The history of garden clubs started way back 1891. It started with the idea of a special group studying plants. After the war there was reconstruction that needed to be done to monuments and public gardens. Each person would study a certain plant and work to restore what had been taken. A year after they decided to make this a reality. The Garden Club was born in Athens, Georgia.
Since then, various garden clubs were formed in other American communities. Garden Clubs are initially a women’s activity, over time it also became a movement that involves men. The first ever men’s garden club was established in 1932 as Men’s garden Club of America (now The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America)
The objectives of a garden club does not stop on the beautification of the private garden of its members. Many clubs are also dedication in preserving the nature, they having different events such as highway or roadside beautification. They are also committed in educating the youth about the wildlife and nature. Included to their mission is to spark the interest of the youth in gardening and engage them into it. One more interesting activity in a garden club is the flower arranging. The club will sponsor a flower show wherein the club member will compete. This part of American garden club was adopted by some U.K women who had observed the flower arranging activities in North America.
The National Garden Club headquarters is in St. Louis, Missouri. It is a non-profit organization that offers educational opportunities for members. This is the primary goal and mission. The whole story can be found at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jun/30/club-connection-southside-gardeners-love-flowers/?partner=RSS
This presents a wonderful opportunity to learn through videos and written lessons, which can be done individually or as a group. The Flower Show Schools can train the members to be Flower Show Judges. Landscape Design Courses are available. The course covers the history of landscape design, showcasing a variety of design techniques used in community or urban areas. We are also proud that one of our club members works in the estate manager NYC domestic staffing division of The Wellington Agency.
All over the United States we can see the wonderful work of the National Garden Clubs. Educating people in this field has given them pride and a real sense of accomplishment. Learning to improve gardening skills is just one of the benefits of being a member.