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The Garden Clubs of Missouri

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.

This entry was posted on May 23, 2017.

Growing a Garden: National Garden Club Tips for Beginners

Creating a garden with beauty, purpose and balance starts with careful planning — not digging or planting. A good start for beginners is to make a rough sketch of your garden areas, outlining the areas you want to plant flowers or vegetables. National Garden Clubs offer resources, education and networking to help your garden become a success. Here are some basic tips to get you started growing your first garden.

Think small — It’s better to start small, get experience and then expand on it next year than it is to get overwhelmed and discouraged by biting off more than you can chew.
Water access — Nothing makes it harder to manage a new garden than not planning how your garden will be watered. Plan your garden around the location of spigots, and the methods you’ll use to get the water to your plants.

Try a variety of plants — Until you get experience, you won’t know what grows well in your area, or in your yard. Don’t be discouraged if a plant doesn’t work well – try something else.
Start with a color theme — Choose one or two colors of flowers to start, until you get the hang of how to arrange plants by color.

This entry was posted on July 15, 2015.

Improving the Home with a Garden

Home improvement involves the outside as well as the inside of your home. A brand new set of windows and a garden are two great ways to improve the look of your home’s exterior. Places like www.homeproimprovement.com/windows can help with the windows, but when it comes to gardens, there are a couple things to take into consideration.

Now, we’ve already spoken about the garden club and how growing a garden of your own is key to getting in. However, aside from admission to the garden club, a garden in the front yard is also a great home improvement.

Gardens can be colorful, full of exotic plants and flowers, or they can be practical – full of things you can actually use. You can grow a rainbow of colorful flowers or you could grow your own spices and herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Gardens also don’t have to be green. Water gardens and rock gardens, while maybe not being garden club material, can certainly improve the look of your lawn.

So just remember that, the next time you are looking at home improvement options. Don’t stop at windows and walls and doors. It’s always good to remember the outside as well as the inside.

This entry was posted on March 1, 2015.