Conservation and Arbor Day
Awards and Special Exhibits
House and Hospitality
Annual Bus trip
The Garden Club of Downers Grove
February 28, 1927
Charter member of
The National Garden Clubs, Inc - Central Region
The Garden Clubs of Illinois Inc - District II
Recipient of many National, Regional, State, and District awards.
Nationally accredited members in
Landscape Design Consultants,
The Garden Club of Downers Grove was founded on February 28, 1927, by a group of women who were members of the Downers Grove Women's Club. A constitution and bylaws were established, and dues were set at $1.00 per year. Officers and committee chairmen were elected with Mrs. M. L. Puffer as the first President and Mrs. H. M. Lyman as Wildflower and Conservation Chairman. The objectives set then remain the same today -- a group that shares the love of gardening, is interested in conservation, has an appreciation of wildlife and the environment, promotes city beautification, embraces and encourages youth through nature programs and scholarships
In the early years, general meetings were held in members' homes, local churches, Hummer Park Field House, the Morton Arboretum, and even a firehouse. We moved to the Lincoln Center and then to the Faith United Methodist Church. Still growing, we are currently located at the American Legion Post 80 in Downers Grove, Illinois.
The club has hosted 24 award-winning Flower Shows since 1960, the latest on July 8, 2017, to celebrate the club's 90th anniversary.
In 1968, the club held its first major fundraiser. It was held in a local church and consisted of a luncheon and floral design program. 1971, baked goods and a white elephant sale were added.
Today the fundraiser, "A Festive Touch," which was established in 1983 consists of a luncheon, a floral design program, raffle, goodies table, treasures table, and boutique tables (crafts, needlework and fresh arrangements...all the handiwork of club members and friends). Attendance has grown to over 350 guests. Proceeds help support the club's programs, scholarships, and community projects throughout the year.