WOODINVILLE — With the onset of fall, we all look back on the past year and plan for the one to come.
The Woodinville Garden Club began the 2019-2020 year just this way. As the Woodinville Garden Club members mark the beginning of their 35th year, they reflect on the one past.
The club’s many committees worked tirelessly to support the club’s mission to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participate in civic beautification and enjoy friendship while in pursuit of these activities.
The Garden Club’s profits from its fundraising projects are donated in many directions. These include scholarships, the environment, World Gardening, Youth Gardening, and Garden Therapy.
The Woodinville Garden Club awarded one scholarship in 2019 to June Landenburger, a Tacoma High School graduate studying Landscape Design at the University of Texas. She became interested in this career after working in a landscape position as an undergraduate student at the University of Washington where she earned her degree in Environmental Science.
The Pollinator Project sponsored by 21 Acres, the Sammamish Grange, and other community partners received a donation from the club’s Environment Committee. The bee population is an important concern for Woodinville and worldwide.
The World Gardening committee donated funds to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. The donation was designated for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Eight Penny Pines Plantations will be planted with the donation, equivalent to approximately 1,600 saplings.
The Youth Gardening committee and funds from the club’s Reserve Fund were honored to help facilitate and urban/school “farming” project called “Leota Grows” at Leota Middle School. The project allowed students to participate in the construction, soil building, planting, watering, maintenance and harvesting of new, wheelchair-accessible garden beds.
The Garden Therapy committee supports the Northshore Health and Wellness Center in Bothell. Club members rejuvenated the flowerpots and a garden bed with new soil, compost and fertilizer and then planted flowers and vegetables in them.
Many of the plants used were grown from seed by the club. The drip irrigation to the flowerpots was updated, chairs were purchased for garden enjoyment and new hoses were purchased for the Center to make watering easier.
The Reserve Committee conducts careful research for major donations and proposes ideas to the membership for consideration.
n 2017, the club donated the DeYoung Park fountain. A few of the recipients of past donations include the Bellevue Botanical Garden, Woodinville Fields, the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden.
The Woodinville Garden Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary during the upcoming year. Our popular Plant Sale in May and the exceptional Tour of Gardens in July will once again be held.
Please see the website, www.woodinvillegardenclub.org for details. The club is looking forward to another year of gardening and giving.