SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB WINS MAJOR STATE AWARD: Ever Green Garden Club Wins the Missouri Garden Club of Year

SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB WINS MAJOR STATE AWARD: Ever Green Garden Club, a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri and a member of the Springfield Council of Garden Clubs, wins the Missouri Garden Club of Year.

Ever Green wins state awards for Youth Education and for Special Community Projects

May 30, 2012–Springfield, Mo.—Ever Green Garden Club of Springfield members celebrated their Missouri Garden Club of the Year Award at their late May meeting. Ever Green Garden Club was selected the winner of the award out of 135 federated garden clubs throughout the state this spring. Ever Green members, who are affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc,. as well as the state organization, received this award based on their extensive participation in projects which meet state and national goals. Ever Green also won a Youth Award for their sharing of gardening to third graders at the Stalnaker Center, Boys & Girls Club and a Special Community Projects award for their Tour of Tables Tea that highlights gardening, design and community to the general public each year.

Specific projects carried out by Ever Green include: landscaping and maintaining gardens at the Springfield Art Museum and the Harmony House; maintaining a garden at Nathanael Greene Park; teaching garden related workshops at the Stalnaker Center, Springfield Boys & Girls Club; participating in a ‘Living Green’ conservation program; sponsoring an annual Tour of Tables Tea for the public to learn about local gardening, horticulture and civic efforts through table design; cleaning a street in Springfield for a ‘Litter Control’ program; planting a tree at a public building for Missouri Arbor Day; and performing leadership roles and participating in numerous Standard Flower Shows each year. Also the club members have five gardens that are state certified bird sanctuaries, five gardens certified as hummingbird gardens and six certified as butterfly gardens.

In addition to the projects, the club takes three educational field trips yearly and holds a garage and plant sale as well as the Tour of Tables to Tea to enable them to donate funds to Nathanael Greene Park, State Horticulture Scholarships, World Gardening (including Joplin Recovery), Blue Star Memorials, Roadside Wildflowers, Youth Essay and Smokey Bear competition.

The club began in January, 2007 and received state and national federation in April that year. Since the club was federated, they have received five state awards for five different projects for the community. New members are welcome. Call Janine Cox, president, at 224-7553 for meeting times.

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