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Since 1929, the Muscatine Garden Club (MCG) has offered a welcoming place for green thumbs and aspiring gardeners to learn about the art and to offer their services to the community. To celebrate their ninety-year history and National Gardening Week, the MCG hosted a special event on Monday, June 10th.
According to Deb Bentley, Co-President of the MCG, the group formed to give women a place to go outside the home and to pass on their knowledge to others when they had few opportunities to do so. Though times have changed, and the MCG has evolved to welcome women and men from all walks of life, it still stays true to its mission of giving people a place to get out and socialize and to learn and teach about all things related to gardening. “It’s an opportunity to learn,” added Sandra Wales, a fellow MCG member. “I’ve had a lot of people say they want to acquire the knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years.”
Through presentations at their monthly meetings, field trips, and projects, the members of the MCG continue to learn about all topics related to gardening and the natural world. “We’re not just about flowers and trees,” said Bentley. Wales agreed, reflecting that over the years as an MCG member, she learned more about environmental concerns through club activities than anywhere else. “We were talking about the problems with the butterflies and bees a full ten years before I read about it anywhere else,” she recalls.
Along with educating members, the MCG also has a history of helping make the community a more beautiful place. Through local efforts such as maintaining the Zoo Garden and planting trees at the Muscatine Arboretum and dog park, as well as state and national level projects (the MCG belongs to the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, National Garden Clubs Inc., and the Iowa State Horticulture Society) like the Plant it Pink garden in Weed Park and college scholarships, the MCG works hard to care for its community and its plants.
To commemorate their first ninety years of work, and to look forward to everything the future has in store, the MCG hosted a joint ninetieth birthday and National Gardening Week event on June 10th. Mayor Diana Broderson attended, and signed a proclamation recognizing National Gardening Week in Muscatine. The group also hosted a potluck dinner with homemade birthday cake for dessert. Following these festivities, the MCG lead a free community flower pounding demonstration, allowing anyone interested to learn how to stamp fabrics using real flowers.
Throughout the summer, the MCG plans to continue honoring their ninety years of success through a number of activities, including field trips. “All of our events are pretty special,” said Bentley. “We take a lot of road trips.” Bentley encourages anyone interested in joining the MCG to contact her at (641)-420-3696. She looks forward to welcoming more members to make the MCG’s next ninety years as fruitful as the last.

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