Washington Garden Club

Located at: Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Thank you for visiting us here at the Washington Garden Club Site. Please have a look around and let us know what you think!

Happy Gardening!

Our Club Goals:

  1. To stimulate a love for gardening in family, friends, and neighbors.
  2. To encourage a home and community beautification.
  3. To improve awareness of horticulture as both a hobby and a profession.
  4. To encourage the art of floral arranging and design.
  5. To provide active support and encouragement for the conservation of natural resources.
  6. To better understand the limitations of our arid environment and learn to cope with special challenges.

The Washington Garden Club will use the bequest of the Iva Corpstein Estate in fulfilling each of the above goals, in memory and love for the enhancement of education in the fields of gardening, arranging, and philanthropic activities.

President/Valley Garden Center Director: Glenna Teel
Email: orvalita@hotmail.com

1st Vice President: Dana Benoit
Recording Secretary:  Delight Cotton
Treasurer:  Linda Pierce

Budget Committee

Linda Pierce
Orvalita Hopkins
Ralph Pierce


Marge Bayless
Tina Box


Mary Jo Wall
Sylvia Patrick
Elsie Andrade
Kay Martiny


Linda Pierce
Ralph Pierce

Plant Labs

Wally Vegors
Orvalita Hopkins
Glenna Teel

Valley Garden Center Director

Wally Vegors
Marge Bayless

Veteran Home Centerpieces

Orvalita Hopkins-Chair
All Members

Veteran Home Pumpkins

Linda Pierce
Ralph Pierce

Historical Records

Candes Rada
Tina Box

Web Page

Tina Box

Native Plants (National)

Marge Bayless
Orvalita Hopkins
Melinda Amavisca

Sunshine Girl

Candes Rada


All Members

Continuing Projects

CP-1 Arizona Veterans Home

Continue support to the Arizona Veterans Home celebrating the fall season with donations of pumpkins. Hold jack-o-lantern contest and create holiday centerpieces for dining room tables.
100% membership participation
Chairman: Marge Bayless, Linda and Ralph Pierce

CP-2 Heifer & UNICEF

Provide support by collecting cash donations.
100% membership participation
Chairman: Ruth Byrne

CP-3 Butterfly Garden

Provide support to the Kartchner Caverns State Park Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens.
100% member participation.
Chairman: Linda Pierce

CP-4 Arizona State Fair, Floriculture Bldg

Members entering various areas of floriculture.
75% member participation.
Chairman: Elsie Andrade

CP-5 Penny’s for Pines

Provide support by collecting cash donations. Tree planting (AFGC Tree Project).
75% member participation.
Chairman: Orvalita Hopkins

CP-6 Habitat for Humanity

The club will provide monetary donations for the Habit for Humanity.
100% member participation.
Chairman: Orvalita Hopkins

CP-7 Food Bank

Caring for the unfortunate during the holidays.
100% member participation.
Chairman: Candes Rada

CP-8 Going Green

Every member will participate in something for the environment going green during each meeting.
100% member participation.
Chairman: Orvalita Hopkins

CP-9 Environmental Learning Field Trips

Regarding desert plants, wildlife, and native culture of Southwest.
100% membership participation
Chairman: Wally Vegors

CP-10 Tree of Life Poster and Certificate

Awarded to homeowners with outstanding landscape and garden design.
Promotional project to help increase membership.
Chairman: Candace Rada

New Projects

NP-1 The North West Partners

This is a group of 12 to 18 challenged adults. We will be helping them with crafts related to Gardening and flower arranging.
Chairman: Orvalita Hopkins

Past Presidents

1929-1930 Mrs. S.R. Marlette 1958-1960 Mrs. J.G. Perry
1930-1931 Mrs. Dan C. Carper 1960-1962 Mrs. J.M. Nelson
1931-1932 Mrs. H.B. Embach 1962-1963 Mrs. D.M. Biaett
1932-1933 Mrs. W.H. Knox 1963-1963 Mrs. Sam Minter
1934-1935 Mrs. J.F. Warnock 1963-1964 Mrs. Peter Corpstein
1935-1936 Mrs. Ben L. Rudderow 1964-1966 Mrs. W. Andrew Jean
1936-1937 Mrs. C.M. Dean 1967-1968 Mrs. C.F.M. Johnson
1937-1938 Mrs. J.M. Nixon 1968-1969 Mrs. Dan A. Lippman
1938-1940 Mrs. E.G. Fitzgerald 1969-1971 Mrs. Larry Sherrick
1940-1941 Mrs. F.W. Campbell 1971-1973 Mrs. Bart an Wolde
1941-1942 Mrs. L.L. Sanes 1973-1978 Ms. Miona Mackey
1942-1943 Mrs. P.A. Brown 1978-1984 Mrs. Edward Newhall
1943-1944 Mrs. M.C. Rand 1984-1986 Mrs. Jerry Groves
1944-1945 Mrs. Ben L. Rudderow 1986-1987 Mrs. Jane Ewaniuk
1945-1946 Mrs. H.J. Albersmeier 1987-1989 Mrs. Richard Valenti
1946-1947 Mrs. Clark Street 1989-1991 Mrs. Gene Henry
1947-1948 Mrs. E.C. Stutz 1991-1993 Mr. George Byrne
1948-1949 Mrs. E.P. Warren 1993-1995 Ms. Lucinda Harrison
1949-1950 Mrs. David Russel 1995-1999 Mrs. Betty Groves
1950-1951 Mrs. Newman White 1999-2004 Mrs. Orvalita Hopkins
1951-1952 Mrs. J.S. Hopwood 2004-2005 Mr. Wally Vegors
1952-1954 Mrs. George T.Geeiler 2005-2007 Mrs. Marge Bayless
1954-1955 Mrs. A.J. English 2007-2009 Mrs. Orvalita Hopkins

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