Our membership is comprised of a wide range of ages, and members with varying levels of gardening knowledge from beginners to experienced gardeners. No matter your gardening abilities, our club is a welcome place to learn more and make new friends! Among our members are University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and two of our members are National Garden Clubs, Inc. Master Flower Show Judges.
Our monthly programs are provided by local horticulturalists, many from the University of Illinois and the UI Extension Service. Each garden-related program is followed by refreshments and a business meeting. Flower arranging classes are also held at regular club meetings to provide instruction and hands-on practice in the art of flower arranging, as well as learning more about exhibiting both floral designs and horticulture in flower shows.
In addition to our monthly meetings, the club is involved in projects throughout the Champaign-Urbana community. Past projects include garden therapy at assisted-living facilities, decorating for the holidays at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Champaign, working with youth, and maintaining plantings at the Blue Star Marker in Mahomet.
The club is proud to provide financial support to the National Garden Clubs , Inc. Penney Pines project where NGC, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, are sustaining our national and urban forests through this reforestation/forest education program. Twin City Garden Club also provides financial support to several GCI initiatives including scholarships, GCI grants, youth activities, and GCI environmental and flower show schools.
Twin City Garden Club was organized in 1930. The club is a member of District IV, the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. and of the Central Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. The club has received numerous state and regional awards for their club yearbook and flower shows.
Over the past ninety years the club has published two histories of club activities. We are currently working on a history covering 1992-2020 as part of our club's 90th anniversary.
The Garden Clubs of Illinois Conservation Pledge
I pledge to uphold the principles of the Garden Clubs of Illinois: the beautification of our state, kept void of litter, the protection of all wildlife and the conservation of its natural resources for present and future generations.
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