The Gardeners is proudly one of the twelve original or Founder Clubs of The Garden Club of America. The objective of The Gardeners shall be to increase enthusiasm and knowledge of horticulture, floral design, horticultural photography and conservation of the natural world within the membership and the community

Who We Are

We are a dedicated group of members who enthusiastically share with others our knowledge of all aspects of gardening–flower arranging, conservation, horticulture and photography. We now have 8 certified judges in our club who support present and new members in their development journey. Our members have not only won individual awards in Zone, PHS and other flower shows, but we are the recipients of the coveted Margaret Buckley Zantzinger Award for the club accumulating the most combined horticultural and floral design points in the PHS Flower Show. We hold two to three in-house shows a year, often preparing members for entry into the larger PHS flower show.

What We Do

Our members can be found working with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society flower show not only in small volunteer assignments, but also taking on larger assignments such as working on the flower show organizational components. We lobby Washington through our delegates on conservation topics. We raise money for the PHS scholarship fund. In 2012 we joined other regional garden clubs in a volunteer and financial pledge to help develop the area surrounding Concourse Lake as part of a Centennial District master plan. This was part of a four-year commitment to produce a horticultural gift to the City of Philadelphia in West Philadelphia to honor the hundredth anniversary of the Garden Club of America. We also have an ongoing commitment to work on a number of smaller gardens and farms that are local to the suburbs and to the City of Philadelphia.

Become a Member

Click on this link to read the process to membership and to help you achieve your gardening objectives whether for gardening, floral arranging, horticulture, conservation or photography. Also, become part of our philanthropic mission to preserve the many arboretums and other organizations that make this area unique in being home to many of the most important large and small gardens in the country.

Words to live by

  • There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.–Ken Kesey

  • The earth laughs in flowers.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. –Bill Watterson

  • A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.–Liberty Hyde Bailey

  • Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. –A. A. Milne

  • Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. –Luther Burbank

  • There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.–Ken Kesey