Chester County garden clubs enhance community
Recently, I referenced garden clubs as a great place to meet fellow gardeners and to learn more about gardening. I also promised to gather information on garden clubs in Chester County to share with you. Below is a start on the ten clubs I learned about.
Conestoga Garden Club — Thanks to Daily Local reader Cindy Clark, for the following information:
“Our club was established in 1956 so it has been active for 60 years. Our mission is ‘To further the enjoyment and knowledge of Gardening.’
“We are a diverse group with a variety of interests and talents. We learn from each other as much as we do from others. And, we continue to pass our love of gardening onto the next generation. The Club entered the Philadelphia Horticulture Society (PHS) Flower show for the first time in 1961 and was awarded a first place in their class.
“Our bylaws limit the number of active members to 30. We have meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday of the month. Meetings may be held at private homes, public gardens such as Welkinweir or Scott Arboretum, and other locations such as Henrietta Hankin Library or Historic Yellow Springs. There is a special speaker, activity, or trip for each meeting. We also do Garden design and Maintenance at Historic Yellow Springs in the gardens at the front of the “old” library.
“To become eligible for membership in the Conestoga Garden Club a person must be sincerely interested in gardening and attend at least three Garden Club programs within one year. If interested in being sponsored as a new member, you can contact our current membership chairwoman, Cyndy von Czoernig at 610.917.0411.”
Garden Class of the Women’s Community Club of Uwchlan — Thanks to reader Sharon Richardson for the following information:
“The Woman’s Community Club of Uwchlan (WCCU) was founded in 1922 and the Garden Class of the WCCU was founded in 1934. We currently have 70 members. We are in District I of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania; and we are members of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and NGC Central Atlantic Region.
“We meet at the Uwchlan Meeting House in Lionville, PA on the fourth Thursday of each month. During our monthly meetings we have the opportunity to display flower designs and horticulture for judging and participate in challenge classes. Our programs include presentations on plants, design, and conservation, workshops, and tours of local gardens.
“Our objectives are education in gardening, flower design, and conservation; maintenance of the grounds of the Uwchlan Meeting House; and preservation of the Uwchlan Meeting House, a National Historic Site.
“We sponsor a spring flower show in the Meeting House every
other year and are active in the fall Longwood Gardens Flower Show on alternate years. We hold a plant sale on the first Saturday in May that includes member plants, shrubs, and trees. In conjunction with our parent organization (WCCU), we gather and bunch fresh evergreens for making wreaths and swags, make boxwood trees, and design table arrangements for our annual Christmas Fair.
WCCU participates in community outreach programs for the homeless, crafts dolls for local hospitals, and awards a scholarship. Our members also serve as hostesses when the Uwchlan Meeting House is open to the public for tours the 1st Sunday of each month, 2 to 4 p.m., from April to November.”
Note: As I’ve researched our local garden clubs I’ve noticed the enthusiasm, energy, and dedication of their members. It’s clear that these clubs do more than meet, share ideas, and learn from professional gardeners. These groups are also committed to bringing their love of gardens and the beauty of plants into the community; the projects they support and their accomplishments are legion. Largely unheralded, these gardeners bring beauty to our communities and bring communities together, year after year.
Pam Baxter is an avid organic vegetable gardener who lives in Kimberton. Direct e-mail to email@example.com, or send mail to P.O. Box 80, Kimberton, PA 19442. Join the conversation at “Chester County Roots,” a Facebook page for gardeners in the Delaware Valley. Go to Facebook, search for Chester County Roots, and “like” the page. To receive notice of updates, click or hover on “Liked” to set your preferences.