The Friendly Garden Club
 of Traverse City, MI

P.O. Box 1286, Traverse City, MI 49685

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

DONATIONS WELCOME!
If you are interested in making a donation to help our club in support of these wonderful community projects, simply click the GREEN donate button or you can mail a check to The Friendly Garden Club, P.O. Box 1286, Traverse City, MI 49685.  Your financial help will be very much appreciated.
        HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  SEE YOU NEXT MARCH, 2023!
2022-23 FRIENDLY GARDEN CLUB COMMUNITY PROJECTS
  2023 Geranium Sale has ended!  Pickup will be on May 11, 2023  at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park from 9:30 a.m.--4 p.m.  Thanks to all who purchased our geraniums in the past, and we hope to see you on May 11, 2023!  
  "Our Giving Garden" located in the Community Gardens was also put to bed for the winter.  This year we worked with a variety of students throughout the summer instructing them on how to plant, weed, and harvest produce with the excess being given to local food pantries (approximately 400 lbs were donated so far).  We look forward to 2023 when we can work with more students.
  The Children' Sensory Garden located at The Botanic Garden is moving forward!  The first part of our Sensory Trail was installed in May.  Our water feature, "Little Explorer's Creek" is currently  under construction.  Hopefully, this spring the amphitheater will be constructed as well as the installation of the corn crib.  Come visit our new hardscape additions (Colantha and the Kinderbells) that were installed this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates!! 
  The Logo Garden was also put to bed for the winter.   You will have to return in the spring to see what new design will be planted at the Open Space.
                         To see more photos of these activities, see the Photos section.

Congratulations Youth Gardening Committee for receiving a 1st Place award from the
Central Region Garden Clubs, Inc. 
 
"Caring Through Garden Therapy."
 
 

   This was awarded for the best program of services for an activity with the developmentally and/or physically challenged involving "Our Giving Garden" located at The Botanic Garden.  

   The Central Region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.  Congratulations to the Youth Gardening Committee for all your hard work and dedication.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN OUR CLUB

     If you enjoy gardening, flower arranging, being outdoors, working with others, and the joy that giving back to your community brings, you may want to join us by visiting one of The Friendly Garden Club meetings to learn more about our charitable organization.   To attend any of our "OPEN" meetings or become a member, please send an email to our membership chairperson, Sue, who will give you all the information you need to become a member.  We are currently meeting at the Visitor Center classroom at The Botanic Garden.

     Our club will be celebrating its 100th year in 2023!  Currently, our club has 52 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 Logo Garden at the Open Space.  In addition to these projects, we have added "Our Giving Garden," which works with local children at the Community Gardens on planting and harvesting herbs and vegetables with produce going to local food pantries.   Our newest and biggest project is the Children's Sensory Garden, which is described below.  If you would like to help us in these community endeavors, please donate to The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City. 

THE CHILDREN'S SENSORY GARDEN   

The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, Michigan, in partnership with The Botanic Garden, has taken on the responsibility of building a garden enhancing a sensory experience for children of all ages to explore and experience meaningful connections with nature through the five senses.  Our garden will allow for educational activities that provide for sensory stimulation, development of physical, mental, emotional and social skills, will nurture the wonder in a child's imagination, and provide a safe place of enrichment and enjoyment for children of all ages.  This garden will provide a unique sensory experience for both young and old alike that currently does not exist in our community. With your help we can make this garden a reality.  To learn more.  Click here!



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