The Friendly Garden Club
 of Traverse City, MI

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

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TRAVERSE CITY--2022!
For more information and to purchase Garden Walk Tickets online 
This year's GARDEN WALK features four private gardens and the First Congregational Church's Garden of Remembrance located on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula.   Refreshments will be served at the First Congregational Church's Garden Room.  While enjoying our famous cookies, please view a special video showing two fabulous "private" gardens, enjoy educational displays, enter your name and cell number for a chance to win a wine tasting for six donated by Bonobo Winery, and check out our perennial plant sale outside the church.  With your support and the help of our wonderful sponsors, we will be able to continue our projects to beautify and make Traverse City a wonderful place to live and visit.  Please join us!
2022 FRIENDLY GARDEN CLUB PROJECTS
  "Our Giving Garden" located in the Community Gardens had its first cleanup day on May 13 with members weeding and applying compost to the soil.   The garden was planted on May 27th.  Stop by and visit our beautiful garden.   We have some new residents joining us in our garden.  This year we will be working 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. 
 The Logo Garden was planted at the Open Space on May 24, 2022.   You'll have to check out the design to see what it looks like in full blossom in downtown Traverse City! The Logo Garden was planted at the Open Space on May 24, 2022.   You'll have to check out the design to see what it looks like in full blossom in downtown Traverse City!
  The Children' Sensory Garden located at The Botanic Garden is moving forward!  The first part of our Sensory Trail was installed in May.  If all goes well, our water feature, "Little Explorer's Creek" will be constructed in the fall with some surprise additions this summer of our hardscape features, too!  Stay tuned!! 
Geranium Pickup was May 12, 2022  at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park from 9:30 a.m.--4 p.m.  Thanks to all who purchased our geraniums and made our sale a success!  More information will be coming this fall when we start our 2023 Geranium Sale! 
                         To see more photos of these activities, see the Photos section.
  CONGRATULATIONS Friendly Garden Club for winning FIRST PLACE awards at the National Garden Club conference held (June 1, 2021) for our YEARBOOK, CIVIC BEAUTIFICATION, CHILDREN'S SENSORY GARDEN brochure and our WEBSITE!  More awards are listed on our AWARDS page.  
DONATIONS WELCOME!
If you are interested in making a donation to help our club in support of these wonderful community projects, simply click the yellow 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.

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 is celebrating its 99th year!  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!