On September 18 the SDGC had a tour of Spring Meadows Nursery in Grand Haven. The tour was learning about their extensive production facility. They believe that the horticulture industry should be innovative and forward-thinking. Very fun and informative outing!
Begins at the Old School House – 130 W Center St, Douglas Tour spectacular private gardens, with an opportunity to purchase perennial plants from our garden club member gardens for your own garden. All proceeds support scholarships for a graduating senior from Saugatuck and Fennville High Schools.
Tickets for the Garden Walk can be purchased by clicking on the link above (please print receipt and take to the Old School House), or at the Farmhouse Deli, Huntree Nursery, The Glenn Store, Jonker’s Garden or any SDGC Member. Day of event tickets can be purchased at the Old School House. Credit cards accepted.
On July 19th a group of members attended a tour of these gardens. Walters Gardens is the largest wholesale plant company in Michigan. We learned about a wide range of ornamental crops, popular annuals and perennials. Here are some photos of this event.
Each year Saugatuck sixth graders assist the garden club with their efforts to beautify Saugatuck. Planters are placed along the city sidewalks, then the students join the garden club members in planting lovely flowers. This project fosters a sense of pride in the community from our young people and teaches them how they can make a difference.
Based on the number of volunteers who sign up, the teachers divide the students into groups of four to five kids. They join us at 9:00 am. The kids sit down for a demonstration about types of flowers, how to plant a perfect pot, a little bit about the garden club, community service, etc. The mayor of Saugatuck gives an encouraging speech. The group will do a practice pot, meet their assigned volunteer, pick out their flowers to plant…then set out with SDGC members to work on their pots. This year we finished with cookies and refreshments at Pumpernickel’s. A big thank you to Phil and Carrie Caldwell!
The SDGC had it’s first membership meeting and event since the pandemic began. What a treat to see everyone!May 2021 – Our event was about container gardening. Lauren Cook from CULTIVATE Container Gardens & Design presented many container ideas, suggestions, inspirations and lots of fun combos. Here are some photos.
157 Norway Spruce seedling were delivered to the kindergartners at Douglas, Fennville and Glenn elementary schools in honor of Arbor Day. The Saugatuck Douglas Garden Club with the assistance of Jan Landry, Huntree Nursery, bag and deliver these seedlings to the schools every Arbor Day which is always the last day in April. Pictures are; Patti Birkes, Chair, and her helpers Judy Coffield, Char McKenzie, Grace Kramer and Margo Bultman
With Covid-19 restrictions dampening our spirits, we didn’t let that stop us from making Saugatuck and Douglas look fabulous this summer. Saugatuck Community Pride pots were prepped a week ahead of twelve volunteers planting 44 pots around Saugatuck with lovely annuals. It was not as rewarding as the over twenty year tradition of planting with our delightful sixth graders, but, amidst these difficult times, it felt good to add a bit of beauty and good cheer to our city. Douglas Community Pride included two volunteers planting four pots and two window boxes with annuals specially selected by Councilman, Neal Seabert. And finally, meet our two Community Pride Water kids. Tessa Knap and Jeffrey Shashaguay, both 7th graders. They keep our flowers looking healthy all summer long.