The Niles Garden
The goal of the Niles Garden Club is to
stimulate the love of gardening, encourage home and community
beautification, promote better horticultural practices as well as
and protection of all natural resources.
Pictures: Top Left - Don Peterson and Dave
Mongeon working the "Garden Tool Time" table at the annual
Garden Party in March. Top Right - Growing Kids Growing Youth Group,
a project with the Niles District Library. Center: Nancy Morgan and
Carol Nois plant annuals in the Welcome to Niles Garden at Donavan
Memorial Park. Lower Left: The Niles Garden Club's
Annual Plant Sale in Riverfront Park. Lower right: Elva Nugent
& Helen Davis are decorating Niles City Hall.
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Learn from the Niles Garden Club's Founding Mothers.
Click here to read excerpts from their 1932-1933
||Join with the current Niles Garden
Club Members to help us beautify our community and teach
a new generation about the benefits of gardening.
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The Niles Garden Club was activated June 12, 1932.
There are projects like the Plant Sale in May, the annual
"Greens Sale" of live wreaths & swags for the
Christmas season and the "Bloomy Bulbs" Sale in the spring.
The club's goals for this year are to continue to strengthen and
increase club membership, inspire youth through the Growing Kids
Growing Youth Garden Club, revitalize the Yellow Ribbon Daffodil
garden near the Veterans' Memorial in Riverfront Park, continue to
support the Adopt-A-Soldier military person as she continues to
fight for America while in Afghanistan and to create, educate,
conserve and preserve and most importantly. . . remember to have fun
while doing it!
In 1995 the Niles Garden Club completed a major
re-landscaping plan of the grounds of the historical Niles City
Hall/Chapin Mansion. They added historically appropriate
perennial beds of plants that were in keeping with the Victorian
theme of this beautiful landmark. The grounds were officially
christened the Eleanor Drew Memorial Gardens in honor of this civic
leader and Niles Garden Club member. Each year City Hall
receives special treatment for the Christmas Holiday season when
club members decorate the exterior of the mansion with natural
wreaths and swags with large red ribbons.
The Welcome to Niles Garden is located on the
south side of the triangular Donavon Smith Park. The Welcome
to Niles Garden was a gift to the city from the Niles Garden Club in
1986. Local businesses and other citizens also were involved
in the development of this award-winning garden. The American
British, Spanish and French Flags within the flower beds represent
the countries under whose flags the "City of Four Flags"
has grown. This garden is a welcome sight for many visitors
and travelers along M-51.
The Niles Garden Club and the Four Flags Garden
Club work together to maintain the huge Yellow Ribbon Garden near
the Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Park. The Yellow Ribbon
Garden honors our past and present service men and women.
Yellow daffodils are planted for the spring growing season, while
marigolds bloom during the summer.
Niles Garden Club meetings are held at the Law
Enforcement Complex on Silverbrook at 1:00 on the first Tuesday of
each month, with refreshments served at 12:30, unless the program
for the month involves a field trip. Monthly meeting programs
include subjects such as How to Read Garden Catalogs and Ordering by
Mail, Growing Plants in Containers, The Gardens of Europe,
Incredible Edibles featuring Herbs and so much more.
For more information on the Niles Garden Club,
contact President Wendie
Stephenson or Vice President Jay
L to R: Bobbie Quick and Nancy Clough working
out final details of the awards for the 2008 Flower Show
"Seasons in the Sun"
L to R: Gina Davis, Myles Nugent, Olive
Kirkendall, Carole Pilewski, Nancy Clough and Wendie
Stephenson are digging, potting and labeling plants for the
May Plant Sale.
L to R: Velma McVicker,
Lois Rusch, Olive Kirkendall, Judy Richter and Elva Nugent -
bagging up customer purchases at the Plant Sale.
Blue Star Memorial
Dedication in November 2009
L to R: Veterans and Niles Garden Club members Bob
Stephenson, Bob Smith and Don Petersen.
The Niles Garden Club Welcomes You!