About us

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, and national awards for their club yearbook and flower shows.

Awards

2020-2021

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • 60. Best Yearbook (club size 30-59)

  • 62. Club Achievement, Blue Seal

  • 83. Other Media – Website, Second Place (tie)

 

2019-2020

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc

  • 2a. Club Small-Standard Flower Show, First Place, “Waste Not, Want Not”

  • 9. Illinois Judges Council Flower Show Schedule Award. 2nd Place, “Waste Not, Want Not”

  • 10. Flower Show Educational Exhibit Award. First Place, “Waste Not, Want Not”

  • 13. Staging Award for an NGC Flower Show. First Place, “Waste Not, Want Not”

  • 60. Best Yearbook. First Place (30-59 members)

  • 62. Club Achievement.  Blue Seal for 200+ points

  • Certificate of Merit (NGC Anniversary Certificates), 90th anniversary

 

Central Region

  • CR Award #9a, Best Flower Show Schedule, 1st place

  • CR Award #9b, Best Standard Flower Show Horticulture Division, 1st place

  • CR Award #9c, Highest scoring Flower Show Education Exhibit, 1st place

 

2018

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Club Achievement (Purple Rosette)

  • Club Horticulture (Silver Seal)

2017

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Club achievement (Purple rosette)

  • Club Horticulture (Silver seal)

  • Best club yearbook (Second Place)

  • Club Small-Standard Flower Show (Second Place), "Me and My Monet"

2016

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Yearbook, First Place

  • Club Achievement (Purple rosette)

Central Region

  • Yearbook, First Place

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

  • Yearbook, First Place

2015

  • Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Best District Yearbook (Red Rosette)

2014

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Best Yearbook

2012

Central Region

  • Best Yearbook

2009

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Small Show Excellence Award, "Elements", also National Entry for this

  • Staging Award, "Elements"

  • Best Functional Table Award, "Elements"

2008

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Increase of Membership Award

2007

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Club Achievement (Purple Rosette)

  • Club Horticulture Award (Silver Seal)

2006

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

  • Best Yearbook, Small Club Size (Red Rosette)

  • Club Achievement Award  

  • Club Horticulture Award 

Club History

 

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.  

"35 Years with Twin City Garden Club" 1930-1965

"Twin City Garden Club History" 1966-1991

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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