A History of the Rochester Garden Club

Recently, club members enjoyed pouring over archives, old photos and reading stories of significant activities by past members, and putting together an entertaining and enlightening presentation. The club is a branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, which was founded in 1914. Originally developed to help rural women learn effective growing skills and how to market their produce and other wares, the association spread to many states through the following decades.

Rochester Garden Club

Rochester Garden Club

The Rochester Branch was founded in 1935 and boasts members from many prominent local families including Durst, Chapman, Wilson, and Potere. While activities in the 1950s and 1960s revolved around flower shows and bridge tournaments, the current organization has expanded and modernized to fit the needs of the current community. Rochester Garden Club members focus on environmental concerns, support scholarships for college students interested in environmental studies, offer scholarships for local eighth grade students to attend the 4-H Environmental camp.

The club also is active in civic beautification, horticultural therapy for our local senior citizens, pre-kindergarten gardening projects, educational programs that focus on sustainable gardening and more. The annual Greens Market and the Rochester Garden Walk provide funding. For more information on this active, fun and important organization go to www.RochesterGardenClub.org or like us on Facebook.

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