Saugatuck Community Pride Day – 2017

Each year Saugatuck sixth graders assist the garden club with their efforts to beautify the city. Planters are placed along the city sidewalks, then the students join the garden club members in planting lovely flowers. This project fosters a sense of pride in the community from our young people and teaches them how they can make a difference.

Based on the number of volunteers who sign up, the teachers divide the students into groups of four to five kids. They will be joining us at 9:00 am. The kids sit down for a demonstration about types of flowers, how to plant a perfect pot, a little bit about the garden club, community service, etc. The mayor of Saugatuck often gives an encouraging speech. The group will do a practice pot, meet their assigned volunteer, pick out their flowers to plant…then set out with SDGC members to work on their pots. We traditionally finish with cookies and refreshments at Pumpernickel’s.

Later after review of essays from student applicants, two summer waterers will be hired to take care of our plantings. This first job experience is quite an undertaking but encourages responsibility and a good work ethic.

Enjoy some of the photos from this fun morning.

Arbor Day Seedling Workshop

On  April 27th, SDGC volunteers met at Huntree Nursery for our Arbor Day Seedling Workshop.  We bagged and labeled 200 Norway Spruce to hand out to the Kindergarten classes in Fennville and Douglas.  The children can then plant their seedling in the place of their choice.

       

Saugatuck Middle School Fun

The SDGC has an annual holiday project that is created with the 6th grade classes at Saugatuck Middle School. Each child makes 2 small centerpieces. After they are completed, they take one home for the holiday and the other one goes to our 2 local nursing facilities; Grace of Douglas on Wiley Road and Golden Orchards just outside of Fennville.

Materials used are red cups, pine cones, unbreakable ornaments and ribbon. Walter Klimchek (Walter the Wonderful) leads the children on how to make the bows and how to assemble the arrangement. A wide variety of conifer branches are used, all collected and donated each year by Brendt Sheridan. All other materials used are donated by the Garden club members.

All members and Walter gather at the school by 7:45 am and get busy by trimming all of the conifer branches. The wonderful SDGC volunteers and Walter (the wonderful) help the children put the centerpieces together. A lot of fun and laughter takes place, especially trying to teach 12 year old boys how to make a bow!

          

Notes were written on each arrangement.

 

                                                       

Walter the Wonderful

 

 

 

Greens & Bows Galore!

On September 29th 2016 The SDGC made bows to be used on the greens that adorn public and government buildings in Saugatuck and Douglas during the holidays (see below).  Beginners had a demonstration of bow making by Mary Lyons.  There were a few laughs as one of us gave up and decided to watch!  We made over 40 bows.  The event was hosted by Celeste Teters and Sandy Gelman.  Sandy made delicious soup!

On November 10th, the evergreens and bows were transformed into beautiful holiday boughs, thanks to the wonderful group of garden club volunteers.  Also, a shout out to Jan Landry from Huntree Nursery who supplied the greens and her expertise.  Below is Jan demonstrating the “how to”.  Then Celeste presented Jan with a gift certificate to “THE KIRBY”.  We truly appreciate her involvement in the garden club and her generosity.  THANK YOU JAN!

                                          

And then we all jumped in……

                                           

A couple examples of our final products!

                            

 

 

 

 

 

District IV Meeting

The SDGC hosted the annual District IV Michigan Garden Club meeting on September 19th at the Douglas Community Church.  The Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc is a member of Central Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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In addition to business meetings we had 2 presentations:

Paul Surian, from Blue Horizon Nursery and Gardens in South Haven, spoke about how they graft many rare and unusual plants including dwarf ginkgoes, conifers, Japanese Maples and more.

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In the afternoon Bill BIrd spoke about The “Narnia” of the gardening world is not an imaginary place… it really exists!

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And there were vendors galore!

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Scholarship Luncheon

Please meet our two scholarship award recipients, Alex and Alex!

Alex Kruithof

Alex Kruithof

Alex Overhiser

Alex Overhiser

We recognized these students during a luncheon at The Southerner in Saugatuck.  Alex Kruithof is a graduate from Saugatuck and Alex Overhiser is a graduate from Fennville.  Below are some other photos from the luncheon.

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