The Garden Club of Springfield was organized November 23, 1931 with over forty members. It was federated in 1932 and since has been affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of PA and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Today approximately forty members carry on its original mission “to stimulate the knowledge and love of home gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees and birds and to encourage sound civic landscape practices.”
With civic pride, Club members have volunteered many hours and made contributions to the community throughout the years. The Club continues to benefit Springfield with a number of current horticulture projects. The most recent project was the Garden of Hope which it designed and now maintains. The garden is a native plant garden and it is located in front of the Township Building. The Club also maintains the gardens in front of the library and the gardens at the entrance to Memorial Park. The Garden Club also erected a Blue Star Memorial at Memorial Park. Every Arbor Day a new tree is planted in Springfield.
At Christmas the Club decorates the Historic Leiper House in Wallingford and the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park.
The Club also holds an annual plant sale on the first Saturday in May. The proceeds from the sale awards a scholarship to a Springfield High School student who demonstrates an interest in horticulture and/or environmental science. Another purpose of the sale is to educate the community on a variety of plants.
The Garden Club of Springfield serves to foster home gardening, the study of horticulture and floral design and to promote civic and community projects. Club members consider themselves “kindred spirits” who enjoy all aspects of the world of plants, ornithology and the environment. They are committed to civic landscape improvement and often work with other local organizations to accomplish certain goals.
Anyone interested in becoming part of the Garden Club should be aware that a background in gardening is not a prerequisite for Club membership. Part of the fun is learning by doing! Monthly programs feature a wide range of garden interests from house plant care to bulb nurture, flower arranging and plant propagation. Frequent tours of private and public gardens are not only educational but also part of the social fellowship of members and their guests. For over 90 years, the Garden Club of Springfield has played an important role in the growth and development of Springfield – enhancing in many ways the quality of life for community residents.
President: Jane Nyiri
Vice President: Louise Sheehan
Recording Secretary: Lillian Amadio
Corresponding Secretary: Kate Sevensky
Treasurer: Lynn Walton
Parliamentarian: Marion Nelson
Anyone interested in membership is invited to attend any monthly meeting and submit a request for membership to the Membership Chair. Dues are $40.00 per year
For additional information, please call the Membership Chair Sue Simpson – 610-328-9111
General meetings are scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month – except June, July and August. Meeting times and locations may be obtained by calling the President, Jane Nyiri (610-328-6506)