About Kent Garden Club
Kent Garden Club members share a love of horticulture, design, civic beautification, and friendship. There are opportunities for gardeners of every kind, from beginning gardeners to Advanced Master Gardeners. A related interest of many of our members is floral design. We offer classes on basics to beginners; and, for experienced designers, a specialization in competitive Flower Show design entries.
Also, as a member of Kent Garden Club, you have an option to further your education through the National Garden Clubs’ schools in Landscape Design Study, Environmental Study, Gardening Study and Flower Shows. These schools are available in Michigan and across the country.
KGC has a long history of community projects and civic beautification and is planning several new, exciting projects. We would love your help!
Kent Garden Club is a non-profit organization with 102 years of community involvement. The Club supports land-conservancy, education and environmental responsibility. We support Michigan college scholarship programs and the US Forest Service’s Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary through Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. Through the National Garden Clubs, Inc., we contribute to clean water projects in Belize.
Proceeds from fundraisers are, or have been, used to benefit many local organizations; such as, Habitat for Humanity, Ken-O-Sha School, Frederik Meijer Garden & Foundation, the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience Center, Blandford Nature Center, Blandford Environmental School, Howard Christensen Nature Center, West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Rapids Public Museum
We also are proud to provide support to our military and their families through projects such as Blue Star Memorial, Grand Valley Armory Yellow Ribbon Garden, Dover AFB Memorial Garden for the Fallen, and donations to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
We are an active year-round club. Generally, we meet the second Wednesday of every month at 12:30 in the afternoon for snacks and socializing, followed by a business meeting and an educational program. Dues are only $20/year. Most of our meetings are held at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. You need not be a member of Meijer Gardens to attend a KGC meeting, but why not plan a day to visit us both?
Contact the Membership Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to attend a meeting as a guest. At your first meeting, you will receive a Welcome Packet that includes membership information. Our members look forward to meeting you. Please join us!
Women’s Resource Center
This Christmas, clients of Women’s Resource Center benefited from Kent Garden Club’s members’ generosity. Member Gail Schuiling set up a program called Supporting Our Sisters. Gail did a fine job with the in-gathering of donations and in addition bought bras with donated money, wrapped the bras in boxes with our beautiful bows, and delivered them to WRC. Through your generosity 65 women who are starting their lives anew will benefit from receiving a new bra with the clothes donated for job interviews. WRC was overwhelmed with the number of bras they received. Thank you Kent Garden Club members. When a woman can work and provide for her family, not only does the family benefit, but the whole world does.
Participating in the annual NGC/ MGC Award process is a way of documenting KGC’s history and involvement in the community as well as recognizing our members for a job well done. We are proud of the many awards won by our club. Visit www.gardenclub.org & www.michigangardenclubs.org for a complete list of award winners across the country & state.
National Garden Club/Michigan Garden Club 2015
District IV & MGC First Place: Flora Fans & Horticulture monthly meeting programs
District IV & MGC First Place: Grand Rapids Museum Project
District IV & MGC First Place: Earth Day Lecture
MGC Honorable Mention: KGC Newsletter
District IV & MGC First Place: KGC Website
District IV & MGC First Place: Fairy Garden Tour
District IV First Place & MGC Second Place: Ken-O-Sha
MGC Lavender Lace Award & NGC First Place: “Tranquility” Standard Flower Show
District IV & MGC First Place: KGC Yearbook
MGC Club of Distinction: Triple Diamond designation with 4145 points
The Grand Rapids Public Museum in partnership with the Kent Garden Club planted Kwanzan Cherry Trees on the west bank of the Grand River in front of the museum. The Kwanzan Cherry Tree is a hardy variety known for the beauty of their carnation-like double flowers. As part of its commitment to community beautification, Kent Garden Club planted nine Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees along the museum river walk. The trees are 6 to 8 feet tall and will grow to 30-40 feet at maturity. The planting occurred in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day on April 15, Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 29. Trees were donated by Kent Garden Club members and dedicated to a person of their choosing.
Gardening on the Grand at The Grand Rapids Public Museum
Each month a dedicated group of Kent Garden Club members weed, plant, spread mulch and do whatever is needed to improve the grounds of The Grand Rapids Public Museum. The Museum has only one employee to try to care for the grounds, so Kent Garden club help is needed and much appreciated. Any member is welcome to come on the 3rd Wednesday of the month to help. The Museum pays for parking and offers discounts on snacks and meals in the Museum Cafe. Members may also come at other times – just check in at security. Come and help make our wonderful city even more beautiful.
Great work has been done by many Kent Garden Club members on our project to spruce up the grounds of The Grand Rapids Public Museum. People passing by have commented to Kent Garden Club Members working on the grounds about how lovely the grounds look. Downtown residents have called the Museum and added their compliments. The begonias were stunning and our club along with the Girl Scouts and Brownies helped to plant 19,000 begonias.
In the fall of 2015, Kent Garden Club put on a Fashion Show sponsored by our local Chicos store. Proceeds from the show went toward paying for 1,000 daffodil bulbs. The bulbs will be planted in the front of the Museum where the begonias were planted. These bulbs were planted to beautify the Museum in the spring when the National Garden Club Convention will be held in Grand Rapids.
Kentwood Public Schools
Youth Sculpture Contest
First photo: 1st place; picture of a plane made with a passenger inside. The water bottle is the cockpit.
Second photo: 2nd place; the trash man doggie doodle
Third photo: 3rd place; #1 monster-loves creepy stuff, famous for fashion design
Kent Garden Club partnered with the Kentwood Public School System and had seven students who participated in the NGC Youth Sculpture Contest this year. The purpose of the contest is to encourage children in grades 4 through 8 to keep planet Earth green, as well as to get involved with saving the environment.
If you know of a group of children (such as girl/ boy scout group, or youth church group) who may be interested in this contest the information can be found on the NGC website at www.gardenclub.org
Ken-O-Sha School Project
Kent Garden Club is in its 41st year of service at Ken-O-Sha school at 1353 Van Auken, Grand Rapids, MI. The committee plans and assists special needs students with crafts and projects relating to nature and horticulture. The committee meets at Ken-O-Sha school, October through May, once a month during the school year.
Memorial to long time Ken-O-Sha committee member Mimz Hick