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
Our members garden not only for their own enjoyment, but to learn from fellow members and share our love of gardening with the community. For the past 36 years we have invested our time and knowledge in this special part of the Northwest that we call home… Woodinville!
Service projects are a key component of the club. Our Founders wanted to demonstrate our love of this community by giving back every year. From the beginning revenues from our plant sale in May and Tour of Gardens in July fund projects that vary in size and scope.
These projects allow us to make a difference in our community, the greater Eastside, the Puget Sound region, Washington State and beyond our border. 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 fountains, benches, and bronze art installations. In past years, we funded horticultural related projects. Last year, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we donated the entire proceeds ($16,000) of our plant sale to Hopelink’s Greatest Need Fund focused on helping our most impacted neighbors. You made all the difference!!
During the past year we gave Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens funds to build a new hoop house used to propagate new native plants. The garden is a stunning landscape that blends unusual exotics in a naturalistic with native Northwest plants. A perfect place to while away an afternoon. We funded “Beevesting” a local pollinator corridor community project.
The Finn Hill demonstration garden, the newest garden by the Master Gardeners of King County received our funds to build a shed for garden tools and supplies. The site once an empty lot, will be filled with vegetable and flower gardens and bees and butterflies this summer. We also gave the Bellevue Botanical Gardens funds for their series that brings speakers from around the country enriching our community with their insight and expertise. In March we funded a webinar speaker for the National Horticulture Association.
Perhaps you’ve seen the ADA-compliant and pet-friendly water fountain that creatively resembles a tree stump for the re-vitalized DeYoung Park at the center of downtown Woodinville. We commissioned and donated the ADA-compliant fountain adding to our two other commissioned bronze sculptures installed in downtown. Georgia Gerber was commissioned for the Woodinville Playing Fields and the another, “The Gardener”, was located in DeYoung Park. Over the past three decades we contributed funds for Woodinville’s Wilmot Park gatehouse and plantings, funds for Bellevue Botanical Garden’s new Visitor and Education Center, and funds for plantings at the Woodinville Heritage Museum.
We often leverage our contributions by providing the initial funding that helps another group start their project. Our club planted and maintained the original street planters in downtown Woodinville, long before the city incorporated. In our early years we provided plans and plants for both the Woodinville and Redmond Libraries and the Hospice at the Evergreen Hospital.
We have supported lectures at Bellevue Botanical Gardens, donated funds for the irrigation system at 21 Acres, and provided a rabbit hutch and chicken coop to Seattle’s Children’s Play Garden. But we look beyond our community also. Our club sent flood relief funds for the Hmong flower growers in Carnation to replace their storm damaged plants. Our help includes a donation to the Heifer Project for seeds and chickens in underdeveloped countries to encourage self-sufficiency. To see all our projects, continue by clicking on the below button for more.