About the Lake Forest Park Garden Club
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club was founded in 1924 as a non-profit organization dedicated to gardening. Through the years members have met to learn, to share information and ideas, and to have fun. Some of the goals of the club are to study plants; develop home gardens; aid in protection of native plants and birds; and promote friendships among our members. The mission of the Lake Forest Park Garden Club is to serve our community through various activities. By working with other organizations we hope to contribute and improve the quality of life in Lake Forest Park.
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club meets at 9:30am on the second Tuesday of the month (September through May) on the upper level of the Lake Forest Park Town Center, located at the intersection of Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NE (SR104) (see map).
There is a short business meeting, followed by a featured speaker.
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club members have the option of taking short trips to visit gardens and specialty nurseries around the Puget sound area. We particularly enjoy visiting gorgeous private gardens we wouldn't be permitted to visit as individuals. Our social and travel calendar is full throughout the year. In December we have a holiday potluck, in January a membership tea, and in February a seed exchange among members. We have a summer picnic and tour members' gardens. We explore other garden destinations such as the Miller and Dunn Gardens, the Witt (winter) Garden at the Arboretum, and the Conservatory at Volunteer Park. Every other year we take a day-long trip to Washington points of interest--gardens, nurseries, and artists' workshops.
On the first Saturday in May the Lake Forest Park Garden Club holds its annual Plant Sale at the Lake Forest Park Elementary School. The sale hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM. Plants for sale include perennials, shrubs, and annuals. The plant sale has become a wonderful tradition and members of the community look forward to it each year.
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club is one of the sponsoring organizations of the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Garden Fair Plant Sale, held in June. Members may volunteer as docents at the gardens on the tour and help run our booth at the Garden Market Place. Our share of the proceeds go into our Community Service Fund which helps fund the Master Gardeners' Children's Garden at Animal Acres and Friends of Third Place. Some other beneficiaries are the Center for Urban Horticulture Library, Friends of Volunteer Park's Conservatory and the children's garden party at the YWCA's Pathways' shelter.
The club offers many opportunities to volunteer and members' participation in any of the activities is encouraged and appreciated.