Community Pride 2020

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.

2019 Garden Tour

The evening prior to our garden tour we previewed the Douglas B & B.

Larry Gammons & the late Carl Jennings house

Lydia Fish House – Her secret garden was inspired by the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Stacy Honson and Richard Bont house.

Saugatuck Community Pride – 2019

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. We traditionally finish with cookies and refreshments at Pumpernickel’s.

      

And a special thank you to the new owners of Pumpernickels, Phil and Carrie Caldwell.

Saugatuck Community Pride Day – 2018

Each year Saugatuck sixth graders assist the garden club with their efforts to beautify the city. 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 will be joining 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. We traditionally finish with cookies and refreshments at Pumpernickel’s.

2017 Saugatuck Middle School Fun!

The SDGC has an annual holiday project that is created with the 6th grade classes at Saugatuck Middle School. Each child makes 2 small centerpieces. After they are completed, they take one home for the holiday and the other one goes to our 2 local nursing facilities; Grace of Douglas on Wiley Road and Golden Orchards just outside of Fennville.

Materials used are red cups, pine cones, unbreakable ornaments and ribbon. Walter Klimchek (Walter the Wonderful) leads the children on how to make the bows and how to assemble the arrangement. A wide variety of conifer branches are used, all collected and donated each year by Brendt Sheridan. All other materials used are donated by the Garden club members.

All members and Walter gather at the school by 7:45 am and get busy by trimming all of the conifer branches. The SDGC volunteers and Walter (the wonderful) help the children put the centerpieces together. A lot of fun and laughter takes place, especially trying to teach 12 year old boys how to make a bow!