Pineridge Garden Club celebrates 50 years of growth
You may not know about the Pineridge Garden Club, but chances are you've seen their work.
The volunteer group designed and maintains the garden at Cottage Grove City Hall. As the weather warms, members will get their hands dirty tending to the garden's blooming Russian sage, petunias, zinnias, marigolds and other floral varieties.
The club also created and tends the Triangle Garden at the intersection of Hyde Avenue and East Point Douglas Road.
"Fortunately there's a four-way stop, so people don't go off the rails looking at it," club president Linda Johnston said. "It's that pretty."
Pineridge celebrated its 50th anniversary April 17 at the River Oaks Golf Course and Events Center.
Three charter members — Delores Handeland, Glennie Dolan and Kathy Rolfson — were recognized for their 50 years of service with the club. The celebration included a display of club memorabilia — scrap books, programs and awards — that the three collected over the years.
The first meeting took place in 1969 at the Cottage Grove home of Mickey Rolland.
"We started with about six people," she said. "Look at what's happened to this group, how it's grown. It's overwhelming."
In its half-century history, the club has promoted gardening and conservation, logged countless volunteer hours planting community gardens, and organized flower shows at the Cedarhurst Mansion. They used to send a monthly flower arrangement to the Governor's Mansion.
Their monthly meetings include educational presentations by noted experts on a variety of horticultural and gardening subjects. Members hail from Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Woodbury.
"We're open to all members," Johnston said. "A lot of people think you have to be a master gardener or really into gardening to belong to a garden club. You really don't. You just have to be interested in the environment, making things beautiful, learning new things."
The club was honored for its 50 years at the annual Cottage Grove Volunteer Banquet on April 9 at River Oaks. The club's annual fundraiser, the plant auction, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. For more information, visit www.pineridgegardenclub.org.