We love that the Miami Valley is home to spectacular gardens that bring people outside. In this article below, originally published in the Dayton Daily News, we learn about how The Garden Club of Dayton has helps illuminate the beautiful gardens of Kettering and Oakwood. This past June, they worked with homeowners and gardeners to display their lovely gardens to the public. Continue reading to learn more about The Garden Club of Dayton, and how you can join this inspiring group.
Artists have always been drawn to a beautiful garden. It’s easy to see why, especially at this time of year when flowers are beginning to bloom and the outdoor world is lush and green.
This past June, Daytonians had an opportunity to view the kinds of landscapes that inspire artists to pick up their paint brushes. Thanks to the women of The Garden Club of Dayton, some of the Miami Valley’s most spectacular gardens were open to the public Saturday, June 8. The club’s inaugural walking tour, Garden Gems, led visitors on garden paths through the grounds of five Kettering and Oakwood homes. Allyson Danis chaired the project.
“Gardens are a great topic in relation to art,” says the DAI’s chief curator Jerry Smith. “Gardens are areas capable of exciting the imagination. They can be filled with explosions of color and minute and fascinating details.” Gardens, he adds, are areas of controlled nature, separate from untamed nature. “They come in various styles and sizes and have provided inspiration to artists for centuries.”
For Lindsey Clark, a longtime member of the Garden Club, gardening is painting a visual palette with plants. “I hope to create rhythms with different planting beds,” says the Oakwood woman. “It’s like an outside concert that uplifts and energizes me. Being outside in nature is therapeutic. It’s educational living with my gardening successes and failures.”
The Garden Club of Dayton
Over the years the club has made lasting contributions to Dayton and the Miami Valley. Members encouraged the planting of victory gardens during WWII, helped create Cox Arboretum, supported the River Corridor Project, funded the Marie Aull Nature Trail at Wegerzyn Garden Center and helped found MetroParks. “We’ve planted trees in Old North Dayton, helped Kiser School plant a school garden, revitalized Flood Park on Valley Street, and assisted with the cleanup of Pineview Park in west Dayton,” says club member Susan Sauer, chair of the Garden History and Design Committee.
Now the group’s 70 members are excited about the prospect of a 2022 Centennial project — working with MetroParks’ Riverfront Project to redevelop Sunrise Park, the park on the west side of the river that runs from Third Street to the Dayton Art Institute. “The GCD and MetroParks see development as a way to bring both sides of the river together,” Sauer explains. “Our Centennial celebration in 2022 will also include special events, speakers, garden tours and more.”
To Learn More about the Garden Club of Dayton, including how to join, visit their website at gardenclubofdayton.org.