What We Do
Our activities are focused on learning, doing and sharing with others. Education is a primary focus. At our monthly meetings members and invited speakers share their knowledge and know how about subjects of varied interest to the gardener, everything from the indoor propagation of seedlings to the identification and eradication of invasive plant species. One of our favorite speakers is Walter Perry, nurseryman and proprietor of Perry’s Florist and Gardens.
In addition to education at the meeting level, the Club also purchases and donates gardening and horticultural books and magazine subscriptions to the Glen Rock Library each year as it has for over 52 years. Today our library’s collection of gardening and related books is one of the best in the county. Additionally, the Club purchases and displays at the library each month, a “Plant of Month,” together with a description of the plant and a reference to an appropriate companion book. The high school Biology Medal that is awarded each year to a graduating senior is another item underwritten by the Club.
The Club also sponsors a number of activities to support and beautify our Borough. These doing and sharing activities include donating the planting of native trees on Municipal property, the planting and care of flowers at the library’s entrance and grounds and volunteering time at the GREEN (recycling center) as we’ve done since 1972. Each December the Club also decorates the Glen Rock Library with colorful seasonal decorations. And, in 2011, the Club supported the Thielke Arboretum’s Capital Campaign to construct a learning center by making a contribution of $10,000, the largest donation received at the time.
The highlight activity for the Club each year, and a Glen Rock tradition, is the Annual Plant Sale of member grown and nursery grown flowers, hanging baskets and vegetable stock at the Main Line RR Station. This event is held on the Saturday before Mothers Day each May. Proceeds support the Club’s activities and donations to the community.