Scottsdale Garden Club

Organized & Federated in 1977

Club Objectives

  • To promote interest in beautifying the home and community,
  • To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and
  • To encourage and aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources

Thank you for visiting the Scottsdale Garden Club website. We are a garden club of approximately 35 members in the Scottsdale area. Our theme this year is “Beauty in Bloom” which focuses on growth in knowledge of gardening, growth in service to the community, and growth in our friendships with fellow gardeners.

We generally meet the first Monday of the month for lunch and program from October through May. We attempt to balance horticulture and design topics in our programs and sponsor a Standard Flower Show every other year.

Members have access to a Members Only page via a special login. We welcome guests who may want to become new members at any of our meetings. If you have any questions or are interested in joining us, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link in the above menu.

We hope you find this site informative. Garden clubs can play a helpful role as you take on the challenges and rewards of gardening in Arizona!

President: Helen Griller

1st Vice President: Helen Griller
2nd Vice President: Diane Davis
Recording Secretary:  Jeanne Isbell
Corresponding Secretary: Jen Donovan
Treasurer:  Gretchen Biggs

Scottsdale Garden Club Website

Standing Committee Chairpersons

Jan Riedel

Corresponding Secretary:
Jen Donovan

Gretchen Biggs, Chair
Helen Griller, President
Aurien Preiss, Past President
Evie Campbell, Member-at-large

Garden Therapy:
Evie Campbell
Joan Yagoda

Joan Jones

Aurien Preiss

Sophia Gawron

Amy Emary


Diane Davis

Mary Victor

Homeless Veterans Assistance Project:
Barbara Mlnarik

Web Master:
Aurien Preiss

Gretchen Biggs
Aurien Preiss

Youth Gardening:
Aurien Preiss
Lucy Samuels

Club Projects

Project 1 – State Life Memberships-SGC continues to achieve its goal of 100% State Life Memberships for all active members who have been in the club for two or more years.
Project Leader: Evie Campbell – 100% participation

*Project 2 – Horticulture and Design Moments-The Chair or a member provides gardening and design tips at monthly meetings.
Project Leader: Judy Shelton – Horticulture Chair and Judy Kennedy – Design Chair

*Project 3 – Pennies for Pines
The Pennies for Pines jar is passed at all meetings to collect members’ loose change. We request that our donations be used by the National Forest Service to reforest burn areas here in Arizona.
In March, 2012, Scottsdale Garden Club held a major fundraiser “It’s Raining Pennies for Pines” at the Mesa Country Club to raise money to help reforest Arizona’s national forests that had been devastated by wildfires. It was attended by garden club members from around the state along with spouses and guests who enjoyed a chance to win gift baskets and purchase baked goods and garden items from the marketplace. Master Storyteller Dorothy Daniels Anderson entertained everyone with the dramatic story about the Prescott historic “No Tame House-Cat Woman” Sharlot Hall. The fundraiser was a big success and resulted in a $3500 donation from Scottsdale Garden Club to the National Forest Service. The club continues raising funds for this project by passing a jar for contributions at every meeting.

*Project 4 – Youth Gardening and Environmental Education: Woodsy Owl/Smokey Bear
Gardening projects in elementary schools and NGC poster contest for grades 1-5.
Project Leader: Aurien Preiss

*Project 5 – Membership Brochure
Members continue to distribute brochures to increase emebership and expand community awareness. 100% participation

Project 6 – Medication Recycling
Members donate unused medications for the New Birth Mexican Mission
Project Leader : Evie Campbell

Project 7 – School Gardening
Students at Cochise Elementary School grades 1-6 plant and maintain gardens at the school campus. Students learn soil preparation, composting, propagation, nourishment, harvesting. AMES Garden Tools donated tools for this garden as a NGC project.
Project Leader: Aurien Preiss

*Project 8 – Horticulture Therapy with nursing facility residents
Monthly hands on projects are planned for the residents of a Phoenix care facility
Project Leaders: Joan Pagoda, Evie Campbell

Project 9 – Hygiene item collection for Homeless Veterans
Members will donate hygiene items for the local homeless veterans
Project Leaders: Barbara Mlnarik

Project 10 – Recycling glasses, hearing aids, and cell phones
Members will donate glasses, hearing aids and cell phones to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Project Leader: Judy Shelton

Project 11 – Blue Star Memorial Marker Dedication
Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Garden Clubs dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker during the annual Veteran’s Day celebration, November 11, 2014, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. The Memorial Marker will honor our veterans and all those serving the United States Armed Forces. The planter is built of red brick and displays five stainless steel stars representing the five branches of the Armed Forces. The planter is filled with Russelia, or Firecracker Plant. An Education plaque was added and a bench has been placed on the sidewalk facing the memorial. Mayor Jim Lane opened the program and introduced the speakers: Carol Mossholder, AFGC President; Andrea Little, NGC Blue Star Chairman; and Capt. Steve Borden, Director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center.

Club Projects

Project 1 – School Youth Gardening Project
Members will volunteer, encourage, teach and assist Navajo Elementary School students, teachers and parents to plant a vegetable and flower garden using existing garden boxes that have gone unused for years. Will include repairs, donation of tools, plants and soil. Revitalizing the beds teaches the children basic life skills and can supplement their classes. The children will practice writing through observation journals, apply science knowledge as they watch plant life cycles, utilize math skills through measurements of the plant growth and better understand history and other cultures through growing their own food. They can learn lessons in responsibility, communication, teamwork and patience. Application will be made for the NGC President’s Project Grant of Plant America
Project Leaders: Aurien Preiss, Judy Shelton, Lucy Samuels, Mary Victor

Project 2 – Garden Tools Rally Day
Members will donate gently used garden tools and gloves or make a small donation to help supply school gardens with needed tools
Project Leader: Aurien Preiss

Project 3 – Arbor Day Tree Planting
The Scottsdale Garden Club donates a tree to be planted at the Railroad Park every other year to commemorate Arbor Day. City officials, including the mayor of Scottsdale Jim Lane, spoke along with our club president Judy Shelton at the tree planting ceremony on April 13, 2016.The tree was a Chinese pistache. This project is held every other year.
Project Leader: Mary Victor

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