The Friendly Garden Club
 of Traverse City, MI

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

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

Welcome to The Friendly Garden Club's 40th annual Garden 
Walk.  This year marks our 100th anniversary as a garden club!  Help us celebrate by joining us at our Celebrating History and Gardens garden walk, which focuses on two historic neighborhoods in Traverse City.   To learn more about this event and purchase tickets, click
 Garden Walk TicketsNow on sale! 

  "Our Giving Garden" located in the Community Gardens was rototilled, and we just finished  planting it.  This year we will work 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 last year).  Stop by any time and check out our garden.
  The Children' Sensory Garden located at The Botanic Garden is moving forward!  The first part of our Sensory Trail was installed in May of 2022.  Our water feature, "Little Explorer's Creek" is almost finished.  This summer the amphitheater will be constructed as well as the installation of the corn crib, kaleidoscope, and maze.  Once the installation of all the hardscape exhibits are in, we will spend the next couple of years amending the soil so we can start planting all the gardens within the Children's Sensory Garden.  Come visit our new hardscape additions (Colantha and the Kinderbells) that were installed last summer.    
  The Logo Garden at the Open Space was planted on May 23.   Come check it out!
                         To see more photos of these activities, see the Photos section.

For more information for the 100th Year Anniversary Celebrationclick here.

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     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 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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