Growing Together: Northfield Garden Club

Growing Together option 1The Northfield Garden Club works to brighten up its community’s landscape through service projects and sponsoring events such as tours and plant sales. In fact, the 2015 Northfield Garden and Art Tour raised more than $1,300, thanks to the hard work of dozens of club members. “All of the proceeds that we make go into beautification projects for the Northfield community,” says Erika Tallman, club president.

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The Northfield Garden Club decorates Bridge Square in downtown Northfield for all seasons of the year.

“The club maintains a number of sites in the Northfield area, including the planters and gardens at Bridge Square and the pergola area in Riverside Park,” says Erika. The plantings add to the fun atmosphere at the many events held in downtown Northfield, including the Saturday morning farmers’ market and art fair.

This group is not only hardworking, but talented. The Northfield Garden Club won two awards from MSHS in recent years: the 2013 Garden Club of the Year award and the 2014 Priley Award for club member Judy Code, who plants and maintains a variety of gardens in Northfield, including those at the city’s library and its post office.

In addition to public gardening, the club’s 65 members enjoy monthly educational programs and tours of Northfield gardens. New garden club members are always welcome, says Erika. Experience is not required to be part of this service-oriented association that contributes to its community in a beautiful way.

—Megan Danielson