COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Lending a helping hand in our community! From making cookies for the Senior Center to garden rehabilitation at the History Museum, we roll up our sleeves and pitch in.

Our club is perennially busy helping out in our community. Here are some of our favorite projects.

OakmontWe’ve provided gardening advice and helping hands to plant and maintain their raised garden beds. The residents enjoy the beauty and the bounty of the harvest at a “farmers market day” where they can taste the produce. And of course, the residents love to spend time in the garden.

Blue Star MemorialWe care for the Blue Star Memorial & Rose Garden at the Folsom Garden Club Park in historic Old Town Folsom. We keep the roses pruned and healthy. Most recently we replaced the Folsom Garden Club bench with a new one that is ADA-compliant.

Folsom Care CenterWe help with the holiday decorations and give each resident of the convalescent hospital a holiday card.

Folsom Zoo SanctuaryWe hang holiday lights on the animals’ enclosures and decorate a tree with ornaments as part of the zoo’s popular “Wild Nights and Holiday Lights” annual event.

Senior Center Art CenterWe offer classes to the public and contribute handmade decorations and cookies for the Senior Center’s parties and events.

Folsom History MuseumWe help museum volunteers to clean up and maintain the museum’s garden.

Penny PinesEvery month, we ask members to contribute their pocket change to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program, a project administered by the USDA Forest Service. Every $68 we collect pays for 325 seedlings to be planted in the California National Forest of our choice.

The Folsom Garden Club will participate with other Folsom organizations in the Folsom Senior Care Bag Project in December 2023. We will collect household items like nightlights, kitchen towels, and hand soap; office supplies such as pens, stationary and stamps; toiletries like shampoo/conditioner, hand and body lotions; and miscellaneous items such as playing cards and games, slippers and cute holiday ornaments that lit up! We will put them in bags and then decorated the bags for delivery.

The Petal Connection organization volunteers create beautiful bouquets with donated flowers for pickup and delivery by hospice nurses to their patients and for other senior settings/facilities.  Our members collect and donate 15-ounce clean tin cans (with labels removed), ribbon and plant greenery for donation to the Petal Connection to make the bouquets.

This Folsom garden was created several years ago by Gladys Trejo (former Club President from 2000-2002) on her vacant property. Although Gladys has passed away, the family still owns the property and allows use of the water and property to serve as a community garden.  Several garden club members, neighbors and other non-members garden their individual plots of vegetables, herbs and flowers.

We periodically volunteer at Folsom’s Twin Lakes Food Bank Garden which produces thousands of pounds of fresh food each year for the food bank.  We plant, harvest, weed and provide general maintenance of raised beds and garden grounds year around.

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