Member Volunteer Duties in the Community
To protect The Gardeners tax-exempt status, it is essential that an accurate record be kept of the volunteer hours of members that are spent on community projects. Every active member is expected to volunteer at least two hours a year in one of the following projects:
- Public Parks
The Gardeners help to maintain the grounds at Ludington Library in Ardmore; workdays are held when called, from April through November. The Gardeners have a service project at the historic Grange in Havertown, updating and renovating gardens.
- Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital
This garden, located at 5th and Spruce Streets, is a project of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America. Workdays are held on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from April through November.
- Magnolia Tribute Garden
Featuring thirteen Magnolia Soulangiana to honor our original thirteen colonies, this park was donated to the Independence National Historic Park by the Garden Club of America in 1959. Today the Park and member clubs of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America maintain the garden. The Gardeners workday is usually the third Wednesday in October.
- Bartram’s Garden
The oldest botanic garden in the country is also a project of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America. Please contact Bartram‘s Garden at 215-729-5281 if you wish to volunteer.
Other Volunteer Responsibilities
Members can exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show; make floral arrangements for the patients at the Ronald McDonald House and for those at nursing homes, and decorate for the Fairmount Park House Tour for the holidays.
- Fertilizer Fund
It is hoped that all members of The Gardeners will make a tax-deductible contribution to this annual fund, which underwrites the projects of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America.
- Philadelphia Flower Show
All Gardeners are expected to support the Club‘s entry (s) in the Philadelphia Flower Show held each March.
- Annual Party/Fundraiser
All Gardeners are expected to make a contribution to the annual fundraiser that financially supports all of the club‘s activities throughout the year. See program for date, time and location.
- Monthly Meetings
Members are required to contact the head hostess to RSVP their attendance at meetings in a timely fashion.