COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Naperville Garden Club
Continuing Projects

The Club continues its community presence through support of the Nicarico Garden, Blue Star Memorial Marker, “Spirit of the Navy” site, Mary Quilty and Marie Mackenzie Memorial Garden at North Central College.

Community Outreach continues with weekly floral exhibits and live plants provided to The Ronald McDonald Family Room located at Edwards Hospital. The purpose of this project is to provide sunshine in the lives of families with children receiving medical care away from home.

Awarding scholarships continues to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors and college students in the Naperville area whose studies are concentrated in the conservation, horticulture or environmental sciences. The Club’s annual awards have generated over $230,000 in scholarships. The scholarship program includes a donation to the Garden Clubs of Illinois Scholarship Fund.

The Club continues its interactions with area schools through its School District 203 Partnership Agreement. This agreement, forged in 2009 allows high school students studying marketing, horticulture and floral design to work with the Club in a real world setting. The Club provides students the opportunity to work on semester long projects creating ways to promote membership, horticulture and design activities. Floral
design students have provided centerpieces for the Club’s Annual meeting.

Stamp Collecting for the Lincoln Land Bird Banding Association, using commemorative stamps on the newsletter and other correspondence. Members are encouraged to collect commemorative stamps. Any stamps, domestic or foreign, old or new are sent to the Association which sorts and sells the stamps to raise funds for land acquisition to protect wildlife habitats in Illinois.

​Used and broken crayons are collected for SCARCE, School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education. “Super crayons” are made and distributed to children with special needs.

Grocery donations for the Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry continue on a monthly basis. The Club has collected thousands of pounds of groceries and thousands of dollars, each dollar able to buy $5.00 worth of groceries over the last fourteen years for the food pantry serving DuPage County.

Club members donated daylilies, hostas and grasses to Naperville's Nichols Library garden as part of the Club’s mission to beautify public spaces. Plantings are held in the spring and fall with the help of library volunteers and personnel. 

Classes are offered to members, the public and other organizations. The classes are offered by Club members to teach floral design and help others to recreate the designs seen during Cup of Cheer™.

The Club provides monthly floral arrangements for Naperville Community Television, Channel 17’s, Spotlight on Naperville​.

Club members worked at Lifespring Center, a local women's shelter, teaching residents how to plant, maintain and harvest a vegetable garden.

The community partnership with The Growing Place continues. The garden center and nursery has helped with staging past Club flower shows with plant materials. They are also a ticket sale vendor for the Club’s major fundraiser the Cup of Cheer™.

North Central College is the Club’s longest community partner beginning in the 1960’s. It has provided space for the Cup of Cheer’s™ Holiday Market and Tea since inception. The Club and the College also participate in a scholarship given in the name of past
members with the College choosing the recipient.

The Civic Committee, in honor of Arbor Day, made a donation to the Conservation Foundation for native trees and shrubs at McDonald Farm in Naperville.

The Club’s Membership Scholarship Program continues to encourage education and provide partial reimbusement for members attending the Garden Clubs of Illinois schools of Environmental Studies, Flower Show, Gardening Studies and Landscape Design.