The Modesto Garden Club is proud to donate $5,000 to the Modesto Arch Restoration Project. The project will preserve and celebrate the 100-year-old arch at Ninth and I streets.
We will also partner with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the organization spearheading the arch project, to design, plant and maintain the new garden area at the base of the arch.
Preserving existing landscape features and encouraging the development of additional features is important to our community's environmental health, as well as our own physical and psychological health. The arch, parks, tree-lined streets, the Flower Clock, and numerous public garden spots, all provide beauty and so much more for residents and visitors.
The Modesto Garden Club uses donations and volunteers to educate and instill the joy of garden in our members and all age groups in our community. We raise funds through the annual Spring Garden Tour, with next year's tour set for April 20.
Our 465 members make us one of the largest garden clubs in the United States, and allow us to donate thousands of hours each year to run the garden tour and work on both on-going and special gardening projects.
Our founder, Professor Knorr, began our organization in 1924 with the vision of planting trees and greenery on the newly built Modesto Junior College campus, in municipal parks, and the golf course.
Today, you'll find imprints of the Modesto Garden Club throughout our community, including the landscaping at the McHenry Mansion, McHenry Museum, Great Valley Museum, the Modesto Flower Clock and Virginia Corridor Rose Garden.
We provide ongoing maintenance at the Senior Citizens Center, Victims' Garden, the Modesto Flower Clock and Virginia Corridor Rose Garden; work with senior care facilities and schools to develop gardens; donate trees for school Arbor Day celebrations, and award annual scholarships to local horticulture students.
New members can join throughout the year. Dues are $40 per year. Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the Bethel Church, 2361 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Snack and Learn begins at 10:45 a.m. and the main meeting/speaker at noon. Visitors can attend for $10. Our speakers are often internationally known gardeners who take great delight in speaking to such a large and enthusiastic audience. About 200 to 250 people attend the noon session.
You'll find members with a variety of interests, from those who are passionate about gardening to those who just enjoy the beauty gardens provide. There are members who volunteer on our projects, while some who believe in our mission and support it through their membership dues.
Most members find they enjoy the meetings, both the social and educational aspects, and discover at least one project and time commitment that works for them. you find your garden club niche, I guarantee that you will make friends. We work hard to give our large garden club that small club feel.
On the Net: For more information visit www.modestogardenclub.org.
Yockey is president of the Modesto Garden Club.