A BRIEF HISTORY OF GREYBROOKE GARDEN CLUB
Greybrooke Garden Club was formed in 1969 by a group of women residing in the Greybrooke housing plan in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Motivated by their desire to increase their knowledge of horticulture and flower arranging and to share their common enjoyment of gardening, it was felt a newly developed area such as Greybrooke provided an ideal setting for this type of activity. The nucleus of fifteen original members grew rapidly and a limit of fifty members was established. Meetings were held in members’ homes until increasing membership made it necessary to seek a site to accommodate the growing number of participants.
In 1970, the Club became associated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Currently, the Club is inclusive and members, both male and female, reside in various communities of Pittsburgh’s North Hills. Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mount Royal Boulevard in Hampton Township. Special meetings (e.g., a President’s Tea in April, summer picnic, Christmas Luncheon) are held off site.
The Club’s community projects include the selection of plant material, planting and maintenance of the garden at Orion Personal Care Center on Ferguson Road, the entrance gardens to Greybrooke residential neighborhood, and a garden at Passavant Hospital. In addition, each year the Club selects two gardens to recognize as “Garden of the Month” during the spring and summer. In honor of its origin site, the Club selects a garden within Greybrooke; as of 2008, a second garden in the wider community outside of Greybrooke is selected. Each recipient is awarded with a certificate and a “Greybrooke Garden of the Month” sign that is placed in their yard during the month. These awards have promoted pride within the communities and have encouraged residents to improve their gardens in the hope of receiving future recognition.
The objectives of Greybrooke Garden Club, as listed in their Constitution and By-laws are:
- Further the knowledge and love of gardening among our members
- Aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources
- Further horticultural education among our members
Guests, both men and women, are welcome at all meetings.
Greybrooke Garden Club's spring plant sale and a garage sale held in early fall help support their annual donations to conservation groups and worthy community organizations.