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. In the early days, when Modesto was still a small, rural and mostly agricultural community, the Club's primary objective was to plant trees and greenery on the Junior College campus and in parks and the golf course. The Club has grown, along with the community, and we are now proud to have 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. Over the years our Club has planted Memorial Gardens, organized Spring Garden Tours to raise funds for civic projects, purchased plant material and replanted downtown pots twice a year, planted the Flower Clock next to the Modesto Center Plaza with over 2,000 plants, planted the Virginia Corridor Rose Garden on Orangeburg with more than 200 Knock Out and Iceberg Roses -- and much more. There is plenty of opportunity for 'hands-on' gardening for the many volunteers in this Club!
Our members keep up-to-date with the wonderful world of gardening by shopping our local nurseries for durable and exciting plants and by scouring the internet for helpful and relevant garden information for success. We've compiled a list of our Modesto Garden Club favorite links to further assist you as you grow your passion for gardening. Have a specific garden problem or question? Go to the BLOG tab above, click on MORE under one of the Blogs, and scroll to the Comment section to ask a question of our Master Gardeners, Cheryl Carmichael or Pat Logan. Check out Cheryl's helpful garden article on Aphids in that section or the article about making Therapeutic Gardening Boxes.
Out of Town Tours, Private Garden Tours and Workshops are among the many activities available to members and their guests.
OUT OF TOWN TOURS are announced in the monthly newsletter and at the general meetings. You can sign up for tours at the general meetings or call Patte Williams, 209-505-3526 for more information.
PRIVATE GARDEN TOURS are offered in the Spring months and are announced in the MGC newsletter or by email. $5 admission fee.
WORKSHOPS – Fun, crafty workshops are planned for most months. You can view a sample of the next project at the general meetings and sign up at the Workshop table.
Members and their guests can enjoy a beautiful Luncheon every December and again in June with tables beautifully decorated by our own Club members.
The Elegant Luncheon is held in early December at the Del Rio Country Club. 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.
The Summer Luncheon is held in early June, also at the Del Rio Country Club. Tickets for these Luncheons are $35 per person and they sell out early. If you just want to view these beautiful tables, viewing tickets are available for $10 each and can be used from 10-11:30 am the day of the luncheon and from 1-7 pm the day before.
We have two big fundraisers each year. The December Holiday Home Tour is held in early December and features four homes lavishly decorated for Christmas. Tickets are $20 each and you can view the four homes in any order you want. Tickets can be purchased online starting in October, at our October and November general meetings or at the Garden Club office.
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 is held around the 3rd Saturday in April each year. Check this website for specific dates as it gets closer to that time. Tickets are $20 each and will be available for purchase online as well as at general meetings or at the Club office.