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Bloomington yesterday: Garden clubs “blooming”

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022
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Seventy years ago, Bloomington was sprouting with neighborhood garden clubs. As the City was blooming, homeowners were eager to beautify their properties and their community.

The Bloomington Affiliated Garden Clubs was formed in 1952. Original members were wives of farmers or truck gardeners. Within five years, the BAGC listed 50 member clubs with over 700 members. Most garden clubs were organized within a neighborhood. Members met once a month to learn and socialize in a member’s home. They discussed house plants, floral arrangements, and the latest in flower, fruit, vegetable, and shrub growing.

Many of the garden clubs participated in community projects to beautify the city such as contributing flowers to the veterans hospital and planting gardens at the city hall. Members raised money with an annual plant sale. The BACG organized flower shows, and sponsored programs featuring holiday floral arrangements, decoration and ideas.