Club cultivates gardens, learning

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published December 4, 2013

 The North Farmington Garden Club has maintained garden beds at O.E. Dunckel Middle School since 1979.

The North Farmington Garden Club has maintained garden beds at O.E. Dunckel Middle School since 1979.

Photo courtesy of the North Farmington Garden Club

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Although the winter months are upon us and many gardens have closed up shop, North Farmington Garden Club members are just as busy as they have been with the gardens they’ve nurtured during the rest of the year.

“We do a lot of workshops. We do centerpieces, have speakers come in at our meetings — every meeting every month has a different theme,” Garden Club Co-second Vice President Diane Hague said. “There are a lot of educational things that really make you feel good to do something for the community.”

Founded in 1977, the North Farmington Garden Club, a nonprofit organization that tends gardens in the Farmington community and a portion of West Bloomfield, has promoted better horticulture practices, encouraged all forms of conservation, fostered the love of gardening and more.

The roughly 20-member club has also maintained garden beds at O.E. Dunckel Middle School, 32800 W. 12 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills since 1979.

Club Co-president Florence Smith said the club was formed because there was a waiting list to get into another garden club.

“It was suggested to us that we form another garden club, and that is how we formed the North Farmington Garden Club,” she said. “We’ve done some wonderful things over the 36 years.”

The club is part of Michigan Garden Clubs and also National Garden Clubs, which has 200,000 members.

Since its inception, the club has received a yearly award from the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission and Park and the Recreation Commission for its continual efforts at Dunckel and past efforts at the city’s YMCA.

The club has also received numerous awards from other organizations.

“I joined the club because my children were older and going off to college, and I needed an outlet,” Garden Club Parliamentarian Jeannette Tiberio said. “The thing I love about the Garden Club is the flowers: the flower shows and arranging flowers, learning how to do all these things. I fell into it, and it helped me with my church work.”

Smith said the club offers many educational opportunities, including attending flower design school, landscape design school, garden study school and more.

“It is a wonderful exposure. If you really get into it, you can really learn a lot,” Smith said. “I think it is a wonderful organization that is really, really good for all of us to help our community and be useful to the public.”

The North Farmington Garden Club meets at noon during the second Tuesday of every month at the Farmington Community Library’s main branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road.

For more information, go to 54038978702/m or email Hague at