2005 FGCM MEMBERSHIP IDEAS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Elaine Fix, FGCM Membership Chairman
I asked all garden club Presidents to discuss with their clubs ideas to grow their membership. Many
clubs reported some very clever ideas. These ideas will be sent by email to every club in the state in a
“Membership Idea Newsletter”.
Here are some ideas that I have received so far:
1) Host a "paint-out". Using member's garden, invite local art club/artists to an afternoon paint-out with
refreshments and prizes (donated? $50.00 certificate at art supply store?). Artists furnish own canvas and
paint medium. Judges can be from local schools and your district and or garden club. Great opportunity for
public relations coverage!
2) Host a flower show at a mall or bank inviting those in the community to participate.
3) Present a program on gardening at the local public library or volunteer to present one to a local Newcomer's
Association. A suggestion is to have 3 or more club members research bugs/pests or their own personal
favorite shrub, perennial, tree and give a 10 minute presentation with a question and answer period following
the presentation. Have a signup sheet for interested prospective members available.
4) Have a booth at the local home show or home/product show. Go armed with books and volunteer to answer
gardening questions. Have a signup sheet for prospective members available.
Jan Weeks, Co President
Judy Jaqua, Co President
Arrowhead Garden Club
We have an annual plant sale each year and have interested several individuals in visiting and joining our club. We
have several members available at the sale to give planting information and offer advice on what to plant.
Also, we choose a Yard of the Month recipient during the growing season. We have recruited several members from
Our meeting time, location and contact person are listed in our local weekly newspaper.
The past two years we have displayed gardening books and club information flyers at the local library during the
National Garden Club week which is held during the first part of June.
Jeanne McDonald, President
Ashland Garden Club
1) Send letters to new residents in the community. Employees of the city send us the names of all new
residents to the community. This is a part of the city sponsored Welcome Wagon program.
2) Provide flower arrangements at City Hall and Library with a sign, “Courtesy of Centralia Flower and
Garden Club” with who to contact. Our garden club appoints a club member to be responsible for each
3) Sponsor a hummingbird program - open to the public. Troy and Janine Gordon, 9705 N. Rt. E,
Harrisburg, MO 65256, email@example.com put on Hummingbird programs. He is a registered bird
bandier and provides these programs including the handouts. The program includes a speech, slides, and
Q&A.. He presented a free program for the Centralia Flower and Garden Club. They will come to any local
venue that is available at the time. We advertised the meeting and location in the local paper.
4) Hold an annual plant sale every April in the city square.
5) Highway triangle beautification project, with a sign indicating it is sponsored by the Centralia Flower
and Garden Club.
6) We have started a two mile cleanup with Adopt a Highway Program. They installed signs at each end
of our area.
Kay Overfelt, President
Centralia Garden Club
Our membership runs between 65 and 70. Our board hopes to keep our numbers
in that area because we have difficulty finding sites for meetings when the numbers
are too large. Many of our members have joined after reading newspaper articles
about our meetings or events so I guess I’d say that publicity is important.
Joyce Szemplenski, President
Lake Bloomers Garden Club
During your ways and means events, ask participants (general public) who have come to
purchase your plants, books, garden crafts, etc. if they are interested in receiving
information about the garden club. Get their phone number and call a couple times to
invite them to the next meeting.
I work in a resale shop. Whenever a customer buys a gardening book, I ask them if they
are interested in the garden club.
Advertisements and notices aren't very effective. One on one invitations work the best.
Linda Ahmann, President
Mexico Garden Club
We try to do as many things as possible to get our name and picture in the paper to generate interest in the
club. This includes an announcement of each month’s meetings with a contact person listed.
We had a table at Wal-Mart on the day they opened they're garden center to answer questions and invite
people to join our club.
We also participated in Boonville's Festival of Lights held on Thursday's in September in the downtown
area. Our club's booth provided gardening information and invited people to join our club.
Cynthia Florek, President
Vineclad Garden Club
EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Print up a flyer about your meetings. Include the date, time, program, place, hostess,
location and phone number of hostess. Place flyers on church bulletin boards, grocery
bulletin boards, break rooms in office buildings, YMCA, exercise clubs or in libraries.
Print up a flyer on how nice a yard looks and place it on the front door of the home
inviting the owner to the next garden club meeting. Consider buying a small space in a
small community church bulletin for one day advertising your meeting. Have evening
meetings instead of day meetings. Have a couples meeting. Provide babysitting
during meetings. Select a specific Chairmen/Committee to work with Boy/Girl Scout
Troops, 4-H groups and other youth organizations. Go to your local high school and
form a garden club. To attract the “Soccer Mom”, maybe have a meeting during soccer
ECD - Central Zone Director
1. Speak to senior groups about gardening
2. Advertise yearly in Bulletin of Shaw's Garden
3. Have a "booth" at various Garden programs, i. e. society plant sales, MO Best
4. Do publicity about community projects in local papers (Suburban Journals) or
your local newspaper.
5. Do combination garage and plant sales
6. Activities such as Meals-on-Wheels - make tray favors with name of garden
club and contact information. We had one member join who is a volunteer.
7. If there is a Singles or other group at garden or art museum, offer to do a
program on flower arranging, houseplants or a subject that the group is
interested in. etc.
8. Welcome wagon flyers
9. Have a plant party - houseplants, orchids, flower arranging, etc.(and/or plant
auction) like the old Tupperware parties.
Gloria Whyte, President
Farm Trails Garden Club
We are lucky in that we have no problems in attracting new members. Our
membership is limited in number and we have been full for years. We have
interesting programs. We maintain a community garden which is a very visible
eyesore turned lovely. People driving by when we are working stop and thank us
and ask about out group. I'm sure both these factors help attract members. Our
local high school's mother's club has started an annual garden tour. It was started
by some of our members. Others interested in the project have learned about our
club and joined.
Sunset Hills Garden Club
East Central District – South Zone
I'm sending this note because I've been concerned about something for several years. There
have been at least a half dozen clubs drop during this time and I have always wondered
about this. . . . in a club of any size, they can't all want to drop garden club! Why doesn't
someone contact each member of these clubs and ask if they would like to join another club?
Example: last fall the St. Anthony's garden club group dropped membership and that was
approximately 32 members! What a loss! And I would think that some of them would have
been delighted to move into one of the other south county clubs.
Barbara Simonson, EC District Treasurer
Contact each new homeowner in your garden club’s original subdivision where the majority
of your members live. Outgoing, enthusiastic member makes the contact at the door with a
loaf of bread and an invitation to the next garden club meeting.
Adult daughters of long time members are a good source for members. These women “grew
up” exposed to garden clubbing. As a 30 year plus club which meets at night, our children
are now grown and homeowners with interests in gardening and civic development.
Programs: We enjoyed two guest speakers from opposite ends of the floral spectrum.
Sue Lonbardo, owner of Recycled Rose in Sappington, Mo. presented a fascinating program
on arrangements, table settings, wreaths etc. using grapevines, lace remnants, leaves and
many other natural materials.
Greg Swenson, floral designer at Ladue Florist in Ladue, Mo. presented a breath taking
program of centerpieces and designs featuring elegant and exotic flowers. He shared
methods for using minimal blooms for maximum effect and many tricks with mechanics.
Heather Heights Garden Club
East Central District – South Zone
1) Publicity in newspaper
2) Personal Contact
3) Community Fair
4) Church newsletter
5) Public Bulletin Boards
6) Home and Garden Show
Shirley Uhlmansick, President
Concord Garden Club
1. Have a plant sale (members donate flowers & plants & garden related items from their own
gardens) in your area and hand out pamphlets to let them know about your garden club.
2. Challenge your own members to bring in new members.
3. Notice gardeners in your neighborhood (area) and compliment them with a letter from your garden
club and invite them to a meeting.
4. Pass out welcome fliers in your neighborhood announcing a tea/coffee party and discuss the great
activities your garden club has to offer there.
5. Ask your recreational center in your area if your club could display information about your garden
club activities for a week, month, etc.
Debbie Rose, President
Oakcrest Garden Club
Our favorite meeting this year (and a repeat from last year), was a Victorian Tea. It was held in May, and
was for lunch. Everyone wore a hat and brought a "tea dainty" to serve. We had a prize for the best hat, and
a member gave a talk on tea etiquette and different kinds of tea. It was fun!
Pat Wynne, President
Claybreakers Garden Club
1) We had a covered dish luncheon at a local B & B and made it a fun time. We also invited
friends. We got 5 new members.
2) We give a certificate to the Garden of the Month winner and offer them a free one year
membership. Only one has joined this year. The next two runner ups get a different
3) We try to get members to invite a friend every month to a meeting. We got 4 new
members in July. This seems to work the best for us.
4) We have a write up every month in the local newspaper about what we are doing and
invite people to come to our meetings.
June Tongay, President
Sullivan Garden Club
Regarding membership ideas, this is what our members came up with:
1. Bring a friend day when a special program is planned.
2. In our newspaper advertisement we put in what the next month’s program will be and
3. At town festivals and county fair, have signs promoting your local garden club with
contact name and phone number.
4. Give all 'Yard of the Month' winners information on the garden club and invite them
to a meeting.
Phyllis Verhulst, President
Owensville Garden Club
Have a public garden tour with lots of promotion through photos and articles in the local newspaper of
featured gardens on the tour. At every garden have two Hostesses with a “SIGN UP” sheet for people
“Would you like to be invited to a garden club meeting?” with name, address and phone number requested.
Make up a brochure about the club with your goals and objectives and put them out at the local library,
garden centers and nurseries.
Sandy Coons, President
Troy Garden Club
We are giving prizes to the "old" members who recruited the most new members this year.
That may not be an original idea but we did recruit new members this year so I guess it is working!
We have grown from 28 to 37 members!
I also think the fact that our club is involved in so many projects, there is something for
everyone to do. Visitors are impressed, they want to join to get involved and to feel needed.
Pat Schnarr, President
Boone Country Garden Club
1. We have an established committee that is responsible for the marketing of the Lewis
and Clark Garden Club. The group has implemented some of the following:
2. Have a separate name tag for guests, which is a different color, so we can easily pick
them out. That way we can make sure we introduce our self to them and welcome
them to our club meeting.
3. We have had “Special Night”, when we have pansies for the guests and for members
who brought them.
4. We also developed a club brochure that is handed out to potential new members. We
encouraged both the husband and wife to join the club.
5. At all plant sales functions and home tours, we have a log sheet for potential
members, to get their name and address for future mailings and follow up.
These are just a few things that we have done to help our club grow.
Jim Beaudry, President
Lewis & Clark Garden Club
NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
We will be adding an open invitation to each month’s club minutes that appear in two
We are also planning on distributing the JOIN A GARDEN CLUB posters that will include
the dates and time of our meetings and a personal contact person.
We have members in three small towns in Linn County so we hope for success.
Shirley Carr, President
Countryside Federated Garden Club
1. Start a Junior Garden club, a good way to get the mother's interested.
2. A monthly garden club news article in the local paper about INTERESTING EVENTS
and a contact person for persons interested in joining.
3. A flower show open to everyone. Send a thank you note to those participating along
with an invitation to become a member.
4. Publicize interesting programs with an invitation to come and invite those who come
5. Encourage and remind members to be aware of persons having an interest in
gardening and INVITE them to become members.
6. At the spring plant sale (or any public event) hand out brochures with information
about the garden club.
7. Have a booth at the county fair with handouts pertaining to gardening, signup sheet
for prize drawings, along with a signup for those interested in joining.
Jean Grogan, President
Putman County Garden Club
We will be adding an open invitation to each month’s club minutes that appear in two
We are also planning on distributing the JOIN A GARDEN CLUB posters that will include
the dates and time of our meetings and a personal contact person.
We have members in three small towns in Linn County so we hope for success.
Shirley Carr, President
Countryside Garden Club
Members tell us the following reasons they join a garden club:
1. Joined to learn more about gardening and flowers and related subjects.
2. A friend asked them to join.
3. Sought out garden club to join as something they wanted to do when they had the time to participate.
4. After moving to the area, it is/was an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.
To find new members, we ask and talk to people that we know. We have sign-up sheets at our garden tour
and plant sale and we are thinking about running an advertisement in the local newspaper.
The one event that Hannibal Garden Club had that not only are members talking about, but people who
attended talked about it for over a year or more. It was our 2003 Garden Tour where we had 4 gardens on
the river bluff where two of us live. We had people calling the next year at garden tour time to see if it was
on the bluff again and then they would tell us about gardens that they seen there the previous year. Our
members thought it was special to see what gardening is like in the woods.
Janet Koplinski, President
Hannibal Garden Club
Clarksville Garden Club is inviting the recipients of Yard of the Month for the past 2 years to their meeting
this month and hope some will decide to join us.
Clarksville Garden Club
1. One of our members created a beautiful half page handout explaining our projects and the
purpose of our club. In this handout we invite people to join our club. We distributed these
at our Annual Iris sale in August. We also have sent them to people in our community who
might be interested in joining our club. I am sending you a copy of the handout by snail
2. We have also tried each year to get newspaper coverage of our various projects especially
during National Garden Club Week in June and encourage people to join.
Thanks for collecting these ideas. We look forward to seeing what other groups are doing.
Joann Espey, President
Maryville Garden Club
I believe a garden club is a group of people meeting together with fellow gardeners and discussing ways to
“Preserve” the earth given to us by God and working together for that purpose so that our children and those
after us may enjoy its beauty and bounty forever.
Our club meets the second Monday of each month (except January). We start our meeting singing the
song, “I Come to the Garden Alone” then we have the Club Collect and a poem or short reading, then our
regular meeting ends with a program on gardening, birds or trees given by one of our members or a guest
In May we have a plant and bake sale that is very profitable. In October we have a “Silent Auction” which
is also a money maker.
In July we have a “Salad Luncheon” where we invite guests and have a guest speaker that is enjoyed by all.
We each take a vase of flowers for table arrangements at this meeting.
We work with the Park Committee and city officials on beautifying the area.
We also try to cheer the elderly in rest homes with birthday parties and showing of flowers and other
Our club consists of 27 members. We have 5 honorable members including one that is a lifetime member.
The only suggestion we came up with was that we may publish more articles in the Local Newspaper about
Louise Shepard, President
Bethany Community Garden Club
SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
1) Put a notice in the paper for new members and invite them for lunch or snacks at a
convenient location for everyone and share information about your garden club.
2) Personal contacts are one of the best ways we have found works for us.
3) Real estate people can invite new buyers to get acquainted with the community by
asking them to join your garden club and give them a flyer about your club.
4) Put an invitation in the newspaper for new members to join a garden club in the area -
plus information about what your club does in the community.
Mary Walters, President
Salem City of Peace Garden Club
Sunbonnet Garden Club discussed this briefly at our meeting in Sept. That month is
our anniversary month dinner meeting. We do award a "Yard of the Month" and the local
newspaper is very accommodating in giving us coverage for that. They usually put a color
picture or two on the front page plus one or two black & white photos and a brief story in
another part of the paper. They include a garden club member contact name and phone
We have a garden tour. We invite visitors and of course at other functions also. Some
of our husbands are helpful. One member, whose husband is a dentist had a woman
patient who liked to garden and he invited her to our club. She was interested and his wife
brought her to the dinner meeting.
Glenda Brockman, President
Sunbonnet Garden Club
The Hartville Garden Club helped to start 2 new clubs. One club is located in
Mansfield, Mo. and the other is in Mountain Grove, Mo. The Chamber of Commerce in both
of these towns was very helpful in letting us know that there was a desire to form garden
clubs. Otherwise, we probably wouldn't have known. We met with citizens who were
interested. Show them our yearbook and what our club was accomplishing in the
community. I have found that there has to be hardworking members who want to keep the
club moving or else it will fold up if there is no desire there to work at it.
Joan Meigs, President
Hartville Garden Club
Instead of a citywide Yard-of-the-Month contest, we have a countywide contest which is from May through
October. We have certain areas judged. We also publish pictures and details describing the monthly
winners in their respective newspapers.
This year we reinstituted the Flower Show at the county fair and anyone interested was encouraged to enter.
Our club became a member of the Chamber of Commerce so that new residents are informed of our garden
We have a float in the annual 4th of July parade that displays some of the plants grown by our members.
Several of the members ride the float also.
We are also involved with the Tree City USA tree plantings in Marshfield and will be having a booth with
information about our garden club, the upcoming flower show and a bulb sale next spring at the 1st Cherry
Blossom festival in Marshfield.
As you can see, making our presence known in the community is a vital part of increasing our membership.
Susan Scarborough, President
Stargazer Garden Club
1. Bright, Bubble-gum Pink Tee-Shirts/Tanks
Our tee-shirts have blue-script lettering on the front with “Mountain View Garden
Club” and “Wednesday Weeders” on the back. We wear them on two Wednesday Workdays
a month; as a group. Drivers can spot us from a mile off! We also wear them to group
activities at our elementary school and to our semi-annual plant sales. We wear them from
February through November, often with a long-sleeved shirt underneath.
2. Spring and Fall Plant Sales to Public
We hold these sales in “What Park” which is located downtown, on Saturday
mornings. These are our only Ways and Means fundraisers. Press coverage prior to the event
stresses that we provide plants from our gardens which grow well in our area of the Ozarks,
so newcomers (often retirees) attend the sales. It’s a good time to recruit new members.
3. Annual Spring Nursery Tour
We meet and carpool, usually in April to 4-6 local growers/plant nurseries. We invite
newcomers to our community to come along with us to offer them other resources than
distant box stores. We rotate our tour route every year. This year we descended on a local
high school nursery run by their FFA group which supplied flats of annuals for new
flowerbeds in the community.
4. Community-wide, Standard Flower Show
This is an annual event held at the Mountain View Community Center, downtown.
Our 2005 show opened to the public Friday, May 20 from 2.00 – 8 pm and on Saturday, May
21, 9 am – 12 noon. We also purchased and gave away four potted roses as door prizes to
attract more visitors. We vary the flower show dates each year to offer diverse horticultural
and display options. We’ve added a Fruit and Vegetable Division and Youth Division to
attract more entries and encourage gardening interest. All members of the public are invited
to enter the Design Division in hopes of attracting new members.
5. Progressive Members’ Garden Tour
This annual, day-long event, held in June this year, is open to friends as well as
members. We met and carpooled to four gardens (one belonged to a non-member)
throughout the day. We began at 9.00 am, drove to the first garden, toured it, then enjoyed
coffee cake and savory cornbread with teas at 9.30, a luncheon of cold salads and
sandwiches at 11.00 am and dessert with coffee at 3.00 pm. We ended the day with a
business meeting. One of our members organized the tour and each member who
volunteered to show her garden was supported by another member or two who brought the
treats, so each hostess was just responsible for showing her garden. This is one of our most
fun activities; it’s a good event to invite prospective members to, as we enjoy good food
second only to great gardens!
Carolyn Flynn Williams, President
Mountain View Garden Club
The Azalea Garden Club of Kennett, Mo. is in a small town setting. Kennett has a population of 11,000. The
club tries to keep a high public profile by reporting activities in the local news paper, the Daily Dunklin Democrat. We
submit pictures whenever possible because readers are drawn to pictures more quickly.
The Moonlight Garden Club of Hayti, seventeen miles away, also puts publicity in the Daily Dunklin Democrat.
Since they are in Pemiscot County this spurs us on to be sure we have something that equals their activities. They
also have a good photographer and news gatherer.
The Azalea Garden Club was Federated in 1949. We still have one charter member, Ella Price. She has
been an inspiration for the rest of us for 56 years! She is a beautiful, vivacious lady. Her home was established by her
husband's parents. The original "outhouse" has been made into a garden storage and potting shed. They also had a
chicken coop and horse barn. Ella and husband, Paul, incorporated these into an attractive landscape. Paul Price
passed away a few years back. The garden has a large beautiful patio with a gas grill, electrical outlets for various
appliances, built-in storage that serves as seating. There is a gazebo that provides an extra sheltered dining area.
Paul had a woodworking shop in the horse barn which was destroyed by a fire several years ago.
Ella has served several times as Azalea Garden Club President and taken her turn with the other offices, too.
She often hosted church and garden club events such as breakfasts, garden tours and ice cream socials.
Our club motto is: "I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I
will leave a trail." Murial Strode. Ella Price has been our leader, blazing the way into the future. She has had a vision
and a mission. When I arrived on the scene in 1970, there were goals and objectives. Nevertheless, we have a
direction to follow. We are just hoping that others will follow and maintain our trail.
We hold Ella Price in high esteem.
Anita Blackmon, President
Azalea Garden Club
1. Try entering a float in a parade.
2. We plant a raised flower bed at a nursing home.
3. We maintain a flower bed at City Flag pole, The Garden in Fredericktown and the Lettis Burris flower
bed at the intersection of Hwy 67.
4. We have also set up a booth at our Fredericktown Fair.
Betty J Wagganer, President
Fredericktown Garden Club
During our meeting the members agreed, 100%, that in order to encourage new members to join our
club the club needed to be involved in a project, such as our park’s rose garden or the Lewis and Clark
"Red House" gardens. They said that even though you may have interesting meetings, that won't hold
the interest of a new member like gardening or working in the community.
As an aside, one member said a sure way to loose new members is to nominate them for a position in the
first one to two years after joining.
Sue Ann Austin, President
Rose Hills Garden Club
We put an article in a local newspaper about our monthly meeting and who to contact.
In February we held a workshop planting seeds for a new project. We designed and planted a
Historical Wildflower Garden at the Governor Fletcher Home and Museum. Fletcher House was built in
1851 by Thomas C. Fletcher, Missouri's first native-born Governor (1865-69), and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. The Fletcher House is operated as a "House Museum" through the cooperative
efforts of the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Department, and the Fletcher House Foundation. Our
club voted to design and build the garden there as a new project. We all have been involved some way or
another. A member contacted John Brophy, the President of the Foundation to get permission. It is located
on Elm and Main Street in Hillsboro, Mo. We go several times to weed and water. This summer being so
dry, it was a chore, but we all helped out. I put an article and picture in the summer edition of the Garden
Forum. We are in the process of making a Book of Evidence. I also had the picture and article in our local
paper. The garden is actually near the Huskey Log Cabin that was moved early this year, nearby the
Fletcher House. The Log Cabin sits directly behind the Fletcher House.
This has been an exciting project for our club.
Karen Aho, President
Glades Garden Club
1. 100% of our new members are through word of mouth. The yearbook states that a guest must be brought to
a meeting before the member who brought them can offer a written request for membership.
2. Provide interesting programs with a mix of hands on projects, trips and informational speakers. Some
a. Concrete Leaf Casting
b. Flower Pounding
c. Trees of the Bible
d. Holiday Floral Arrangement
e. Chesterfield Garden Tour
f. Soil Sample (Local Extension Office)
3. Provide clear communication of all garden club related activities (whether it is just for our club or for the
Farmington Garden Council using:
a. Calling committee
b. Post cards
c. Occasional newsletters
Marisa Zaricor, President
Nancy Weber Garden Club
1) Every year we have our annual Poppy Seed Luncheon and Auction. The members prepare the
food and we buy or make items to be auctioned off after we serve the meal. Our tickets are
$8.00 per person and we have ladies from all over Pemiscot County that attend. It's a fun day
out for the women and they may bring their daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter,
mother or a special friend. They enjoy a great meal and have fun with our items that we
auction off. We usually raise $2,000 to $3,000 to help beautify Hayti. Ladies love to be in our
club to be able to participate with the fun we have each year for this event.
2) We also plant trees, shrubs, etc. throughout the community and when someone asks about
what all we do they are surprised sometimes by all the trees and bushes that have been planted
by our club. So, we are very active in helping to keep Hayti beautiful. We also have our
flower show and people in our community visit and discuss the various flowers and we are able
to invite them to a meeting to see if they are interested in joining.
3) We also have "Yard of the Month" during the summer. We judge yards for their
beautification in flowers, trees, shrubs, etc. in their yards. We give out two "Yard of the
Months" each month.
1. At Christmas we also have a Christmas Lighting Contest where we judge the homes for their
beautiful Christmas decorations and award cash prizes for this event. The people in the
community will ask members, “When are you judging for the Christmas Decorating? They
want to make sure their lights are on and they have everything ready. They really work hard
4) Therefore, we believe the events listed above always help when we are ready to recruit new
members. Many times we encourage them to invite of friend of theirs to make it easier when
you try something new, it's always nice to have a special friend by your side. Our members are
very close, in that we are more like family. When one of our members is hurt, we hurt. We
are there to help support them in sickness, death, etc.
Barbara Watkins, President
Moonlight Garden Club
1. Ask a friend - always!
2. Spring Fling - This is a project planned and coordinated by the Cape Girardeau Council of Garden
Clubs. This project was started several years ago where all the Cape clubs meet for tea and include a
guest for this social. We have also held a luncheon open to the public and the program is usually
a demonstration of floral arranging techniques. One time it was even held at the Capaha Park Rose
Garden. Last year, the council president hosted this event at her home on a Sunday afternoon.
Spring Fling was started so all garden clubbers could get to know one another and it has expanded to
include friends and all interested in gardening.
3. Invite a friend to your Christmas party. Our club celebrates the start of the holidays with a social
and very brief business meeting. The neat part is that spouses of members are invited as are guests'
spouses. This interaction among couples is simply great. We do not limit to "spouses" -- could be
significant other or another family member or better yet...two friends!
4. Invite a friend to a meeting and feed them. We always hold a potluck supper in the early spring.
Members and guests have the opportunity to do much needed spring cleaning at the Capaha Rose
Garden. We then have our picnic and meeting at the park. Guests really seem to enjoy seeing and
participating in the hands-on gardening and then having the meal immediately following.
Judy Holshouser, President
Ramblewood Garden Club
We had a ball yesterday, Sept. 8, 2005, driving to El Dorado Springs, Mo. for the Fall District
Meeting. There were nine of us and we always have a great time just visiting. We stopped on the
way home for pie and coffee at Peggy's Restaurant which is famous for its pies. We also stopped
at an orchard for apples and peaches at a nearby produce stand.
I want to commend our garden club for donating $500 to the Lutheran Foundation for the Katrina
evacuees--this organization matches $1 for every $2 donated, $100 to our local Christian
Action Ministry and $100 to a local school to purchase supplies for the children that will be
absorbed into our education system. We recently had a refugee at our garden club meeting. She
had no idea where her 19 yr. old son was. We all huddled around her and hopefully she felt
Our club also gave $105 to two different Habitat for Humanity families. Now we have to get busy
and restore our coffers for future good works for our community and this USA. Ours is a busy
We have a table at the Hollister Grape and Fall Festival today and tomorrow. We will greet
participants and tell them about the wonderful opportunities available in our Shepherd of the Hills
Garden Club. We will also have a raffle for potted plants--the proceeds will go to the Hollister Buy
a Brick Movement to support their park system.
Next month we will plant in our two beds in downtown Branson, Mo. that we maintain during the
year. These beds are cleaned and watered regularly and are quite a sight to behold. You asked
what we were doing…I could go on and on.
Also we are going on a tour 9/22/05 to Sandstone near Joplin where we will shop, have lunch in
the tearoom and attend a seminar on Holiday table and other decor. Want to join our club?????
We really know how to have a good time!
Bev Brown, President
Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club
Membership ideas: We always have an article printed about our meeting, speakers
and their program. It is hand delivered by our publicity chairman, Donna Brody. We
have had people call about this and ask for the next meeting date. They come to the
next meeting and join the club.
Members bring friends, the friends always join.
We have an annual garden tour where the public is invited. We advertised the event in
the newspaper. We also have a couple of extra tours to interesting places and this will
bring new members.
We toured Oak Hill Gardens, Ornamental Plant Specialists owned by Alice McBee in
Bolivar, Mo. They have over 200 varieties of Perennials, shrubs, trees, vines, herbs,
ornamental Grasses, unusual Annuals, unique handcrafted garden art and display
gardens. It’s located at 3889 Highway 83, Bolivar, Mo. 65613, 417-777-6978 or
contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s 5 miles north of Citizens Memorial Hospital.
The hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk. Our newspaper here
in Stockton, Mo. is really good about printing our activities for us. This brings new
Our flower shows are free to the public and is well attended. Our Art Council here in
Stockon, Mo. also advertises our yearly programs; this also helps a great deal.
I think my favorite program that we did was a Garden Tea Party. It was in May and we
were blessed with wonderful weather. It was outside and we wore big hats and nice
summer dresses. We invited the Buffalo Garden Club and it was great fun. One more
item, we are trying to get our monthly programs back to gardening and this seems to
be bringing more people to visit and they almost always join.
Jeanette Helter, President
Stockton Lake Garden Club
Here’s what we do:
1) Club car-pooled to nursery – lunch and enjoyed seeing and buying plants.
2) Springtime visit to Tall Timer Acres, which has been designated as a Wildlife
Habitat area. A walking trail through 14 acres of wooded area which has several
flower beds, a Japanese Garden and soon to be, an English garden.
3) We celebrate each March with our “Mad Hatter Tea Party” time for each member
to wear their best hat and get their picture taken. Everyone receives a print out of
all, as shown below.
4) Each month 3 members are chosen as judges to choose the best Yard of the Month
and place the sign in the yard with the photo in the newspaper.
5) We love to meet and eat from the lovely sit down luncheon at Mary Lou’s to
several salad lunches, to homemade ice cream while we make plans for the Flower
Show for the County Fair.
Martha Loney, President
Buffalo Garden Club
We had only one idea. Our new members come from our Yearly Garden Club Flower show.
Anne Ogle, President
Dogwood Garden Club of Shell Knob
WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Here are some ideas we came up with...
1. Money maker auction in December with a pot luck meal for our Christmas celebration
2. Talk about the bird population in Kansas City or a special species or variety of bird.
3. Hints to know what to do for caring for plants in your garden and get them ready for winter and then
4. We have interesting and varieties of topics from speakers in this area.
5. We take field trips in our area to see what grows uniquely for us.
6. We have a special May luncheon and program the program in the morning would be on designs and
then Dianne Swann would share wonderful slides of places she has visited.
7. We have our programs in the morning and afternoons.
Suzi Brown, President
Kansas City Garden Club
1) We get in touch with the women in our community, who are near retirement, stay at
home moms or are new to the community. We let them know about our club and
what we are about.
2) We invited our sister club to a luncheon and auction. The menu was planned by our
President and every member brought a dish and an item for the auction. The
flower arrangements for the tables were ordered by the Presidents, city hall was
decorated by our members, we had music playing in the background and after our
luncheon we invited our sisters to tour an antique store in town and a few members
gardens that were close by.
3) We have a flower show each year in conjunction with our community fair. This
event draws a lot of people. We set up an educational display, provide advice and
ideas for those who need gardening help.
4) Fahrmeier Gardens Greenhouse and Market - 816-934-2472.
Colgene Gilbert, President
Wellington-Napolian Dirt Daubers
1) We made business cards. They have a garden related picture with our club
name on the front and on the back they give the information of when, where, and
the time of our monthly meetings. Some members add their telephone number.
We hand them out every place we go, if anyone shows interest. It keeps us from
writing the info every time someone asks us.
2) We have a printed banner with our name on it. It is white and attaches to two
fence posts. We have two public gardens we take care of. When we work in these
gardens, we use the banner. One is in front of the Post Office in Raymore, Mo. and
the other is along Hwy 58. We use it to advertise our plant sale that is held at the
Park and Rec building and at Easter when we hand out trees. We post fliers all over
town to advertise this event along with an advertisement in the local newspaper.
3) We do a “Yard of the Month” along with a “runner up” and advertise this in our
local newspaper. When we received a grant from Walmart for $1,000 we notified
the newspaper for a photo.
Judy Gudde, President
Sunset Garden Club
1) HAVE A "COFFEE" AND INVITE EVERYONE WE CAN THINK OF WHO
MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR GARDEN CLUB.
MOST OF OUR MEMBERS ARE OVER 75 YEARS OLD.
2) WE HAVE HAD PICNICS AND INVITED MEMBERS FROM OTHER GARDEN
CLUBS TO COME TO SHARE IDEAS. (HAVE NOT RECRUITED ANY NEW
MEMBERS FROM THIS THOUGH)
Lucy Colwell, President
Country Cheer Garden Club
1) FRIENDLY MEMBERS
2) GOOD RELEVANT PROGRAMS
3) FRIENDS BRING THEIR FRIENDS
4) MEETINGS MOVE ALONG QUICKLY
5) GOOD GARDEN TOURS
6) GOOD WORKSHOPS
JUNE HAVNER, PRESIDENT
RAYTOWN GARDEN CLUB
1) Personal invitation: Friend to friend has worked better for us than any other way.
Our friends like to garden and they ask us to join them in a garden club; we can
enjoy our friends as well as gardening!
2) We exhibited signs in store windows during National Garden Club week, we have
attracted members by pictures of our club and members and our work that they can
3) We have a Community Rose Garden in our town and many people stop there and
look at the garden while our members are working. We have gained members that
way as well as donations to the garden.
4) Sometimes we have gained a member that is in another organization with us
Nancy Hill, President
Pioneer Garden Club