SOUTH HAVEN GARDEN CLUB
Our purpose is to educate and to beautify.
Who We Are
The South Haven Garden Club was first organized in 1930 by a group of like-minded plant enthusiasts who were members of the Scott Club. The club joined the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, Inc. and the National State Council of State Garden Clubs (now the National Garden Clubs) in 1933. There were 40 members in the club at that time.
The object of this club was to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds; and to encourage civic planting. Through the years the club members have been involved in community beautification and service projects throughout the city.
Today, the South Haven Garden Club has 109 members and holds many annual events to support our mission. We bestow two college scholarships each year to students entering the horticulture field and participate in many community beautification projects.
In October 2021, the club was awarded a certificate by the Michigan Garden Club for 90 years of continuing community support.
Pictured from the left are Michele Armstrong, District 3 Director; Diane Wilberding, SHGC President; Monica Taylor, Michigan Garden Club, President.
What We Do
We enjoy making new friends, exchanging ideas with plant-loving people and learning from horticultural and environmental speakers. We host an annual Garden Walk and Craft Boutique, hold the Holiday Boutique and Greens Sale, arrange weekly Hospice Flowers and maintain the Blue Star Memorial Garden, Library Reading Garden and LH Bailey Bench Garden. Our club sponsors college scholarships and supports a variety of environmental and community projects.
Come join us for fun, friendship and flowers!
“I wish to inform the members of the South Haven Garden Club how much I appreciate the attention paid to the appearance of the small garden which surrounds the Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on the west side of the Blue Star Highway (County Road A2), north of the Phoenix Road/Blue Star Highway traffic light.
The marker in South Haven is the best maintained marker in Michigan due to the efforts of your garden club.
You are to be congratulated for your beautification efforts. They are appreciated by those of us who drive on the Blue Star highway.”
John Geisler, EdD. Professor Emeritus
Western Michigan University
Garden Walk 2021
Photos by Lisa Stegall
Presenter Mary Van Tassel showing the members how to preserve flowers by waxing and pounding.
Robin Kniebes, owner of Grapevine Nursery and Greenhouse gave a very informative presentation at the October meeting about plant propagation. His knowledge of the process was received warmly with many questions following. A perfect weather day to learn about a topic relevant to many.