Garden Club in southern Aurora-Parker area?
First, does such a thing already exist? I haven't been able to find any. Who can I contact to get more information? If no club exists, why not?
I moved to Colorado about two years ago from Illinois, where I started the Mississippi Valley Garden Club from scratch, with the help of some very enthusiastic members. The club was extremely successful, despite the comparatively small population and chronically depressed economy. We reached the 100 member mark in only a couple of years, and have maintained that level for the last 12 years or so. The club was, first and foremost, just for fun. Lifelong friendships were forged at our meetings, and the combined knowledge of dozens of experienced gardeners was shared with those with less experience. I miss the fun we had, the bus tours we took, the community beautification projects, the plant sales, the plant exchanges, the gardening classes, the tours of member's gardens, and our yearly holiday parties. I miss the fact that our club had more money than we knew what to do with and had to start offering scholarships to maintain our tax-exempt status. Most of all, I miss the people. I just don't know all that many people here in Colorado, and most I do know are not gardeners. I don't know everything about garden clubs, but I do have experience in putting together a club from scratch, and I've seen many things that work and many that don't. We had several other local clubs in Illinois come to our meetings and end up modeling their clubs after ours, because we had fun, and we had enthusiasm. Does this sound interesting to you?
I've inquired around at some local nurseries about local clubs and just got blank stares in return. I really just don't know if there is a decent demand for a club here or not, or whether maybe a smaller group of us can whip up an interest in others. I believe a garden club is a very local thing, so I'm only interested in people from the southern Aurora or Parker area. I would, however, be willing to offer my experiences to those in other areas to help create their own clubs. I'm also not talking about a small group of elderly women (no offense) who just like flowers and meet on Wednesdays for lunch. I'm talking about a mix of young and old, men and women, veggie gardeners and flower gardeners, new homeowners with no clue, and master gardeners in a real community service organization. First, I need to know if there is a demand. Can we put something together and make some great friends?