Community Projects

Elmhurst Garden Walk & Faire – This is the club’s largest fund-raising activity for the year and all profit is donated to educational scholarships, local, cultural or charitable causes. It includes the viewing of several private & public gardens located throughout historic Elmhurst. The Faire, in Wilder Park consists of a craft boutique.


Kitchen Expedition/House Walk – EGC members use their floral design skills to decorate a home for this Elmhurst Junior Womens’ Club fund-raiser. The EGC & EJWC help community outreach organizations as needed.


Conservation

  • “PLANT A PATCH OF NATIVES”
    “Plant a Patch Of Natives”, the project encouraged participants to plant at least five native species during the 2010-11 gardening season in order to provide a home to moths and butterflies and other insects, restore a tiny piece of the habitat that was here before the settlers, allow herbivorous insects to exist to provide for the next trophic (food) level thereby contributing to nature’s food chain and the web of life, make the participant, as a suburban gardener, a part of the solution to our environmental problems.
    The project is lead by Jane Fousler, Conservation and Education Committee Chair. Participants will receive a choice one of three native plants, coneflower, joe-pye weed or black-eyed susan, to take home to begin their plantings. The program will focus on the book, Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy, as a source of useful information.
  • Coffee and Grounds Collection
    Members are invited to join in on this project of collecting grounds from local coffee shops.
  • Bee Spotter Program
    This program allows citizens to gather much-needed information with the use of photography.  Hopefully this will preserve bee diversity and enhance pollinator appreciation. For more information:  http://beespotter.mste.illinois.edu

Elizabeth’s Friendship Walk Herb Garden – Located in Wilder Park, this 8,800-square-foot garden project won First Place for Landscape Design from the National Council of State Garden Clubs. The garden contains over 50 varieties of culinary, medicinal and fragrant herbs. This project is a joint effort between the club’s horticulture committee and the park district. Members meet at the Herb Garden in the spring for planting day, in the summer to prepare the garden for the Garden Walk and Faire, and in the fall to clean up the garden and put it to rest for the winter.


Garden Therapy – Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month except July and August. Meetings are held at Epiphany Lutheran Church on Vallette and Spring Roads at 1:00pm. Members work with clients of the Adult Day Care Center. Each client makes a floral arrangement or plant to take home.


Plant Sale in Spring (no fall plant sale) – Exchange and/or sale each year held prior to an EGC meeting.


Monarch Initiative – a collaborative program with the Elmhurst Coalition of Cool Cities and the City of Elmhurst to promote awareness of the plight of the butterfly and how citizens can help at home.


Memorial Books – EGC honors deceased members by placing garden and nature-themed books in the Elmhurst Library.


Scholarships – Available for college students majoring in horticulture, botany, landscape architecture or environmental studies.


York High School Garden Club

– The Elmhurst Garden Club is a sponsor and advisor to the York High School Garden Club. Students are learning how to plan and grow a garden as well as environmental and sustainability issues. It is a project based learning experience in environmental science, engineering, numeracy and literature.


Ray Graham’s Elmhurst Community Learning Center Garden

– A garden project starting from the ground up to establish a sustainable garden for the Ray Graham participants to learn from and enjoy. This long term partnership will include a butterfly garden, certified Monarch Waystation, landscaping projects to the Learning Center property, development of the greenhouse program and whatever our imagination and resources lead us.