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.
The Garden of Serenity and Miller’s House Garden have flourished and have won many local, state, and national civic achievement awards; added were the 1810 Heckewelder House Garden in 2011, the home of the renowned Bach Choir and the latest addition, in 2017, is the Higbee Park Children’s Garden, teaching children to sow, grow, and harvest.
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.
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. 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.
Support is also provided to many nonprofit organizations in the community.