The Pocono Garden Club’s mission is to create and foster a love of gardening, horticulture, landscape planning, and floral decorative arts. They accomplish these goals through monthly programs and awarding scholarships to the Monroe County Conservation District, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, and by contributing to various other local organizations. Their community service includes the maintenance of the Hughes Library Garden and the Judy Holtz Memorial Butterfly Garden at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.
“The Pocono Garden Club began in 1936 when a group of ladies from Scotrun decided to form their own club after a visit to the Bushkill Garden Club,” explained Lucy Auger, President of The Club, “the first meeting was held with fourteen members. Officers were elected and the Pocono Garden Club was organized.” Meetings were held in the members’ homes for 10 years. When the firehouse was built in Tannersville in 1949, that became the new meeting place for the next 47 years. The meeting date was the second Tuesday of every month, as it continues today.
Now, The Pocono Garden Club meets every month at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center in Bartonsville. The meetings offer informative programs, bus trips to interesting and informative botanical gardens and perennial farms and hands-on workshops. “Working together is what makes our club rewarding, purposeful, while very often creating life-long friendships,” shared Sandy Dickl, Club Photographer.
The club’s major fundraiser is the Annual Flower Show and Plant Sale. It provides scholarships for educational activities and regional programs which promote the study of gardening, floral arts, conservation of the forests and native environments. “This year we will be in a new location,” said Peg Zukawski, Show Chairperson, “the Pocono Building at the Northampton Community College in Tannersville is a really beautiful space and the plants will show wonderfully there.” The show is July 14th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $4 and children are free. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Garden of Giving, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide low-income families with access to nutritional foods. In addition to this year’s program; “Creating a Butterfly Garden with Sharon Carey,” show attendees will also enjoy a bake sale, tricky-tray and a marketplace. This year, plant enthusiasts can look forward to an extended variety of plants for sale, including deer resistant, native perrenials, butterfly pollinators and more.
For more information on the Flower Show contact
Show Chairperson Peg Zukawski 570-355-0120 or Club President Lucy Auger 570-894-9639