After a summer hiatus, the Norcross Garden Club will resume monthly meetings beginning in September. The Norcross Garden Club is comprised of area residents from Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Duluth, Lawrenceville and Berkeley Lake. Members meet once a month in Historic Norcross to hear speakers and organize community involvement efforts.
The club is a diverse group of both male and female members ranging from ages 30 to over 80. The members are very involved in our local community with past projects including donating landscaping materials to beautify Norcross and donating plants to the Norcross Community Garden.
Club members also created floral arrangements for fundraisers such as the Norcross Community School Cluster and Community Appreciation Day for our local police department. The club contributes time and money to many worthy causes such as the Children’s Shelter of Gwinnett County and the State Hospital garden therapy program.
It also contributes to Vines Botanical garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the State Botanical Garden in Athens. The Garden Club raises funds for these projects by holding a plant sale each spring and fall. The money raised is also used for upkeep of the clubhouse.
The Norcross Garden Club was founded in 1958. The members of the club own their clubhouse. They were “gifted” the property in 1978 by the Norcross Civic Improvement Club in the form of a quit-claim deed and one dollar.The building originally resided on Autry Street and was used as a doctor’s office for general practitioner Dr. W.P. Walker then later as a studio for music teacher Miss Ida Wooten. In the early 1900s the building was moved by a pair of oxen to it’s current location. The garden club is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the property. The beautiful gardens surrounding the clubhouse are enjoyed by members of our community.
Meetings are held once a month September through May at the clubhouse. The clubhouse is located at 33 College Street across from Lillian Webb Park. For the convenience of all members, a choice of daytime or evening meetings is offered.
Daytime Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month at 9:45 a.m.
Evening Meetings: 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Each meeting consists of a program or speaker followed by a short business meeting. The topics are informative and mostly garden related. Examples of past programs include how to attract wildlife to your yard, flower arranging and growing and caring for hydrangeas. Occasionally, members plan “field trips” to visit local attactions and events such as the Southeastern Flower Show, Atlanta Botanical Garden and even private gardens.
New members are always welcome. The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. and the speaker is Joel Hitt discussing Xeriscaping. The day meeting is Monday, Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m. The topic is using herbs in the garden by Master Gardener Jessica Miller.
If you are interested in more information about the club visit www.norcrossgardenclub.org.