The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, MI

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

              COME JOIN US IN 2019!

If you enjoy gardening or anything relating to horticulture, flower arranging, the environment and more, you may want to visit one of The Friendly Garden Club meetings!   This year our club is celebrating its 96th year since we were organized in 1923 with 35 members.  Currently, our club has 53 active volunteers that keep Traverse City beautiful, which is reflected in our annual projects such as the Garden Walk, geranium sale, and the planting of the "open space" by the Bay.  We, also, support a summer long program at the Grand Traverse Area Children's Garden that teach children how to grow and enjoy eating vegetables.  These are just a few of our projects!  Be sure to check out the "Photo" section of our website for more information and see all the awards our club has earned this year.

All monies raised from our projects are totally given back to the community by way of grants and scholarships. If you are interested in learning more about us, our club holds monthly meetings from April through November, where we feature guest speakers, have hands-on projects, and field trips, all emphasizing horticultural tips and the love of gardening.  To attend any of our "OPEN" meetings or become a member, please send an email to our membership chairperson, Beth  We would love to have you join us in 2019!  See what being a "FRIENDLY" is all about!  If you would like to make a donation to The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, click here.

It is a very sad year for The Friendly Garden Club to lose these four wonderful women. They will all be greatly missed. 

Top Left:  Susan Kuschell died 5/18/18. Susan was an active member of The Friendly Garden Club (FGC). She joined in 1994 and was President in 1998-1999. She was also the District V Director.  Susan founded and was Director of The GTA Children's Garden where she worked tireless hours on their wonderful gardens and learning gardens.

Top right:  Erie Heermann joined FGC in 1958. She was President of FGC in 1965-1967. She was a District V Director in 1976-1977 and was the Michigan Garden Club State President from 1984-1986. Erie passed away on 8/1/2018.  She was a very creative person and loved by all. 

Bottom Left:  Ann Nichols joined FGC in 1996. Ann was a Master Flower Show Judge and was a fabulous floral designer. She continued to attend the MGC schools up until the last two years. Ann was also awarded Volunteer of The Year by The Master Gardener Association and The Leelanau Conservancy. Ann passed away on 12/18/18.

Bottom Right:  Elnora Milliken. Elnora joined FGC in 1959. She was a fantastic flower arranger and was very active with Ikebana. She was also very instrumental in the formation of the Traverse City Symphony and The Old Town Playhouse. She did a weekly radio spot for FGC in the 1980's. Elnora passed away on 1/11/2019.  (Article written by Sue S.)

MGC, NGC Awards and Winner of the
"Keep Michigan Beautiful" Award

Check out our "Photo" section to see all the awards The
Friendly Garden Club received from the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. & the National Garden Clubs, Inc.