The Chapel Hill Garden Club members contribute their time and gardening talent to beautify the community and spread the love of gardening. Our current projects are the care of a downtown planter on Columbia near Franklin Street, the upkeep and care of the entrances to Freedom House, a recovery center, and The Stratford, an assisted living facility. The club maintains annual and perennial areas, raised beds, and pots for the enjoyment of residents.
2000s: Made significant contributions to the NC Botanical Garden’s building fund drive and to the Healing Garden at the Ronald McDonald House.
Created a “Helping Hands” committee to assist beautification programs and introduced a plant/seed exchange at every General Meetings.
Tour proceeds helped build the Reeves Auditorium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
1990s: Landscaped gardens at the Horace Williams House; provided plants and gardening tools for Habitat for Humanity; donated funds for the Alice Ingram Park at Franklin and Elliott Streets.
Presented the first biennial Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour in 1996.
1980s: Adopted Jones Park, in which members cleared land for nature trails, identified and marked native flora, rescued plants, and landscaped the entrance.
1970s: Maintained strong ties with the North Carolina Botanical Garden through volunteer hours in the garden and fundraising for the Totten Education Center.
1960s: Advocated conservation of open spaces, roadside cleanup and beautification, and landscaping of new schools and the public library.
1950s: Published a plant selection guide for newcomers to Chapel Hill to utilize in landscaping their new homes.
1940s: Heeded the nation’s call for Victory Gardens and established a community-wide canning project.
1930s: Developed community demonstration garden; established bird refuges; placed flowers in the University Infirmary; beautified the community in difficult economic times.