences. Don’t find what you like in your area or age range or time? Start a new club! Contact the membership chairperson for details.
How often/when do the clubs meet?
Generally, most garden clubs meet monthly in homes or in a community building. Some smaller clubs meet in member’s homes. Some clubs have designated members bring a snack for the group.
Can both husband and wife join?
Yes, most clubs encourage men as well as women members. Many clubs, especially those that meet in the evening actively seek men as members. Since each club writes their own rules, be sure to ask.
How much does it cost to join?
Most of the Indiana clubs keep their dues between $15 and $30 per year per person.
How is the garden club structured?
Most clubs have a board of directors consisting of president, vice-president, secretary (recording and/or corresponding), and treasurer. Most also have appointed positions on standing committees based on what the group is interested in doing. Each club then belongs to a district. There are seven districts in Indiana. The districts are comprised of clubs in one or more counties. Each district belongs to the state organization, The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. The state organization then belongs to the National Garden Clubs, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, MO.
Why be federated?
A federated garden club belongs to the National Garden Clubs, Inc. organization. Federation allows the club to use the resources of the national organization. This includes program material, access to books, access to experts, etc. Additionally, members may take classes to become nationally certified as flower show judges, landscape consultants, gardening consultants, or environmental consultants.
Where does the money for dues go?
- $0.50 – National Garden Clubs, Inc. * This pays for the National Gardener Magazine which goes to every club president, coordination of the state activities, and items of common interest
- $7.50 – The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. * State Operating Expenses
- Remainder – Club * The club dues usually pay for programs and speakers. Many clubs donate money to local garden-related activities and community service projects.
How much work will I be expected to do?
You can do as much or as little as you want. BUT, the more involved you are, the more you can get out of the experience.
What are some of the community projects?
- Beautifying a main street or a park by planting and maintaining the site
- Working with Habitat For Humanity to develop landscaping for new homes by providing plants, tools, and assisting residents in planting their homes
- Working with children to plant flowers or bulbs around their schools or helping them plant butterfly gardens in a public area
- Presenting programs to scouts, 4-H, and to School classes
- Establishing youth clubs for children of various ages who meet on a regular basis throughout the year
- Holding Standard Flower. Through flower shows, garden clubs can inform and educate the general public about horticulture, floral design, and special projects highlighted in the educational exhibits.
What are some of the programs?
Garden clubs provide stimulating and informative programs for their members on a wide range of topics such as:
- Growing annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, houseplants, roses, chrysanthemums, cacti, succulents, hollies, broadleaved evergreens, needled evergreens and so on
- Learn useful landscape ideas to incorporate in ones own yard
- Study of birds, butterflies, helpful insects in the garden and learning which plants will attract them
- Basic flower arranging techniques
- How to prepare horticulture and design for Standard Flower Shows
- Conservation of our natural resources, preservation of historic sites, and recycling practices
- Learning about water features and pond gardens