Garden Club

The Seven Pines Garden Club started in 1975, when the subdivision was very new. The founding spark was then-resident Mary Niemann, an avid gardener who was a also a member of Four Winds Garden Club, but felt that Seven Pines should have its own group. Two members of that original group are still in the Garden Club today.

The original group was mainly stay-at-home moms, and had 30 members with a waiting list to join! Social changes cut into the number of people able to meet during the day, and our membership has dropped over the years, but still holds steady at 15-20 members. We accept anyone from Seven Pines (current or former residents), and anyone from a surrounding subdivision sponsored by a member.

The Seven Pines Garden Club is affiliated with the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, and through them, with the National Garden Clubs of America. This means that we have a lot of knowledge to draw on, and are required to do community service projects. Despite these fancy titles, we are a very low-intensity group. We focus on learning about gardening, helping our community, and encouraging social interaction.

We meet 10 times a year, either at a member’s home or on a field trip. Each program has a business meeting (short), an educational program (fun), and lunch (social). We try to mix up our programs with speakers, field trips, and the occasional garden craft or workshop.   It’s a fun, relaxed group and our gardening skills range from expert to novice – no matter, we all learn something every meeting.

Every year, we have a Plant Sale at the Seven Pines pool to help finance our community beautification projects and educational programs. The Plant Sale started when we peddled home-grown plants at the Castillon’s Tomboy grocery store at Olive and Fee Fee. We eventually moved to selling bedding plants from a member’s garage, and then moved to the Pool. Our current sale, always held in April (and usually on the day with the unusual rain/sleet/hail weather event), features bedding plants from several local nurseries as well as plants from our own gardens. We’re so thankful to all the Seven Pines residents who come to the sale.

Our community beautification activities include our entryway marker, plants around the Seven Pines pool, planters at the pool, and a bird sanctuary. We also administer the Seven Pines Yard of the Month program, which encourages all Seven Pines residents to keep their yards beautiful.

In addition, we always have several service projects. Currently, we plant and maintain flowers at Lakeside Children’s Center, provide plants and birthday gifts to residents at Creve Coeur Manor, and make donations to a number of gardening-related social groups.

The Seven Pines Garden Club meets ten times a year, usually at 9:30 am on the first Wednesday of the month. For information on attending a meeting and upcoming programs, check the “Garden Club Doings” article each month in the Forest Flashes.