Established in 2004, the McHenry Garden Club welcomes garden enthusiasts of any age.

At our monthly meetings we have guest speakers that include Master Gardeners and experts on various garden topics, from vegetable gardening to landscaping and local interests. Our club has fun while helping our community. We promote learning opportunities for all ages and work on community projects. We plan a variety of “hands-on” projects and also participate in local civic projects, scholarship programs, and community service.

The Container Garden Gala, which was scheduled for April 28th, 2020, is temporarily postponed and we will be seeking a future date. 

Please join us!

If you live in the McHenry area, please be our Guest at one of our monthly meetings. General meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30p.m. Most meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 3717 Main Street, McHenry.

Some meetings may be held at other locations and include field trips and events. Please check the Calendar page for our Programs/Events and for advance information about these meetings.

Our Tribute in the Loss of One of McHenry Garden Club’s Members

Dorothy Kowalczyk March 10th, 1943 – April 12th, 2020

In the calendar year, the holiday most noted for bright and beautiful spring flowers, is Easter Sunday. On that day, our God in heaven opened the pearly gates and welcomed our beautiful sister, Dorothy Kowalczyk. She was a proud member of the McHenry Garden Club, which inspired her to find many ways to nurture herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Dorothy stated she found the club inspiring. We, her fellow sisters, found her most inspiring to us. Dorothy joined the club in November 2005. She served as 2nd Vice President, responsible for membership. Using her skills as a former graphic artist, she created a wonderful member’s photo book which detailed photos and short biographies of each member. Dorothy wanted everyone in the club to feel like family.

Founder of the McHenry Garden Club, Marita Sension said, “She did a wonderful job of reaching out to people…..I count myself privileged to have had her touch my life”. Carol Haske said, “She was very involved in our programs. We will miss you, Dorothy.” From Jean Schiller, former president….”Losing one of our garden club sisters makes me realize and appreciate each and every one of you.” Another sister, Sandra Kelly said, “She will be missed by all whose lives she has touched.”  Current president Edyta Greczek noted, “Dorothy’s calmness and kindness astonished me. No matter how tense the situation was she was always calm and able to find a kind word. What a beauty and example to learn from.”

Thursday, April 16th, should have been the day the garden club met. Due to the pandemic, no meeting convened. However, 18 members arrived at the church, and with roses in hand, circled the driveway and honored her memory. Dorothy has touched all of us with her kindness. Dorothy’s family challenged us to celebrate her life by practicing acts of kindness to one another.

 

 

 

 

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