WHISPERING MEADOWS GARDEN CLUB

Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH 426
Location: LH-426

(Description ID: 606953)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Whispering Meadows Garden Club

LH-426

Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

These records were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in 2017 by Helen Duquette.

 

Agency History

Whispering Meadows Garden Club, serving the Sandusky County, Ohio area, was organized and federated on September 17, 1987. The mission of the club is to bring together persons interested in horticulture, nature, crafts and floral arranging.  The club also encourages interest in conservation, wildlife, and the protection of our natural resources.  It was previously affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the Toledo Forum.  The founding members of Whispering Meadows Garden Club were:  Margaret Storey (President), Ernestine Krzewinski (Vice President), Margaret Dowell (Secretary), Robin Wuertz (Treasurer), Alice Nicar, Kathryn Schwake, Beverly Bingle, Angela Biehler, Barbara Ann Krzewinski, Kay Rice and Mary Showalter.

The meetings were initially held at 1:00 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Sandusky Township House and the annual dues were $7.50. One of the first field trip tours was a wagon tour of dikes, wet lands, marshes and meadows on Herb Wright’s property September 15, 1988.  The first program book’s theme was “Down to Earth with Horticulture”.  Each year the club participates in flower shows, regional meetings, state conventions and several local area projects. 

In 1989-1999 the by-laws were adopted. There were three types of membership:  active, associate, and honorary.  The active membership was limited to twenty individuals.  The meetings were also moved to the 2nd Thursday of each month.  In 1990-1991 the group took on the project (assisted by Howard Binger) of restoring Fuller Cemetery on Sandusky County Road 237, which they dedicated on June 3, 1996.  The group became affiliated with the Garden Clubs of Ohio in 1991 and this partnership lasted until 1999 – 2000.  The affiliation with the Toledo Garden Forum was also dissolved during this time.

In 2005-2006 the Whispering Meadows Garden Club was the 2006 recipient of the Victor H. Ries Outstanding Garden Club Award and received a silver-plated plate award.  The Whispering Meadows Garden Club hosted the People’s Choice Flower Show at Birchard Public Library in Fremont, Ohio during their 2011 – 2012 season. Each member selected a children’s literature book and created an arrangement for display.  Library visitors voted for their favorite floral arrangement and the literature books were donated to the library. 

In 2012 – 2013, the Whispering Meadows Garden Club, along with Sandusky County Region 6 Garden Clubs, sponsored the Spring Regional Meeting 2014 at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Elmore, Ohio. The club also sponsored the fall 2016 Regional Meeting on November 5, 2016, which was held at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio.

The Whispering Meadow Garden Club is still an active organization as of 2017.

 

Scope and Content

This collection spans the years from 1969-2016, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1987 - 2016. The collection contains program books, photographs, newspaper articles and membership lists for the Whispering Meadows Garden Club.  Newsletters from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs are also included in the collection.  

 

Inventory

Ac. 5976

Box 1

Folder

  1.  General Information
  2.  Club Records: 1987 – 1988
  3.  Club Records: 1988 – 1989
  4.  Club Records: 1989 – 1990
  5.  Club Records: 1990 – 1991
  6.  Club Records: 1991 – 1992
  7.  Club Records: 1992 – 1993
  8.  Club Records: 1993 – 1994
  9.  Club Records: 1994 – 1995
  10. Club Records: 1995 – 1996
  11. Club Records: 1996 – 1997
  12. Club Records: 1997 – 1998
  13. Club Records: 1998 – 1999
  14. Club Records: 1999 – 2000
  15. Club Records: 2000 – 2001
  16. Club Records: 2001 – 2002
  17. Club Records: 2002 – 2003
  18. Club Records: 2003 – 2004
  19. Club Records: 2004 – 2005
  20. Club Records: 2005 – 2006
  21. Club Records: 2006 – 2007
  22. Club Records: 2007 – 2008
  23. Club Records: 2008 – 2009
  24. Club Records: 2009 – 2010
  25. Club Records: 2010 – 2011
  26. Club Records: 2011 – 2012
  27. Club Records: 2012 – 2013
  28. Club Records: 2013 – 2014
  29. Club Records: 2014 – 2015
  30. Club Records: 2015 – 2016
  31. OAGC Regional Meeting Programs (1969 – 1986)