There’s a garden club near you
A quick look at clubs from Kennett Square to Elverson and in between
On Oct. 13, I profiled the Conestoga Garden Club and the Garden Class of the Women’s Community Club of Uwchlan. This week I want to highlight several other of the garden clubs in Chester County.
The Spade and Trowel Club
Organized in 1939, the Spade and Trowel Club is active in and around Kennett Square. The federated club (of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania) participates in projects such as landscaping local flower beds, and providing flowers and arrangements for community affairs and organizations. It also competes in local and regional flower shows: the Longwood Flower Show; the Philadelphia Flower Show; and its own in-house show. The club has won many individual and club awards throughout its history.
The Spade and Trowel Club undertakes projects and makes donations that reflect the sense of the membership. The objective is to involve as many members as possible in a broad array of gardening and related interests. Members have worked with the Kennett Square Beautification Committee, and designed and maintain the herb and kitchen garden at Barns Brinton House in Chadds Ford, as well as other community service projects.
The club meets September through June on the second Tuesday of the month, in private homes or public venues in and around Kennett Square. For more information, go to http:// www.spadeandtrowelgardenclub.com/.
Twin Valleys Garden Club
Twin Valleys Garden Club (TVGC) members exchange gardening tips and flower seeds, attend and present educational programs, and visit local and regional gardens.
Originating in the Pickering and Great Valleys in the late 1920s, TVGC has grown to include members from Malvern and Charlestown, Phoenixville and Audubon, Chester Springs and West Chester, Exton and East Nantmeal. TVGC members take an active role in gardening and community service projects to benefit groups whose missions match the goals of the group.
The club takes pride in the goals it has upheld since its inception: to stimulate an interest in gardening; to preserve native beauty, both horticultural and scenic; and to prevent these natural treasures from being destroyed or exploited.
In addition to learning about new plants and improving their existing gardening skills, members can serve as volunteer
judges in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gardening and Greening Contest, plan and maintain public garden areas at Historic Yellow Springs, Instruct young adults with special needs in the Camphill community on the basics of flower arranging, learn to think like a flower show judge, work at local craft fairs to answer gardening questions, visit local and regional gardens and greenhouses, exchange seeds, bulbs, seedlings, and saplings, and make new gardening friends.
TVGC holds regular daytime meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Each meeting includes
an educational program or workshop presented by a local expert or an experienced club member. For more information, send email to twinvalleys@ aol.com
Elverson Garden Club
Finally, out in the far northwestern part of Chester County, is the Elverson Garden Club. This federated club encourages education in horticulture through membership programs and workshops. The organization holds monthly competitions and its own annual flower show. In 2014 the club won a blue ribbon from the Philadelphia Flower Show for their exhibit. The club’s outreach focus is the Morgantown Village Library Garden and the Tel Hai Rose Garden in Honeybrook.
Says current president Ginny Somers, “Our club is not just about gardening, but about the environment — birds, butterflies — and how they all relate and go along with gardening.” She notes that since becoming federated, club members have so many opportunities to take classes, hear different speakers, and attend annual and quarterly district meetings.
Regular club meetings are held in the Morgantown Village Library on the first Thursday or the month (except January and February) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Somers at 610458-8192.