The Garden Club of Denver (GCD) is a member of the Garden Club of America, which is comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 individual members across the United States. Founded in 1916, the Garden Club of Denver‘s 80 members spend time in their own gardens and donate their time and resources to gardens that educate the community at large. They love, and want to see preserved, the natural beauty our state has to offer and they spend as much time in it as possible. Our members seek association with women and men of all generations and professions who share these passions.
Activities and programs of the Garden Club of Denver center around four major areas: Conservation, Floral Design, Horticulture, and Photography. Providing opportunities for our members to increase their knowledge in these areas is a high priority. The club has monthly programs addressing one or more of these topics and conducts workshops and field trips to provide more in-depth learning experiences. We also sponsor programs and flower shows that are open to the public, enabling others in the community to become more aware of these topics.
The Garden Club of Denver is also involved with several volunteer projects at Denver Botanic Gardens. During the growing season, members plant and maintain Lainie’s Cutting Garden and make weekly floral arrangements for the Waring House and the Visitors Center. We design and arrange centerpieces for DBG’s major fundraiser, Fete de Fleurs, and also provide dried winter outdoor arrangements for Blossoms of Light.
The GCD celebrated its its centennial in 2016 and commemorated this milestone with a project, in partnership with History Colorado, featuring maps, online teacher education, and videos on our four National Parks in Colorado — all directed to fourth graders throughout our state. We fervently believe in the need to develop ongoing stewardship of these magnificent places. We hope you and your families take the opportunity to visit these national treasures in our own backyard. We also urge you to tell our local, state and federal representatives to continue the funding and oversight to ensure these places endure for all future generations.