Newly installed Edwardsville Garden Club officers are, from left, seated, historian Pam Baker, President Wendy Maertz; standing, historian Tammie Billhartz, Second Vice President Beth Williams, Secretary Barbara Goeben, Treasurer Janice Tolliver and First Vice President Kathleen Bohnet.
The Edwardsville Garden Club recently installed officers for 2014.
The club was established in 1939 and has been an active part of the community ever since. Although the title states Edwardsville, members come from other cities and towns in the Metro East, as well as Missouri. Membership is open to men and women. The club is a member of the national Garden Clubs Inc., Garden Clubs of Illinois and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
The club is a nonprofit organization intended to educate its members and others about gardening. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, and programs include landscaping, perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, pruning, soil preparation and bird habitat, to name a few. Two plant sales are held during the year — one in the spring and one in the fall. Plants sold are grown by members, so they have a proven growth record for this area.
Members volunteer to help maintain gardens at local nursing homes, museums, schools and other establishments. They contribute to local charities, whether it be monetarily or garden-related.
The club has several social events throughout the year. In addition, there is always some gardening event the club enjoys as a group — a new nursery or greenhouse to enjoy, a floral display or herb garden to visit, a nature reserve to explore. Whether it be near or far, members always are ready to go.