2018 marks our club's 66th anniversary! Formed in 1952 to foster interest in gardening, our membership has grown to over 100 happy gardeners! Separating from Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs in 1990 shifted our focus from flower arranging workshops and competitions to native plantings for water wise use. In 1998 we incorporated as a non-profit beginning our growth into the VMIGC of today. Past president, Pat Highet, first introduced the cricket design, updated by Steve Amos and officially adopted as our logo in 2017 with the tagline “We dig it!”
Our Mission Statement focuses on community outreach. The Garden Club funds horticulture programs in all Island schools and awards scholarships to High School seniors. We support our local Breast Cancer Awareness garden and the Vashon Community Care garden with plants, labor and materials. Each year VMIGC recognizes notable non-member private and commercial gardens for their outstanding commitment to gardening, making Vashon a beautiful place to live and visit. Gardeners are celebrated at an annual award banquet. In 2017 and 2018 Mukai Farm and Garden received a VMIGC grant supporting their efforts to restore the garden of this historic landmark.
To support our efforts membership fees, once 10 cents per meeting, are now a mere $20 annually. Membership revenue is supplemented by the Club's annual plant sale. Beginning as a plant exchange it is now the Island's spring gardening event! 4,000 plants grown and donated by Club members raise thousands of dollars to support our charitable efforts.
Monthly meetings from September to June are open to the public. Meetings provide an opportunity to share horticulture knowledge and include presentations by guest speakers. Summers are filled with fun, frolic, workshops and educational events.
Come help us grow!