Greenhouse enthusiasts in Hinsdale Illinois have been celebrating their 90th anniversary this year and say the key to their longevity is friendship.
The gardening club, initially set up in 1921, hasn’t changed much since its inception except that it has increased its membership to around 100 members – compared with the original 35.
Hinsdale’s mission statement remains as basic as it was 90 years previously, with a focus on stimulating interest in and increasing the knowledge and love of gardening.
Hinsdale president and member for the last ten years Linda Sweeney told the Chicago Sun Times:
“It’s for friendship and gardening. You don’t have to be knowledgeable about gardening to be a member; the key is to have an interest in learning.”
As well as trying to keep friendship and gardening close to heart of the club, Hinsdale also offers $2,000 scholarships each year to Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South students who show a particular interest in horticulture.
The Iris Garden Club in Texas is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and is aiming to get more women residents involved in the local community.