The Butterfly Garden at the Vermont Garden Park

The Butterfly Garden at the Vermont Garden Park on Dorset Street is just one of the many gardens created and maintained by the Burlington Garden Club.

Along with over 5,000 garden clubs coast to coast, the Burlington Garden Club celebrates National Garden Week, June 3-9. Part of the National Garden Clubs Inc., a nonprofit organization that brings together nearly 165,000 members with 17 garden clubs here in Vermont, the Burlington Garden Club sees the week celebration as an opportunity to call attention to the contributions gardeners make to the beautification and environmental health of their communities. This year, the club’s theme for the event is “Inspire Yourself, Inspire Others with Gardening.”

Organized in 1934, the Burlington Garden Club is recognized for their work in civic planting, appreciation of horticulture, aiding in the protection of the natural environment and disseminating knowledge through free monthly expert speakers on varying garden topics. 

Residents can see the club’s contribution to South Burlington by visiting the gardens at Wheeler Nature Park. There, members have created the Butterfly Garden and the Grandma and Grandpa Gardens, along with several imaginative play areas for children. 

The avid gardeners who comprise the club, bring a garden therapy program to Birchwood Terrace, Converse Home, Pillsbury Manor South and Burlington Health and Rehab to promote the therapeutic aspects of gardening. Members also assist residents with floral arrangements to add pleasure to the residents. Flower arrangements are created by the residents with guidance of the Garden Club Members. 

The Young Gardeners Program is another way the Burlington Garden Club cultivates interest in the benefits of their horticultural mission. From June to August, members hold weekly classes for children free of charge to teach lessons on topics varying from seed sowing and composting to pollinators and earth friendly gardening methods. The season usually concludes with the class donating the bounty of their harvest to the food shelf. 

In honor of National Garden Week, Nancy Bell from Burlington Garden Club highlights the numerous activities the community is welcome to attend. 

The Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont State Annual Meeting will be held Monday, June 3, 9:30 a.m., at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, in Shelburne.

Meet and learn from Catamount Golf Course gardener Mary Selby Tuesday, June 4, 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m., learn from master gardeners and enjoy the beautiful gardens at the Vermont Garden Park, 1100 Dorset Street, in South Burlington. 

Meet with gardener Peter Burrage at the University of Vermont Gardens on Swift Street Friday, June 7, 10 a.m., followed by a short walk into the fields to visit the stone cairns. 

In addition, Bell shares other ways to celebrate National Garden Week including obtaining invasive plants information from a local nursery, introducing a child to gardening, buying locally grown plants, creating a pollinator-friendly garden, offering to weed someone’s garden, or taking flowers to a nursing home.

“During this week, club members are emphasizing the cornerstone elements of gardening, through sustainable gardening, awareness of environmental issues, enhancing education and appreciation of their community,” said Mary Scollins, co-president of the Burlington Garden Club. “Their stewardship for tomorrow is the ‘roots’ of why members join a garden club - to learn and discover the joy of gardening which makes a vibrant community.”

For more information, visit www.bgcvt.org.

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