By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Garden Club has been in bloom and helping to present nature’s beauty to the community for 60 years.
According to club member Virginia Myers, the Groveport Garden Club was formed on July 13, 1961 by a group of friends and neighbors who set a limit of 25 members because they met in each other’s homes. The club joined the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the Groveport Garden Club’s first president was Mary Smith.
The club seeks to promote interest and knowledge in horticulture, gardening, garden therapy, and floral arts through programs that foster creativity and personal growth, encouraging home, community and statewide beautification work. Currently the club has 27 members.
Myers said the club is primarily made up of women, but men are welcome to join.
“It wasn’t until 2008 that we actually had a male president, Tony Williams,” said Myers.
The Groveport Garden Club meets the first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise announced) at Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road. Anyone interested in gardening welcome. Call Club President Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097 or Virginia Myers at 614-836-5456 for information.
“For our meetings we bring in guest speakers, designers, and nursery experts,” said Myers. “Any one wanting to learn more about gardening, nature, and loves working with plants can join the Groveport Garden Club. Our programs for 2021-22 year are food related, how to control weeds, planning for spring plantings, guest speakers, and crafts.”
The Groveport Garden Club has a rich history in sharing the joy of plants with the community.
“For several years the Garden Club participated in the Groveport Fourth of July Groveport Parade with a float, winning first place several times.,” said Myers. “The club also sponsored many flower shows at Groveport Town Hall.”
Myers said that for the past 16 years the club has held a public plant auction with more than 100 people attending each year.
“We’ve also participated in Apple Butter Day, collected over 200 books for Children’s Hospital and for the past 25 years we made and delivered Valentine and Christmas cards to nursing homes in the area.”
The club has also worked with other community groups, such as in 1968, the club joined up with the Boy Scouts to plant flowers around the Groveport water plant and other places around town.
The Groveport Garden Club has won several awards working with the Franklin County Fair in planting flower beds and once received a first place award for a large flower bed at the Rhodes Building.
Locally the club in the past tended to the flower planters on Main Street (which are now cared for by the city of Groveport).
“We were the original gardeners for the herb garden at the Groveport Log House in Heritage Park and we worked with the children at Crooked Alley KidSpace planting flower pots,” said Myers.
The club also branches out for projects outside of Groveport, such as at the Wahkeena Nature Preserve near Lancaster where it donated money for buses to bring children to the reserve to learn about things in nature.
“Besides having interesting and educational programs, we enjoy socializing with each other. It’s great to have many friends who also care for gardening,” said Myers.