"The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good." - - Ivan Scheier
Established October 9, 1996 in Anne Arundel County (Maryland)
The Moonflower Garden Club is a not-for-profit educational and community-service organization founded on October 9, 1996 in Severna Park, Maryland. This club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Moonflower Garden Club's objective is to create interest in gardening, protecting forests, wildflowers and birds, and to encourage civic and community planting.
In addition to designing and maintaining the public water garden at Hatton-Regester Green in Severna Park, the club also cares for a garden at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. Over the years the club has worked on many other community service projects including Habitat for Humanity, educational forums for the public, scouting ventures, Art Blooms at the Walter's Art Museum, design displays at local businesses, and holiday greens decorations at local nursing homes. The club's members also participate in and serve as judges for flower shows across the country.
The club's name was chosen by the founding members because the moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) blooms at night and the meetings would take place in the evenings. The club membership is limited to 60 members and meetings are held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD.
History of Garden Clubs in the United States
The first garden club in America was founded in January 1891 by The Ladies Garden Club of Athens (Georgia). On May 1, 1929, 13 federated states became charter members at an organizational meeting of the now National Garden Clubs, Inc., in Washington, D.C. In 1935 the National Garden Clubs obtained space for a Headquarters at Rockefeller Center, New York City. Following fund raising from 1953-1957, a permanent Headquarters building was dedicated May 10, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. This home office for National Garden Clubs, Inc., is located on grounds adjacent to Missouri Botanical Garden. National Garden Clubs, Inc., is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world with 6,218 clubs and 198,595 members in 50 states and the District of Columbia.