Springfield Civic Garden Club Projects

Known today as the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Adams House and surrounding 30-acre woodland has been a fixture in Springfield for nearly 150 years. It was donated to the Illinois Audubon Society and is used as an urban nature center. Woods, walking trails and a small prairie restoration provide environmental education. SCGC helps the Sanctuary staff with plantings.

Assistance may be given, when requested, in planting flowers in public areas upon review of the Board of Directors. SCGC accepts requests for Garden Therapy in the Springfield area. We currently have undertaken the design, planting, and maintenance of the HSHS Children’s Healing Garden as an ongoing project.

Club members provide floral designs in public places around Springfield for National Garden Week and upon request for special public, state, and civil events.

This conservation sub-committee is under the 3rd Vice President and celebrates National Arbor Day by buying and planting at least one tree in a Springfield Park location. City officials and elementary students participate; the public is encouraged to attend. The city arborist assists.

SCGC participates as a part of the community-wide celebration of Earth Day with a nature related project for children in attendance to complete.

In the past, this SCGC committee has educated and helped plan and assist residents at senior/ independent living facilities with plantings. The committee is open to requests for Garden Therapy.
We currently have a scent garden at the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

•  Dana-Thomas House Christmas Decor - This subcommittee decorates the Dana-Thomas House for
Christmas. Emphasis is on using natural materials in wreaths, designs, swags, and Christmas tree
decorations, in keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy to “bring the outside in”.
•  Lincoln Home Visitor Center - This subcommittee creates and maintains floral designs in the center
using fresh flowers and dried materials as the seasons dictate.
•  Springfield Visitors Center (Lincoln Herndon Law Office) - This subcommittee creates and maintains
floral designs in the center using fresh flowers and dried materials as the seasons dictate.

Numerous SCGC members volunteer and work at the garden throughout the year. Flower and art projects are made to be sold at LMG and benefit LMG and their many educational projects for the public. Special consideration and support is given as the need arises. SCGC members will be baking and manning the Country Cupboard at the “Indian Summer Festival” in October. We will need volunteers to guarantee a successful event. Profits from this endeavor are donated to LMG.

$3,000 in scholarships are offered to LLCC students who are U.S. citizen residing in the LLCC district and are majoring in environmental, horticultural and agricultural studies. Applications can be obtained from LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, P.O. Box 19256, Springfield, IL, 62794-9256 or online at http://www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. Application should be submitted to the LLCC Foundation Scholarship Coordinator who will administer this scholarship.

The Club participates in the following projects of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.: Blue Star Memorial, Garden Therapy, Lincoln Memorial Garden, Roadsides Operation Wildflower, Scholarship, GCI Headquarters Fund, Historic Trails and Preservation, and World Gardening as well as GCI schools (flower, environment, gardening and landscape design) and the State Flower Show.