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2016 Saugatuck Community Pride Day

Saugatuck Community Pride Day

83 Saugatuck Middle School sixth graders worked with Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Club Members to plant flowers in planters and window boxes around downtown. After an encouraging visit from Mayor Chris Peterson

DSC_9780who talked about community service and hometown pride, the students were given instructions on types of flowers and how to plant in containers. They were divided into 20 teams; each with a SDGC volunteer to help them in their flower selection and planting.

This year’s success is also due to terrific support and involvement from City Council, Public Works, SDABA, Pumpernickel’s, SCA, Wilken’s Hardware, Twin Oaks Inn and Van Til’s Greenhouse


Cathy Carmichael, Community Pride Chair, tells students they are going to have a lesson on how to plant a pot.






Jane Dreyer, SDGC President, shows her student how to "tickle" the roots so they grow better.

  Jane Dreyer, SDGC President, shows her student how to “tickle” the roots so they grow better.

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After beautifying the streets, all participants were rewarded with a delicous cookie and refreshment break at Pumpernickel’s restaurant.

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SDGC also planted pots in Douglas


Arbor Day 2016

Thank you to the 13 members who came to help bag and label Norway Spruce seedlings. We bagged and tagged about 250 seedlings which will be distributed to Douglas and Fennville Elementary schools’ Kindergarten classes for Arbor Day.

Many thanks to Jan Landry of Huntree Nursery for letting us use the space, getting us the seedlings and the beautiful black soil. Jan also took the pictures below.

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Many thanks to Marilyn Batchelor and Jean Gnagi for organizing us.

Some more great news. Because of Cathy Carmichael’s charming personality and good looks and clean fingernails, she was able to get us the money to pay our summer 6th grade watering person. Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck donated all of the money to pay our summer waterer.
Many, many thanks to Twin Oaks and Cathy.

Tea Anyone?

DSC_5118 Welcome back garden club members! We are looking forward to another nine months of learning, volunteering, awarding scholarships, and having fun.

SDGC will hold our first meeting of 2016 on April 18th at 2:00. It is our Welcome Back Tea event. We ask members and invited guests to attend this meeting.  Come hungry as we will have lots of goodies!  Visit with your fellow gardeners and catch up on winter activities.  Following will be an agenda consisting of updates on our exciting year ahead.

The hostess for the event is Charlotte Vanneck.  The Co-hostesses are Carol Carra, Margo Bultman, Char Stewart, Jane Dreyer, Barb Welk, Janet Ryskamp and Gina Demos (the tea lady!)

Any questions you may have please call Charlotte at 269.857.1173



2015 Scholarship Luncheon

We had a wonderful luncheon with our 2015 scholarship recipients.  Maria Darado from Fennville High School who is studying Elementary Education at Lake Michigan College.  And Rita Maslanka from Saugatuck High School who is studying Nursing at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas.  Congratulations ladies!

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