The Patterson Park Garden Club is open to any resident of Patterson Park with an interest in gardening. General meetings are held bimonthly, while field trips and educational excursions are sprinkled throughout the year. The Garden Club organizes a biennial Garden Tour of Patterson Park, provides a garden-related activity for kids at the summer picnic, and works with the Civic Association to maintain plantings in the green spaces throughout the neighborhood.
All levels and types of gardeners are welcome to join. In addition to hosting occasional guest speakers, members support each other with landscaping ideas and gardening tips and tricks, and by exchanging plants and seeds. It’s not just gardening, though – we also get together for potluck dinners, to socialize with our neighbors, and to build community.
Garden Club meetings are held at 6:30pm on the third Tuesday of alternate months, beginning with the January meeting. Members volunteer to host meetings in their homes, so contact the Garden Club to find out the address of the next meeting and RSVP, or watch for information to appear on the two neighborhood signs, as well as on the Patterson Park facebook page.
History of the Garden Club
The original Patterson Park Garden Club was formed in 1957 and disbanded in the 1970s. In 2013, Linda Fischbach and Kathy Zaidain, neighbors on Broadmoor Drive, created the first Patterson Park Garden Tour, which displayed 7 neighborhood gardens and had 50 attendees. Recruits from the garden tour participants became the nucleus of the new Garden Club, which held its first meeting in the fall of 2013 and has met continually through today. Garden tours were held annually through 2016, after which the decision was made to switch to biennial garden tours.
Did you know Patterson Park has a Community Garden?
While separate from the Garden Club, the Community Garden receives much love and labor from members of the Garden Club. In addition to maintaining the rose garden border at the Community Garden, club members are available for gardening advice, and Community Garden participants are encouraged to join the Garden Club.
Neighbors interested in either the Garden Club or the Community Garden should contact current club president and garden coordinator Cate Schoenharl at PPGardenClub@gmail.com