Anaconda Garden Club

President: Connie Fitzpatrick (980-1055)

Link to the January 2015 Newsletter
Link to the June 2014 Newsletter
Link to the May 2014 Newsletter
Link to the April 2014 Newsletter
Link to the March 2014 Newsletter
Link to the February 2014 Newsletter

Founded 50 years ago, the Anaconda Garden Club has become one of the most respected and active clubs in our community. Our 73 members participate in a variety of civic beautification projects as well as host various fundraising events each year to off set costs of our projects as well as to award two $1,000 scholarships to two high school graduates each year.

Our monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at noon at St. Mark's Parish Hall located directly behind the church at 601 Main St. A catered lunch precedes each meeting. Guests are always welcome and are certainly encouraged to join our club at any time of the year. Please call our president for further information. No gardening experience is necessary. What a great way to make new friends while sharing a common interest in gardening!

Summers are very busy as we plant and maintain flowers in the raised beds at Kennedy Common and the Chamber of Commerce as well as the east entrance of town. We also stock and maintain a variety of georgeous begonias in the newly restored Begonia House in Washoe Park.

Rather than copper pouring out of these ladles as was the case years ago (above), beautiful marigolds provide a new look at the east entrance to Anaconda. For the holidays, the ladles are transformed into beautiful lighted wreaths made of fresh pine boughs with a lighted tree in the center.

During the summer months, we gather together for picnics at Washoe Park and Goergetown lake where we enjoy socializing and potluck luncheons while in the midst of nature's beauty.

The first Saturday of June is our annual plant sale where we sell plants from two local nurseries along with plants grown by our members. This event has become very popular with the community and is a great fund-raiser for the club.

Giving back to the community is a vital part of our club. Every August members assist the community in hosting a BBQ [pictured below] for the Anaconda Job Corps as a way of thanking them for all the work they continue to do for Anaconda.

Meeting Hostesses

January 2014 - Standing: Leslie Stone, Kornelia Friez, Margaret Lubke, Mary Lunne McKenna and Valerie Walund

Seated: Murial Ramerman, Judy Little and Rosemary Corrigan

February 2014 - Rosemary Corrigan, Marlene Corrigan, Judy Little and Misty Jonas set up for the meeting. Members dressed in '60's clothing for the Terrarium Workshop presented after lunch by Ann Palmer of Whitehall and Becky Taylor of Butte
March Meeting was hosted by Gail Stuart, Elaine Lux-Burt, Norman DeNeal, Norma Parks and Rosemary Corrigan
April Meeting: Murial Ramerman, Judy Little, Virginia Loranger, Vivian Wyant, Naomi Sullivan, Carol Ann Durham, and Becky Ellis.  Murial and Judy presented a program on Soil Preparation and the other ladies were the meeting hostesses.
May Meeting Hostesses were Ann Loftin, Helen Peterson, Sue Chor, Virginia Loranger, Ray Loftin, Mary Lynn McKenna, Naomi Sullivan and Gail Stuart. The table favors were birdhouses made out of flower seed packets.

Prior to the Holiday Show in November, we have a lot of fun making a variety of crafts, sewing items and Christmas gifts at weekly workshops. Between the sales of these items, baked goods and a luncheon, we generally average around $2,500 - 3,000 each year.

Although we have one of the shortest summers
in Montana, one can find beautiful gardens throughout
Anaconda such as this one grown by member
Naomi Sullivan.

The community is very appreciative of the
hanging basket project we started six years ago.
We now have 59 baskets adorning antique lampposts
throughout the downtown and Kennedy Commons.

Club members dedicated a Blue Star Memorial marker [pictured above] to all veterans at Kennedy Common on September 22, 2007.