SHELBY GARDEN CLUB
The 13 members of this club are celebrating their 85th year of organization and are very active in Shelby and at Kingwood Center.
Pres: Martha Phelan
V-Pres: Mary Ann Hawk
Sec: Sandy Miller
Treas: Rita Walsh
Activities/Meeting Topics/Field Trips/Fund Raisers/Events
- Sell plants at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market, with proceeds going to the city for tees and plants
- Serves on Kingwood Garden Center Committee
- Decorates Kingwood at Christmas
- "Show Off Shelby", a landscape design contest
- Donates a tree yearly to Shelby for Arbor Day
- Maintains Courtyard Park (which it created)
History of Club
On May 26, 1929, sixteen ladies met at the Episcopal Parish House to form the Shelby Garden Club. Annual dues were 50 cents per member.
The group chose the rose as the Club flower, and the City flower and shrub, the petunia and forsythia, respectively.
Over the years the Shelby Club has received numerous awards from National Garden clubs, Central Atlantic Region, Garden Club of Ohio and Mansfield District.
In 1979 it earned the national Sears Award for the planting of 623 trees following the 1977 tornado, as well as Central Atlantic Region, State and District awards.
Shelby Garden Club donates a tree to the city every Arbor Day, looks after the downtown Courtyard Park, which it created, serves on the Kingwood Garden Center Committee and helps decorate the Kingwood mansion for Christmas.
The Club's largest project is "Show Off Shelby," a landscape design contest which evaluates local sites and showcases them in local and area newspapers. In 2012, it won a National Award for landscape design.