Years of growth
The Glenwood Springs Garden Club is the oldest established club in the city. It’s 75 years old.The group doesn’t meet at all during January and February and comes together again in March. The members celebrated the 75th anniversary of their organization at a luncheon at WestStar Bank Wednesday.At 75 years old, the club has been around so long that none of the current members can remember how it formed.”I don’t know how the Garden Club started,” said Sharill Hawkins, the group’s immediate past president. “When I joined (about 10 years ago) it was starting to slow down. A lot of the women were getting older. There are about 35 members now. It’s grown a lot.”
She said the group has historically been a club for local women.”There have been one or two men, but that’s it,” Hawkins said.She said the group may have started as a social group for women. It still is a social gathering place, though the members have a keen interest in gardening.”It’s a great way to meet new friends,” said Joan Anderson, who’s been a member for a little more than five years. Anderson’s friend and neighbor, Nancy Bender, invited her to join the club. Bender’s neighbor invited her to join right after she moved to Glenwood Springs about 10 years ago.
There are several women in the Garden Club in Anderson and Bender’s neighborhood.”We all try to have very nice gardens,” Anderson said.Violet Mooney has been a member of the Garden Club for 30 or 35 years.”I’m afraid I might be the senior member of this outfit,” Mooney said. “I’m really afraid I might be.”Mooney joined the club because she always had a passion for flowers and gardening. She has provided flowers to her churches for Sunday services between the months of November and April for the last 40 or more years, she said.
“It costs the church $50 to have a florist make up the vases,” Mooney said. “It’s something I can do.”The Garden Club has taken on several community projects over the years and plans to take on more.The club planted the large Christmas tree outside of the chamber of commerce building on Grand Avenue and the gardens around WestStar bank.This year the group plans to plant gardens around the Cardiff School.”That’ll be our big 75th anniversary project,” said Maggie Pederson, the group’s current president. “We’re also going to take a few field trips this year. We’re going to go to Salt Lake City to see the gardens there, and we’re going to be in the Strawberry Days parade, which we haven’t done before.”
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