Several years ago, two longstanding Rochester organizations developed an informal partnership that pools resources and talent to give the Rochester community a focal point for outdoor enjoyment, historic preservation and educational outreach. The Rochester Garden Club and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farms work together to enrich the community and give visitors to the museum and its surrounding grounds a lovely and interesting experience.
Rochester Garden Club members have created – and maintain – the award winning Children’s Garden, a showplace on the museum grounds. Members help each year with the annual Pumpkin Festival, install with Christmas decorations in the historic buildings and are actively involved in planning and executing the Rochester Garden Walk each June.
The support goes beyond offering volunteer hours, however. Club members also donate to museum to support their growth. In 2014, the club donated $1600 toward the purchase of a home theater projector, screen and sound system that was placed in the newly restored Calf Barn. Donations of $1500 in 2015 supported the purchase of Christmas decorations and program materials for enrichment programs in the Children’s Garden. The most recent gift of $2000 will help the museum replace the lawn at the Red House with native grasses, purchase a recycle bin for the Calf Barn and help in the next major renovation project on the museum grounds, the rebuilding of the Equipment Building.
The generosity of the Rochester Garden Club can only happen because of the strong community support for its annual Greens Market, the primary fundraiser for the Club. The Greens Market is a three-day sale that offers holiday decorations, fresh greens, creative crafts, gourmet treats, cookies and more. This year, the sale will be held at the Rochester Schools Administration Building on November 30, December 1 and 2. The Greens Market is a perfect way to purchase your holiday needs while supporting the community. To learn more about the Rochester Garden Club, check out Facebook or go to www.RochesterGardenClub.org.