ACTIVE MEMBERS: 55
SUSTAINING AND LIFE MEMBERS: 17
ORGANIZED OCTOBER 1, 1924
GARDEN CLUBS OF ILLINOIS, INC.
THE NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
Our purpose shall be the advancement of gardening, development of the home grounds, civic beautification, garden therapy, and aiding in the protection of forest, wild flowers and birds.
Our Logo: the heart is symbolic of our love of gardening,
growing things and life. The growing flower reminds us
of the beauty and joy we experience as we grow together
in knowledge and friendship.
A stated purpose of the club has been involvement in civic development projects to enhance the beauty of the village of LaGrange, including plantings at the U S Post Office, the LaGrange Historical Society, the LaGrange War Memorial, and other community areas. We donate a tree to our community each year. We work with our village Public Works Department each spring to provide a new design plan for the container gardens located throughout our downtown area and to plant the 80 containers with help from Public Works and interns. In the summer, club members meet weekly to provide flower arrangements to local nursing and retirement homes. In the fall we create centerpieces for a senior citizen serice organization's fundraiser luncheon. These are just a few of our Community Service endevours.
The club’s annual Plant Sale each spring, as well as other fundraisers have allowed us to provide scholarships in the Lyons Township District 204 area. Proceeds from fundraising are also used to provide education for our members through our monthly horticultural programs and to make contributions to various national, state and local gardening activities and projects.
Students in District 204 having a good academic record and pursuing a college education in the field of horticulture, botany, forestry, agriculture, landscape design, floral design, environmental study, or conservation are eligible to apply for scholarships.