Gardeners of Greater Cleveland is an affiliate club of The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America, a national organization.
Gardeners of Greater Cleveland was originally created as the Business Men’s Garden Club of Cleveland. In 1934, it joined the Gardeners of America as a Member Club.
Gardeners of Greater Cleveland became our official name in 2007 to reflect the fact that there have been women Members and Directors of the Club for many years.
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Gardeners of Greater Cleveland has organized and participated in many Community Service Projects in the the Greater Cleveland Area. Our Club's first community service was to encourage planting of trees in the lawn along Euclid Avenue, at that time, Cleveland's main street. The Club was an active participant in the formation of Cleveland’s Washington Park Horticultural Center. Our commitment to serve the community has been a staple of the Club's existence.
We are also an Affiliate Club of Holden Forests and Gardens (the Botanical Gardens and Holden Arboretum).
Since 2003, Gardeners of Greater Cleveland has provided scholarship funds for college to qualified horticultural high school seniors.
The Club currently has a wide membership that reflects the community and its gardeners. It holds dinner meetings monthly from September through June with additional events and activities of interest to the members, always welcoming new members and friends.
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Willott Iris Garden at The Rockefeller Greenhouse:
We had a beautiful bloom season this year at the Willott Iris Garden at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. Many visitors, local and from around the country, have been in the garden to see the over 600 clumps of iris since the Park re-opened on May 7th.
Region 6 (Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan) of the American Iris Society had their scheduled spring meeting on May 22 here in Cleveland. As part of their 2-day meeting, they visited the Willott Iris Garden for half a day. They were amazed and delighted with what the garden has become in the few years of its existence.
The Willotts and now the Willott Iris Garden are known around the country by irisarians. The Garden has been an ongoing project of the Gardeners of Greater Cleveland since its inception in 2008. At this point in the growing season, the tasks of keeping the garden healthy and presentable to the continuous flow of visitors to the park include weeding (of course), grooming, digging, and dividing the iris clumps. As we dig the irises we pot the excess for sale to support the expenses of maintaining the garden.
The Willott Iris Garden Committee of the GoGC, Ron Hartmiller, Sandra and Bob Pindell, are in the garden Tuesday thru Saturday from about 10 AM until about 2 PM weather permitting during the growing season and could use a few hours of your help. Call Bob at 440-679-1943 or Ron at 216-671-1408 or just show up in the garden when we are there and we can put you to work, teach you about irises and their care or sell you some irises for your own garden!
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