Garden Club Projects

The members of the Grapevine Garden Club volunteer for projects that implement our objectives. For example we grow and share our favorite plants in our Annual Plant Sales and we share our knowledge of trees with the 3rd grade redbud tree program. We teach protection and conservation of our wild flowers and other natural resources with our docent led Botanical Garden programs and our Butterfly Flutterby involvement. The projects listed below reflect our interests and goals in serving our members and the community.

Continuing Projects

Annual Plant Sales

The Grapevine Garden Club sponsors two community plant sales to benefit the club's sizable scholarship program and community beautification projects. The spring plant sale offers many heirloom plants raised by our members and we hold informative seminars. The fall plant sale focuses on native and adaptive trees and shrubs. Both sales offer perennials, butterfly plants and drought tolerant plants.

The sale is held on the grounds of the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. The use of this beautiful setting is made possible by the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department. On the day of the sale volunteers help customers find the perfect plant. Look for future plant sale dates on the club's Home page.

Teaching about Trees - The Redbud Tree Program

In 2002, the Grapevine Garden Club initiated a program to distribute trees to third graders in the Grapevine/Colleyville ISD. The program was designed to teach the joys of planting and caring for a tree as well as the value of trees in our lives and nature. Our members talk to third grade classes about the importance of trees, demonstrate how to plant a tree, and read a book to the class, plus every child receives a redbud tree to plant. This program began with 200 trees and two schools and quickly blossomed into a yearly event in the spirit of Arbor Day. As of 2017, over 4,000 eastern redbud trees have been distributed to the students.

Showing 3rd graders how to plant and care for a tree

Butterfly Flutterby

The Grapevine Garden Club assists the City of Grapevine with the annual butterfly festival and parade which is held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. Members share information about butterflies with the children and their parents. Our club also offers items for sale. We collect seeds to be given out for starting gardens that attract butterflies, and we really endeavor to find caterpillars at any stage to show to children. This is one of the most enjoyable projects in which we take part.

Young participant examines a butterfly

Rose Trials

GGC has partnered with the Grapevine Botanical Gardens and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to monitor roses in a rose trial setting. The goal is to find rose varieties that are resistant to Rose Rosette Disease.  The roses chosen are from a list compiled by rose growers and county agents from three states.  GGC members evaluate the roses monthly for Rose Rosette Disease symptoms as well as other conditions, such as black spot.  In its second year, this educational endeavor provides our members with hands-on participation in data collection and an opportunity to learn about rose pests, diseases and care. The knowledge gained from our work will reach beyond our local community and will be shared through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

GGC Rose Trial Volunteers

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Butterfly Garden

An ongoing project of the club is education about planting a butterfly garden and establishing a bird sanctuary or Backyard Wildlife Habitat. We promote adding feeders, nesting houses, and plants and insects beneficial to wildlife in the landscape. Through our monthly programs members get to witness caterpillars eating their way through their host plants, then see how beautiful butterflies emerge. They learn which insecticides and pesticides to avoid and which beneficial insects we should avoid killing; which landscaping, plant species, and shrubs provide primary feeding, nectar, and nesting sites for native birds, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds; how to attract bees, bats, reptile, and amphibians, and how to consistently supply water for all wildlife.

When these goals are achieved, members can order and install in their yards signs officially certifying their gardens as Wildlife Habitats. See the club's Learning Resources page for more details.

National Wildlife Federation

Seed and Plant Exchange

The club members love to share with each other. That’s the fun of gardening. Members are encouraged to bring plant cuttings and harvested seeds from their gardens for the seed and plant exchange table at monthly meetings. Wildflower seeds are very popular, and master gardeners are available to answer members’ planting questions.

Sharing our favorite seeds during meetings

Grapevine Botanical Garden Docents

The Grapevine Garden Club's docent program provides support at the Botanical Gardens, located in Heritage Park, 411 Ball Street in Grapevine. The gardens are open daily and include several water features, native and perennial plants and trees, a butterfly and herb garden, plus a bird sanctuary. The club created quick reference cards for docent use during tours which show plant information and photos, plus brochures for visitors. Contact docents@grapevinegardenclub.org to arrange for a tour of the gardens.

Docents receive training at the Grapevine Botanical Garden

Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department (PARD)

Club docents also support the Grapevine PARD throughout the year by assisting with monthly classes at the Botanical Gardens for young children, which always include a fun horticultural activity and a story. One program, “There’s a Flower in My Shoe” helped children use anything for a plant, the more unusual, the more fun. “Adventure Tours” are offered occasionally with educational activities for older children. School children, scout groups, and other groups make arrangements for these tours. A series of classes for seniors is also offered.

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More PARD Children's Programs photos may be viewed online at our Flickr account.

Flowercade

Every spring our members participate in Flowercade, a design and horticultural garden show sponsored by the Fort Worth Garden Club Council. Members enter themed designs or specimens of flower, plants, or potted plants for judging and eagerly vie for the attractive ribbon awards. To enter the horticultural category, all members need do is walk out into their spring gardens and select a flower or branch to enter in the Flowercade show. Preparation of the entry is key, and of course we gather and have fun while doing that. The design section is more challenging, but great fun. The categories consist of large floral designs, table settings, and artistic crafts. The Fort Worth Garden Club Council holds workshops on design with examples of entries.

Winning horticultural entries on display

West Texas Street Garden Maintenance

In 2006, the Grapevine Garden Club began to work with the tenants living in the low income apartment units on West Texas Street in Grapevine. We knew that the gardens needed to be barrier free and easily accessible to the tenants, so after visiting the Housing Authority Office to offer our services, we made a few calls to the elderly residents who lived in the area. We found they were very interested and excited about working with the Grapevine Garden Club.

Ten years later we continue to make friends on West Texas Street and offer our gardening services. Our members enjoy the outings (more than 850 hours total work so far) and the residents always help or offer gardening advice. They will work with us when they are able or supervise when they are not. But residents enjoy sitting on their porches and visiting on West Texas Street gardening days.

Garden Club friends gather to dig, weed and repeat

Compost Corral

Club members help maintain the Compost Corral at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. The goal of this exhibit is to educate the public about conservation through composting and demonstrations about reduction of the green waste going into our landfills. The Compost Corral is used by club docents as a teaching tool for local school children, scout groups, club, and civic organizations.

Bird Sanctuary Week

Typically the third week in January is declared Bird Sanctuary Week by club members supported by a Grapevine City Proclamation. During the month club members focus on learning about birds and creating / conserving natural habitat for our feathered friends.

Birding hike at the Audubon's Dogwood Canyon site

Grapevine Garden Club Cookbooks

Out of the Garden and into the Kitchen - Cookbook offering appetizers, beverages, soups, salads, casseroles, meats, side dishes and desserts. We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes from the members of the Grapevine Garden Club. Cookbooks from 1990 – present are downloadable from our publications page.

Special Projects

"Plant It Pink" - 2010

Each year the National Garden Club’s president has a theme, and the theme for 2010-2011 was “Plant It Pink” in support of breast cancer awareness. Our club supported this campaign with a variety of pink-hued spring bulbs sold to members and helped plant flowers that carried out the pink ribbon shape and theme at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. For this project, GGC received the National Garden Clubs Pink Glove Award in recognition of our ongoing volunteer efforts and commitment to the NGS’s program for breast cancer awareness.

Julie’s Garden - 2008

A valued member of the Grapevine Garden Club passed away in 2008. A special small area in the Grapevine Botanical Gardens is dedicated to her. Our club helped with the design of this garden, and members continue to help with support and maintenance.

Ed and Edith Pewitt Education Center - 2007

The Ed and Edith Pewitt Education Center is a permanent outdoor teaching center and gathering place for tours and special events within the Grapevine Botanical Garden. It was built and dedicated in 2007. It provides a place where educators and group leaders teach children and where adults can contemplate nature and appreciate the garden. This pavilion began to be used for classes in the spring of 2008.

Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker - 2006

Grapevine Garden Club members proudly dedicated a Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker on November 10, 2006. The marker is dedicated in honor of all who have served, are serving, and will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The National Garden Club started this program in 1945 and there are many of these markers in the State of Texas. The Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker is located in the traffic median at the intersection of Ball Street and Wall Street in Grapevine.

Honoring Armed Forces of America

More Grapevine Garden Club photos may be viewed online at our Flickr account.