Who We Are

Our Club was founded in 1924 by Frederick ‘Pop’ Knorr, a naturalist, conservationist and Modesto Junior College professor. Throughout its history, the Club has been committed to keeping alive the civic and horticultural vision of its founder, Professor Knorr. We are proud of the distinction of being the largest garden club in the United States with a current membership of 540 members.

What We Do

The Modesto Garden Club brings people together with a shared love of horticulture. We are committed to creating a more beautiful world through indoor and outdoor gardening.

Gardening Tips

Our blog is just getting started and we want to add great articles and tips to help you develop your skills as a gardener. Are there specific topics you would like us to write about? Click the button below to read an article by Master Gardener Cheryl Carmichael on 'Aphids', then ask a question using our contact form so we can write about it in our blog.


Out of Town Tours, Private Garden Tours and Workshops are among the many activities available to members and their guests.

October 22 Yosemite National Park
November 12 Lafayette Orchard Nursery - Shopping for Christmas
December 3 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

You can sign up for tours at the general meetings or call Patte Williams at 209-505-3526 for more information.

PRIVATE GARDEN TOURS are planned for the Spring months. These will be announced in the MGC newsletter or by email announcements. There is a $5 fee at the entrance.

WORKSHOPS: A fun, crafty workshop is planned for each month. You can view a sample of the next workshop project and sign up at the Workshop table at the general meetings.


Members and their guests can enjoy a beautiful Luncheon every December and again in May with tables beautifully decorated by our own Club members.

The Elegant Luncheon this year will be held at the Del Rio Country Club on Tuesday, December 6th. Table Viewing will be available that day and also on December 5th. This spectacular event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season, have lunch with your friends, buy raffle tickets for awesome prizes, and see a multitude of creative ideas you might use to set your own holiday table.

Tickets for the Luncheons are $35 per person. If you just want to view these beautiful tables, viewing tickets are available for $10 each and can be used on December 5th or on December 6th from 10-11:30 am, before the Luncheon begins.


We have two big fundraisers each year. The first one, coming up soon, is the December Holiday Home Tour, which we are calling, 'Deck the Halls.' This will be held on Saturday, December 10th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There are four homes on this Christmas home tour. Tickets are $20 each and you can view the four homes in any order you want. Tickets can be purchased online or at our October or November general meetings.

The biggest fundraiser each year is the Spring Garden Tour. About eight homes are on the tour each year, and each year surpasses the previous for gardens that amaze and inspire us. The Spring Garden Tour will be on April 22 this year. Mark your calendar and invite your friends to accompany you on this tour. Tickets are $20 each and will be available for purchase online at a future date.