The Garden Club of Madison (GCM) will be creating floral bouquets in real-time at the Madison Farmers Market this Thursday, July 27, 2017 between 2-7 pm. The arrangements will consist of flowers and herbs from members’ gardens and will help fund the Club’s first Garden Club of America (GCA) Flower Show, The Rose City:  Preserving the Past and Protecting the Future.

The Show celebrates Madison’s vibrant history, especially it contributions to horticulture, education, architecture, and environmental conservation.  The Show will be held October 13-14, 2017 at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, and includes a reception and public viewings.

The Show will feature 24 classes within the floral design, horticulture, and photography divisions, as well as conservation and children’s exhibits. Depending on the class, members will use various Madison landmarks or institutions for inspiration, as class titles include Rose City Green Houses, Museum of Early Trade and Crafts, Bottle Hill, Drew University Forest, Madison Community Garden and Fabulous Florham, among others. 

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The GCM membership consists of 79 volunteers and service to the community has been a hallmark of the club since its inception in 1922.  The GCM supports numerous local groups in the form of community projects and grants, including the Central Avenue, Torey J. Sabatini and Kings Road Schools, Drew University, as well as the Madison Community Garden and the Great Swamp Watershed Association.

To purchase some beautiful summer arrangements or learn more about the upcoming flower show, The Rose City:  Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future, please visit the GCM table at this week’s Madison Farmers Market.  Additional information is available on the GCM website. www.gcmadison.org