HISTORY - The Mountain Garden Club was established in 1973 and is a Federated member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs – District I, National Garden Clubs, Inc. & New England Garden Clubs, Inc.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
MEETING SCHEDULE - the club meets on Mondays, once a month, from September to June. Please refer to the website calendar for the meeting schedule. There are no meetings in the summer months to allow members to devote time to Valley Beautification Sites (VBS), other special projects, and especially their own gardens.
PROGRAMS — presented at the monthly meeting provide educational opportunities for members on a varying number of subjects from a wide variety of experts in their respective fields.
MEMBERSHIP — is open to all residents (male & female) in the cities and townships, which collectively make up the region known as Mount Washington Valley. Dues are $25 per year for Active Members. Total membership at the present time is 178 members.
GEOGRAPHIC AREA – Currently, our members come from the New Hampshire towns of: Albany, Bartlett, Center Conway, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Glen, Hales Location, Intervale, Jackson, Kearsarge, Madison, North Conway, as well as Fryeburg, CenterLovell, South Gardiner and Cumberland in Maine.
ACTIVITIES - True to our mission statement - we are actively engaged in roadside beautification, environmental education and conservation in the Valley in our Environmental and Valley Beautification Sites.
The Mountain Garden Club also sponsors events such as: Flower sales for Cancer awareness (Jen’s Friends), Scholarship Funds (for an eligible Mount Washington resident), Boutique / Plant / Flower shows - at various times of the year (to support MGC community projects). Not to be missed is our Winter Boutique which not only supports our projects and activities, but also funds the Holiday decorations which we create and donate to adorn the public buildings throughout Mount Washington Valley.
The MGC works with local nursing homes in our Garden Therapy. Our current project involvement is with Merriman House at Memorial Hospital. In our Youth programs, the club is pleased to work with local schools on their horticulture programs and has been very involved with Kennett High School in a project to plant and maintain native plants in front of the school as well as restoring the gardens at the Mineral Springs Gazebo located next to the school.
We also participate in the National Garden Clubs, Inc. initiative with the US Forestry Service on fire and conservation awareness for school children through the “Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl” poster contest for grades 1 through 5.
The MGC organizes special trips to museums, garden centers, public gardens and plant shows (as a member social activity) and is also actively involved in our local “Art In Bloom” show that takes place during the summer months. Additionally, the MGC supports a number of community beautification projects of public properties throughout the summer within the townships of the club.