The Woodinville Garden Club is a community organization united by an inherent love of gardening. Our mission is to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participating in civic beautification, and enjoying friendship as we pursue these activities. – Adopted 1995
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization with over 35 years of history in the community. Members have contributed both time and money to many civic projects in Woodinville and the surrounding area funded through our annual Plant Sale and the Tour of Gardens.
From the beginning, the club began what was to become a long tradition of projects benefitting the community. The first project was the landscaping of the SR522 entrance to Woodinville followed by the planting and maintenance of the planter boxes in downtown Woodinville, which the City took over with its incorporation in 1993. The annual Plant Sale was conceived with the start of the first greenhouse project in 1985, and in 1999 the club initiated its first Tour of Gardens.
With the community’s generous support of our activities, we are able to support local gardening projects, fund two annual scholarships for horticulture-related studies and donate to both Youth and World Gardening initiatives sponsored by other non-profit organizations.
Our Reserve Fund Committee continually researches prospective projects that we can support. From small projects to larger installations, we strive to enrich our community.
PLANT in the minds of children the wonder, appreciation and joy of nature’s gifts.
LEARN about horticulture with new friends.
ENRICH our communities through civic involvement.
SHARE the harvest and our knowledge of gardening.
CHERISH the glory of nature today and sow seeds for tomorrow.
NUTURE our spirit with the peace, beauty and fulfillment of our gardens.
As members, we continue to learn through our field trips and workshops. We expand our horticultural skills by working in the greenhouse to raise the annuals, vegetables, herbs and perennials for our Plant Sale. And, we learn from each other.
The club was founded in 1984 by Vi Kono and maintains a membership of 50 active members. We are affiliated with the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.
Giving Back to the Community
We garden not only for our own enjoyment, but to learn from fellow club members, and give back to our community. For the past 35 years we have invested our time and knowledge in this wonderful part of the Northwest that we call home… Woodinville!
Through our service projects, the members share our interest in gardening, horticultural education, civic beautification and environmental stewardship. These projects allow us to make a difference in our community, the Eastside, the Puget Sound region and our state. Our civic projects span a broad range from helping local children with their school gardens, to planting flowers at our senior centers and beautifying the parks in Woodinville with several bronze art installations.
Last year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we donated the proceeds of our first virtual plant sale to Hopelink’s Greatest Need Fund to help our community neighbors. A few years ago we donated a special ADA-compliant and pet-friendly water fountain that creatively resembles a tree stump for DeYoung Park in downtown Woodinville. In past years, we commissioned a bronze sculpture by Georgia Gerber for the Woodinville Playing Fields and “The Gardener” also located in DeYoung Park. We contributed funds for Woodinville’s Wilmot Park gatehouse and plantings, funds for Bellevue Botanical Garden’s new Visitor and Education Center and donations to the Woodinville Heritage Museum.
Sometimes we provide the initial funding to help another group start their project. We planted and maintained the original street planters in downtown Woodinville before it incorporated, and provided plants for the Woodinville and Redmond Libraries and the Hospice at Evergreen Hospital.
We have supported lectures at Bellevue Botanical Gardens, donated funds for irrigation system at 21 Acres, and provided a rabbit hutch and chicken coop to Seattle’s Children’s Play Garden. Our club sent flood relief funds for the Hmong flower growers in Carnation to replace their storm damaged plants. Our help also includes a donation to the Heifer Project for seeds and chickens in underdeveloped countries to encourage self-sufficiency.
Our annual plant sale and garden tour raise funds to support club operations and our ongoing civic projects. Our Reserve Fund Committee actively researches prospective projects for our club to support.