Fredonia Garden Club celebrates 89th National Garden Week

In 1924, the Fredonia Garden Club, under the leadership of Ernest (Alice) Eddy, urged that National Garden Week be observed. She asked the town merchants to exhibit vegetables, fruits and gardening tools in their display windows during that week.

This week, 89 years later, the Fredonia Garden Club has arranged a display of gardening tools and materials in the display window of the Fredonia Hardware Store to celebrate National Garden Week.

In 1924 the object of the Fredonia Garden Club was to promote interest and advance knowledge in the culture and care of flowers, shrubs and trees, and to stimulate the civic planting of flowers, shrubs and trees. The rich history of this week includes many beautification projects in Fredonia, the Chautauqua Fairgrounds and the Chautauqua Institution. Many flower shows were organized and held in various locations as well as gardening events with young people.

Current objectives of FGC are to stimulate interest in horticultural activities, to develop an appreciation of nature and to preserve wildlife and the environment. Members try to keep a balance of horticulture, conservation, civic and floral programs, activities and workshops.