a Member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
Our Projects in the Bethlehem Area.
Since the turn of the century, club members have continued to reach out to the community.
By preserving the horticulture heritage of the early Moravian settlers, the Miller’s House Garden has flourished and has won many local, state, and national civic achievement awards; added in 2011 was the 1810 Heckewelder House Garden, home of the renowned Bach Choir. Starting in 2019 the Millers Garden volunteers will meet on Tuesdays, from April through October, per the schedule found at this link. (The schedule is a one page PDF file.)
Our Horticulture Therapy program brings the joy of gardening and flower design to those members of our community residing in assisted living housing. Bimonthly hosting of horticulture therapy sessions held at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Fountain Hill has been a favorite activity for decades among club members and Cedarbrook residents; this service has been repeatedly recognized by GCFP - in 2017, this program was commemorated by NGC with 1st place national recognition. The club has expanded this program to a second Cedarbrook location.
During the Christmas season club members decorate Christmas Trees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. specifically at the Kemerer Museum, Moravian Museum and the Single Sisters' House, and also at local public libraries. In addition, club members decorated the flower urns outside of City Hall for the 2018-19 winter Holidays.
Flower shows have been well received in Bethlehem and have won many first place GCFP awards; the 2008 and 2009 Flower Shows took first place on state and National Garden Club levels. Annual Arbor Day is being honored with the planting of indigenous trees to beautify the community and encourage residents to utilize such native species in their landscape.
Many GCFP awards have been received for the newsletter, the yearbook, and the publicity book.
On April 27, 2018, we unveiled our Blue Star Memorial in the Rose Garden at 8th Avenue and Union Boulevard, which will help our community honor the sacrifice of all those individuals and families who have served our nation in the five services.
The scholarship fund continues to support students interested in fields related to horticulture and the environment and is given annually – the past six years provided students with over $10,000 towards tuition in their chosen field.
Garden Club members also volunteer their time at unaffiliated programs, such as the Higbee Park Children’s Garden, teaching children who have never had the opportunity to sow, grow, and harvest.
Support is also provided to other nonprofit organizations in the community.