Our club started as when Mrs. J. W. Saul and 13 others started the Park Ridge Improvement Club.  Mrs. J. W. Saul gathered together thirteen people interested in gardening. Among them were Charles and Hedwig Marbach whose young daughter, Marian, grew up to be a long-time member of our club. The second mayor of Park Ridge, William H. Malone, was the real estate entrepreneur responsible for the construction of both the Citizen's Bank and Pickwick buildings in 1928. As the club's membership grew meetings were held in the basement of the Pickwick building, featured a kitchen.   Also included were furnishings from Marshall Fields that had been selected by the mayor's wife. When the Improvement Club transitioned into the Park Ridge Garden Club, it became a charter member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois.  During the Great Depression, membership remained relatively stable until WWII. As part of the war effort, city residents planted Victory Gardens and membership grew to an all-time high of 140

 

Today we provide many services to our local community:
  

  • Hold Plant Sale and Garden Walk
  • Donate food to local food panties
  • Create and deliver flowers to local nursing home
  • Coordinate Arbor Day and Garden Week Events
  • Maintain gardens at Hodges Park, Sr.Center,
  •  Marbach (Nature Center) and Shriner’s Hospital
  • Coordinate the annual Beautification Contest

 
We offer you many opportunities for you experience the joy of horticulture and giving back to your community.  For a full listing of our activities and events, go to our Events page

History of the

Park Ridge Garden Club