- President: Jan Keys (269) 344-9234 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1st Vice-President: Becky Yaple
- 2nd Vice-President Marge Burns
- Recording Secretary: Phyllis Straw
- Corresponding Secretary: Ashley Keys
- Treasurer: Nancy Jones
- Nominations: Nan Goldenthal
- Council Director: Mary Verleger
Meetings: 2nd Friday at 12:30 pm
Fiscal Year: July through June
Organized in 1928 — Federated in 1934
- Planting and maintaining the mixed beds of trees, shrubs and perennials at the Hospitality House throughout the growing season. Containers of annuals are also added and maintained each year.
- Tree planting in Kalamazoo City Parks
- Plant Sale
CLUB MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
July 10, 2015 “The Buzz on Bees”
Dr Ann Fraser will present a program at the fountains at Bronson Place. The subject with be the latest update on the Bee population.
August 14, 2015 “Rare Trees & Ornamental Shrubs”
Our “field Trip” this year will be to the exceptional new “Blue Horizon Nursery &Ggardens” where the two owners Paul Surian and Bill Snyder will teach and show us the exceptional ornamental shrubs, conifers and trees they propagate and grow in Grand Junction, Mi. We will have a picnic and stroll around the display gardens.
September 11. 2015 “Take Three”
The Council House will be our meeting place for our own Artistic Design Committee as they demonstrate three different arrangements, using the same flowers. Members will then, in turn, get a chance to create their own design. Fun for all!
October 9, 2015: “Hospitality is the Game!”
This program will be hosted by the Hospital Hospitality House on 527 W South Street in Kalamazoo. Learn about the history of the house and gardens and the memorials in honor of our past members who have worked so hard. Caring for these gardens has been our largest philanthropic project for many years.
November 13, 2015 “Greens Sale is Drawing Nigh”
The Greens Sale Boutique Committee will be creating a craft project to be contributed to the Council Greens Sale. Enjoy the fun of a hands-on project at the Council House and learn to make something new!
December 11, 2015 “Holiday Cheer”
Phyllis Straw will host us in her home for our Traditional Holiday Tea. What would December be without our Traditional Holiday Tea with great company and wonderful food? A gift exchange is part of the event for those who wish to take part. Ideally the gift costs $10 or less and relates to our garden club interests.
January 8, 2016 “Garden Design Tips”
Sherri Snyder from Gull Lake Landscape Company will present and share some of the secrets she uses when designing gardens. The Oshtemo Library will host this event for us.
February 12, 2016 “The Galesburg Treasure”
Washing Square Library will host John Coble of Ensata Gardens, who will share his power point presentation of breath-taking irises and daylilies, bred and grown right here in Galesburg!
March 11, 2016 “Attracting Birds to Your Garden”
The Ladies Library will host our Guest Day Luncheon”. Our guest speaker from the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo will enlighten us on “How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard”
April 8, 2016 “Fairy Gardens”
We will learn the ins-and-outs of making our own fairy gardens from the experts at Riverstreet Flowerland. It is a wonderful place to be in April!
May 13, 2016 “Bakers in the Garden?”
This is it! Our wonderful “Plant Sale” at Sue’s house, 3960 N 26th Street in Kalamazoo, where we raise money to support our projects and scholarships monies.
June 10, 2016 “Changing of the Guard”
Today will be our Annual Meeting held at Martell’s Restaurant. We will be able to thank the officers who are “retiring” and offer our support to the new officers.
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.
Early fun 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.
In 2003, Kalamazoo Garden Club celebrated its 75th birthday with a big garden party.
Today at the age of 87, there are 40 active members, 10 associate members and 3 honorary members.
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.
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.
For more information visit our website: www.kalamazoogardenclub.com