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--2021!
   Geranium Sale Starts NOW!  Order form
You can order your geraniums now by clicking on the order form link above.  Orders and payment are due by December 3, 2021.  Pickup will be at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 9:30 a.m.--4 p.m.  For color choices, click here.
   "Our Giving Garden" located in the Community Gardens is growing!  Check out the photos of students from the Disability Network that helped work in the garden weeding, planting and harvesting produce which was given to a local church's food pantry.   
 The 38th GARDEN WALK was held on July 15 from 12-7 p.m. in the Long  Lake/Interlochen area.  A big thanks to all of those who attended and to our hard-working members, sponsors, and home owners who made this event happen this year!  
   Work is continuing on The Children's Sensory Garden located at The Botanic Garden with the wall and stairs being capped.  The committee is getting close to finalizing the design. Today, Oct 18, we planted 1,000 daffodils.  Think Spring!
 The Logo Garden was planted at the Open Space on May 20, 2021.  Check in out to see what it looks like in full blossom in downtown Traverse City!
   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.   
   If you are interested in making a donation to help our club in support of these wonderful projects, simply click the yellow donate button below.  Your financial help will be very much appreciated. 

Please think of us this holiday season if you would like to help us in our projects by joining our organization or by helping us financially!  See you in 2022! 

     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 by Zoom due to the rise in Covid cases.

     This year our club is celebrating its 98th year!  Currently, our club has 44 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.   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, 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!
 "OUR GIVING GARDEN! This year "Our Giving Garden," located in the Community Gardens adjacent from The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park had a busy season working with children.  Our members instructed them in the planting, weeding, and harvesting of vegetables.  Our produce was given to our local food banks.  More photos on "Photo" section.