Welcome to the Raleigh Garden Club!
Current Project: The RGC Plant Sale Connect Here
The Raleigh Garden Club, Inc. is a non-profit philanthropic and educational organization founded in 1925. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, we welcome guests and new members to our group. Our stated objectives are to:
- Study the art of gardening in all its aspects
- Encourage environmental improvement
- Assist in educating youth through programs and scholarships
Gardeners are welcome to join. Attend a meeting to discover the benefits of membership: monthly educational programs, special plant sale preview, classes in horticulture, floral design, and environmental concerns, and many volunteer opportunities for learning about gardening around Raleigh. Members are welcome from the greater Raleigh environs including Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Zebulon.
The Raleigh Garden Club was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2008.
Pass Along Your Garden's Best
Pass-along plants are an delightful part of our Raleigh Garden Club gardening heritage. A pass-along is a plant that can be easily propagated and given away. Pass-along plants are one of the great delights of the Raleigh Garden Club membership -- or any garden club for that matter.
As I walk through my garden, I enjoy Louise's peacock moss (Selaginella uncinata) and Anne's mother's aspidistra that we had to use pickaxes and lots of laughs to divide. Bruce's pink crinum lily provides a strong architectural accent all season, and amazing flowers in the summer. Every pass-along is something special because part of receiving that plant is the connection that comes with it. This is one way friendships grow in my garden. Every time I look at one of these pass-alongs, I remember the person who gave it and the time I got it.
Steve Bender and Felder Rushing have written an entertaining book about this aspect of our Southern gardening history: Passalong Plants. They list the South's top pass-alongs as: 1) Daffodil 2) Spider Lily 3) Canna 4) Daylily 5) Crinum 6) Iris 7) Camellia 8) Gardenia 9)Poppy 10) Ginger Lily. In the Raleigh Garden Club I'd have to add: Poet's Laurel, Daphne, and Hellebores as being right up there at the top too.
In the Raleigh Garden Club, pass-alongs happen informally all the time. But we also do a Spring Plant Sale that is a pass-along bonanza! Members pot up successful plants from their gardens to sell, and the money raised is donated back to the community in the form of gifts to places like hospitals, internships to the JC Raulston Arboretum, Habitat for Humanity, the Audubon Society, and many more. Many a new gardener to the area has gotten their first big start at our Plant Sale, and they come back every year for more. Quite a few become friends and join the Club over time.
Monthly Program and Lunch Meeting
The first Wednesday of the month, from September to June.
- Time: gather at 10:30am, program at 11am am
- Location: NC State University Club, Hillsborough St., Raleigh
- Guests welcome. Meetings include a catered lunch so reservations are required 7 days before the meeting. email to make a reservation.
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