How to Organize a Garden Club
Q: Are you and your neighbors
interested in beautification of your neighborhood or
Q: Do you want to learn how to
grow your own vegetables - even on your patio?
Q: Are you concerned about
environmental issues facing your community?
Q: Do you wish you knew how to
landscape your yard, plant a container garden on your porch or make
a floral centerpiece for your dinner table?
Then start a garden club!
Step 1. Find Members
- Post flyers where gardeners hang-out:
- Garden Centers
- Botanical Gardens
- Book Stores
- Organic Restaurants
- Food Co-Ops
- Environmental Stores
- Feed Centers
- Community Gardens
- Community Centers
- Take out a small classified ad in small local newspapers or
- Ask neighbors and friends to join
Step 2. Select a Meeting Place & Time
- Be as flexible as possible to accommodate busy schedules
- Set the date and time for the first meeting; then club
determines what day and time works best.
- Free meeting rooms are often available at libraries or
- Local nurseries might be willing to donate space in exchange
for free advertising to club members.
Step 3. Determine Club's Purpose & Goals
- Will the club purpose be singular or multifaceted?
- If a singular purpose, what will it be?
- Landscape Design
- Floral Design
- Community's Environmental Issues
- Church members who do floral design for worship services and
landscaping of the church
- Retirement community members who are interested in landscaping
of the church
- Educate the community about specific gardening practices
- Beautification of the local community/park
- Work with youth to ensure the next generation of gardeners
- How often will the club meet to accomplish these goals?
- Will the format of the meetings be informal or formal?
Step 4. Organize the Club
- Elect officers
- Determine the amount of dues based on expenses of programs,
rent and projects
- Write Bylaws
Step 5. Become Affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc.
A new club becomes affiliated with National Garden Clubs by
joining the state garden
club that is a member of National Garden Clubs. Visit the state garden club section
to find the contact information for your state's membership
These affiliations bring benefits like invitations to
conferences and specially arranged tours and access to well-known
Network with Local Resources
After your club forms, make sure you introduce yourself to the
community. Network with local resources like country extension
agencies, colleges and universities and local nurseries and garden
centers. Let others know what your club is all about and who can be
contacted to answer questions or respond to inquiries. Find out
what resources may be of benefit to the members of your club, and
what your club can offer to others in the community.
Whether starting your own club, or joining one that is already
established, you'll enjoy the encouragement you receive from
others, learn better ways to beautify your environment and get
acquainted with like-minded members of your community.