- President: Rosemary (Bunny) LaDuke
- Co-Vice Presidents: Judy Spiekermann and Nancy Mossman
- Secretary: Kathy Lesman
- Corresponding Secretary: Karin Caston
- Treasurer: Pauline Northrop
- Council Director: Ellen Pickett
- All American Seeds – Elizabeth Troman
- Arbor Day – Ellen Pickett, Brenda Carl and Barb Krueger
- Awards – Judy Spiekermann, Nancy Mossman, and Brenda Carl
- Birds – Murray and Carol Cooper
- Calling / Reminding – Grace Jacobs, Barb Krueger
- Community Gardens –
- Plainwell Industrial Park – Judy Spiekermann, Nancy Mossman, Karen Gustafson
- Plainwell Blue Star Memorial – Bunny LaDuke, Brenda Carl
- Otsego Blue Star Memorial – Brenda Carl, Bunny LaDuke, Ron & Deb Beattie
- Otsego Welcome Sign – Deb & Ron Beattie
- Otsego Main Street – Karin Caston
- Hope Lutheran Church – Judy Spiekermann, Pauline Norhrop
- Prairieville Township Hall – Judi Zomer, Bev Galloway
- Orangeville St. Francis of Assissi Church – Bev Galloway
- Environment-Shanda Jacobi
- Flower Show – Dick Northrop
- Fundraisers – Inge Mesick
- Greens Sale Projects – Carol Culver, Jan Westcott, Doris Harrison, Brenda Carl & Club
- Green Sale Business Orders – Bunny LaDuke, Mary Surine
- Historian –
- Horticulture – Barb Krueger
- Membership – Mary De Ryke
- Nomination and Policy – Karin Caston, Brenda Carl
- Programs & Yearbook – Nancy Mossman, Judy Spiekermann, Bunny LaDuke
- Publicity –
- Snail Mail – Marian Haney
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the Month
Fiscal Year – July thru June
Organized in 1955 – Federated in 1960
- Chula Vista maintains two gardens and a sculpture landscape this year in the Industrial Park on East M-89 in Plainwell.
- Chula Vista will be helping to plant flower baskets for City of Plainwell in coming year.
- A Blue Star Memorial was dedicated in 2015 in Plainwell Sherwood Park, and a Blue Star Memorial was dedicated in 2015 on S. Farmer Street in Otsego. This year new landscaping with shrubs, plants, and stepping stones are being added to both sites.
- A perennial garden is maintained at the west M-89 welcome sign in Otsego.
CLUB MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
Building relationships through our interest in gardening and nature. Our motto is: We Grow, We Conserve, We Beautify.
Chula Vista Garden Club, organized in 1956, in the Plainwell and B Avenue area, began with 10 members. These ladies were new home owners and they wanted to learn more about flower gardening. Amy Vandegiessen, flower show judge, encouraged these ladies to become federated — which they did in 1960, and this prompted them to attend the Kalamazoo Garden Council. Over the years since then our numbers have grown to 30 members — some years more or less, and many of our members have been active in Garden Council activities.
The 1970’s were active times for us. We had many educational programs on topics such as: wildflowers, orchids, environmental pollution, etc. For the Greens Sale we made terrariums, floral arrangements, and candle holders. For the bicentennial, we planted beds of red, white and blue flowers in downtown Plainwell and the hospital.
In was in the Spring, 1976, that our club began giving trees to every third grader to celebrate Arbor Day and to teach the students to respect and care for the earth. this project has continued annually for 38 years so far!
We are proud to have 6 Master Gardeners, 3 National Council Accredited Gardening Consultants, and 1 Landscape Design Consultant; 4 State Life Members, 2 National Life Members, and one Flower Show Judge, Master Emeritus.
Another annual activity involves our growing and showing the All American Seed selections. At our August Potluck dinner meeting we show and judge the All American Seed plants that we grew. We also bring other plants and arrangements from our homes and they are also judged by our Flower Show Judge, Anna Mae Miller, and her assistant, Mary File.
We have one or two plant exchanges each year which means members can find just the plant they have been looking for — or plants provided by another member who has many more than needed.
Our Club members have participated in the Council’s Beautification Projects each year that they have been in existence. This year they are working on two projects, one near Plainwell, the other in a small community nearby. Many lovely comments have been made by people who visit the area.
We look forward to hearing and learning more about the changes that are coming to the Garden Council this year.
Our club projects: We provide a tree seedling to each 3rd grade child in the Plainwell school district every year on Arbor Day. We make 50+ special flower arrangements at the annual Greens Sale..they are designed by our members and purchased by a local dentist who then delivers them to other dentists who have sent him clients.
What we feel is unique about our garden club: Our members have great enthusiasm and we work together as well as working with other clubs that belong to Garden Council.
Past programs that we feel were good and we would recommend:
- Miniature flower arrangements
- Speaker from Ensata Gardens
- Bird Feeding by Ilsa Gebhard
- Orchids by Larry Galdes
- Annual potluck and informal flower show;
Advantages of being a garden club member: Friendship; sharing ideas; participating with other clubs; attending the District and State Garden Club meetings.
What do we especially enjoy about being a garden club member: The people, their thoughts and their ideas.
Things we have learned since becoming members of our garden club: Gardeners make wonderful friends and we have many opportunities to share ideas, plants, and clubs projects.
A Club Tradition