Springfield Civic Garden Club Projects

ADAMS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Known today as the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Adams House and surrounding 30-acre woodland has been a fixture in Springfield for nearly 150 years. It was donated to the Illinois Audubon Society and is used as an urban nature center. Woods, walking trails and a small prairie restoration provide environmental education. SCGC helps the Sanctuary staff with plantings.

ADOPT A STREET
SCGC members meet on appointed days to remove debris from our adopted street. This is a Springfield Green project and benefits visitors as well as natives of the city.

CHRISTMAS TREE IN A BAG
This garden club project is designed to encourage the participation of as many SCGC members as possible. The club asks the members to purchase modestly priced table-top sized trees, wreaths, small scale ornaments, ribbon, etc. and donate them to the project. Individuals may decorate trees, swags, wreaths or make other holiday decorations on their own and bring them to the November meeting, or work in small workshop get-togethers. The chairmen will select one or more Not-For-Profit organizations to work with the disbursement of the decorated items to needy families. The NFP agencies will assure our club that the applicants have been properly vetted. All ornaments will be glued or wired onto the trees, and the decorations will be placed in a bag for delivery and for the recipients to store them.

COMMUNITY PLANTING
SCGC assists Downtown Springfield, Inc. in the beautification of Springfield through planting at various sites including the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Library and at the Muni Opera entrance. Plantings in other public areas are done as requested.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DESIGNERS
Club members provide floral designs interpreting artwork in the Prairie Art Alliance and upon request for special public, state and civic events . Also provided is a workshop on floral design. Flower rare nets in public places around Springfield are placed for National Garden Week.

CONSERVATION – ARBOR DAY
National Arbor Day is celebrated by purchasing and planting one or more trees in a Springfield Park location. City officials, Scouts and elementary students participate; the public is encouraged to attend. The City Arborist assists.

CONSERVATION – EARTH DAY
SCGC participates as a part of the community-wide celebration of Earth Day with a nature related project for children in attendance to complete.

FESTIVAL OF TREES
This committee will work together, enlisting the help of as many of the membership as possible, to design and decorate a tree for the Memorial Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees. The Board establishes a budget for expenditures. Members may donate items for the project.

GARDEN THERAPY
In the past, this SCGC committee has educated and helped plan and assist residents at senior/independent living facilities with plantings. The committee is open to requests for Garden Therapy. We currently have a scent garden at the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

HEIRLOOM GARDEN – Lincoln Home Site
The Heirloom Garden Living History project at Lincoln Home Site began in 2009 with community involvement. The goal is to produce a more diverse experience for visitors. SCGC members and U of I Master Gardeners design, plant and harvest a vegetable garden at the Dean Home at the Lincoln Site and also serve as interpreters.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR FLORICULTURE SHOWS
SCGC members participate in the flower arrangement competition as well as horticulture specimens, with very successful results. SCGC co-sponsors the State Fair standard flower shows and budgeted money for the Flower Show Judges.

JUDE’S RECYCLED CARD PROGRAM
SCGC members collect used greeting cards for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Kids create greeting cards from the recycled cards. The cards can be purchased at www.stjudesranch.org or by calling (877) 977-7572. SCGC members are asked to bring the fronts of used cards to monthly meetings. Please, no new cards or envelopes; no American Greeting, Hallmark or Disney cards, no cards with writing.

LENDING LIBRARY
The Club has many great garden books available at the monthly meetings for members to check out and enjoy for a month before they are due.

LINCOLN HOME VISITOR CENTER
Volunteers from our membership create and maintain floral designs in the center using fresh flowers and dried materials as the seasons dictate. Thousands of visitors from many countries and the U.S. view these designs.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDEN
Numerous SCGC members volunteer and work at the garden throughout the year. Flower and art projects are made to be sold at LMG and benefit LMG and their many educational projects for the public. Special consideration and support is given as the need arises. SCGC members will be baking and manning the Country Cupboard at the “Indian Summer Festival” in October. We will need volunteers to guarantee a successful event. Profits from this endeavor are donated to LMG.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY
Orange butterfly milkweed, common milkweed, and swamp milkweed plants are currently growing at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens greenhouse.  Pots of milkweed plants will be taken to Adam's Wildlife Sanctuary. The remaining plants are for sale at the SCGC at the May meeting as well as the annual  plant sale.

NATIONAL SCHOOL CONTESTS
Area schools are notified of the various National Garden Clubs, Inc. competitions for children, such as posters, essays and poetry.

PLANT SALE - MAY
All members are encouraged to share their house and garden plants with an enthusiastic public for our annual fund-raising project. Profits support the Club budget and Community Projects Grant Program.

SCHOLARSHIP
A $1,200 scholarship is offered to a student in a horticulture or environmentally related field of study. Application can be obtained from Lincoln Land Community College Foundation.

STATE PROJECTS
The Club participates in the following projects of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.: Blue Star Memorial, Garden Therapy, Lincoln Memorial Garden, Roadsides Operation Wildflower, Scholarship, GCI Headquarters Fund, Historic Trails and Preservation, and World Gardening as well as GCI schools (flower, environment, gardening and landscape design) and the State Flower Show.