Canby's Garden Club recently celebrated its 70th birthday.
The club began on April 29, 1948 with about 40 members. Since then the group has donated and sponsored flower and tree plantings, scholarships for horticulture students, helped clean and preserve history at cemeteries and other historic locations, planned and held flower shows, written books and more.
Group members plan to celebrate this milestone with a Garden Tea Party on July 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are a $30 per person. They are available at the Canby Garden Club booth at the Spring Garden Fair, May 5-6 and Cutsforth Thriftway at the service counter through May.
The tea will be held at the garden club members' garden, which was inspired by the Gardens of Versailles. All proceeds will be used for community enrichment, Canby beautification projects and scholarships for Canby students.
Currently the group has a permit from the Oregon Department of Transportation to landscape Highway 99E. They started the project in 2016 planting 10,000 bulbs donated by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Last year club members planted more bulbs along 99E, across from the Furniture Outlet as well as 45 "knock out" roses they purchased from Fred Meyer.
Members estimate they need about $550 to purchase the rest of the supplies they require and are asking businesses from the area to help. The group plans to select different areas along Highway 99E every year to beautify, hoping local businesses and the community will provide support.
The donations they receive help make it possible to provide yearly scholarships for horticulture students, 4-H Summer Camp and flowers for their county fair entries, World Gardening seed donation, books to honor members who've passed and the Claire Hanley Research Foundation.
Other projects include plantings at Eccles School, bulbs and shrubs at Canby Library, First Avenue trees, historic preservation for the city, Willamette, Baker Prairie and Zion Cemeteries plantings, Oren Hull Garden for the blind, American Flower Shows, plantings for the Blue Star Memorial and Avenue of Flags, Veterans Hospital, the TB Sanitarium in Salem and the state Mental Hospital.
They also joined 25 other garden clubs to construct the floral building at the Fairgrounds.