About Us

Who Are We?

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  The Oak Harbor Garden Club is a nonprofit community organization whose primary objectives are conservation and the beautification of Oak Harbor and its surroundings. The club is made up of a hard working, but very social, group of women! Spread the word, invite your friends...we always have room for more members!


Our Mission Statement

Developing a beautiful city through loving care of small areas.

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On October 3, 1923, in Oak Harbor, a group of women organized a civic improvement club. With a fine stand of native oak trees, Smith Park became a memorial to these women who had the block saved for future generations. In August 1946, the club became known as the Oak Harbor Civic Garden Club, and in 1947 federated with Washington State Garden Clubs. In 1962, the club changed its name to the Oak Harbor Garden Club. The Club has adopted Hal Ramaley Park in downtown Oak Harbor and maintains other pocket parks in the city.   


 



President's Message

 

President's Message 
Patty Cohick

Oak Harbor Garden Club is approaching its 100th anniversary! Originally formed in 1923 by a group of women with the foresight to save a stand of Garry oak trees we now know as Smith Park, the group became the Oak Harbor Civic Garden Club in 1946. The year 1947 brought affiliation with the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs and in 1962 the Club changed its name to the Oak Harbor Garden Club. Soon 2023 will be upon us! Help us think of how to celebrate!

Although many years have passed and membership numbers change as times change, OHGC is still an active and vibrant group of individuals! Civic Improvement continues to be a core value for the Club, as we have worked to beautify many places around the community. Hal Ramaley Park has been the largest example of civic stewardship, but look for others!

Under the leadership of Civic Improvement co-chairs Arlene Johnson and Karolyn Bates, who have worked closely with the City of Oak Harbors park department, Hal Ramaley Park is being transformed! Watch progress happen, and when the time comes to replant, be ready to “step up and dig in” as Past President Anne Sullivan encouraged us to do during her term.

Oak Harbor Garden Club invites the community to enjoy our monthly meeting programs on the second Tuesday of September through November, and January through May. Watch for notice of program topics and times on this website, on Facebook and local publications. Please invite a friend to one of our meetings as new members are what keeps our Club alive and thriving! We hope to learn from each other, not only about design and horticulture, but by combining our energies, and maintaining the traditions that make this Club what it is today.

During  my term as your president I invite you to Bee Aware, Bee Thoughtful, and Bee Involved. And Bee nice to Bees!

Sincerely,
Patty Cohick


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Fundraising

  

Through the variety of fundraising activities, such as Holiday Wreath sales and Annual Garden Tour, the Garden Club beautifies the city of Oak Harbor. In association with the Oak Harbor Library, the Garden Club contributed money to the Story Trail at the renovated Windjammer Park dedicated on June 29, 2019. The focus of the project is to promote literacy, outdoor play and active family conversations around reading and adding enjoyment to the Park. A bronze plaque acknowledges the Oak Harbor Garden Club’s participation. 


Another activity was the planting of several trees at the City’s “Wave Sculpture” on Rt. 20 for Arbor Day. 

  


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Affiliations

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National Garden Clubs, Inc. www.gardenclub.org

President, Jay Austin 

405 Marion Ave., McComb, MS 39648-2709 

Email: gaylaustin@gmail.com

Projects: Conservation and preservation of our natural habitats 

Theme: “PLANT AMERICA”

Pacific Region Garden Club, Inc. www.pacificregiongardenclubs.org Director: Robin Pokorski

512 Newton St., San Fernando, CA 91340 Email: PRGCDirector@gmail.com

Projects: “Blue Stars Shine in the Pacific Region

Theme: “RECONNECT TO YOUR PACIFIC REGION”


Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc

  www.wagardenclubs.com   President: Dorrie Carr

4125 Hunter Mill Lane NE, Olympia, WA 98516-6226 

Email hdcarr@comcast.net

Theme: “Investing in Future Gardeners”


Anne Sullivan, WSFGC 1st Vice President 

Judith Juno, WSFGC Past President

Judith Juno, NGC Master Flower Show Judge 

Sally Karg, Life Judge