- President: Sharon Zinser
- Vice President: Sue Corra
- Secretary: Bonnie Borak & Laura Jane Colber
- Treasurer: Joann Wespinter
- Council Director: Linda Ricca
- Environmental Concerns: Kathy Hathaway
- Friendship Person: Marilyn VanNeer
- Garden Therapy: Janet Everitt & Committee
- Greens Sale Coordinator: Diana Schneider, Evelyn Flynn, Eva Braganini
- After Sale KGC Organizing committee:
- Hostorian: Bonnie Borak
- Horticulture: Patt Hewitt
- Membership: Laura McCloskey
- Donations: Mary Beth Montague
- Nominations Committee:
- Directory Chairperson: Jennifer diGiuseppe
- Webmaster: Joann Wespinter
- Plant Sale Co-ordinator: Jaonn Wespinter & Committee
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday at 12:30 pm.
Fiscal Year: July through June
Organized in 1957 – Federated in 1960
- Amber Way – Cut flowers & Plant Therapy for Alzheimer patients
- Hope Woods Senior Housing – Flower bed plantings
- Plant Sale
CLUB MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
July 13, 2016: Unusual Plant and a Tour
Jeff Romence will be showing off some very unusual plants and taking us on a tour of the nursery.
August 10: Blue Horizon Nursery
“What’s New for you at the Blue” .. Tour and picnic lunch. Paul Surian, tour guide. Location: 9721 59th St, Grand Junction, MI
September 14, 2016: Worms
Kalamazoo Garden Council House. Julie Brenneman will show us everything we need to know about worm gardening
October 12, 2016: Farm & Garden Special
Farm & Garden at 1003 Staples Ave in Kalamazoo withh feature a “Surprise for You” program.
November 9, 2016: Greens Sale Projects & Cookie Exchange
We will meet at the Kalamazoo Garden Council House to work on items for the Greens Sale. Bring 1 1/2 dozen cookies and recipe to exchange. Bring an empty container to take home your cookie selections.
December 14, 2016: Holiday Luncheon
Members only. We will meet at the Beacon Club on Portage Rd at Noon. Bring an unwrapped toy for an underpriviledged child or warm socks for our friends in the service.
January 11 2017: Trees & Conifers
Ann Spaeth will educate us on the identification of trees & conifers. Location: Kalamazoo Garden Council House.:
February 10, 2017: Michigan Garden Council Structure
Carol Beckius and Ann Spaeth will explain the benefits of belonging and contributing to the Council.
March 8, 2017: Michigan Frogs
Cleora Mohney will have a power point presentation on frogs of Michigan and the benefits of them.
April 12, 2017: Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
We will meet at the Hatchery at 34270 County road 62 in Mattawan for a tour and lots of information on what they do year round at the Hatchery.
May 10, 2017: Big Pots
This will be a hands-on activity. River Street Flowerland at 1300 River St.
May 24: 2017 Loda Lake Adventure
This will be a tour and a Picnic Lunch, organized by Ann Spaeth. Bring a picnic lunch and something to share.
June 14, 2017: Installation Luncheon
Meet at the Kellogg Manor House, 3700 Gull Lake Dr E, Hickory Corners at Noon. This Luncheon is for Members Only.
The object of this club shall be to promote horticulture and conservation and the improvement of gardening through study and other garden activities.
MICHIGAN GARDEN CLUB LIFE MEMBERS
- Carol Beckius
- Suzanne Budrow
- Ann Spaeth
- Joann Wespinter
- Evelyn Flynn
NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB LIFE MEMBERS
- Carol Beckius
- Ann Spaeth
Petal Pushers was the vision of two women, Gladys Seseman & Claudia Rice in 1957. Their first program book included a constitution, by-laws, a garden creed, and a list of officers and members.
Through the years the club has been involved in many activities throughout the community. These activities have changed over time, but they always involve ways to enhance and beautify our surroundings. Kalamazoo in Bloom, which involves Bronson Park and Portage Center, are activities that we contribute to as well as working with Alzheimer patients in ‘touch & feel’ activities, with flowers and greens. Our club participates in the annual KGC Greens Sale with creative gifts, and arrangements, plus set up, floor work and tear down.
In 2008 the club had its first plant sale. The plants for the sale come from club member’s yards and the yards of their friends. This sale in now in its 7th year and has become a favorite of all plant sales in the area.
Many years ago two friends with a vision planted a seed and from that our club has grown. It has deep roots and strong branches that have provided interesting activities and enjoyment to a diverse group of women. This year Petal Pushers celebrates its 57th year as a club.