A fortuitous conversation between two avid gardeners, Merritt Goldthwait and Alison Antoun, in the summer of 1999 led to the formation of the Lynnhurst Garden Club. They describe themselves as an informal group of gardening enthusiasts but that is just the tip of the iceberg. After spending an evening with several members, it’s clear how this group was able to stand the test of time- they are the nicest, salt of the earth people who truly love to garden and share their gifts.
The club meets once a month to cover a variety of topics, with some of their most recent being native plants, rain gardens, and partnering with local nonprofits like Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb. Their monthly meetings, April through October, will often revolve around touring gardens in Lynnhurst and surrounding neighborhoods. November through March they transition to a book club format where the members cover one book a month with the subjects ranging from educational to fiction with a garden theme. Their annual service project is designing and planting the large container garden in front of the Washburn Community Garden.
The group fosters an environment to share ideas, learn about their craft, and give members a platform and the support to become better gardeners. Member Wendy McKinnis joined in 2008 and gleefully recounts how green she was when she started. Former leader Susan Keller joined the club in 2002 and has since gone on to become a master gardener. Sandy Puckett, a founding member, cites the leadership of the group as the key to keeping them together all these years. The passion each member has for this organization is what makes the group truly special and will undoubtedly keep them learning and growing together for the next 20 years!
The Lynnhurst Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the Lynnhurst Garden Club or would like to be added to next year’s list of garden tours, please contact leader Merritt Goldthwait at email@example.com.