Plano Garden Club Projects
Plano Garden Club supports the goals and activities of District X, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc., and National Garden Club. Through our projects and activities, we maintain a “Gold” or top rating.
CLUB PROJECTS FOR 2013-2014
Theme: Gardening for Fun, Friendship and Flowers
Alexandra’s Christmas Trees-Community Service: (since 1997) Using PGC design experience, members are inspired to decorate Christmas trees in November for the children on the oncology floor at the Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX and the Children’s Medical Center Plano, TX. The trees are delivered in memory of the granddaughter of one of the members of PGC. (100% participation) Chair: Charolette Loncar
Arbor Day In support of the Arbor Day foundation and the goals of conservation and education, PGC will plant fruit trees at Wilson Middle School, 1001 Custer Rd., Plano, TX. for the “Family Life Class”. With their teacher, who is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, the students maintain a large vegetable and fruit garden on the school property. They cook and eat the food themselves as part of the curriculum. The planting will take place in November and the dedication ceremony will be held April 25, 2014, at this location. (100% participation) Chair: Eileen Pennington
Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center: In the spirit of community service, PGC members donate pajamas at the December meeting to the children at the center, located at 2205 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX. Before each child leaves, he or she is given a pair of pajamas, a change of clothing, and a teddy bear. (100% participation) Chair: Paula Brehm
Community Service: VA Hospital, 1201 East 9th Street, Bonham, TX. For the second year, in the spirit of community service, the Plano Garden Club will plant additional colorful plants in September, in the patio area and continue creating the Sensory Garden for patients. (100% participation) Chair: Al Baume
Fashion Show Luncheon: Presented every other year as PGC’s primary fundraiser. The next Style Show will be held on October 29, 2013 at the Eldorado Country Club, with fashions provided by Pappagallo. (100% participation) Chair: Renee Shaw
Flower Show: A flower show in a home or in a public building has been presented by PGC every other year since 1998. The next Flower Show will be Spring 2015 (100% participation)
Garden Therapy: For the fourth year, PGC members will plan, fund and implement hands-on programs with the Custer Road United Methodist Church Treasured Times Alzheimer's group. The October program will involve painting gourds and pumpkins, while the February program will be making pine cone bird feeders. Programs are presented to both the Wednesday and Thursday groups. (100% participation) Chair: Beverly Carpenter
Garden Therapy: Continuing a popular project begun last spring, PGC members will plan, fund and implement hands-on programs with the Pioneer Place Senior community, which is a HUD Project Rental Assistance Project with units for disabled or elderly.
The September project will be an autumn leaf themed window hanging at the East Campus at 1612 Avenue L, Plano, TX. (100% participation) Chair: Carolyn Grim
The October 9Th program, at the Avenue K units, will include the making of pressed flower note cards from dried and pressed plant material. (100% participation) Chairs: Tricia Yurkovich and Carolann Thornton
The January project will be at the West Campus, 3925 American Way, Plano, TX.
(100% participation) Chair: Kathleen Schneiderwind
The March project will be announced in the newsletter. (100% participation)
Garden Tour: PGC members share their love of gardens and the art of gardening with the public by presenting a garden tour every other year. The next garden tour will be in Spring 2015 (100% participation)
Heritage Farmstead Museum: Plano Garden Club members will continue to assist updating wreaths, floral décor, and plantings at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, located at 1900 West 15Th Street, Plano, TX. (100% participation) Chair: Arlene Englert
Pass-Along-Plants: For the second year, PGC members engage in a plant exchange of potting plants for members to sell at our monthly meetings, September through May. (100% participation) Chairs: Debbie Fletcher and Jo An Rose
Plano Food Banks: In the spirit of community service, Plano Garden Club members bring food or monetary donations to the Plano community food banks at both the October and March meetings.
(100% participation) Chair: Jo An Rosen
Scholarships:Funds are raised through PGC Garden Tours to motivate students to continue their education in gardening related fields. The next fundraiser will be Spring 2015. (100% participation) Chair: Dana Serafine and Tricia Yurkovich
Vision of Beauty Calendar: (since 1995) These stunning calendars, a publication of National Garden Clubs, Inc., are purchased by members who want to be inspired by beautiful floral designs.
(100 % participation) Chair: Carol Duda
CONTINUING YOUTH PROJECTS
Poster contests for children, 1st through 5th grades, are sponsored by the NGC (since 1998), (35% participation), Chair: Carolyn Hales
Smokey Bear Poster Contest 2014—“Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.
Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 2014 —“Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!” Woodsy Owl is American’s icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment.
Creative Designers’ Study Group of Plano Garden Club
This is a design study group meeting to cultivate enjoyment, experimentation and confidence in creating floral designs. Its purpose is to teach members to make floral arrangements for their homes and prepare them to participate in club flower shows. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from September through April. Membership in PGC is required for participation.
This group explores additional horticultural interests through field trips, presentations and workshops. The group meets during the 4th week of the month. Membership in PGC is required.