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Monroe Garden Club

Local Contact:
Peggy Abernathy
Phone Number: 513-539-7892

Meeting Location: James Monroe Community Room in the City Administration Building.

Dates: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM

Officers for 2009-2010
President Anna Hale
Vice President Jessie Hull
Secretary Marilyn Niebur
Treasurer Tina Torres

Directors Anna Hale, Becky Howard, Peggy Hessons

Members are Peggy Abernathy, Pauline Belcher, Elaine Blount, Geraldine Bontrager, Karen Branum, Erin Chesar, Anna Hale, Peggy Hesson, Becky Howard, Ellen Kinsey, Madonna Krol, Jean Mapel, Florence McKinley, Marilyn Niebur, Phyllis Sells, Janina Szopinsska, Tina Torres, Nancy Walck and Betty Westercamp.

Associate members are Mary Jo Bauer, Mary Griffin, Susan Martin and Judy Shillinglaw.


Honorary Associate Member Sara Cottongim-Mathis.


About the Monroe Garden Club


The Monroe Garden Club was chartered in July 1960. In July 2006, we will celebrate our 46th year. Founder, Ruth Cast toured around Monroe, in the summer of 1960 looking for flower gardens and landscaped hoes. She boldly knocked on the door of these homes to inquire if the lady of the house would be interested in starting a “garden club”. Ida Mae Woodward, Elsie Follmer and Mildred Oliver answered the call and these four ladies prepared the groundwork to establish The Monroe Garden Club.

Other members that joined in those first vital years and offered their contributions wee, Marie Ervin, Ada Chamberlain, Florence Constiner, Catherine Campbell, Helen Rothwell, Mae Palmer, Cyrena Schrock, Myrtle Reed, Loena Whitenack and Barbara Peeling. Many other gardeners have been supportive of this club in the past 45 years.

Guidelines for organization and by-laws were garnered from the Handbook for Garden Clubs, offered by membership in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Our members are still active in this state organization and our Region 4 includes the counties of Butler, Hamilton, Clermont and Brown. Twice a year regional meeting and the State Convention in July keep us in touch with other clubs and gardeners in our region throughout the state. The OAGC motto is: Knowing, Growing, Showing and Sharing.

The objective of the garden club is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and flower arranging, always strive to improve our work by practice and study. To aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources, and to encourage civic beauty. Our seasonal agenda includes, Civic Beautification (plantings where appropriate), provide a wreath for the Community Memorial Day services, Christmas Lighting Contest, Arbor Day activities, and awarding beautification certificates to those in the city that have earned recognition for their hard work with outstanding landscapes and gardens.

Clubs meeting are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are currently held at the James Monroe Community Room in the City Administration Building. Each month a program is planned and speakers, slide presentations, horticulturist, flower arrangers, and garden related topics are presented to club members. The Monroe Garden Club is open to women in the Monroe/Middletown area who are interested in nature, conservation, civic beautification and flower arranging. Guest are always welcome.

By Judy Shillinglaw, December 1999.
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