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Organized in February 1929, the Muscatine Garden Club (MGC) now celebrates its ninetieth year of existence. Deb Bentley, Co-President of the MGC feels excited by this achievement, and looks forward to keeping the group thriving. “It’s pretty neat that [the MGC] has that much endurance. . .. Times change, but we’re still interested in nature.”
The MGC welcomes people of all ages who have an interest and caring for all our resources, air, water, forest, land, and wildlife. Currently, the MGC has members from many cities in Muscatine and surrounding counties (Columbus Junction, Letts, Muscatine, Riverside, and Wapello) and even a member who continues to participate despite living in Fontana, California.
Bentley stresses no matter what aspect of gardening or nature interests you most, the MGC has programs about it. A member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa since 1932, the National Garden Clubs Inc., and the Iowa State Horticulture Society, the MGC has a wealth of resources to help members learn more about any aspect of gardening, from growing various types of flowers and plants, to taking stunning nature photos, to learning about environmental conservation practices you can implement yourself.
The MGC holds regular meetings on the second Monday of each month from March through November, with some all day, shorter, and evening events taking place too. Bentley says the MGC works hard to accommodate its members’ schedules and has added more evening and weekend events this year to help their members who work full time have more opportunities to participate.
MGC programs include speakers, projects, and road trips to local and regional gardens, greenhouses, tree nurseries, and always places to eat too. “Anything that looks interesting, if we have a few members who are interested in going, we go,” added Bentley. This year, MGC members look forward to visiting the FGCI State Flower Show and Annual Meeting in Mason City in June and visiting Starved Rock State Park in Illinois in July.
Members of MGC also volunteer for community projects, including the Arbor Day tree planting at the Muscatine Arboretum, maintenance on the Plant it Pink plot at the Zoo Garden in Weed Park, and their annual plant show at the Riverview Center in October.
The Muscatine Garden Club (MGC) will hold its second meeting of the year on April 8th at 1:00 pm. Nile Dusdieker, of the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, will speak at the Musser Public Library. The MGC welcomes one and all to join them and learn about orchids and everything their group has to offer. For more information about the MGC or to join, call Deb Bentley, Co-President, at (641)-420-3696.

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